Taught course

Garden Design

Writtle University College · Design

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent qualification ideally related to landscape and design but applicants from other disciplines are welcome to apply. A conversion course (bridging studies) is also offered for students with Honours degrees in other disciplines. A portfolio of work/CV and a letter addressing research interests and reasons for applying for the course are usually required.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to increase the student's professional skills in the theoretical and practical aspects of the garden design discipline with an emphasis on promoting gardens that are aesthetically pleasing, functionally appropriate and ecologically healthy, while at the same time being able to accommodate the diverse and changing needs of society. The course benefits from the cultural tradition of garden making, appreciation and horticulture in Britain, though an international and historic perspective is taken.

The MA in Garden Design allows students to take the next steps in developing the theories and practice of garden design by providing more advanced perspectives and applications to undergraduate studies.

Garden design is concerned with creating new gardens and designed landscapes and sustaining and restoring existing ones. The curriculum allows students to employ a different emphasis to design in their approach, application and scale. It focuses on the meaning of gardens, their history, conservation and restoration whilst remembering that they form part of the fabric of a wider rural and urban landscape, with social, economic and ecological values. Students will organise, plan and design gardens in collaborative, productive and creative interdisciplinary ways.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

01245 424200