Fanshawe College

Landscape Design - DLS4

Advanced Diploma

Canada’s only three-year Landscape Design Ontario College Advanced Diploma program offers a hybrid studio learning model, which combines traditional studio practice with computer-aided design to create designs and technical working drawings for a variety of project scales. Students learn design supported through emerging and current industry-based computer technologies in order to visualize, communicate and present designs using CADD, 3D modeling, visualization, illustration and digital photography techniques. Our program combines coursework with co-op work terms so students gain real-world work experiences. Students discover first-hand the links between coursework and the profession of landscape design, bringing what was learned in each work term back to the classroom to continue building key employability skills. Program field trips include botanical gardens, residential sites, Landscape Ontario designer conferences and trade shows. There are also opportunities to participate in exchanges or international trips to experience some of the world’s most historic cities and gardens in Italy, Spain, England and Brazil. Landscape Design is a co-operative program of study providing training in the design of many types of landscape areas, with emphasis on residential landscape design as well as experience with commercial and institutional sites. A variety of skills in areas such as drafting, computer-aided design, three dimensional modeling, design illustration and visualization are combined with the knowledge of design theory, plant and hard materials, landscape construction and new technologies to provide students with the skills necessary to source employment in the expanding field of landscape design. Qualifying graduates of the Landscape Design program have the option to receive advanced standing into a related Honours Bachelor's Degree in the Environmental Design and Planning program at Fanshawe College as well as the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph where they may continue their studies. Previous graduates have also pursued degrees at a wide range of universities in both Canada and Europe.
Co-op Opportunities & Career Information
Co-op Opportunities
The Landscape Design program offers a cooperative education component, where students gain first-hand experience of the diversity of the landscape profession while working in their chosen field. Employers post job openings starting in January to recruit students for these work terms. Job fairs targeting our students are also held early in the year. Many opportunities are available for those new to the landscape field as well as those with previous work experience.

Career Information
Graduates of Fanshawe’s Landscape Design program are valued for their understanding of the design process, technical construction, visualization, communication and problem-solving skills. With your advanced diploma, you will be able to pursue dynamic and challenging careers with:
· landscape architecture, planning and environmental firms
· landscape contractors
· design-build landscape companies
· design offices
· landscape sales and marketing
· municipal and provincial offices
· nurseries and garden centres
Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Program Duration:
83 weeks
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