Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design

Course summary for current students

Year2018 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
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline- specific knowledge and capabilities 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.
Communication 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.
Digital literacy Apply knowledge of a range of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in landscape design.
Critical thinking 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
Problem solving 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.
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.
Teamwork 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.
Global citizenship 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.

Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

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

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRD760Geo-Planning and Design

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