Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design

This course is an exit option only

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS603
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 Diploma of Landscape Design can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Landscape Architecture. The course is made up of 8 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 (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) Minimum Standards
1. Discipline- specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
  • Apply specialised landscape design knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in designing, developing and improving sustainable environments and communities.
  • Comprehend knowledge of history, theory and practice to design, develop and manage landscape design projects demonstrating initiative and judgement.
  • Use evidence and objectivity in the assessment, evaluation and formulation of designs and plans to address the immediate and future needs of urban, regional and rural sustainable environments and communities.
  • Identify future needs of sustainable environments and communities and prepare plans and designs to guide the creation, mediation and management of places and spaces.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change
  • Communicate clearly and responsibly with generalist audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to ideate, inform, motivate public and private landscape design decisions and to effect change.
  • Proficiently communicate information, designs, and plans using a breadth of media, technology, language and genre to stimulate, inform and effect change
3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information
  • Apply knowledge of a range of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in landscape design.
  • Use a range of appropriate technologies to locate, evaluate, analyse information in landscape design from a range of perspectives, including environmental, social and cultural to test and model scenarios and designs.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
  • Evaluate problems, scenarios, designs and plans to address landscape design problems at different scales and complexities using the lens and knowledge of existing and past landscape architecture theory and practice.
  • Ideate to inform the creation of solutions to authentic real-world problems by comprehending systems and threads
  • Use information for design ideation, critical, analytical thinking to discriminate between ideals, values and assumptions and use lateral thinking to reform and re-imagine scenarios and options by evaluating ideas and formulate plans, designs and strategies.
  • Make connections between systems and elements using analysis and thinking to project designs and plans of various types, selecting the techniques, approaches and tools appropriate to the task and situation.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill defined) problems.
  • Use 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.
  • Make well founded choices in situations based on knowledge of social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of landscape design.
  • Generate designs, solutions and strategies by having regard to environmental, cultural and social variables, in outcomes community relevant and appropriate.
  • Demonstrate sound judgements that involve creativity and innovative solutions for projects of different scale and complexity by taking in account environmental, cultural and social variables, in outcomes community relevant and appropriate.
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
  • Represent and maintain good ethical standards and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in a timely manner.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in an independent way to solve contemporary landscape design problems.
  • Individually exhibit a medium level of professionalism, consistently applying landscape design protocols with peers, colleagues and relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate timely self management through personal ethical conduct, and the identification and planning of future needs.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Produce plans for diverse groups, including lay people, while representing and maintaining individual opinions and standards.
  • Reflect on stakeholders needs and develop processes in order to work efficiently in teams to formulate integrated options.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively, demonstrating a level of responsibility and accountability in different roles in teams.
  • Demonstrate individual capacity to cooperatively realise plans, designs, and projects through team and stakeholder engagements in a timely manner and form.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.
  • Engage with global trends and challenges confronting cities, settlements and regions and operate in a manner that recognises cultural diversity, the need for equity in outcomes and the knowledge of and implementation of medium ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate fluency to read, interpret, work and realise meaningful scenarios, plans and designs in different contexts, for a diversity of populations and stakeholders.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design (exit option only), students must successfully complete 8 credit points from the units listed below:

  • 4 core units
  • 4 course-grouped elective units

Course structure


Trimester 1

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRA760Urban Ecologies

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


Trimester 2

SRL732Plants, Design and Ecologies

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes

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