Recognised Worldwide (equivalent Foundation/Associate Degree)

Higher National Diploma (HND) Landscape & Garden Design


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Our HND has transferable University Credit Values as follows:

240 UK University Credits

120 EU Credits

64 US Semester Credits

Full Qualification in Landscape & Garden Design

Equivalent to Foundation/Associate Degree

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Here's what our students have to say...

  • Vicki Sheridan
    Vicki Sheridan - I had reservations about learning this way but that went the moment I started my first assignment. After only a few months I gained the confidence to start looking for work experience while still working full time in a completely different industry. That's the wonderful thing about this course, you can make the change over gradually even if you are in a different industry altogether. My dream is finally coming true!
  • Steven Perlmuter
    Steven Perlmuter - I chose The Design Ecademy [because] first and foremost I needed a program that could work around my schedule. One of the best parts of the course is being able to take what we have learned from a lesson and apply it. I did not foresee my working in the field this early. The knowledge I have gained has been tremendous…and, I would not have been able to do it without Maria Flynn and The Design Ecademy.
  • Julie Maujean
    Julie Maujean - I enjoyed working in the industry so much I decided to further my knowledge but was worried about the long hours if I studied and worked at the same time. I found with The Design Ecademy, you can study at your own pace in the time that suits your lifestyle and existing work load. Anyway, the course is so interesting you will always have time for it!! I encourage anyone to enrol without hesitation.
  • Kimberly Sutton
    Kimberly Sutton - As I travel quite a bit, I researched programs that afforded me the flexibility of home study. The best part for me was the project-focused structure which gave me the perfect skills, practice and confidence to run my own design business. I am so happy with the program. Empowering yourself to follow your passion is priceless.....I am feeling both aligned and confident with my career direction now.
  • Mark Smith
    Mark Smith - I love learning and take a new course every year. I enrolled purely for personal satisfaction but as a result of taking this course I have already started working in the design industry and I’m planning to switch my career completely within the next year. I’ve taken lots of online courses and to sum up my experience with The Design Ecademy in one word it has been Exceptional. Thanks so much guys.
  • Stella Munene
    Stella Munene - After searching many online design courses I found The Design Ecademy. As an online course, it allowed me to apply my skills as I was studying and running my business at the same time. Each assignment promoted learning and allowed me to thoroughly explore my creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire course and learnt more than I had anticipated. I would choose The Design Ecademy 100 times over.
  • Michael De Vries
    Michael De Vries - I’ve worked in international finance all my life and spend a lot of time travelling. I enrolled on this course to use some of my travel time learning about my passion. Now I am planning on changing my career completely and I’m writing my business plan. I can’t believe it and I’m really excited. I never would have thought it. Sounds cliché but this course changed my life. The Design Ecademy rocks!
  • Carolyn Ruth
    Carolyn Ruth - I did some research and felt this course offered me the accreditation and flexibility I wanted. I sent in my first assignment, received helpful feedback and was hooked from that moment on. I learnt so much from the course. I made the scary decision to start working for myself. It was a big jump but I haven’t looked back and work is flying in. It’s great and I am finally doing something I love.
  • Ankur Jeet
    Ankur Jeet - I chose this course because it was online and I could study and work at the same time. [This] course was excellent from start to finish. I learned so much. After completing the course I secured a job with a design firm in Australia and I have never looked back. If you want to become a designer do not hesitate to enrol. I LOVE MY JOB and it feels great. This course has completely changed my life!
  • Jana Novakova
    Jana Novakova - After many years of being active as an employee, when I came across The Design Ecademy I decided to follow my instinct and explore my creative side. After 3 years during which I was able to combine studies and work, I obtained a HND. I am now working on setting up a commerce platform to market specific design objects and classics. Thank you The Design Ecademy for allowing me to live my dream …
  • Moses Jakubowicz
    Moses Jakubowicz - I was looking into options that would help me study design while balancing out my other studies. I heard about The Design Ecademy through a friend. It fitted with my lifestyle and I decided that it would be perfect for me to study without giving up my daily schedule. I'm enjoying learning new things, harnessing new ideas and of course the great support from the school.
  • Ria Thompson
    Ria Thompson - It was very satisfying to receive a diploma half-way through the course so I could begin applying for work while continuing with my studies. I have learned a great deal and I’m truly looking forward to even more exciting possibilities as I continue with the second stage of my study while building and expanding my portfolio – which is one of the greatest advantages. Thank you all so very much.
  • Mary Holmes
    Mary Holmes - I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it hugely beneficial in developing the tools to take me to a professional level. The nature of the course in being assignment lead meant I could gradually build up a client base while I was learning the trade. I have a whole new lease of life and a career which is not only rewarding and interesting but allows me to make a difference to people's lives.
  • Charlotte Comber
    Charlotte Comber - It sounds really cheesy, but I love everything about this course. The combination of technical and creative topics is the perfect mix for me. I am the kind of person that needs variety and this course has it in bucket loads. It’s a challenge to keep up with the assignments as well as working full time but it never really feels like work. I love finding out more and more about it everyday.
  • Pedro Sousa
    Pedro Sousa - The online course has been great so I can work whenever I want and I have finished it really fast because I cannot stop doing it. I love it. My wife calls The Design Ecademy my mistress! I have learned so much and I have bonded with so many great people all over the world. I was already working in the industry and the course has paid for itself many times. Don’t think about it, do it.
  • Elizabeth Mc Daid
    Elizabeth Mc Daid - A very special “thank you” to my tutors. They guided me through my projects and were always extremely helpful & supportive. I loved the speed of my results & honest feedback – always steering me in the right direction. I really enjoyed this course – it made me think “outside the box” but most of all, I was able to express my “creative side” and qualify at something I have a huge passion for!
  • Imani Patel
    Imani Patel - This course is totally under-priced, enrol before they realise! I failed to complete an online design course but really wanted to pursue this so when a friend recommended The Design Ecademy I decided to try again. This course was priced significantly lower so I thought it was worth taking a chance. Thank goodness I did. The course was thorough but most enjoyable and support was excellent.
  • Pascal Valentino
    Pascal Valentino - After ten years working in the travel industry I was looking for a new challenge. The course helped by giving me the opportunity to learn and improve skills on a large spectrum of subjects. The course is thorough and very interesting. The tutor really supports you with useful advice and encourages you to give your best, whilst being very objective on your work. I really enjoyed the course.
  • Laurence Meyer
    Laurence Meyer - I am the mother of 3 kids and because of the international career of my husband, I needed a school which offered flexibility and would be recognized abroad, particularly in the USA, where I live now. I am now even more convinced that I have chosen the right school! I can see that even if you do not know your online students personally, you really care for them and you want them to succeed.
  • Ann Slattery
    Ann Slattery - I started as a very nervous student but I blossomed as the months went by, I learnt so much. I have no doubt that the qualification helped me enormously to get work. It has given me the confidence to seize every opportunity that comes before me. I feel now that the world is my oyster and it is all thanks to this course. I would highly recommend it. It’s hard work but very well worth it.
  • Sandra Dunne and Karen Armitage
    Sandra Dunne and Karen Armitage - With children, family and work commitments we both needed to find an internationally recognised course which offered flexibility and a home study option. It took us 16 months to complete the course and we bravely applied for the “Showhouse” programme. We were chosen from over 200 applicants. It made us realise how much knowledge we gained from this course. We would highly recommend it.
  • James Lambrou
    James Lambrou - My name is James Lambrou. I was in Management/Marketing for a number of years but knew I was in the wrong profession. Since completing my course I started a new design company with a business partner. We handle residential & commercial design projects and we have been featured in some of Australia’s leading publications. It has been the most challenging few years but most rewarding.
  • Wendy Casey
    Wendy Casey - I was a Vice President of a large American bank in Luxembourg. After completing the course I now write a monthly magazine column, which has proved to be excellent advertising for me as I also deal with private, individual clients and with companies. The work is really exciting and highly varied. I would never have believed it possible to change careers as I did at the age of 45!
  • Luciana Mazza
    Luciana Mazza - My name is Luciana Mazza and I am a freelancer working in TV. The variety of academic qualifications I achieved allowed me to take my career in the direction I wanted and gain professional credibility. This experience significantly improved my career’s prospects and changed my life. The skills I learnt helped me to secure my place in the industry and I think anyone can do it!
  • Peter Jenkins
    Peter Jenkins - My daughter booked me on this course as a surprise gift. Initially I was unsure what to expect but once I got started I found it to be a splendid experience. Officially I am retired but this course has given me a new focus and I feel like I have a second chance at life. I realise that it’s never too late to change your life and it has helped me to find a new sense of purpose.
  • Pavlina Santana
    Pavlina Santana - I chose “THE DESIGN ECADEMY” because the courses are certified and offered a lot of flexibility which was crucial for me. Embarking on this design journey with “THE DESIGN ECADEMY” is one of the best decisions I have ever taken. The course has surpassed my expectations in every single way. The content is amazing - very well structured, very practical and down to the point.
  • Nabeel Hassan Ali
    Nabeel Hassan Ali - My name is Nabeel Hassan Ali, I am 26 years of age and I come from Sitra in Bahrain. I needed to find a formal qualification to be able to meet the requirements of my work. I searched on the internet and came across this qualification. I am really pleased that I have taken this course. My qualification has been so beneficial to me, I really recommend taking this course.
  • Zana Legemzova
    Zana Legemzova - I came across this course and from the very beginning I knew that this is what I wanted to study. The course gave me good knowledge and background about the industry. I enjoyed the course exceedingly. It was hard work, but great fun at the same time. I am really grateful for this course as it has helped me on my way and I am very happy I made this decision.
  • Silvia Ceria
    Silvia Ceria - Looking for a course in distance learning I’ve been analyzing numerous options. I was searching for a complete program, that could prepare me to work in the industry in real life, and a serious school, where tutors’ feedbacks are substantial and really personalized. What I found at the Design Ecademy is all of the above and even more!
  • Veronica Kazak
    Veronica Kazak - Having worked in a completely different area (Sales and Marketing) I have always had a passion for design. One thing is for sure the only way to succeed in a profession is to do what you really love. I wasn’t sure about taking a course due to limited availability, but The Design Ecademy made it possible and opened this world for me
  • Emily Poole
    Emily Poole - Everyone enjoys being pleasantly surprised; such was the case when I discovered The Design Ecademy. If you are looking to find an authentic and fully recognized education in design then I would suggest you enrol with The Design Ecademy. However high your expectations are I assure you that you will not be disappointed.
  • Pascale Van Bergen
    Pascale Van Bergen - During the last years we moved from one country to another and when the opportunity of home study appeared I jumped right on it. It has been great time to learn and prepare the assignments – even though the work is very challenging! Thanks for your support and advice, I feel ready to start a new life at 50!
  • Leanne Herman
    Leanne Herman - Before graduating this course I taught English in Spain for 4 years and after that I moved to New York. This course did an excellent job in preparing and giving me the knowledge for my career. It has given me the confidence to seize every opportunity that comes before me.
  • Ina Wagner
    Ina Wagner - This course helped me to achieve the right qualifications to start my career. I have now successfully set up my business. I truly found my dream career.


Higher earning potential & landscape design opportunities!!!

Job opportunities include:

fade-leftfade-right Designing gardens for Residential & Commercial ClientsWorking with Architects and Urban Planning AgenciesWorking with Building & Property Development FirmsPLUS - start working after Stage 1 & earn while you learn!

A comprehensive Online Landscape & Garden Design Course to train you to be an EXCELLENT Landscape & Garden Designer

This Online Landscape & Garden Design Course is equivalent to a Foundation Degree in Landscape & Garden Design or an Associate Degree in Landscape & Garden Design. It has been purposely created to progress naturally from one level to the next, yet each stage is a complete course in you can have a career in the Landscape & Garden Design Industry FAST and Earn while you Learn!

Here's a brief overview of what's covered in Stage 1 of this AMAZING Landscape & Garden Design Course...

  • Garden Style & Design

    Good design is intuitive to a certain extent, but to ensure success from the outset you need to understand how the various components work together to create a successful, harmonious landscape and garden design. In this section of the course you will learn to recognise and recreate a variety of garden styles whatever your personal preferences. You will also learn the vocabulary and industry terminology to communicate confidently with fellow designers, contractors and architects.

  • Plants, Shrubs & Trees

    Even for a trained individual, designing planting schemes can be a complex issue. Planting patterns should be balanced and in proportion, there should be visual interest all year round and plants must also be appropriate for the climate, the soil and individual client’s needs. In this section you’ll explore the varieties of plants available, evaluate their appropriateness for different scenarios and develop a methodical approach so that you can select plants with confidence!

  • Hard Landscaping Features

    Hard landscaping structures will determine the garden layout and set the backdrop to the overall design. They also cost an average of 60% to 70% of the total cost of a landscape and garden design so you simply can’t afford to get it wrong. This section of the course explores the products available and examines the pros and cons so you can create designs that function and last as well as they look.

  • Planning & Prioritising Your Design

    If you want to be a successful landscape and garden designer you need to learn how to plan a garden and how it will develop over time, understand how to work with nature (rather than against it) and consider how people will interact with and use the space once the garden design is complete. This section of the course will teach you how to establish priorities, experiment with various options and plan for success.

  • Visual Communication

    Great visual communication is a key part of selling your professional Landscape & Garden design services. It’s also vital to ensure that clients and contractors can see your designs the way you envision them and there are no unexpected “surprises”! This section of the course will show you how to create impressive presentations that will help to communicate your ideas effectively and demonstrate your ability as a professional landscape & garden designer.

  • Professional Practice

    In this section of the course we’ll teach you step-by-step how to deal with clients and contractors and to avoid some of the common pitfalls that cost many new designers heartache and expense. You’ll learn about the various documents that are needed and how to manage them without getting bogged down in paperwork – so you can concentrate your time and energy on producing great landscape & garden designs!

After completing Stage 1 of this Landscape & Garden Design Course you will already have an amazing Landscape & Garden Design portfolio!!!

Job opportunities (at that point) include...

  • Landscaping showhomes for builders & property developers
  • Providing garden design services through nurseries and garden centres
  • Larger landscaping design and architectural practices may also have numerous positions available

Because of this unique course structure YOU MAY EVEN EARN MORE than the cost of the course BEFORE you complete it!!!

Stage 2 of this Landscape & Garden Design Course fully prepares you to take on Residential & Commercial Landscape & Garden Design projects...

Remember - this HND in Landscape & Garden Design Styling Course is is equivalent to a Foundation Degree in Landscape & Garden Design or an Associate Degree in Landscape & Garden Design. Following is just a brief overview of what's covered in Stage 2...

  • Development of Landscape & Garden Design

    It’s a human trait to admire natural beauty but when exactly did we begin to see our outdoor environment as a design platform? What prompted us to begin to create outside spaces for purely aesthetic pleasure? In this section of the course you’ll examine the evolution of landscape & garden design; explore where, when and why different garden styles emerged; and research the movers and shakers of the past, present and future.

  • Building & Construction for Landscape & Garden Designers

    In this section of the course you will learn the fundamentals of building & construction that are relevant to the landscape and garden designer. You’ll learn how to design steps, boundaries and other structures and ensure they meet safety & building regulations. You’ll also learn how to design and integrate services (such as outdoor lighting, electrics and drainage) so that end-users get maximum benefit from your outdoor spaces.

  • Design Materials

    When you are designing structures (as opposed to merely selecting products) you will have many more opportunities to design with raw materials and incorporate them within your designs. In this section of the course you will examine the main types of materials (such as wood, stone, metals, glass & plastics etc…) and explore how they can be used to their best advantage and to create one-of-a-kind, bespoke landscape and garden designs.

  • Advanced Garden Design Communication

    As the scale of your projects become larger, budgets and expectations will also increase proportionately and it becomes even more important to communicate your ideas effectively. Accurate 3D architectural drawings are commonly considered contracts in themselves and in this section of the course you will learn how to combine them with specifications and other documentation to ensure that contractors execute the job the way you want.

  • Project Management for Landscape & Garden Designers

    This section of the course will teach you project management techniques so that you can remain in firm control of any project rather letting the project control you. We’ll also provide you with templates that that been specifically designed for your long-term use to help you manage budgets, work schedules and any changes that take place during the landscape and garden design

  • Advanced Planting Design

    It is plants that make a garden and a well designed planting scheme is integral to the end result. Plants alone can be used to define the style and structural layout of a garden and in this section of the course you will explore how to develop mixed planting schemes at a variety of scales for residential and commercial sites. You will learn how to use plants as 3-dimensional design elements to make a unique, original statement and design exciting and original gardens.

All our Professional Design Courses are Internationally Recognised Qualifications

So they will travel with you anywhere in the world