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Professional Diploma in Garden Design - Open Learning

KLC School of Design
Course summary
18 months
1,126 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

Professional Diploma in Garden Design - Distance Learning career training

online learning,open learning,distance learningThis distance learning course, has been specifically designed for students who want to gain a recognised vocational qualification in order to follow a career in this exciting, dynamic and inspirational field, but need to fit their studying around existing work and family commitments. With the most up-to-date course material, this course enables you to study at your own pace as it isis divided into small, manageable sized tutorials, with self-assessed tests and exercises and practical case studies throughout many of the tutorials, so that students can see how the lessons are applied to real-life situations.

The form of study is very interactive and students use a combination of printed and on-line material in their studies that cover every aspect of garden design, backed up with the help and support of KLC’s tutor team. As a lot of the interaction in this open learning course is online, students benefit from the students the KLC website, where additional study information, exercise sheets and special updates can be found, as well as a platform for further research and allows interaction with other students, as well as access to your own personal records.

garden design,open learning garden designEncompassing both practical and theoretical elements, the garden design course covers all aspects of garden design from the more design-orientated and technically detailed subjects such as hard landscaping and construction drawings through to garden history and horticulture.KLC School of Design is highly regarded within the industry and has an enviable track record of employment for its graduates. 

garden design diploma,garden design course In this garden design course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of design drawing, carefully integrated with an introduction to computer aided design, design principles, construction and presentation techniques all set in the context of the design process as a whole. All these areas are further developed as the course progresses so that graduates can develop their design solutions, on a sound basis, and effectively communicate their ideas to the client.

Suitability - Who should attend?

No previous art or design experience is necessary for this interior design course, just commitment and enthusiasm.  Students will need to have regular access to a computer with an internet connection, ideally with broadband.

This course can also be taken as an intensive Part-Time course:

»  Diploma in Garden Design - Part-Time course

Outcome / Qualification etc.

On completion of this course students will achieve the prestigious KLC Diploma.

Course Content



  • Module 1 – The Design Process
  • Module 2 – Garden History 1
  • Module 3 – Concepts (Mood Boards)
  • Module 4 – Scale
  • Module 5 – Site Survey & Analysis
  • Module 6 – The Client’s Brief
  • Module 7 – Initial Pencil Exercises
  • Module 8 – Design Principles
  • Module 9 – Plans, Elevations & Sections
  • Module 10 – Sketching
  • Module 11 – Plant Nomenclature


  • Module 12 – Plant Science 1
  • Module 13 – Garden History 2
  • Module 14 – Inking & Lettering
  • Module 15 – Plant Categories & Planting Principles
  • Module 16 – Functional Layout Plans
  • Module 17 – Plant Science 2
  • Module 18 – Garden History 3
  • Module 19 – Form, Texture & Colour


  • Module 20 – Garden History 4
  • Module 21 – Plant Science 3
  • Module 22 – Rendering
  • Module 23 – Axonometric Projection Drawings
  • Module 24 – Garden History 5
  • Module 25 – The Planting Plan
  • Module 26 – Gardening Practice
  • Module 27 – Dealing With Difficult Sites
  • Module 28 – Garden Lighting 1
  • Module 29 – Construction 1
  • Module 30 – Garden History 6
  • Module 31 – Costing A Project
  • Module 32 – Visual Presentation
  • Module 33 – Environment, Sustainability & Naturalistic Planting


  • Module 34 – Scale Models
  • Module 35 – Garden History 7
  • Module 36 – Construction 2
  • Module 37 – Garden Lighting 2
  • Module 38 – Verbal Presentation


  • Module 39 – Construction 3
  • Module 40 – Garden History 8
  • Module 41 – Construction 4
  • Module 42 – Contemporary Gardens
  • Module 43 – Construction 5


  • Module 44 – Professional Practice Part I
  • Module 45 – Professional Practice Part II
  • Module 46 – Professional Practice Part III

There are also 27 pieces of project work including three final projects in this course and includes making a site survey and analysis; preparing a client brief and concept boards; creating garden layouts and planting plans; drawing plans and elevations; creating perspective and axonometric drawings and rendering them in different media; sourcing hard landscaping materials, dealing with difficult sites, and understanding and planning garden lighting.


The total cost of this course is: £1,126.00 + VAT

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