As an alternative to flexible online study our live ‘In-Studio’ Course Diploma in Professional Garden Design allows you to join other like-minded design enthusiasts for a more hands-on and collaborative approach to learning. Working with a client brief, you will learn an array of skills taking you from concept stage, through design development and into final proposal stage for a residential project.

With these skills you will be able to tackle your own projects more professionally, start your own business or enter the garden design industry with the practical knowledge required to work with your clients.

You’ll also learn how to establish industry contacts, where to source plants, samples, outdoor furniture, lighting and start to build a design community with your peers.

Whilst receiving hands-on advice directly from our highly experienced NDA Tutors, the In-studio course brings together a fantastic mix of students, helping to create an exciting, friendly and dynamic class with the chance to share ideas with fellow up and coming designers.

I have really enjoyed the challenge of the course and the breadth of subjects covered by the syllabus.


Elizabeth Whitehead


The Diploma course consists of 1 week in-studio (Mon-Fri) followed by a five week home study project (around 40 hours.) Then a second week in-studio (Mon – Fri) followed by up to a further five weeks to complete projects ready for submission.

We are passionate about delivering high-quality courses to our students, and we believe that students learn faster in smaller groups, which is why we cap the number of students who can attend each course.



Studio 1st Week Studio 2nd Week
27th - 31st January 2020 9th - 13th March 2020

UK Design Studio Address

National Design Academy
Rufford Hall,
Waterside Way, Trent Park

International (Dubai)

National Design Academy
(The Progression Agency Office)
Block 2b, First Floor F29
Knowledge Village, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
PO Box 333207