BA (Hons) Garden Design

Garden design courses

Aims of the programme:

The BA (Hons) programme is validated by Wrexham Glyndŵr University, in partnership with and delivered by Inchbald School of Design. The BA (Hons) in Garden Design is a vocational Higher Education qualification taught at academic levels 4, 5 and 6 attracting 360 credits.

The skills and knowledge gained in undertaking this programme will be applicable, not only to the situations experienced whilst completing studies, but also to future work opportunities. The programme aims to acknowledge students’ past and current experiences and offer an opportunity to enhance those experiences in the light of the specifics of Garden Design. The opportunity to learn from each other is a significant part of the process honing skills for future professional skills in relation to co-operative and collaborative practice. Embedding theory into practice, this course facilitates the gaining of new knowledge across design, analysis, communication and practice relevant to the professional arena.

  • General course information
    Validation

    Wrexham Glyndŵr University

    Length

    21 months

    Dates

    7 January – 22 March, 23 April – 10 July 2019 (Glyndŵr Cert Level 4).

    Please check the Glyndwr Certificate Level 4 course page for details and course fee or speak to Admissions regarding qualification for exemption from this level.

    September 2019 – January 2020 (Level 4 continued),

    February 2020 – September 2020 (Level 5),

    February 2021 – September 2021 (Level 6).

    Days

    Monday – Friday

    Times

    10am to 4pm

    Study Type

    Onsite

    Student / Tutor Ratio

    8:1

    Location

    Eccleston Square

    Course Director

    Andrew Duff

    Course Administrator

    Lorraine Walton

  • Subject Overview

    Objectives

    To develop learner’s knowledge, skills in the creative and technical aspects of garden design and in the specialist skills associated with the profession

    To promote the attainment of the skills and knowledge required to gain appropriate professional status in the design discipline

    Develop an awareness and appreciation of design in general and garden design in particular to enable students to work with confidence and skill in their future careers

    Encourage in depth design analysis

    Introduce or develop research skills in support of design training and practice

    Provide a historical context against which students can develop their ideas

    Encourage individuality and creativity in all design work

    Understand the nature of design as a problem-solving exercise and as a relationship between functional, technical and aesthetic elements

    Successfully prepare and present a finalised design solution complete with all the necessary visual material and information to communicate a scheme fully, including a well-organised verbal presentation to their client

    Make a valuable contribution within the garden design profession, or multi-disciplinary design practices; or as self-employed designers

    Be able to successfully communicate concepts at sketch design stage with freehand sketches, visual material and rationales

    Be aware of the value of research and sourcing in support of their design work.

  • Course Content

    Module Structure

    Level 4 

    Introduction to Design

    Research and Learning Skills

    Skills for Design

    Initial Design

    Level 5

    Design Development and Communication

    Design Process

    Hard and Soft Landscaping

    Professional Practice

    Level 6

    Major Design Unit 1

    Major Design Unit 2

    Major Project Written Report

    Introduction to Design / Research and Learning Skills

    These two modules introduce the subject and examine learning the language of design. Developing an understanding of the differing aspects of garden design is an essential stage to prepare students for the design projects to follow and the design development and research that will underpin them.

    Skills for Design / Initial Design

    These modules explore the design process through a residential project and explore the skills required to develop and communicate your design ideas considering a variety of audiences. You will approach visual communication through hand and computer aided drawing, development of a design solution will be progressed through initial concept sketches, orthographic drawing and the exploration of materials both hard and soft. Lectures will introduce design strategies, construction, colour, light and finishes. The development of a client brief and the collection of information to support the design is a major element of these modules.

    Design Development and Communication

    This module encourages you to experiment and to find your own means of communicating, which can be compared to the standards of the profession. The work varies between orthographic projection and more traditional techniques such as axonometric and perspective drawing to collage, montage, model making and various modes of colour rendering

    The design module is introduced with a series of formal lectures covering the principles of design as they relate to garden design.

    As the course proceeds, the projects become more rigorous and detailed. You are encouraged to research the context of their sites, investigating the historical background, the qualities of the site and its location, the needs of the client and the successful integration of functional requirements.  In the final project, you will select your own site, researching the detail and context of the location and produce your own brief.

    Design Process

    This module delivers a range of specific design support information.  This includes lighting, irrigation, swimming pool design, ecology and sustainability, soils and geology, grass seeding and turfing, identification and recognition of pests and diseases and the production of written specifications in support of design proposals.

    Surveying work is introduced in lectures and supported by site visits and practical groups surveying sessions on a live site.  You are encouraged to reflect on the importance of clarity in instructing and conducting survey work on site.

    Hard and Soft Landscaping

    This module introduces the three dimensional aspects of planting design which are reinforced by site visits, models and supporting cross sections or sketches and sequential design studies to which you are subjected throughout the course.  You will be asked to consider the psychological aspects of spatial design with planting, looking specifically for your responses to chosen garden environments and locations.

    From the pool of lectures delivered information you are required to explore and apply their understanding of construction theory.  Studio teaching sessions provide a basis for such application on an individual basis and tutors aim to customise this extended teaching around the students’ own ideas.

    Specialist areas of hard landscape design are introduced as the course progresses, enabling you to increase and diversify your pool of knowledge.  The ability to convey and communicate your own detailed design thinking to a range of people including clients, project managers, contractors and specialist suppliers is developed both graphically and in terms of acquired knowledge.  The intensity and directed nature of this area of study produces a high standard of understanding and awareness coupled with efficient communication skills.

    Professional Practice

    The majority of teaching in this module is lecture based although some open up into workshop sessions in which students can explore and analyse comparative systems and approaches in relation to marketing, fee estimating and contract.
Studio based teaching concentrates on the development of detailed costings

    Through this exercise, students learn how to quantify the raw materials that make up their designs and the labour and design support required in their realisation. There is also a requirement that students analyse the impact of their cost findings on the quality of their finished design – they are encouraged through group and individual studio discussion to provide solutions to reducing costs without necessarily reducing design quality.

    Major Design Unit 1

    Two set garden design projects make up this modules with a fully realised and details solution as the expected outcome. The module is studio based with students working to a more tutorially based studio model.

    Major Design Unit 2

    A self-directed major garden design project is at the heart of this module. Researched and sourced by the student this allows an opportunity to specialise in a field that appeals to the individual, creating a signature piece for the design portfolio. Practically supported by specification and a complete detailing of the chosen area this project should encompass much of the learning from the prior modules.

    Major Project Written Report

    A reflective report concerning the critical analysis and process experienced in the delivering of the final project. This report will explore the development from concept through to final design, it should focus on precedence study and the practical elements of delivering a fully realised spatial and decorative solution for this self-directed project.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants applying for the courses are required to come to the School for interview wherever possible. Applicants seeking academic exemption (from previous levels) are required to complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) questionnaire as part of the application form, in accordance with the University General Regulations, which should be returned to the School prior to, or at, interview.

    The Glyndŵr Certificate and Diploma HE constitute earlier levels (4 and 5) and are stand-alone exit points.  In line with University General Regulations, direct entry onto these levels is possible via RPL and RPEL questionnaire together with explanatory documentation such as a portfolio and details of previous relevant employment to provide detailed background to enable the School to make an informed decision.

    Experience in the professional/industrial field leading to attainment of similar standing to that of HE level 5 may be considered in place of the academic qualification. Two years’ experience is required and in order for the application to be considered portfolios are required where appropriate and/or applicable.

    All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria may be required if English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category.

  • Tuition Fees

    £36,750 inc VAT

  • Teaching Methods

    Places are strictly limited to ensure that students gain close working relationships with teaching staff, and that they are supported in studio at a ratio of 8: 1.

    Lectures are discussion based, therefore allowing students, not only to ask any necessary questions but also to facilitate interaction with the other students’ opinions.  This is particularly important during the early stages of the course in order to develop ideas and a sense of personal style.

    The Inchbald is staffed by working designers who are recognised for their creative input and for their professional standards. Lecturers are drawn from relevant practices and academic institutions and senior designers are invited as guest lecturers.  Full time staff are all trained educators.

    The course is taught using lecture, studio, group work, workshops and regular visits to major gardens. Students should be aware that this is a very intensive course and tutors encourage the development of independent learning in order that they are able to devote a significant amount of their own time to further study and completion of projects and assignments.

    Students are allocated their own drawing space for the year giving them a dedicated workspace to use outside of the two days and full use of the School’s facilities including library and Eccleston Square gardens.

    Faculty

    Garden Design

    Work Experience

    Applicable to this course usually organised during Easter vacation

    Career Development

    Ongoing consultation on portfolio and employment during and after the course, CV and exhibition preparation during the course

    Further study

    Successful graduates at level 6 (Hons) will be eligible for further study at PG and Masters level, academic level 7.

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