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Programme overview

This programme is no longer offered. If you have applied for this programme we will contact you about moving to the new and improved New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design)


Have you always dreamt of a creative career in garden design? The Diploma in Landscape Design is New Zealand's premier garden design programme and gives you a solid grounding in site investigation, plant selection and garden design - essential skills for your career in landscape design.


  • Overseas study tours.
  • Design and drawing a focus.
  • Comprehensive range of plant courses.
  • Field work, real sites and clients.
  • Park-like campus - a great environment for plant identification and studying landscape conditions.
  • CAD labs and studios.
  • Qualification recognised for accredited membership of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand.
  • Lecturers who hold executive positions in key industry organisations.

If you do not meet the general admission requirement for the programme, you may be asked to attend an interview.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A total of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 from four different subjects
2. 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English
3. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Design by Site (LAND4112) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to designing landscapes for a variety of sites and client requirements.
Representation (LAND4115) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to a range of graphic communication modes applicable to the representation of landscape designs.
Plants and Context (LAND4441) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of plants and gardens in their wider ecological context.
Site and Place (LAND4551) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to basic site investigation, analysis, and technical representation methods.
Constructing the Garden (LAND4552) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to an understanding of landscape construction elements and materials, and methods of representing landscape elements as contract drawings.
Representation in Digital Media (LAND5116) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce digital graphic media/techniques and develop the fundamentals skills necessary for effective visual communication.
History and Theory (LAND5117) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to garden history and to a range of past and current landscape issues.
Design and Culture (LAND5118) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply a range of design generators and design details.
Plants in Design (LAND5444) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop skills in effective planting design.
Design and Time (LAND5119) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand and design gardens with sensitivity to their spatial and temporal qualities.
Botany for Gardeners (LAND5442) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the structure and functioning of plants, focusing on landscape use and environmental interactions.
Plant Management (LAND5443) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To demonstrate an understanding of the range of principles and practices appropriate to plant establishment and management in a garden setting.
Documentation (LAND5553) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to assemble the documentation for a small-scale landscape project.
Project Implementation (LAND5554) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop the knowledge and skills necessary to supervise small scale landscape projects.
CAD (LAND5556) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce student s to CAD skills and enable them to apply these confidently in the presentation of landscape designs.
Negotiated Study (LAND5661) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To allow students to develop an area of specific interest outside the scope of other courses within the programme. The area of specialisation will involve a negotiated research project or field study or design project.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate equivalent competencies and English language requirements. Special and discretionary admission or evidence of appropriate work experience accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


2 Years

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,959$11,917
Government tuition subsidy: $9,778$19,556

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$40,625
Earnings range$30,909 - $46,782
In employment72%
In further study22%
On a benefit2%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.