Inchbald Online Diploma The Principles and Practices of Garden DesignGarden design courses
Aims of the programme:
The one-year Online Diploma in Principles and Practices of Garden Design is a flexible learning course, aimed at those students who wish to investigate garden design to a professional standard in the subjects addressed. The course is structured to suit both those intending to pursue professional careers as garden designers and those who wish to develop their expertise as passionate garden enthusiasts.
The course is aimed at people who are interested in a career in garden design.
It starts from the basics, so you don’t need any background or experience in design, or any formal qualifications. However, you do need to be able to speak and write English. As the course is online, you must also be a confident computer user – able to create illustrated and written documents, add attachments to email messages and contribute to online discussions, for example.
Many people pursue garden design as a second career. However, they often have work and family commitments that prevent them from attending the Inchbald School of Design full time. This course is designed for flexible study at a distance so you can fulfil your other commitments while also studying as an Inchbald student. Like other Inchbald courses, however, this course is challenging, and you will need to organise your time to manage your studies, participate fully and meet deadlines for submitting work.
- General Course InformationValidation
1 Academic YearDates29 April 2019 (Induction 23 – 25 April 2019)30 September 2019 (Induction 24 – 26 September 2019)Days
OnlineStudent / Tutor Ratio
Andrew DuffCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
At the start of the course you will explore the role of the garden designer and the creative concepts and principles of garden design. You will develop observation and visual communication skills, including sketching and technical drawing. You will build plant and horticultural knowledge and learn to design and present planting plans for gardens. You will consider the use and application of hard landscaping elements. With frequent opportunities to practise you will develop your skills so that by the end of the year you can complete a project to create and communicate a garden design.
A good garden designer creates an environment which both serves its purpose and provides an appearance and atmosphere that is emotionally and visually satisfying. To do this garden designers have to develop:
- analytical problem solving skills
- a practical ability in ergonomics and planning
- an aesthetic awareness of the nature of light, colour, form, proportion and texture.
The success of a design lies in the designer’s ability to balance and combine these elements.
This course follows the well-established and highly successful Inchbald School philosophy and examines these elements in a series of sessions with exercises that practise the combination of skills.
It is a serious course of study, involving the exploration of design ideas and history. It is also practical and requires you to apply the principles and processes of real design.
The course has four main aims:
- to help you develop the skills and understanding you need to design a garden successfully
- to give you the skills required to present your designs to a client
- to help you develop the ability to implement your scheme
- to encourage confidence in your own abilities as a designer
- Course Content
Module 1 looks at the role of the garden designer and explores the creative concepts and ideas that underpin a garden design. Emotional responses are a major part of this process and although it is difficult to define beauty and aesthetic excellence, this module explains a number of generally accepted principles that can be used. You will develop your creative skills and your critical faculties, and will present a report analysing a garden in depth.
Module 2 explores visual communication skills. You will start to keep a sketchbook, recording your design ideas, garden and museum visits, plants and hard landscaping elements that interest you. It also looks at freehand drawing and sketching. You will also learn about technical drawing and how to draw plans to scale.
Module 3 looks at planting design and how to design and present a planting plan. You will consider the structure, form, texture and colour of plants and how to put them together in groups. You will start to assemble a Plant Portfolio which will record individual plants in detail and their design potential for a garden designer.
Module 4 is concerned with plant knowledge and planting design. You will gain a basic understanding of plant science, soil science and horticultural knowledge. This will equip you to choose the right plant for the right place when designing. You will also learn some practical horticulture so you can advise on maintenance of your planting schemes.
Module 5 is concerned with design implementation. You will create a client brief for a design project that will require a scale plan, a planting plan, plant lists, a concept board and a model.
If you do not plan to continue your studies to Year 2, you will study a further module, Introduction to hard landscaping, to complete the Year 1 course
- Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements to the Online Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Garden Design course, although you will need to show a commitment to the heavy workload and the maturity to contribute to the course group.
As this is an online course you will be communicating with your tutor and fellow students online and via email. You will need basic computer skills, the ability to contribute to online discussions, create illustrated documents, add attachments and so on. If you feel you lack these skills we recommend you develop them before the course start date.
- Tuition Fees
£7,015.00 inc VAT
- Teaching Methods
As a student of the Inchbald School you will:
- attend an optional face-to-face induction which lasts three days at the start of the course
- study and work through the course materials from your home
- use the course website, Inchbald Online, to access course materials, contribute to online discussion forums with fellow students in your class and submit work
- complete the activities, assignments and projects in the course and submit work to your tutors for feedback, marking and assessment by the deadlines
- follow a course schedule for studying the course materials, submitting assignments and your project work and for participating in online discussions
- have the option to attend a three-day in-house seminar during the course
Garden DesignWork Experience
Not applicable to this course
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