What will I learn?
The new Certificate in Garden Design is aimed at those passionate hobbyists who want to develop and refine their skills and is designed to replace the outgoing FdSc in Garden Design. As such it is not an HE qualification but a practical based course designed to deliver the skills required to get up and running as a garden designer. Although an economical alternative to a degree, it utilises the same resources, method of delivery and style of teaching from expert staff.
The course is aimed at learners who are either new to the industry or simply want to enhance their skills. While the Certificate provides a base of information useful for either domestic or professional use, the Diploma is designed to build on this and deliver the business acumen required should students want to pursue a more â€˜professionalâ€™ career in the Garden Design industry.
The course can be studied either one day a week or two days a week. If you choose to study two days a week, each stage will take a year to complete; if you study one day a week, each stage will take two years to complete
You will taught by award winning Garden Designers with a proven track record of success at RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court and who have professional expertise in their field. You will get in-depth insight into the industry and benefit from their vast and considerable experience.
One of the key features of the industry is that it recognises a studentâ€™s competence in practice rather than academic achievement. As such, there are no formal exams but the assessment strategy is designed to evidence a benchmark of professional competence rather than academic rigour. This involves utilising assessment strategies such as presentation skills, drawing techniques, practical plant identification tests and portfolio development.
The Certificate can both be achieved at Pass, Merit or Distinction and tutors will provide supportive feedback to assist learner achieve to their highest potential.
What will I study?
What will I need?
Students will need appropriate clothing for outdoor practicals. Many of the teaching resources will be on-line so access to a computer will be beneficial.
Students will have access to discounted memberships of the Society of Garden Designers which provides a wealth of materials to support and enhance understanding of the industry. Students also have discounted access key CAD software VectorWorks.
Students will also benefit from being in an environment that will provide them with the opportunity to make industry links and expand their confidence. The department also runs study trips at the end of each academic year which are delivered at an extra cost but provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people that share your passion and feel part of the learning community of the College.
Meet the Lecturers
Click the names to find out more about our expert lecturers:
Chris Bird https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/he-staff-horticulture/chris-bird/
Chris Prior https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/he-staff-horticulture/chris-prior/
Where will it lead me?
The qualification is designed to provide the skills necessary to either work towards being a practising Garden Designer, or simply enhance the skills and appreciation of those passionate gardeners. It will deliver the key information you will need to create beautiful green spaces and enhance the environment: from plant identification, drawing techniques and an understanding of plant growth to liaising with clients and constructing detailed scale drawings.
Horticultural knowledge drawing, design and computer skills are required for this course. As well as a passion for plants, design and a will to succeed!