KLC Diploma Garden Design
One week introduction followed by: two days per week over three terms
Hampton Court Palace
The KLC Diploma Garden Design is an in depth, career orientated course designed to be accessible and inspirational with the emphasis on providing a sound practical knowledge of the subject combined with all the key skills needed for a career in garden design. The carefully constructed linear programme is designed around a series of challenging and varied design projects allowing students to put newly acquired knowledge into practice and build up their skills and confidence as they progress through the course. These projects form the basis of the all-important graduate portfolio. The course is overseen by Annie Guilfoyle, Director of Garden Design Courses and an award-winning designer and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal winner. Juliet Sargeant MSGD, Chair of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) will be leading the next start date in April
Although students do need to put in a considerable amount of work outside course hours, the flexibility of part time study means that they can plan around work and family commitments. It allows students to combine their creativity with a love of gardens and plants and the high number of graduates working successfully in the industry and winning design awards are testament to the effectiveness of the course. Reasons for this include the high level of support from the tutors who are professional garden designers or industry experts, the career support and valuable work shadowing opportunities.
The extensive range of industry links that Annie Guilfoyle has built up over the years play a key part in helping to ensure that course content is up to date and these contacts are frequently a source of exciting design projects for students to undertake during their course. They are also a source of potential work shadowing and employment opportunities as well as providing lecturers and support tutors who play an important role in the delivery teaching and learning experience of the students overall
The school is highly regarded within the design industry and has an enviable track record of employment for its graduates. KLC is very proactive about helping students find work at the end of the course and keeps in close touch with alumni, continuing to offer on-going careers advice. Many top names in the profession return to KLC regularly to recruit because they find that graduates can hit the ground running. The Director of KLC's Garden Design courses works closely with individual students to help find them work shadowing opportunities (with key industry figures such as Fergus Garrett, Marcus Barnett, Andy Sturgeon and Marina Christopher) during their course and make a successful transition from course to workplace. In addition advice is given on CVs and portfolio presentation.
No previous art and design history is necessary but students must be at least twenty years old. Normally the entry standard is a degree, but mature students with sufficient prior learning experience are particularly encouraged. Entry is by interview and numbers are strictly limited. The purpose of the interview is to give candidates the opportunity to visit the studio in Hampton Court Palace and for the interviewer to assess the applicant's academic ability, motivation, performance under pressure and the reasons for undertaking the training. English language ability must be competent and we look for a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org or its equivalent. Students are also required to have a laptop computer for this course.
Students on KLC's Diploma level courses are expected to use computers during their studies. These will be used for producing presentational material and for CAD and presentation software training. Important information relating to the course is sometimes communicated via email. For this reason, students should ensure that they are familiar with the general operation and use of computers (for example, they should be able to confidently create, amend, save and distribute documents, and use email) before starting their course. Prior experience in using either PCs or Macs will be equally helpful and students are free to choose whichever type they prefer. Full details of the expected level of ability will be provided at interview.
NOTE: The interview is the first step in the formal application process for KLC's full-time courses. Before coming in applicants should check that they are able to give the necessary time to the course, have the funding available, be of sufficient age and have the required language ability. To arrange an interview for this course, please contact us on 020 7376 3377 or email email@example.com.
The KLC Diploma in Garden Design has built up an increasing reputation for highly creative and professional graduates well-grounded in garden design and theory, with a good knowledge of plants and planting design, construction, horticultural and professional practice.
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of design drawing and learn the principles of design, form and structure, plant identification and planting design supported by the essentials of practical horticulture with the opportunity for practical work in the 20th Century Gardens at Hampton Court Palace. Garden design history plays an important part in the curriculum as does landscaping and construction. The course is firmly rooted in business reality and includes detailed sessions on professional practice and business management while a range of dynamic lectures from professional designers and industry experts help to inform and inspire the students. Sketching is much encouraged and students are taught CAD (Vectorworks) and 3D visualisation with a wide range of visual presentation techniques. Projects are increasingly challenging as the course progresses and students are encouraged to develop the breadth of their design solutions and the extent of their presentational skills while the importance of the relationship with the client is emphasised throughout the course.
KLC is committed to providing dynamic, supportive and engaging specialist tuition in an inspiring and creative environment that is both challenging and enjoyable. In order to encourage and enable innovation and cutting edge practice and to maintain and develop an exciting and current curriculum, tutors and lecturers are professional garden designers or industry specialists.
The in house teaching and support team provide course cohesion while specialist and inspirational lectures are given by some of the country's top landscapers, garden designers, horticulturists and specialists.
The course is part time, two days a week, divided into three terms commencing in either January or April. It is based at KLC's studios in Hampton Court Palace and each day is from 10.00am-4.00pm although students will have to undertake a considerable amount of work outside these hours. A combination of different teaching and learning strategies are employed which include lectures and workshops, discussion groups, individual tutorials and presentations. Great emphasis is placed on encouraging the individual development and potential of every student. Visits include site visits for projects or visits to libraries and archives to facilitate their use during project research in addition to the school library at the Hampton Court Palace studios.
There are 4 main design projects during the course, based on a variety of realistic spaces and the resultant presentational material will form the basis of an impressive and comprehensive design portfolio including examples of the skills which students have acquired through the course of their training. The brief is always given by "the client" and, wherever possible, students visit the actual site. Recent projects have included The Royal Ballet School, National Trust Mottisfont, Swallows Care Home, Charleston Manor and Glyndebourne.
NOTE: KLC uses Vectorworks which is a straightforward yet professional software and is regarded as an industry standard to create, document and present designs. Each student is given a one year's licence to the current Vectorworks software.
Drawing skills, technical and sketching: lettering and titling, drawing plans, elevations and sections and mood boards.
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