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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Garden Design The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Garden Design is intended to provide students with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a career in the design of private, domestic gardens either with a garden design company or as a self-employed, freelance garden designer. The two-year, full-time programme, or three-year, part-time programme will provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices which underpin effective garden design. Course programme Garden design is a rapidly developing career opportunity area. As more domestic housing is developed in the UK and as homeowners generally develop an increased awareness of the positive benefits and value of a well-designed garden through the influence of media sources, so the demand for well-trained garden designers increases yearly. The course is an introduction in the first semester to the area of garden design followed by in-depth units preparing the learners for work in the industry or continuation onto the BSc programme. This course has evolved over a number of years with the input of practicing garden designers and academic staff. There is a high level of industry contact, employer liaison and contact with professional bodies. Students equally spend a considerable amount of time developing their design skills in the effective use of hard landscaping materials and plants in the garden and, in their final year undertake a major investigative project and work on a 'live' design project using the College's many contacts throughout Hampshire. Areas of study on this course include: ? Garden art and design ? Graphic techniques ? Computer aided design ? Design with plants ? Business enterprise management ? An investigative project Career and progression opportunities Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Garden Design with the appropriate grades, may progress on to the College's full BSc (Hons) course in Garden Design with a further one year of study on a full-time basis. Graduates entering employment will typically enter self-employment as practising garden designers, working on contracts within the private and public sectors. Opportunities may also exist within landscape organisations or, with the development of a greater range of landscape construction skills, in the landscape contracting sector of the industry. Whilst traditionally garden designers have always worked on a self-employed freelance basis, recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of employed job opportunities arising in this area of work. Garden designer posts have been advertised with larger garden centres and landscaping companies who have realised their need and the positive value of employing a well-trained in-house designer and in the past three years significant numbers of new landscaping companies have been formed on a franchise basis. Entry requirements Forty UCAS credits in Advanced level study (equivalent to one A Level at E grade or PPP in National Diploma); or National Diploma in Horticulture; or Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture; or RHS Advanced Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture; or mature students with a keen interest, or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Part-time study Part-time study opitons may be available. Please contact the College for details. Course Facts at a glance: Course Code: S34 UCAS Code: K300 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: Validated by the University of Portsmouth Student Profile: Joanne Collins Combines a Foundation Degree in Garden Design with looking after her family Read Full Profile

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Garden Design The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Garden Design is intended to provide students with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a career in the design of private, domestic gardens either with a garden design company or as a self-employed, freelance garden designer. The two-year, full-time programme, or three-year, part-time programme will...

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