Diploma of Landscape Design


Our Diploma of Landscape Design is a step forward in building and plotting your landscape future. Build on your Certificate IV in Landscape Design and become a qualified landscape construction or horticulture professional. Advance your skills with a focus on design.

Be a leader in landscape design

Our Diploma in Landscape Design is tailored to develop your skills to create designs that will ensure you win the next job. Recommendation and word-of-mouth plays an integral part in this industry. You’ll soon find one satisfied customer leads to many more.

Learn how to draw a garden design and produce 2D architectural drawings using CAD software. Learn also, how to prepare estimates, quotes and tenders. This course is a comprehensive landscape design course suitable for those who are working in the industry and who have lower level training in landscape construction.

Industry connections and resources

Industry-qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through your studies in Landscape Design. We use the latest technology to teach you and hone your skills in modern and traditional design.

Employment outcomes

As a graduate of this course, you may gain employment as a landscape designer, landscape manager or site foreman, run your own landscape design business or work as a consultant.


A variety of assessment methods may be used to demonstrate competence in Landscape Design. Assessment methods may include practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work-based projects, case studies, and log books.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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03 9269 8400


Part-time: 2 years
two (2) evenings per week, - over two (2) years

Class Schedule: *

Mon - 3-6PM
Thu - 3-6PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods may be used to demonstrate your competence. At the commencement of each unit, you will be given an outline of what is to be covered and how the unit will be assessed and further methods may include practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work-based projects, case studies and log books


A list of safety equipment and books that need to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course

Entrance Requirements

  • it is preferred that you have some knowledge and experience in landscape construction prior to undertaking this course
  • all applicants will need to attend an interview to establish if this course is suited to their needs
  • it would be advantageous (but not a pre-requisite) if you have completed our Certificate IV in Landscape Design

Pathways to further study

This qualification may lead to further study such as the 22260VIC Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science, or higher education Horticulture study

Career Pathways

Possible career paths for Landscape Designers are:
  • garden designer
  • senior CAD operator
  • project manager
  • community planning officer

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCBUS503 Negotiate and monitor contracts 120
AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders 120
AHCDES501 Design sustainable landscapes 80
AHCDES502 Prepare a landscape design 240
AHCDES503 Assess landscape sites 110
AHCDES504 Design for construction of landscape features 100
AHCLSC501 Survey and establish site levels 110
AHCPCM503 Specify plants for landscapes 130
AHCPCM504 Design specialised landscape 150
AHCWRK507 Implement professional practice 100
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings 50

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.