About the Course
With an HND in Garden Design, you will be well equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter the garden design profession. Many students with an HND go on to set up successful independent garden design businesses; some work with other garden designers in small companies, or for landscaping companies, or with consortia involving designers and other landscape professionals; others go on to further qualifications such as a garden and greenspace design or landscape architecture degree.
This course develops your competence in the wide range of skills needed by practicing designers, including communication with clients and other professionals, and organising and managing design and construction projects.
Course Duration: 2 years if studied full-time.
Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (CC)/A-Levels (DE) or equivalent qualification preferably to include a science subject or geography.
The HND offers a broad range of modules which will prepare you fully for a career in this industry. Plant knowledge is secured through modules such as Plant Recognition, Planting Design, and Plants for Gardens: Specialised Plantings. Practical skills are developed through modules in garden design skills, landscape surveying, IT skills and horticultural practices. Garden design skills and knowledge are taught throughout, covering all elements of design from the initial client brief to the development of a portfolio of designs, and implementation. In addition the course prepares you with transferable skills such as writing a business plan.
You will design in a range of garden styles, and prepare designs, construction details and planting plans for real clients. Practical construction projects, and visits to a range of landscapes are all integral parts of the course. As a team you will work on the design and construction of a show garden for a major gardening exhibition.