2 years
Feb Jul
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 27,216
NZD 40,780
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

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. Highlights include:

  • Our students exhibit at Ellerslie International Flower Show.
  • 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.

Entry Requirements

  • For Level 5 Diploma programmes applicants must have a total of 48 NCEA credits at level 2 in best 4 subjects, OR a maximum total of 20 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects, OR equivalent, OR completion of an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above.

Special Admission

  • Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence; AND 
  • Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 4;
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
    • Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a Pass at Grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.