Glyndwr Certificate – Garden DesignGarden design courses
Aims of the programme:
The Glyndwr Certificate is validated by Wrexham Glyndwr University in partnership with and delivered by Inchbald School of Design.
This course is a recognised exit point and constitutes the first two modules at level 4 and as such is the first stage of the BA Hons in Garden Design. It can also be studied as a stand-alone course. Successful completion of these modules achieves 60 credits at level 4. Successful students receive a Glyndwr University certificate of Continuing Education and a transcript.
This course has its roots in the professionally recognised course which was the first course taught in 1960. It has been refined and developed to approach the teaching of decoration and design as a cohesive and indivisible process. The programme is open to all those who have complete A level or the equivalent, potential students must be 18 years of age or older.
Lecture and workshop based learning introduces the skills required to approach design ideas and the research background to help understand the development of the process. Studio and round table discussion facilitates the exchange of design ideas and sharing of experience. This interaction in turn introduces exchanges with other design students, an essential skill for a good grasp of professional expectation.
The course approaches design method through projects and workshops that explore a residential site. Context is supplied with lectures encompassing the evolution of styles and the history of design to familiarize students with the expectations of the professional design studio.
- General course informationValidation
Wrexham Glyndwr UniversityLength
19 April – 7 July 2021 (Virtual)
13 Sept – 26 Nov 2021 (On Campus)Days
Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri full timeTimes
10am to 3pmStudy Type
Full TimeStudent / Tutor Ratio
7 Eaton Gate, London SW1W 9BACourse Director
Andrew DuffCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
To develop learner’s skills in the creative and research aspects of design.
Develop an awareness and appreciation of design and begin to develop the ability to evaluate their design skills and how to communicate them
Encourage analysis of design as a problem-solving process
Introduce research and sourcing skills to support design
Provide a historical context and an understanding of the trends in design
Encourage individuality and creativity in all design work
Understand the nature of design as a balance between functional, technical and aesthetic elements
Introduce sourcing and the skill to evaluate materials
Introduce and develop visual skills to communicate a scheme fully to a client
Understand the role of the designer within the multi-disciplinary world of design
Introduce skills in drawing, both hand and computer based to begin to successfully communicate a design scheme
- Course Content
Introduction to Design
This module is introduced with a series of presentations covering the overarching principles of design as they relate to simple residential spaces. Lectures will approach the idea of design thinking, development of ideas and methods of visual communication. Through the projects student will learn to organise and decorate a residential site and consider the requirements of a client. They will begin to manipulate the core elements of design, scale, form, light, texture and colour as they present both formerly and informally, ideas and considerations to tutors and peers.
Sketch scheme techniques introduce the fundamentals of drawing and sketching and an approach to the use of computer generated imagery and drawing to support presentation.
Research and Learning
Design assignments provide creative opportunities and this module supports the processes that underpin that creativity. The presentation of supporting developmental work is required with students supporting their decision-making process. Evaluating and categorising information from a variety of areas relevant to design is also required and students learn to research regulatory procedures that affect the work of a designer, technical references and the acquisition of materials, fitments and equipment all need to be recorded and specified.
Documentation and information is a large part of the design process and this module includes the methods and organisational skills required to produce full notes, keys, comprehensive schedules and specifications to describe fully presented scheme design to clients.
- Entry Requirements
Relevant previous academic qualification / interview / portfolio
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 individual element below 5.5).
- Tuition Fees
Course Fee TBC
- Teaching Methods
Places are strictly limited to ensure that students gain close working relationships with teaching staff, and that they are supported 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.
During the first term the course is taught virtually, the virtual learning environment will replicate the in-house experience. This achievement is possible because of the extensive work done on the development of our Online Courses, together with our experience of the delivery of digital education over the past years.
Students will work in studio groups led by tutors communicating one- to- one in tutorials, as well as via written forums. All the tutors will be Inchbald staff members who have extended knowledge of teaching students in- house, on- line and virtually. You will enjoy the same weekly schedule, syllabus and projects that would normally be presented in the first term of study, the only difference being the actual learning environment.
During the 2nd and 3rd terms the course is taught on campus using lecture, studio, group work, workshops and regular visits to major gardens. 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.
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.Faculty
Garden DesignWork 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 levels 4, 5and 6.
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