Garden Design Course - Postgraduate (Home Study)
Home Study

Home Studycourse

Start Date:  Can be started at any time
Price:  $ 1,595 (easy-pay plan available)
Average Study Duration:  9 months
Assessment:  15 practical assignments
Course Type:  Home Study
AQF Level:  N/A
Recognition:  International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.
Work Placements:  Graduates of this course are eligible for a one month work placement at a garden design company. All placements are in the Melbourne and Sydney areas.

Postgraduate course in Garden Design


The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Garden Design offers you an in-depth and technical knowledge of this compelling profession, giving you everything you need to start your own successful garden design business. The course covers such subjects as: setting up your business; managing a garden design project and all the technical information you will need to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

Throughout the course you will complete fifteen practical assignments designed to give you the skills you need to succeed as a garden design professional. Assignments can be completed at any time within a maximum time frame of three years. Most students complete the course in nine months.

Can be studied as a stand-alone course.

See below for a full list of topics covered »

Postgraduate Course Study Contents:

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

The History


The first module in the Postgraduate Course in Garden Design offers an in-depth look at the history of garden design, covering the ways in which gardens evolved through time and how this influences the way we design today.

  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Persia (Iran) Persian Empire
  • Greece
  • The Roman Epoch
  • India
  • China
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Monastery and Castle Gardens
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • The French Tradition
  • English Traditions

The Principles


From plant selection to selecting colour schemes, our second 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


In the third 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

Assessment & Presentation


This practical module covers all you need to know about how to go about assessing a client's wishes and needs, and how to make effective presentations of your ideas to them. You learn how to prepare simple base plans at first, building up to a Concept Drawing then a final Working Plan.

  • The Garden Area
  • Steps to Effective Measuring
  • What's Above, What's Below?
  • Existing Plants and Trees
  • Recording Sun and Shade
  • Factoring in Hardiness and Microclimates
  • Soil Conditions
  • Ph Levels
  • Client Questionnaire
  • Drawing Tools
  • Creating a Base Plan
  • Title Block
  • Bubble Plan
  • Landscape Symbols
  • Concept Drawing and Working Plan

The Business


The fifth module in the Postgraduate Course in Garden Design covers the steps you will need to take to start your own successful garden design business. Topics are as follows:

  • Business Essentials
  • Getting Started
  • Pricing and Selling Your Services & Products
  • Customer Service
  • Day-to-Day Operations
  • Working from Home
  • Business Supports, Information, and Entitlements

Plant Science


The sixth module in the Postgraduate Course in Garden Design covers the plant sciences. Garden design is an art, a craft and a science. The truly competent garden designer should be proficient in all three elements. Topics are as follows:

  • Structure and Function of Plant Cells
  • The Power of Flowers
  • Plant Physiology: How Plants Work
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Soil and Water
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Diseases and Pests
  • Weeds in the Lawn and Garden
  • Environment and Ecology of the Garden