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Landscape and Garden Design

From residential gardens to public parks, landscape designers create inspiring, innovative and functional green spaces. Study landscape design and you’ll learn how to assess a site, construct a garden, and choose the right plants and shrubs that will thrive. It’s a creative career with lots of scope to come up with your own designs and apply them to all sorts of different environments.

Explore your options

Study landscape or garden design at Unitec and you’ll learn how to design and plant beautiful, functional and ecological green spaces.

Our programmes allow you to focus on the aspect of landscaping that most interests you – design, construction or management.

Unitec’s green and leafy Mt Albert campus is the ideal environment to practise your skills. Our landscape and garden design courses include field trips, plant identification and the study of landscape conditions. You can also spend time developing your hand drawn and CAD design skills.

Certificate students have very flexible study options allowing for distance and/or after hours learning in the 6-month programme.

Diploma students have the opportunity to work on landscape design projects for real clients.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Landscape Design) 4 Full-time for six months. Part-time and distance learning options available. Home garden designer, Garden centre salesperson, Private gardener, Home garden designer February.
New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design) 5 1 year full-time, 1.5 - 2 years part-time Landscape technician, Residential landscape designer, Garden centre design consultant, Garden journalist, Landscape draftsperson, Landscape maintenance manager, Landscaper, Park, botanic or heritage garden manager, Plant consultant, Gardener February or July

Industry contacts

Unitec works closely with the following organisations to deliver seminars, awards and internships, guest lectures, field trips and prizes to Landscape and Garden Design students.

  • Reset Urban Design
  • Boffa Miskell
  • Field_LA
  • Isthmus Group
  • Water Dynamics
  • Living Roofs Aotearoa
  • Garden to Table Trust

Public seminars

The Scala Seminar Series is a series of hour-long public lectures hosted by Unitec’s architecture and landscape architecture staff. Open to everyone, the seminars explore a range of topics relating to the multi-disciplinarity of architecture, landscape design and landscape architecture.

The seminar series provides a forum for current practice and research in landscape and architecture. CPD points are available to practitioners by the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects, the NZ Registered Architecture Board and Architectural Designers New Zealand.