Interested in landscaping?
Landscape design is a multifaceted skill. It allows you to take a vision or “feeling” and transform it into a workable plan. It isn’t just about making a place look nice, nor mass planting, but it’s also about suiting the landscape to the climate, land and location. An understanding of plants, soils, timbers, weather, and other landscape materials is pivotal to the success of a good landscape design.
At the end of this 100-hour course you will be able to design a garden, and have a foundation for further studies in specific areas of landscape design, development or management.
SUMMARY OF COMPETENCIES DEVELOPED
On successful completion of the course you should be able to do the following:
- Create visual effects through the use of different landscape design concepts.
- Determine pre-planning information required to prepare a landscape design.
- Determine an appropriate garden style for a landscape, to satisfy specifications for a design project.
- Use legible graphic skills to illustrate a landscape design plan.
- Determine different hard landscape features that can be incorporated into a landscape, including earthworks, surface treatments and furniture.
- Prepare planting designs for different landscapes.
- Design different types of landscapes, including domestic gardens and public parks.
There are ten (10) lessons as follows:
LESSON 1: BASIC DESIGN PROCEDURES
Horticulture and landscaping, the appearance of plants, plant names, avoiding confusion, botanical families, principles of landscaping, unity, balance, proportion, harmony, contrast, rhythm, design elements, design, form, mass, space, texture, colour and tone, design effects, pre-planning information.
LESSON 2: HISTORY AND STYLES OF GARDENING
Garden styles (formal, informal, natural, cottage, oriental, Mediterranean, subtropical), the history of gardening, Australian gardens.
LESSON 3: DRAFTING AND CONTRACTING
Basic skills of landscape drawing, concept plans, scale drawing, presentation plan, computer-aided design (CAD), the art of drawing a plan, design procedure, specifications and contracts.
LESSON 4: BASIC LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION
Drainage and erosion, walling, rockeries, steps, mound-making, methods of earth shaping, obtaining infill, design considerations of play structures, gravel/bark paths.
LESSON 5: SURFACINGS
Gradients, types of surfacing and artificial surfaces, substrates, paving, performance considerations.
LESSON 6: FURNISHINGS AND FEATURES
Understanding garden rooms, furniture, positioning and comfort, choosing appropriate furnishings, garden art, framing the view, lighting, fountains and water displays, skate facilities and surfaces.
LESSON 7: PARK DESIGN I
Park components, walls, fences and windbreaks, recreational landscaping, park design criteria, types of play landscapes, community participation: making it work.
LESSON 8: HOME GARDEN DESIGN
Where the garden meets the house, practical concerns, bringing the outside in, buildings and courtyards.
LESSON 9: DESIGN PROCEDURE II
Design elements and principles, groups of elements, landscaping narrow gardens, water garden design, water effects, use of water plants, ponds, water quality and quantity.
LESSON 10: PARK DESIGN II
How to make trails, planning a trail, types of trails (fitness, sensory, environmental), the mangrove trail, cryptic puzzle trail, sporting facilities, outdoor multi-purpose courts, specifications, fun and fitness trails, motorised vehicle parks, motorbike trails.
COURSE DURATION: Approx 100 hours
This course is also available by CD-ROM – click here for more details.
WHAT THE COURSE COVERS
Here are just some of the things you may be doing:
- Explain the complete range of principles, elements and concepts used in landscape design.
- Visit and analyse a broad range of landscape styles, themes and components.
- Identify, record and utilise pre-planning information for design development, and use a checklist as a guide for surveying a site for a proposed design.
- Perform a site survey and client interview with the site owner/manager.
- Explain the significance of effective client liaison in a specific landscape job.
- Identify historical influences on landscaping in your locality.
- Explain the influence on modern garden design, of work by three garden designers who have been prominent in world garden history.
- Develop and compare the appropriateness of three design options for one specific landscape project.
- Draw an extensive range of different landscape symbols on paper, covering soft and hard landscape features.
- Transpose two different landscape drawings, reducing the scale by a specified amount.
- Draw a plan for a landscape using legible graphic techniques.
- Determine site preparations required for a specified landscape site, including clearing, cleaning and earthworks.
- Explain the legal requirements for cleaning up after a job in your locality.
- Determine suitable timbers for construction of four different types of garden structures.
- Compare the suitability of different materials for surfacing paths, including asphalt, concrete, local gravels, local mulches, timber and ceramics.
- Collect, catalogue and determine appropriate use for different items of garden furniture.
- Design a paved area for a garden surveyed, including scale drawings and construction instructions.
- Prepare a plant collection of at least eighty different plants, incorporating pressed plant specimens, scientific and common names, cultural details, and how to use each of these plants in different landscape situations.
- Evaluate established landscapes based on costs, maintenance, function and aesthetics.
- Develop detailed planting designs, including plant lists, for three landscape plans to satisfy given job specifications.
- Analyse and compare the landscape designs of numerous selected homes and public parks.
- Develop and prepare concept plans for landscape areas such as an outdoor living area, kitchen garden, courtyard, children’s playground, entry to a home and a neighbourhood park.
- Draft a series of four conceptual plans, showing stages in the design of a home garden.
- Prepare a professional standard landscape design for a client in your locality, including a landscape plan drawn on tracing paper, materials specifications (including types and quantities) and budget details.
Even though you are studying at a time and place convenient for you, you still benefit from expert guidance and tuition. Your tutor is experienced in this field and will provide valuable feedback on each assignment you submit.
WRITTEN BY EXPERTS
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Don’t worry if you have never studied before; all the lessons are set out in easy-to-understand language, taking you step by step through the course. If you need additional assistance, simply contact Student Services and help will never be far away.
STUDYING ONLINE IS SIMPLE
With online training you have the advantage of being able to study anywhere that you have access to a computer and the Internet. All your lessons are available on the website for you to view as you need them, or you can save them to your computer and print them so you can take them with you wherever you go.
At the end of each lesson is an online quiz so you can test your knowledge straight away. Once you are comfortable that you understand everything contained in the lesson, simply complete your assignment and upload it to the website for your tutor to mark. Once your tutor has marked your assignment you will receive an email notifying you it is ready for collection.
Part Payments Available
Initial deposit : $342 inc GST
2nd payment : $342 inc GST
Total Cost : $684 inc GST