Inchbald Diploma Garden Design Part Time

Garden design courses

Aims of the programme:

The Inchbald Diploma Garden Design Part Time course maintains the same high standard and quality in teaching parallel to the Full Time Diploma. The course is aimed at those students who wish to investigate garden design to a professional standard. It is structured to suit both those intending to pursue a professional career in garden design, and also those who wish to develop their expertise as passionate garden design enthusiasts.  The flexibility of part time learning allows students to maximise their time within the school whist fitting the additional homework around their other commitments.

“At the top end of the market with student uptake from around the world the Diploma in Garden Design Part Time at Inchbald School of Design is amongst the best in Britain.”

John Brooks, FSGD, MBE

The course is taught by renowned tutors, all of whom are in private practice and are specialists within their own areas of expertise. Tuition is supplemented by design mentors including Charlotte Rowe, John Brookes, Anthony Paul and others.

Through a series of lectures, visits, workshops and real life projects, the students will quickly develop a thorough grounding which will enable them to realise their own garden design projects. The final design project can be of personal choice which, enables the student to start practising while still under the guidance of the school.

The course is aimed at giving a full and realistic approach to the principles and practices of garden design, including business skills. The course aims to:

Equip the student with the necessary principles of garden design to enable them to plan and realise you own schemes with skill and confidence. This knowledge is imparted in both lecture and studio time, therefore allowing the student to make their mistakes or ‘eureka’ moments with a member of staff, so that any issues can be dealt with in school rather than at home.

Develop a sense of spatial awareness and the understanding of how to organise a space using hard and soft landscape techniques in three dimensions.

Inspire an awareness of hard landscaping materials and planting within garden design and to demonstrate skills in combining them aesthetically and functionally.

  • General course information
    Validation

    Inchbald

    Length

    1 Academic Year

    Dates

    9 September 2019 – 10 July 2020

    Days

    Wednesday & Thursday

    Times

    10am to 4pm

    Study Type

    Part Time / On Campus

    Student / Tutor Ratio

    8:1

    Location

    32 Eccleston Square, London SW1A 1PB

    Course Director

    Andrew Duff

    Course Administrator

    Lorraine Walton

  • Subject Overview

    Objectives

    To develop in the student an understanding of design as it relates to the garden

    To develop spatial awareness, the capability to organise space with a knowledge and understanding of ergonomics

    To evaluate site and functional constraints and evolve design solutions through critical analysis and research

    To develop a capability in the knowledge of technical support in hard and soft landscape design

  • Course Content

    Design

    This module enables the student to apply the principles of design theory to selected projects involving live clients and real sites, challenging their abilities and preconceptions.  Teaching encourages critical analysis of artistic works, the output of other designers, the application of site survey and analysis work and the understanding of the role of function in the design process.  The marriage of functional, decorative and site specific considerations provides the main core of the learning process and studio teaching encourages the exploration and examination of the links between these various design factors.  Specific design projects will expand and challenge student awareness of the design process and its application to different sites and circumstances.  Students are required to support, justify and defend their work both verbally in studio and crit sessions and with submitted design development material, showing how they achieved their goals.

    Design Analysis

    Design analysis encourages spatial appreciation and the investigation of a site in terms of its current and proposed uses and its relationship within the wider context, the surroundings and demographic criteria.  In addition, surveying technique teaches the skills and methods of effective site measurements both on a two and three-dimensional basis.  Analysis encourages design development and the student is expected to explore alternative solutions before moving to the design stage.  This is achieved by the use of diagrammatic assessments of tasks and the space needed to carry them out in conjunction with analysis of survey, circulation and ergonomics.  Students are encouraged to keep a record of their progress through each design assignment to be submitted for assessment alongside the finished project.

    Graphics

    The graphics module provides an intensive introduction to the principles of drawing, which are then developed across the range of design exercises.  The aim is to advance theoretical and practical understanding of the design communication process in order to establish a high level of confidence and skill in both technical and expressive modes. Concentration on graphic communication skills ensures a solid grounding for preparation in the work place.  Students eventually compare manually produced work with CAD-generated communication using the Vectorworks software installed at the School.  Students are also able to further explore presentation technique through other software packages.  A programme of lectures introduces the various techniques used in graphic communication, linked into studio sessions where tutorial support develops and refines skills.  Students are encouraged to experiment in design projects to find their 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.

    Planting Design

    The module explores the plant kingdom in microcosm through a research project that directs students to the main sources of reference both in the School library and in the nearby Lindley Library of the RHS.  Lectures support this research and the widening of student awareness into the design application of plants, seeing them as three dimensional masses rather than horticultural treasures.  The three dimensional qualities of plant material are explored through the three design projects, supported by studio teaching, whereas the detailed design applications are dealt with through the directed analysis and research in the planting design source book.  The three dimensional aspects of planting design are reinforced by site visits, models and supporting cross sections or sketches and sequential design studies to which the students are subjected throughout the course.  Students are also asked to consider the psychological aspects of special design with planting, looking specifically for their responses to chosen garden environments and locations.

    Construction

    This module enables students to explore the artistic, decorative, technical and practical aspects of problem solving in relation to hard landscape construction.  Through detailed investigation outlined at the interim crit stage, students are encouraged to explore and resolve complex junctions and structural requirements involved in the construction of a garden, to understand how hard materials perform and how they can be or might be used to resolve their own design aims.  Supporting information is delivered through a series of increasingly detailed lectures aimed at developing a problem solving approach in each student.  An evolving source book enables students to apply their research and acquired learning.  Major design projects include the exploration of construction technique, technical requirements and the use of functionally appropriate materials and fixings.

    Business

    The development of a range of skills suitable to and preparing for a future as a self employed garden designer.

    The introduction of business linked strategies, guidance and support specifically targeted to the field of garden design.  The course also requires specific research in costing and quantifying skills and information relating directly to a previously prepared design.

  • Entry Requirements

    Although suitable for those with no previous experience, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to deal with a heavy workload and the maturity to contribute to the course group.  Students are expected to attend an interview and complete an interview project.

    All teaching and lectures mare conducted in English and the following criteria may be required if English is not your first language: IELTS 5.5 (with no individual element below 5.0).

  • Tuition Fees

    £10,485 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. Specialist lectures are shared with the Part Time Diploma students to help share ideas.

    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

    Not applicable to this course

    Career Development

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

    Further study

    Successful graduates may be eligible for further study at academic level 4/5 and after a suitable period in work, usually 2 years, to level 6.

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