About the Course
The HNC introduces you to the many facets of garden design which include design, plant knowledge, hard landscaping and business studies. During the year, you will design gardens for real clients and develop hands-on horticultural knowledge.
Employment opportunities with HNC Garden Design include working for landscape companies and horticultural enterprises, often providing design input into their projects. Some students with previous relevant experience go straight into designing gardens and setting up their own business, although they often come back to take more advanced HND modules while working!
Course Duration: 1 year if studied full-time.
Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (CC)/A-Levels (DE) preferably to include a science subject or geography.
You will study design in modules including Landscape Graphics, Design Process and Composition and Garden Design Concepts alongside developing your plant knowledge with Plant Recognition, Planting Design and Horticultural Practices modules. Constructing Hard Landscape Features, Surveying and Business Management are also included to provide a rounded curriculum
You will carry out guided design work in a studio setting using real projects with real clients and covering a range of styles of gardens. You will visit plant nurseries, gardens and hard landscape suppliers and will spend time on walks around the campus and botanic gardens to learn plant identification, and undertake practical horticulture.
Upon successful completion of this course, students may apply to join year two of HND Garden Design.