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Course Description

Learn the principles of landscape design through an examination of historical influences and evolutionary changes. Through an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process, you will be introduced to the graphic hand-drawing techniques needed to produce landscape drawings, the foundation for landscape design projects.

The complete design process—including how to conduct a site analysis and select and arrange appropriate plant material and built features—will be covered through a series of assignments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the influence of culturally-diverse historic gardens on landscape design
  • Identify important designers and predominant landscape styles
  • Describe and apply the principles of landscape design
  • Describe and apply each step of the landscape design process on a residential project
  • Evaluate the design requirements of a residential landscape
  • Select building and plant materials appropriate to zone, function, aesthetic, hardiness, and site requirements
  • Draw simple residential landscape plans and elevations
  • Recognize the trends, and environmental and ecological impact of landscaped gardens

Course Topics

  • Landscape Design History
  • Work of Famous and Influential Designers
  • Basic Drafting and Graphic Skills
  • The Design Process
  • Goals of the Landscape
  • Site Analysis
  • Design Principles
  • Landscape Design Styles
  • Use of Planting Units
  • Hardscape Materials
  • Trends in Landscape Design
  • Impact of Landscape Design on the Environment

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Landscape Design I and Ecological Design complete an area of focus in Landscape Design.

Landscape Design l is a required course in the Landscape Design Certificate/Diploma.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Designing the Landscape (310-0005) OR Landscape Design I (310-0002).



Assessment Item Weight
Basic Drawing Skills Exercise 5%
Design Process 25%
Hardscape, Softscape and Elevation Drawing 30%
Site Plan 30%
Graded Discussion  10%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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