Gain the drawing skills to present your garden designs to their best advantage
It is important for garden designers to communicate their ideas in the most effective and visually stimulating way. This course will enable you to present your technical drawings to a professional level – essential if want to pursue a professional career. It aims to encourage your artistic/design ability and help develop your own style. You will explore topics including design principles like harmony, proportion, movement and colour; how to measure up the site; using the correct drawing equipment; creating conceptual and presentation plan drawings; colour rendering and use of standard landscape symbols. The course also covers costings, maintenance considerations and an introduction to CAD (computer aided design).
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.
This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by garden design experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
Lesson 1 – Course introduction. Suggested reading list. An outline of garden design
Lesson 2 – The reasons for a planned approach. First design principles
Lesson 3 – Some more design theory. Design objectives. Measurement calculations
Lesson 4 – Drawing techniques. Materials and equipment. The use of scale rulers
Lesson 5 – Measurement of irregular areas. The use of a key in plan work
Lesson 6 – Design methodology. Design specifications. Introducing costings
Lesson 7 – Overall presentations. Enhancing the quality of drawings
Lesson 8 – Further points relating to the illustrations of both hard and soft landscapes
Lesson 9 – Maintenance factors. Writing out a programme. Advanced perspective
Lesson 10 – An example of work programme. An introduction to CAD (computer aided design)
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
You do not need previous garden design or drawing knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are 2 ways you can enrol