Garden Design Course - Certificate (Home Study)
Home Study

Home Studycourse

Start Date:  Can be started at any time
Price:  $ 650 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  Approximately 3 months
Assessment:  5 practical assignments
Course Type:  Home Study
Level:  Equivalent to level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). This is not an AQF qualification.
Accreditation:  International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Certificate course in Garden Design

The Certificate Course in Garden Design will give you a basic foundation in the fascinating discipline of garden design. The course covers such subjects as: balance and proportion; path and patio planning; lawns; hedges and shelterbelts; soil and moisture.

Throughout the course you will complete five practical assignments designed to give you the experience to confidently take on real-life garden design projects. Assignments can be completed at any time within a maximum time frame of three years. Most students complete the course in three months.

See below for a full list of topics covered »

Certificate Course Study Contents:

  • Welcome Letter - from the course director
  • Recommended Materials & Supplementary Reading List
  • Initial Assignments and Submission Requirements
  • All Course Content & Instructional Videos

The History & Principles

Unit One

From plant selection to selecting colour schemes, our first module offers you the principle components that form the garden designers craft. Starting with the Principles of Garden Design, you will study the following:

  • Balance and Proportion
  • Unity and Repetition
  • Movement or Rhythm
  • Contrast
  • Colour
  • Focal Points
  • Simplicity
  • Know your Materials
  • The Seven Principles of Plant Selection

The Elements & Presentation

Unit Two

In the second module we take an in-depth look at some of the most important elements within a professionally designed garden. From outdoor floors to garden themes this book deals with many of the most important elements you will require when designing your outdoor rooms. Starting with garden floors, you will study the following:

  • Path and Patio Planning
  • Decks
  • Living Floors
  • Lawns
  • Garden Walls
  • Living Walls
  • Hedges and Shelterbelts
  • Seaside Themes
  • Cottage Styles
  • Mediterranean Style
  • Modern or Architectural Garden
  • Fragrance Garden
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Vegetable Border Garden
  • Rockeries
  • Japanese Garden