Comprehensive Courses – Superior Garden Design Courses

Educate with Passion. Empower with Knowledge…

You can have the career you always dreamt of and develop your love of design and gardening into the most rewarding experience. To be a landscape designer, being able to design gardens for others, work outside with living materials and orchestrate worlds for others to live in, is truly one of the most satisfying and fulfilling careers or interests there is. If this passion is what drives you, our Comprehensive Courses is will be your most valuable asset. At Irene School of Garden Design we do not want you to miss out on any opportunity to be who you were meant to be. If you have always yearned to design, work with nature and people, love drawing decorating or putting things together, and inspire to a career that allows freedom, creativity, more time and purpose, then you are in safe hands now. Irene School of Garden Design offers full-time courses for those who can study during the day and who are embarking on a career or investing in their hobby. Irene School of Garden Design also offer part-time courses specifically for those who want to pursue garden design as a new career, paying hobby or serious enthusiast, but need to do so after hours. It is the career you will never retire from and our comprehensive courses will help you get there.

 

Comprehensive courses. For those who are starting a career, changing a career, and the more serious gardeners…

Our Comprehensive courses are the culmination of over 11 years of experience, 4 years of research, together with constant comparison to other courses and programs both nationally and internationally. Intensive industry analysis and continual assessment from the industry and leading academics, locally and abroad make our course unique. The Irene School of Garden Designs’ Full-time and Part-time residential and light commercial garden design courses are the superior choice in landscape design education. The course is a multi-faceted, and a comprehensive combination of skill sets and theoretical knowledge required to work in this industry or successfully and responsibly enjoy gardening as a hobby. Our courses are well known locally and internationally with an impressive repertoire of international students and professionals referred to us for refining their unique skill sets and enhancing their current design careers in outdoor design, architecture, installation and maintenance.

The leading landscape designers in South Africa and International Universities and companies recommend us because we adopt a personal relationship with each student and present our courses in an enjoyable, friendly, and dynamic manner that suits everyone, regardless of your language preference, age or level of experience. We offer the only 1 year landscape design course that develops design skill trough creative conceptual thinking. Irene School of Garden Design is independent, which allows us to be current, quality driven and personal, and are not bound by typical constraints of tertiary education such as points, credits or disruptions in learning. Irene School of Garden Design was also the first to include and develop spatial and architectural philosophy and theory into courses. Courses are presented to smaller groups of students; this ensures students get the attention they deserve. Course material is presented by the most unsurpassed industry individuals together with Lee Burger, holding BSc Larch (UP), BL Hons (UP) and ML Prof (UP) degrees in Landscape Architecture and active S.A.C.L.A.P. member. We are also one of only a few institutions to continue adopting a bilingual approach to education. We offer students ample opportunity to steer their careers with practical work as well as theoretical knowledge, continually assessing student progress to uphold the highest quality of education available, and ultimately want to offer value for life.

Ample tests, exams and design assessments, moderated by professionals, assure that we only put our best in the market place, and also give you an indication of how you are doing and what is expected from a well-rounded prospective landscaper.

 

Full-time and Part-time courses Synopsis of material topics…

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Course NameCourse Type
Process of design Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Process of project Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Process of installation Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Client interview and brief Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Site analysis Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Introductory site surveying Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Triangulation, off set and running measurements Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Freehand drawing skills development Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Setting up and drafting Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Dimensioning and annotating Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Layout of design plans and construction plans Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Plans and line-weight Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Design symbols and standards Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Construction symbols and standards Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Elevations and axonometric drawing Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Freehand perspective drawings Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Rendering and graphic standards Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Presentation development visual and verbal Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
* Garden design theory Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
* Garden design principles and themes Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Form, space, order, and circulation Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
* History of the environment Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
* History of botany Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
* History of most influential gardens in time Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only</span>
* Planting design Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Causes of plant pests and diseases and cure Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Introduction to plant biology and botany Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Plant identification Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Planting combinations Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Planting plans, details and methods Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Concept formulation and exploration Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Creative frame of reference development Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Contemporary landscape designers Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
* Outdoor lighting design Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
* Outdoor lighting plans and detail Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
* Soils preparation, improvement and maintenance Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Ecology and sustainability Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Introduction to construction Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Sustainable landscape construction practices Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Contours and landforms Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Dumpy level set up and surveying Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Calculation of contoured soil quantities Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Construction drawing, sectioning and specifications Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
* Construction materials Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
* Costing and specifications documentation Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Introductory irrigation design and systems Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Irrigation plans Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Water feature design and construction Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Computer aided design (CAD) Full-Time, (optional on Part-time PLUS & Part-time standard)
Computer aided presentation Full-Time, (optional on Part-time PLUS & Part-time standard)
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Full-time and Part-time courses. Practical assessments and projects…

Course NameCourse Type
Design project one: Site analysis, house design, garden design and planting Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
* Design project two: Site analysis, Property analysis, residential estate design, and display unit Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Show garden design and installation: Design, order and build a show garden in real life at Plantland monthly garden showFull-Time (4-5 gardens), Part-time PLUS (3-4 gardens), Part time standard (1-2 gardens)
Design project three: Reality project, garden design, and all design and construction plans Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Design project four: All required design plans, construction plans, costing and specification for final examination Full-Time, Part-time PLUS & Part-time
Creative graphic development projects: Creative art project to explore different mediums and presentation methods, Palettes, concept and mood boards, business stationary etc. Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
Creative design development projects: Smaller projects without all the requirements of the major projects Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
* Street furniture design project: Design a street furniture language and street furniture items Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
CAD design project: Design plans, construction plans and layout Full-Time, (optional for Part-time PLUS and Part-time standard)
Frame of reference research projects: Presentations on research findings on various given topics for self-enrichment   Full-Time, Part-time PLUS only
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Comprehensive courses schedule. Class days and times…

1. Full-time Course (Starts in Feb):
Duration

Class Days

Time

Venue
10 months: Feb-Dec during school terms Mon, Tue & Wed mornings (Mon & Tue mornings from Nov) 09:30–12:00 Unit 1B, 19 Clifton Avenue, Lyttelton, Centurion. (Parking available across the street)
2. Part-time PLUS Course (Starts in Feb):
Duration

Class Days

Time

Venue
10 months: Feb-Dec (year 1) during school terms Year 1 Tue evenings 18:00–20:15 Unit 1B, 19 Clifton Avenue, Lyttelton, Centurion. (Parking available across the street)
4 months: Feb-Jun (year 2) during school terms Year 2 Wed evenings 18:00–20:15 Unit 1B, 19 Clifton Avenue, Lyttelton, Centurion. (Parking in venue available)
3. Part-time Course (Starts in Aug):
Duration

Class Days

Time

Venue
12 months: Aug-Aug during school terms 1x Sat p/m covering 3-4 lessons (1st Sat of month) 09:30–15:15 Unit 1B, 19 Clifton Avenue, Lyttelton, Centurion. (Parking available across the street)

 

Inclusions and additional information. What you need to know…

We have most of your handbooks and notes covered. We care about the environment therefore course notes are provided digitally: online to download and on a portable drive. Students receive a starter pack of additional book/s, depending on the course payment plan chosen, however computer design programs are provided as training tools only and students must use their own electronic equipment such as laptops or computers. We do our absolute best to keep additional costs to a minimum. We have arranged student discounts for your stationary, and printing. The Plantland and Irene School of Garden Design co-op provide most of the materials needed for the show garden exhibition. Now all we need is your passion and excitement for gardens and design to open the door to a whole new you.

 

Prices and payment plan options. Choose an option to suit your needs…

Our Full-time and Part -time courses have easy payment options to place the best value within your reach. Our Comprehensive courses are one of the most cost effective ways to study or invest in as an enthusiast; this is because we provide more information, without the unnecessary appurtenances, in the shortest possible time frame. Our aim is to provide exceeding personal and career related value at an affordable price in comparison to other self-enriching courses, hobbies or life investments. Irene School of Garden Design only accommodates smaller groups in order to ensure the quality we are renowned for, and to give students the attention they deserve. Value, service and attention to detail is what we do best, and you are important to us, therefore early booking is essential to ensure you have a reservation on our industry leading course.

2018 Pricing

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