Advanced Diploma in Landscape Design

General

Program Description

Watch your career bloom with our landscape design program

If you're intrigued by leaving a living mark on the world that will endure through generations or, if you have a green thumb that you're looking to put to work in a dynamic career, the Landscape Design program will give you the skills necessary to plant the seeds of your future goals.

What you learn through our landscape design courses

In our landscape design courses, you will learn how to survey and analyze planting sites, select the vegetation and landscape materials, and plan the location of structures, roads, pathways, trees, shrubs, flower beds, and decorative features. You'll also learn about design theory, plant identification, drafting, landscape, and building materials and technologies. You'll get plenty of experience using industry software to create detailed site plans, and you'll even have the 100-acre Fanshawe campus to use as your canvas.

Our landscape design program also gives you great hands-on experience through two paid co-op work terms, plus, you'll have the opportunity for academic-based international experiences and study in some of the world's most historic cities.

Landscape design program career opportunities

When you graduate, you'll have a huge job market to choose from, including residential and commercial property developers, municipalities, landscape architects, design-build firms, nurseries or start your own landscape consultant business.

Other Information

Graduates of this program may be eligible for advanced standing credit to the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning Degree program at Fanshawe College.

Co-operative Education

This is a three-year program with co-op work terms. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Craft landscape designs that successfully integrate people into outdoor environments.
  2. Apply the principles of site engineering to complete landscape design.
  3. Use the computer as a tool to communicate all aspects of the landscape design process.
  4. Utilize appropriate communication tools to convey design ideas.
  5. Recognize the importance of landscape maintenance and management in design.
  6. Prepare accurate quantity and cost estimates for a project.
  7. Plan, execute, and conclude a wide range of landscape projects.
  8. Identify the environmental effects of projects and take appropriate steps to avoid environmental damage and promote healthy ecosystems.
  9. Act in a professional manner, maintain professional relationships, and communicate effectively with clients, co-workers, supervisors, and others.
  10. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance and career opportunities and to keep pace with industry changes.

Courses

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • WRIT-1036 Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design
  • COMP-1404 Dynascape-Intro
  • DESG-1065 Landscape Design Studio 1
  • HORT-1047 Horticulture 1
  • LAND-1002 Site Inventory & Evaluation
  • DESG-1075 Presentation & Illustration 1
  • HORT-1049 Woody Deciduous Plant Identification
  • LAND-1006 Land Styles & Techniques
  • COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 2

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • COMM-3074 Communications for Design
  • CADD-1010 Computer Drafting for Design 1
  • DESG-1008 Landscape Design Studio 2
  • DESG-1066 Landscape Materials
  • HORT-1015 Horticulture 2
  • ARTS-1038 Presentation & Illustration 2
  • HORT-1050 Woody Evergreen Plant Identification
  • ARCH-3004 Modern Architecture

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CADD-3026 Computer Drafting for Design 2
  • DESG-3007 Landscape Design Studio 3
  • LAND-3001 Field Construction 1
  • HORT-3026 Plant Identification
  • ARTS-3043 Presentation & Illustration 1-Landscape
  • SURV-3013 Surveying & Site Services
  • ECOL-1001 Ecology

Level 4

Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CADD-3027 Computer Drafting for Design 3
  • DESG-3042 Landforms
  • DESG-3015 Landscape Design Studio 4
  • METH-3028 Working Documents
  • HORT-3027 Planting Design
  • COMP-3079 Computer Illustration
  • LAND-3008 Field Construction 2

Level 5

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CADD-5004 Computer Drafting for Design 4
  • DESG-5022 Landscape Structures 1
  • METH-5008 Special Project/Research & Development 1
  • ARTS-5015 Computer Illustration 2
  • MTNC-5001 Landscape Management
  • DESG-5004 Landscape Studio 5

Level 6

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CADD-5015 Computer Drafting for Design 5
  • DESG-5010 Landscape Structures 2
  • DESG-5009 Landscape Studio 6
  • METH-5017 Special Project/Research & Development 2
  • METH-5021 Professional Practice
  • METH-1043 Geographical Information Systems 1

General Education - Electives

  • Take 6 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Levels 2 and 4

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 28 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:
    • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

or

  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)

or

  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) and:
    • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

or

  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Geography (C), (U), or (M)
  • Grade 11 Visual Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Visual Arts (M)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Construction Engineering Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Computer Skills

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should establish personal hobbies in drawing, sketching, and/or model making

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Career Opportunities

Landscape Design graduates have obtained positions with landscape architects, design/build landscape contractors, nurseries, government agencies, and sales. A high percentage of students aspire to operate their own businesses.

Last updated Jan 2020

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Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read less
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