Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design

Course summary for current students

Year2017 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

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

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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.

  • 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.
  • Use evidence 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 the future needs of sustainable environments and communities and prepare plans and designs to inform the creation, mediation and management of places and spaces.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change. 

  • 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.
  • Competently communicate information, designs, and plans using a range 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 several technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in landscape design.
  • Use a range of technologies to locate, evaluate, analyse information in landscape design in order to test and model scenarios and designs.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Review problems, scenarios, designs and plans and address landscape design problems at different scales and complexities.
  • Discriminate between ideals, values and assumptions and use lateral thinking to re-form and re-imagine scenarios and options by evaluating ideas and formulate plans, designs and strategies.

5. Problem solving: Creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • 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.
  • Generate designs, solutions and strategies through judgement and regard for environmental, cultural and social variables, in outcomes community-relevant and appropriate.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • 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.
  • Individually exhibit a good level of professionalism, consistently applying landscape design ethics 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.

Not applicable

Not applicable

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

Not applicable

Not applicable

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

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

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRA760Urban Ecologies

Trimester 2

SRL732Plants, Design and Ecologies

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes


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