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Diploma in Professional Garden Design

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The National Design Academy Diploma in Professional Garden Design is a great introduction to the inspirational subject of Garden Design and you don’t need any previous qualifications to study. This Diploma will provide you with the skills you need to tackle your own garden design projects more professionally. It will also show you how to set up your own professional garden design practice and also offers a guaranteed progression route to study a degree.

Who should do this course?

  • Do you love designing your own garden as a hobby?
  • Do you have creative talent but lack professional training?
  • Would you would love a career in garden design but don't have the necessary qualifications?

Then, this is the Diploma course for you!

About this Diploma Course

The accredited Diploma in Professional Garden Design is the ideal course if you would like to use professional techniques to design your own garden, help your friends and family with theirs or if you would like to set up your own Garden Design Business. If you already have a gardening or garden design business but don't have formal qualifications then you can study this Diploma course flexibly to fit around your existing clients.

This comprehensive Diploma course covers a wide range of topics from the History of Garden Design and famous garden designers to choosing plants for a contemporary garden; from Plans to Professional Practice, this professional Diploma covers it all.

This course will give you both the knowledge and confidence required to carry out your own garden design projects more professionally, to start or enhance a business or alternatively, it will offer you a guaranteed progression route to further study for a degree.

The Diploma in Professional Garden Design is accredited by AIM Awards.

Study Online

At NDA "online flexible learning" means exactly that! Unlike other institutions, at NDA there are no terms or semesters, you can choose your own start date and study at your own pace - not the pace dictated by other students. At NDA we treat every student as an individual, each with an individual study plan.

This practical Diploma course is designed to be studied flexibly, online from anywhere in the world through the NDA bespoke Virtual Learning Studio or VLS. Here you can access your course, mail your tutor direct, meet other students from around the world friends and keep in touch through the Student Forum. You can study with your Personal Tutor around your other commitments, which is really important if you have a career or a family. All students study at a different pace. Most Garden Design Diploma students complete their course in approximately 6-9 months. Others with fewer commitments can complete more quickly, while others make require longer, even up to the maximum of 12 months. If you ever need more time you can extend your assignment dates and we can extend your completion date on your behalf for a small fee. Always speak to your Personal Tutor.

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What next after your Diploma Course?

Further Education

Once you have successfully completed the NDA Diploma in Professional Garden Design you may opt to further develop your academic knowledge and study the exciting world of Interior Design. If you already have a Bachelor’s degree or Foundation degree in another subject it may be possible to progress onto the one year BA Top-up in Design for Outdoor Living. Degrees are awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University.Successful Diploma students will receive a generous Progression Scholarship to study the Foundation Degree.


The Diploma in Professional Garden Design will help you start your own Garden Design business. The Diploma contains professional advice on how to set up a business, marketing tips, quoting and charging for your services and all the equipment you will need. Like the Diploma course itself, you can work flexibly for your clients around your family commitments and gradually expand your business. You could also study the Professional Interior Design Diploma to offer additional design services to your clients.


What Will I Study?


If you still have questions feel free to call us for further information on 01159 1234 12, or click on Live Chat. Alternatively, why not book a place on one of our Interior Design Course Open Days at our studios in Nottingham UK, come along and talk to the Tutors, view students' work and take a tour of the Academy?

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