Full Time (15 Months)


8:1 teaching ratio





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.

Students 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. Students 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 students to exercise their individual responses to design methodologies and philosophical issues. Students develop in depth and specific research skills commensurate with postgraduate level study aimed at honing their problem-solving approaches.

Course content

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

The planting module enables students 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.

Students 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. Students learn how to specify the materials as well as the labour and design support required in the realisation of their scheme.

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

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 students 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.
  • 2021 fees part one (Post Graduate Diploma): £30,858 (£24,686 ex VAT)
  • 2021 fees part two (Master of Arts): tutorial based dissertation £5,400 (£4,320 ex VAT)

Accredited by:

Wrexham Glyndŵr University

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