Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design

This course is an exit option only

Duration 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS503
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Landscape Architecture. The course is made up of 4 credit points of study that will help you to develop a solid appreciation of landscape architecture design, practice, thinking and equip you with the essential skills to engage in this discipline.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline- specific knowledge and capabilities

Develop specialised conceptual landscape design knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in designing, developing and improving sustainable environments and communities.  Apply knowledge of history and practice to design, develop and manage landscape design projects.


Communicate with generalist audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to ideate and motivate public and private landscape design decisions and to effect change.

Digital literacy

Apply knowledge of several technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in landscape design.

Critical thinking

Review problems, scenarios, designs and plans and address landscape design problems at different scales and complexities.

Problem solving

Apply landscape design knowledge to identify environmental, cultural and social problems, devise ways to investigate and resolve opportunities and constraints, drawing evidence, and producing solutions as the basis for appropriate action.


Maintain good ethical standards and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in a timely manner.  Apply knowledge and skills to solve contemporary landscape design problems.

 Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

Course rules

To qualify for the proposed Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design (exit option only), students must successfully complete 4 credit points from the units listed below:

  • 2 core units
  • 2 course-grouped elective units

Course structure

Core Units

Students must complete at least 2 of the following units:

Trimester 1

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRD760Geo-Planning and Design

Trimester 2

SRL732Plants, Design and Ecologies

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes


2 elective units chosen from S703 Master of Landscape Architecture course-grouped elective units

Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.