Inchbald Diploma Garden DesignGarden design courses
Aims of the programme:
The Full Time Diploma course is a comprehensive programme enabling students to enter garden design at a professional level. Students are introduced to design through mainly residential projects that increase in complexity as the course progresses. Tutoring by professional designers is carried out in studio, supported by lectures covering aesthetic and practical issues by renowned professionals.
Students are taught to approach problem solving in a professional manner using the Survey, Analysis, Design method. Core skills and understanding are developed through a comprehensive lecture programme arranged in modules covering design, design analysis, construction, planting design, graphics and business practice. Contemporary visualisation skills, both manual and CAD-based, are developed throughout the course enabling students to leave with a comprehensive portfolio and the confidence to enter the marketplace.
The course ensures a thorough training in garden design. Careers advice is given and Inchbald students have been developing successful garden design careers since 1972.
- General course informationValidation
1 Academic YearDates
9 September 2019 – 10 July 2020Days
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and FridayTimes
10am to 4pmStudy Type
Full Time / On CampusStudent / Tutor Ratio
32 Eccleston Square, London SW1A 1PBCourse Director
Andrew DuffCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
£24,820.00 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 DesignWork Experience
Not applicable to this courseCareer Development
Ongoing consultation on portfolio and employment during and after the course, CV and exhibition preparation during the courseFurther 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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