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Online Landscape Design Courses

Career Diploma
Landscape Design

Turn your green thumb into your dream career with our online landscape design lessons. In our Career Diploma in Landscape Design program, you’ll learn how to draw out your ideas and blend flowers, trees, shrubs and groundcovers into harmonious, functional designs.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online Landscape Design program consists of a comprehensive series of specially designed lessons. Each landscaping lesson presents a fundamental concept followed by hands-on design practice, with exciting exercises that help reinforce key topics such as…

  • Using drawing tools
  • Measuring and interpreting dimensions to scale
  • How to show elevation, perspective and plant placement in plans
  • Rendering symbols for plant materials and hardscape features
  • Melding hardscape features into the landscape

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Construction Technology  

An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop skills and knowledge related to building construction. This lesson includes a summary of math and science concepts important to building professionals as well as applications of modern technologies to the construction workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.

Lesson 3: Research, Preparation, and Design Elements  

Students will learn to begin the design process using client interviews and site evaluations. This lesson also teach basic sketching and drawing principles and combine those with elements of the site evaluation and client interview to create a rough concept diagram.

Lesson 4: Developing the Landscape Design  

This lesson covers the development of the overall design theme and the establishment of lawn and planting areas based on the theme developed. Lesson coverage also includes the addition of pathways and patios to the development of the design. The student continues to develop presentation skills through the use of grid lines and detailed drawing features to their plan.

Lesson 5: The Vertical Landscape  

A summary of the process used to select the materials necessary to execute the desired design plan. The lesson introduces the specific steps followed for selecting vertical elements in a design and the process for adding trees and plants to accomplish specific design goals. This lesson also addresses building codes and how they factor into the completion of a final design.

Lesson 6: Creating a Planting Plan  

In this lesson students will learn about the purpose specific plants contribute to a design and how to select the correct plants through the application of recognized design principles. Students are introduced to the concept of plant morphology and how this technique can be used to identify unknown plants. The lesson also provides instruction on the creation and maintenance of plant notebooks.

Lesson 7: The Tools of Landscape Design  

An overview of the drafting tools that are used to create landscape designs and how to use drafting tools properly. Students will also learn the steps in the landscape design process, how different presentation graphics are used in landscape design, and how plans and drawings can be used to help clients and contractors understand the design.

Lesson 8: Lines, Lettering, and Symbols  

Students will expand their drawing and design skills by learning how to control line quality and to apply different line types to create the master plan. The lesson also covers lettering and the use of symbols to represent specific plants in a design.

Lesson 9: The Ground Plane and Master Plan  

In this lesson students learn techniques for drawing the ground plane using texture to create a design that is visually pleasing and clearly represents all parts of the design. Preparation of a master plan drawing using labeling to describe symbols and other design elements of the plan concludes the lesson.

Lesson 10: Adding Color, Section Drawings, and Using the Computer  

This final lesson covering the drawing and design process introduces tools used to add color and sections to plans. Students will also be introduced drawing software that can be used in plan drawing and the basic functions of standard drawing software.

Lesson 11: Landscaping Business Management  

Students will learn the process and materials required to start a landscaping business, including the minimum equipment is required, legal issues encountered in landscape business, expectations of an employer, and how to write contracts and bid jobs.

Lesson 12: Turfgrass and Plant Management  

This lesson will instruct students how to maintain a client's lawn as well as the installation and maintenance of plants in an established setting. Topics also include the fertilization and irrigation of turfgrass and plants.

Lesson 13: Understanding Soil, Pruning, and Irrigation Equipment  

The final lesson in this program covers the identification of different soil types and the use different soil amendments based on soil tests and soil pH. The lesson also provides instruction on pruning trees and shrubs and the performance of typical property maintenance.

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  What You Get

Take our online landscaping program on your terms. Study at your own pace on your schedule and get support when necessary. We've removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

Course content has been carefully chosen to ensure a balance of theoretical information and useful application. Your tuition covers:

  • Three beautifully illustrated landscape design textbooks
  • Starter set of drawing tools
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Access to the Student Community
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Graduates of our online landscape design course receive a beautiful diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. It will be the beginning of a fruitful career in a growing field.

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Your sure path to success starts with online landscape design courses. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.