Higher National Diploma in Landscape Design Course
Landscape Design is both creative and scientific. The Landscape professional very often works as part of a team, comprising architects, planners, civil engineers and others. Landscape Designers not only create new landscapes but they also rehabilitate and conserve derelict and existing ones. Landscapes are needed in projects such as housing, roads, sports and leisure complexes, parks and gardens and land reclamation. Site sensitive selection together with expert design creates new landscapes of quality and visual interest.
Watch our Garden and Landscape Design students creating their showpiece for Bloom in the Park 2012!
There are currently very few qualifying courses for Landscape Designers in Ireland. BFEI graduates may progress to degree level at Gloucestershire University, Cheltenham which is recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe), enabling graduates to work anywhere in the world.
Opportunities exist to work in private practice as consultants undertaking commissions for both public authorities and private clients. There are also career opportunities in government departments, public bodies, local authorities, industry, sustainable development agencies and in the offices of architects, engineers and building contracting companies. Landscape Design offers an interesting, challenging and rewarding career for those with a talent for drawing, art and design and who have an interest in enhancing the natural environment.
The course is designed to enable graduates to undertake work in both the commercial and domestic markets. Studio projects develop design skills, critical facility and presentation skills. These projects introduce the student to an increasingly complex range of environmental design.
Studio projects are completed on a continuous assessment basis to develop design analytical and presentation skills.
- Principles of Plant and Soil Science
- Plant Selection and Establishment
- Hard Landscape Principles and Practice
- Graphic Skills
- Planting Design
- Landscape Design Process
- Design Method
- Contextual and Cultural Referencing
- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
- Landscape and Garden Maintenance
- Ideas in Context
- Critical Study
- Professional Practice
- Drawing Techniques and Processes
- Art, Design and Media Practice within Digital Environment (Photoshop/Illustrator)
- Environmental Management
- Work Experience
LSD1 (first year)
LSD2 (second year)
||2 years – full time September to May
|Number of places
30 each year
|Number of contact hours per week
- Field trips
- Educational Tours
- Study Skills
- Career Advice and CV Preparation
- Enterprise Workshop
A two-week work experience placement takes place in second year. While the College will provide assistance, it will be the learner's own responsibility to secure suitable work experience.
Assessment and Certification
- Assessment is based on assignments and studio projects submitted during the year to develop design, analytical and presentation skills.
- This course is certified by Edexcel/BTEC
This course is recognised by the University of Gloucestershire. Students who successfully complete the Higher National Diploma may apply to year 3 of the BA [Hons] Landscape Architecture at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.
Applicants should have achieved five passes at ordinary level. LCA applicants should submit details of credits awarded.
Others including Mature Students
Applicants without the entry requirements are welcome and will be assessed individually.
It is not a requirement to bring a portfolio, however, a portfolio can be made up of a variety of work that reflects the applicant’s drawings, paintings or any work that shows a keen interest in design.
- Applicants must have successfully completed Year 1 or equivalent.
Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.
- At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.
- Students will also be required to purchase certain items, including drawing equipment.