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Landscape Design

Fanshawe College
83 weeks
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
London (Ontario, Canada)

Program description

Landscape Design

If you’re intrigued by leaving a living mark on the world that will endure through generations or, if you have a green thumb that you’re looking to put to work in a dynamic career, the Landscape Design program will give you the skills necessary to plant the seeds of your future goals.

What you learn through our landscape design courses

In our landscape design courses, you will learn how to survey and analyze planting sites, select the vegetation and landscape materials, and plan the location of structures, roads, pathways, trees, shrubs, flower beds and decorative features. You’ll also learn about design theory, plant identification, drafting, landscape and building materials and technologies. You'll get plenty of experience using industry software to create detailed site plans, and you'll even have the 100-acre Fanshawe campus to use as your canvas.

Our landscape design program also give you great hands-on experience through two paid co-op work terms, plus, you'll have the opportunity for academic based international experiences and study in some the world's most historic cities

Admission requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
  • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)


  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)


  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND
  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)


  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years SDS Program Requirements
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 60 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 50 in listening
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design
  • Dynascape-Intro
  • Landscape Design Studio 1
  • Horticulture 1
  • Site Inventory & Evaluation
  • Presentation & Illustration 1
  • Woody Deciduous Plant Identification
  • Land Styles & Techniques
  • Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Communications for Design
  • Computer Drafting for Design 1
  • Landscape Design Studio 2
  • Landscape Materials
  • Horticulture 2
  • Presentation & Illustration 2
  • Woody Evergreen Plant Identification
  • Modern Architecture

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Computer Drafting for Design 2
  • Landscape Design Studio 3
  • Field Construction 1
  • Plant Identification
  • Presentation & Illustration 1-Landscape
  • Surveying & Site Services
  • Ecology

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Computer Drafting for Design 3
  • Landforms
  • Landscape Design Studio 4
  • Working Documents
  • Planting Design
  • Computer Illustration
  • Field Construction 2

Level 5

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Computer Drafting for Design 4
  • Landscape Structures 1
  • Special Project/Research & Development 1
  • Computer Illustration 2
  • Landscape Management
  • Landscape Studio 5

Level 6

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Computer Drafting for Design 5
  • Landscape Structures 2
  • Landscape Studio 6
  • Special Project/Research & Dev 2
  • Professional Practice
  • Geographical Information Systems 1

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 1,474.98 CAD, and the total fees are 2,504.65 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,843.55 CAD, and the total fees are 9,479.20 CAD.

For more detailed information about fees, please visit the institute webpage.


Credential - Ontario College Advanced Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

  1. craft landscape designs that successfully integrate people into outdoor environments
  2. apply principles of site engineering to complete a landscape design
  3. use the computer as a tool to communicate all aspects of the landscape design process
  4. utilize appropriate communication tools to convey design ideas
  5. recognize the importance of landscape maintenance and management in design
  6. prepare accurate quantity and cost estimates for a project
  7. plan, execute, and conclude a wide range of landscape projects
  8. identify environmental effects of projects and take appropriate steps to avoid environmental damage and promote healthy ecosystems
  9. act in a professional manner, maintain professional relationships, and communicate effectively with clients, co-workers, supervisors, and others
  10. develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance and career opportunities and to keep pace with industry changes

Career opportunities

Landscape Design graduates have obtained positions with landscape architects, design/build landscape contractors, nurseries, government agencies and sales. A high percentage of students aspire to operating their own businesses

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About this institute

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...

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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

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Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario

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