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New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design)

Are you looking for a creative career in landscape design? Follow your passion for the outdoors and design with the New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design) and develop a solid grounding in site analysis, garden design, plant selection, CAD modelling, and construction detailing.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February full-time or part-time.
1 year full-time. 1.5 - 2 years part-time.

Programme overview

Have you always dreamt of a creative career in garden design? The New Zealand 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 if you’re aspiring to a career in landscape design for residential or small commercial environments.


  • Nationally developed qualification with linkages to the Garden Design Society of New Zealand
  • A pathway for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture - graduates of this programme can cross-credit 90 credits into the bachelor's
  • Fieldwork, real sites, and real clients
  • Park-like campus - a great environment for plant identification and studying landscape conditions
  • Solid base of plant knowledge
  • High tech CAD facilities accessible between 7am - 11pm
  • Flexible study – part-time options
  • Industry connected: work with highly regarded lecturers who hold executive positions in key industry organisations
  • Graduates of this programme can apply for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and, if successful, can obtain some cross credits.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1.    Achieved one of the below:

  • A minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four different subjects; or
  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4); or
  • Provide evidence of equivalent knowledge and skills

2.    12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English

3.    If English is not your first language, you are will need 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 meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission

As part of the selection process for this programme, you may be asked to take part in an interview.

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.

Courses Credits Aim
Design Studio (LAND4113) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces the practice of garden design.
Horticulture for Landscape (LAND4443) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces principles and practice of plant selection and plant and soil management within garden design.
Courses Credits Aim
Studio 1 (LAND5021) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) To introduce students to the principles of landscape architecture through investigation by design.
Plants and Ecology (LAND5050) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) Introduce plant systems for landscape design within the context of ecological networks
Representation (LAND5113) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce graphic media/techniques and develop the fundamental skills necessary for effective visual communication.
Capstone Project (LAND5115) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course prepares students to create and manage a landscape design project within the statutory framework relevant to the landscape design industry.
CAD Documentation (LAND5215) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course focusses on preparing students to produce a landscape design package for council approval using CAD software.
Designing with Plants (LAND5557) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces principles and practice of planing design and production of specifications and schedules for installing and maintaining garden designs.