HNC/HND Garden & Landscape Design

Based in specialist facilities at Cornwall’s Eden Project this programme is designed for those with an emerging passion for garden and landscape design. It will enable you to pursue a career within this creative industry and will also appeal to those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of garden and landscape design for more holistic reasons. The course integrates the creativity of art and design with a core understanding of horticulture, earth sciences and landscape technology.

We recognise the world of garden and landscape design is diverse so you will work together with a specialist teaching team to reflect the need for graduates to have a wide range of skills. This team includes award-winning garden designers, artists, landscape architects, design historians and horticulturalists all of which combine private practice alongside their teaching commitments and have significant industry experience.

Students under the tutelage of the current course team have won numerous awards including the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year, three times in the last six years, and the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Student Designer of the Year Award, three times in the past seven years, the latest award received by HND graduate Richard Riddell in 2016.

Through real or ‘live’ projects during the course you will learn how to create stimulating and thought-provoking spaces in a variety of locations from private gardens to public landscapes, whilst at the same time developing your own unique design identity and philosophy.

Clients students have worked with recently include Truro Cathedral, The Pengersick Castle Trust, the National Trust, The Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust, Potager Garden, ACE Multi-Academy Trust and Truro City Council. In the second year particular emphasis is placed upon professional practice, design communication and user focussed design. Alongside subject specialists you will study how to progress design concepts and ideas related to contemporary user group themes such as design for the elderly, health and wellbeing, therapy and social inclusion.

'I can’t speak highly enough of the course, and the whole experience of studying at Eden and Cornwall College has been great. They are both inspirational places in which to learn.'
Richard Riddell (graduated 2017)

Possible careers

  • Garden & Landscape Designer
  • Planting Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Technician
  • Garden & Landscape Consultant
  • Horticultural Consultant
  • Computer Aided Designer
  • Professional Design Communicator
  • Landscape and Amenity Manager
  • Project Manager

Get in touch or apply

Our Programme Managers are happy to answer any course specific queries you might have. Book a call back through the Cornwall College website.

For further details about the course including module information and how to apply, visit the Cornwall College course page.