DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL GARDEN DESIGN
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.
Approximately 10 months (maximum of 12 months); based on 10–12 hours per week study time.
There is no exam! Your tutor will assess your assignments and your portfolio is moderated by AIM Awards.
About the 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 course covers a wide range of topics from the ‘History of Garden Design’ and famous garden designers to choosing plants for a contemporary garden and ‘From Plans to Professional Practice’. The Diploma 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 offer you a guaranteed progression route to further study on a Degree course.
The Diploma in Professional Garden Design is accredited by AIM Awards.
It is really important that your Professional Garden Design Diploma is fully accredited if you hope to start your own business, a new career or to progress onto a Degree. Accreditation is your only guarantee that our quality and teaching standards are inspected and regulated. NDA offers the ONLY online Professional Garden Design Diploma course accredited in the UK. To be fully accredited a Diploma course must have an OFQUAL number so you can check it on the OFQUAL register. If the course does not have this number, then it CANNOT be accredited and will not count. Your studies should always be rewarded with a qualification that will help you to progress and achieve your future goals.
You can find OFQUAL details here: 600/5882/1
About the Course
- Do you love designing gardens 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!
At the National Design Academy ‘Online, Flexible Learning’ means exactly that! Unlike other institutions, at the NDA there are no terms or semesters, you can choose your own start date and study at your own pace. We treat every student as an individual. 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 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.
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, up to the maximum of 12 months. If you ever need more time you can extend your assignment dates just speak to your Personal Tutor for options.
Read more about how to study online.
What next after your Diploma Course?
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. Diploma students will all be awarded a Progression Scholarship to study a Degree. Degrees are awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
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?
This unit presents an overview of garden design through its’ history, styles and most influential designers. The unit explores the concept of a designed garden, from first civilisations through to its development over historical periods and between world regions. The unit concludes with a study of the most influential designers of contemporary garden design and the many garden design styles that are used today.
This unit introduces the processes and realities which make up a garden design project. It details the sequence of running a project, developing the client brief, exploring the potential of individual sites and working with contractors and specialist consultants. The unit explores the importance of a good design brief and how it is used to guide a project towards completion.
Garden Designers must understand, analyse and communicate to clients, the information gathered from the site survey. This unit looks at the thought processes and technical skills required for developing a successful garden design and the communication of the design concept to the client.
An important part of such communication is drawing, and this unit explores the background and purpose of drawing techniques explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each type, and indicating their most suitable applications and techniques.
This unit discusses how the components of garden design; the plants, boundaries, structures, ornaments, land forms and surfaces can be selected, arranged and combined to make gardens which are greater than the sum of their parts. The unit shows how all components should be considered in relation to each other, contributing to the whole garden design vision, including the direction of movement through the space and the control of emotional and intellectual experiences.
Planting is a key component which provides much of the character for the majority of gardens. This unit, the first of two specialist plant units, looks at the physical structure and features of different plant types relative to their garden environment. By looking at light, water, air, nutrients and soil conditions you ensure that each plant will thrive, reproduce and bring maximum impact to the garden.
This unit looks at the functional and visual qualities of materials which can be used in the garden, and their specific applications. The many external factors which determine the appropriate selection of materials, such as availability, cost, sustainability and realistic options for construction relative to the budget will also be evaluated.
The second specialist planting unit expands upon the first, this time concentrating on the benefits that plants bring directly to a garden design through their visual qualities, placement and function. The unit looks at how to source, select and design with the unique qualities of plants. The unit also introduces a range of commonly used plants, identified by type, species, applications and use.
This unit discusses the furniture and features which bring added functionality to the garden space of your client. The unit considers the style, budget and positioning of these valuable elements of a design such as lighting technologies, water features and accessories. The commissioning of site specific elements such as gates, fire-pits and sculpture will also be discussed.
This Unit explores the various skills and approaches which are essential when practising as a garden designer such as marketing and sourcing projects, how to adopt a professional approach when charging for work produced and the sourcing of suppliers and contractors. The Unit also looks at potential sources of employment and routes for progression within the wider context of garden design.
This Unit brings together all the design elements of the course and shows how they can be woven together across the whole design spectrum to create an integrated, harmonious garden design. The Unit links all the stages of the design process, from fulfilling the brief to the generation of concepts and ideas leading to the final detailed drawings which landscape contractors can then use to implement the scheme.