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Introduction

Garden Design Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a one year, QQI Level 5 Garden Design course.

Do you enjoy gardening and want to make a business out of your passion? Have you studied Horticulture but need skills in design, and drafting? Are you interested in getting IT skills in AutoCAD and presentation graphics whilst developing your design skills? With a strong emphasis on design, this course aims to help you develop and combine technical skills with your creative ability so that you can respond to a client’s brief with a creative solution. It is project based and will offer you the opportunity to develop a portfolio in this area. Two days per week will be Work Practice.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:
• Garden Designer
• Architectural Technologist
• Design Consultant
• Draftsperson

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Problem Solving
  • Work Practice
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • Architectural Drawing (including Construction)
  • Computer Aided Drafting (2D)
  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Course Code

  • GDN
  • Duration

  • 1 Year full time September to May
  • Number of Places

  • 30
  • Timetable

  • 3 Days College Based and 2 Days Work Practice
Support Elements
  • Field Trips to sites, Museums, Conferences and Design Projects are an integral part of the learning experience.
  • Educational Tours are organised which may include a European Trip.
  • Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the BFEI Guidance and Career Service.
Assessment and certification

Assessment is mainly based on studio projects submitted on a continuous basis throughout the year to develop design, analytical, and presentation skills.

You will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Design (5M2208).

Progression

If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

BSc in Horticulture (Delivered in National Botanic Gardens, Dublin) - Waterford Institute of Technology – www.wit.ie


BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology - Dublin Institute of Technology – www.dit.ie


BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture University College Dublin – www.ucd.ie

Career

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:
• Garden Designer
• Architectural Technologist
• Design Consultant
• Draftsperson

Attendance

3 Days College Based and 2 Days Work Practice

Prerequisites

• You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.
• If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application
will be assessed individually.

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