David Stevens International Landscape Design Diploma
COST:
R 10 000.00

DURATION:
18 – 24 Months – No time limit
SUBMISSIONS:
6
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The David Stevens International Landscape Design Diploma is deisgned to equip each student with the necessary skill to undergo extensive landscape design in a more advanced format.

Previous landscape design experience is an advantage however not a requirement. The Diploma is worked out over six modules which are structured as follows:

What you will need, what you have got and what you want, surveying and preparing a survey drawing
Preparing a scale drawing, the importance of levels and drainage
The importance of Hard Landscape, the garden framework
Preparing the garden design
Soft landscape, planting and the preparation of a plant plan
Features and furnishings
The student will be presented with a diploma at the end of the course and will deal directly with and study under the renowned and respected Mr. David Stevens

MODULES:
Module one – What you will need, what have you got and what do you want?

The first module is important and sets the scene for everything that follows. To start with I simply run through the equipment you will need – very simple!
Next I cover a subject that is so often ignored on other courses, the ability to look, see and analyse what is around you, which is one of the designer’s greatest skills.
I ask you to do just that, to look at your local and home environment, do some sketches and take photographs.
People get worried about sketching but don’t! It really does not matter if you are a brilliant artist or someone who has little skill in this department. The important thing is that by drawing anything you really have to look at it and by doing so all that wonderful detail becomes apparent. Sketching soon gets better with practice and you will get plenty of that!
YOUR FIRST PROJECT WILL BE TO SUBMIT THESE SKETCHES AND PHOTOGRAPHS.
From here we look at the importance of information gathering, which is absolutely vital if you are going to prepare a successful design. Work will cover the survey and analysis of your garden or other area that you are planning together with its immediate surroundings. It asks you what you want (or don’t want, which is often more important!), teaches you the principles of surveying and how to undertake a survey drawing which you will keep. I ask you to note everything of importance and prepare a checklist. You will understand the possible difficulties, problems and pit falls that could be encountered in a survey. You will be asked to check out prevailing winds, good and bad views, microclimate, soil types, and changes in level and existing features.
At the end of each module there are “checkpoint” questions, based on the text. I ask you to complete these and send the answers back to me, together with your project work.
Module Two

The second module teaches you how to prepare a scale drawing based on your survey drawing. It will cover the importance and use of scales, the use of tracing paper, grids and that essential ingredient of ACCURACY.
I cover triangulation, offsets and the importance of different levels and drainage in the garden.
The scale drawing will form the basis of your design, so it needs to be fully understood and cover everything in the garden area.
YOUR PROJECT WILL BE TO SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR SURVEY DRAWING AND YOUR SCALE DRAWING, BASED ON THE FORMER.
Module Three

Hard Landscape, which forms the floor, walls and boundaries of a garden, provides the bones of any composition, into which planting, the soft landscape, injects life and interest.
There is a subtle synergy between the two, but the skeleton comes first. It is vital to understand the materials at your disposal and how these will affect the preparation and overall character of your design.
Firstly we look at ENCLOSURE to analyse the purpose and possibilities of boundaries. The relationship of boundary to house, garden and landscape.
PAVING provides the garden floor. We look at optimum sized areas for sitting and dining as well as hardstanding’s.
Paving is more than simply a surface, it has design implications and it is essential to understand just what is available and the characteristics of each surface.
The differences in character and cost between man-made and natural materials.
Laying techniques and preparation prior to laying.
Included within this section is a complete catalogue of materials and innovative design suggestions on how to use them.
YOUR PROJECT FOR THIS MODULE IS TO START BUILDING UP A PORTFOLIO OF HARD LANDSCAPE MATERIALS. THIS WILL INCLUDE CATALOGUES, PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN, AND TEAR SHEETS FROM MAGAZINES ETC. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SEND THIS IN TO ME, IT WILL BE FOR YOUR OWN USE AND WILL BE INVALUABLE BOTH FOR REFERENCE AND SHOWING CLIENTS VARIOUS IDEAS.
Module Four – The Design

This is the core module and brings together all the knowledge you have gained so far.
You analyse your checklist, assess your budget and look at the parameters that will shape the composition.
We look at the importance of garden design styles, the size and shape of the garden as well as those essential ingredients of “tension, mystery and surprise”.
How to use rectangles and curves.
The importance of Design Principles, Focal Points and the manipulation of light and shade.
Preparing the rough layout design unifying house and garden, proportion and pattern.
Formal and informal styles, asymmetry, free form and deconstructivity.
The creation of the finished design.
YOUR PROJECT WILL BE THE PREPARATION OF A DESIGN, THE CULMINATION OF EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNT AND THE MOST EXCITING EXERCISE SO FAR!
Module Five- Soft Landscape

Now that the design is complete the next stage is to work on the planting that will bring everything alive, as well as providing colour and interest throughout the year.
Soil preparation, cultivation and additives.
Types of soft landscape, lawns and ground covers.
Plants and planting design
How to think about arranging plants, your geographical location and microclimate!
Botanical classification of plants and the importance of using the correct rather than “common “names.
The importance of colour, texture, shape and size.
The importance of “layering” planting from the highest level of trees, through shrubs and perennials down to the lowest level of ground cover.
The use of colour – How colour controls visual space, hots, cools and the harmonisers. Plants are gardens to many people, but you will have now learnt that while they are indispensable their importance is as a team player rather than the only element at your disposal.
YOUR PROJECT WILL BE TO SUBMIT THE PLANTING PLAN FOR THE GARDEN YOU HAVE DESIGNED.
Module Six – Features and Furnishings

Every garden has incidentals, which are both variable and personal; they portray your character.
We look at ornamental pools, water features, swimming pools and paddling pools.
Rock and rockwork is very popular, but rarely handled well, we look at the possibilities and constructional methods.
Barbecues, seating and furniture encourage outside living.
Pergolas, overhead beams, arbours, awnings and canopies provide shade and vertical emphasis, important in a garden.
Conservatories and summerhouses, gazebos, play areas.
Lighting and lighting techniques
Furnishing and fabrics.
LOCATION:
Any Location – Online Course

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