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Full Time (15 Months)


8:1 teaching ratio


Course start date:

September 2024


The Master of Arts Garden Design combines highly intensive teaching in year one followed by tutorial based supervised study in the final semester for the dissertation.

You will engage with critical analysis as the foundation for design development applying this and the principles of design theory across a range of live sites and varied clients. Project work is undertaken using the Survey-Analysis-Design approach, exploring conceptual method and practice. You gain further understanding of the resonance and performance of materials, sensory perception of space and the effects of both historical and contemporary theory and context. The course requires you to exercise your individual responses to design methodologies and philosophical issues. You develop in-depth and specific research skills commensurate with postgraduate level study aimed at honing your problem-solving approaches.

Course content

The course is made up of six modules: Design Analysis, Design, Construction, Planting, Research Methodology, and Business, constituting the postgraduate element (which is an exit point) with the sixth module, Research, completing the Masters level.

The planting module will enables you to explore the artistic, decorative, structural and spatial aspects of design, exploring the plant kingdom in microcosm. The three-dimensional qualities of plant material are explored through design projects supported by studio teaching and lectures. The related hard landscape module explores the technical detail and creative potential of hard construction as a compliment to planting.

You are instructed in business linked strategies, guidance and support. Lectures explore methods of costing and quantifying skills along with comparative systems and approaches to marketing, fee estimating and contracts. You learn how to specify the materials as well as the labour and design support required in the realisation of your scheme.

The final research module - the dissertation - is a self-directed study element which is tutorially based.

Who is it aimed at?

This course is aimed at cognate arts BA (Hons) graduates, usually with a first or upper second level degree, or those with demonstrable equivalent design experience who are looking to further their education and increase their qualification, as well as those seeking to set up their own professional practice.

Key info & fees

Full time: On campus

  • The Master of Arts Garden Design is a full time course on campus which runs for one academic year and on a tutorial basis for one further semester.
  • Students successfully completing the first year receive a Postgraduate Diploma. Successful completion of the further semester and dissertation achieves the MA.
  • This course requires relevant previous academic qualifications such as a cognate degree eg. fine art, applied arts, 2- and 3- dimensional design, and is subject to an interview and portfolio presentation.
  • Experience in the professional field leading to attainment of similar standing to that of HE level 6 may be considered in place of academic qualification.
  • For students wishing to study on a visa, a recognised IELTS (SERT) English language test or proof of a BA (Hons) studied at an English speaking university is required.
  • Fees part-one (Post Graduate Diploma): £34,300 (inc VAT)
  • Fees part-two (Master of Arts): tutorial based dissertation £7,000 (inc VAT)

Accredited by:

Wrexham University

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