Landscape Design

Landscape Design-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1036Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design3
This course introduces students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
An introductory course in the use of DynaSCAPE Design using Studio course DESG-1065 projects to become familiar with the various tools and applications of the DynaSCAPE software package. Students will demonstrate ability to create base plans and designs including dimensioning, labeling, using correct layers, printing/plotting as well as creating material lists and care packages.
DESG-1065Landscape Design Studio 14
This studio-based course is an introduction to the landscape design process. Lectures, studio exercises, group and individual projects are used to demonstrate, explore and practice the techniques, approaches and compositional principles of design. Assignments focus on the application of a design process for problem-solving as it relates to the design of small residential and commercial sites. Students will acquire and practice landscape design techniques.
HORT-1047Horticulture 12
This course introduces students to the basics of plant anatomy, plant physiology, plant propagation, and plant growth to provide a basic understanding of how plants used in the landscape grow and the factors that influence this growth.
LAND-1002Site Inventory & Evaluation1.5
This course introduces the student to the process of assessing a site to determine the various elements that will impact on the development of an effective landscape solution. Classes will include practical field experience and small group exercises. Various survey and measurement tools will be used to accurately inventory existing site conditions and record this information. The impact of this data on the design, construction and maintenance of a garden will be discussed.
DESG-1075Presentation & Illustration 12
This course introduces students to the basic drafting, sketching and illustration skills required to develop and present landscape design ideas. Classes will explore various line-drawing and colour rendering techniques used to develop and present design ideas to clients. Both free-hand and manual drawings techniques will be used to show plan elements, elevation/sections, axonometric and 1-point perspective drawings.
HORT-1049Woody Deciduous Plant Identification2
This course introduces the students to plant nomenclature and taxonomy as an aid in plant identification. Through plant walks deciduous trees, shrubs & vines will be identified and studied on site, either in a cultured or natural environment. Students will identify and give basic cultural information for a wide range of plants suitable for landscape applications in Canadian hardiness zone 5.
LAND-1006Land Styles & Techniques2
This course provides the student with and introduction to landscape styles, the application of design and construction materials and techniques. The student will understand the basics of landscape design and construction principles, composition, elements and materials and how they are applied in the development of style. The role and work of a variety of landscape designers will be reviewed. The course is delivered as an audio-visual lecture, discussion and in-class exercises.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-3074Communications for Design3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of art and design, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
CADD-1010Computer Drafting for Design 13
An introductory AutoCAD software course introduces students to the fundamentals of AutoCAD as used in Landscape Design using Studio DESG-1008 projects. Students will demonstrate their ability to prepare two-dimensional scaled plan drawings using the Landscape Design Drafting Handbook standards complete with standard file management, drawing setup layers, line types, dimension styles, text, titlebocks and plotting. This course is a pre-requisite for CADD 3026.
DESG-1008Landscape Design Studio 23.5
This studio course builds on the skills learned in Landscape Design Studio I. Projects introduce students to site planning requirements and design strategies for residential and public space design projects. Emphasis will be placed on design approach, composition and presentation. Students will investigate & integrate by-law and municipal standards into their design process and solutions. Students will be introduced to model building.
DESG-1066Landscape Materials2
This course introduces the student to the materials they will encounter when constructing and designing landscape projects. Landscape Materials explores the qualities and applications of aggregates, wood, concrete, masonry, natural stone, and geo-textiles. The learner will be able to identify, describe, and understand how each material could be used in various landscape projects, its durability and subsequent maintenance. The student will be able to perform quantity take off calculations for various landscape materials.
HORT-1015Horticulture 22
This course builds on HORT-1047 with lectures & exercises discussing soils in the landscape & container gardening, as well as turf grass and management. Included is an introduction to nurseries including types of plants/sizes, plant production, insects both pests & desirable, how to manage/attract them, as well as disease control. Low impact development, native plants and sustainability will be discussed.
ARTS-1038Presentation & Illustration 21.5
This course builds on the skills learned in DESG-1075 exploring techniques for effective development & communication of designs. Plan, section/elevations drawings suitable for design detail drawings, and photo perspectives of various scales will be used to communicate design solutions. Composition techniques to enhance design drawings in B/W and various colour rendering techniques are developed to support clear development and communication of design information in a variety of scales.
HORT-1050Woody Evergreen Plant Identification2
This course will provide the student with an introduction conifer and broad-leaf evergreens and their role in the landscape. Through woody plant walks, plants will be viewed and studied in site, either in a cultured or natural environment. How conifers are used in landscapes. How to use and design with conifers for seasonality and contrast will be introduced. Some pests of various conifers found in southern Ontario will be noted.
ARCH-3004Modern Architecture3
This survey course of 20th century architecture covers the Modern Movement and subsequent developments, from about 1850 to the present. Major period styles are presented as expressions of cultural values, impacted by social and technological changes. At the completion of the course, students will have an increased aesthetic appreciation of architecture and understanding of architecture as a reflection of the wider culture.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-3026Computer Drafting for Design 21.5
An intermediate AutoCAD course builds technical skills for Studio DESG-3007 Landscape Design Working Drawing projects. Students will be introduced to aspects of creating a proper detailed Documentation Package. A focus on line-weight and annotative objects will apply to projects. This course is a pre-requisite for CADD 3027.
DESG-3007Landscape Design Studio 33.5
This is an intermediate level landscape design course with emphasis on mid-sized residential, recreational, and commercial projects. Design projects focus on single and multi-unit housing, open space planning and preliminary environmental site planning issues. The student must prepare individual presentations of design concepts and advocate for his/her recommendations on projects.
LAND-3001Field Construction 13
Through a series of lectures and practical labs the student will be introduced to concrete precast materials. Small projects using concrete paving stone and retaining walls using guidelines set by ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) will be followed. Strict workplace safety procedures will be enforced, safety equipment required.
HORT-3026Plant Identification2
Designing complex, sustainable multi-seasonal plantings requires a comprehensive knowledge of the various herbaceous plants such as bulbs, perennials, annuals and weeds and their association with the woody species in the landscape. Students will explore herbaceous plant identification, culture and maintenance through lectures and plant walks. Classes will often occur off campus.
ARTS-3043Presentation & Illustration 1-Landscape1.5
This intermediate continues the development of illustration skills. Design presentation techniques covered include 2 point and aerial perspectives and a detailed exploration of design elements. Students expand their illustration repertoire through research and experimentation with new techniques. The use of cameras and technology as part of page layout and detail design as part of the project presentation is encouraged.
SURV-3013Surveying & Site Services2
This course provides an introduction to surveying as a key part of site grading and drainage. Hands-on experience with surveying equipment and various techniques used to document distance measurement, differential leveling and turning point angle measurement. Techniques of topographical surveying, note taking, slope calculations and surveying calculations are covered. Project surveys will be used for studio course projects.
An introductory ecology course with specific emphasis on the relationship between the natural environment and the built landscape. Students will gain a more complete understanding of ecological principles through a series of field exercises.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-3027Computer Drafting for Design 32
An intermediate AutoCAD course builds on previous courses, with a focus on complex settings for drawing management such as paper/model space, customized plotting settings and viewports. Students will be introduced to LandFX plugin custom libraries to produce construction drawings that support their work in landscape design studio and working documents METH-3028. This course is a pre-requisite for CADD-5004.
This course builds on the understanding of grading and drainage from SURV-3013. It allows the student to further develop an understanding of the interpretation, manipulation and illustration of landforms. Topics to be covered include grading, cut and fill, contours, aerial interpretation, environmental, design and aesthetic principles of land manipulation and drainage.
DESG-3015Landscape Design Studio 43.5
This course is a prerequisite for DESG-5004 Landscape Design Studio 5This course has been developed to reinforce knowledge of the design process by using design principles, techniques, and approaches to solve landscape design problems. A study of garden styles will be undertaken, and considerations for designing landscapes for multi-family and special needs residential developments, institutional, and commercial spaces will be explored.
METH-3028Working Documents3.5
This course permits the student to explore the nature of working documents through lecture and studio experiences. Lectures will focus on the material required to prepare each component in a set of working documents, and then supervised studio time will allow for this information to be practiced.
HORT-3027Planting Design2
In planting studio the learner will become familiar with and apply the techniques of landscape planting design such as garden structure, colour, naturalization, seasonal interest and layering. Through group and individual studio time the learner will begin to develop a personal planting style. Planting studio will draw on the previous three semesters of plant identification as well as the principles of horticulture and design.
COMP-3079Computer Illustration1.5
This intermediate /advanced level course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to gain experience in the various software and technology based communication tools available in the industry. This course will assist the student to integrate these computer based skills with the illustrative communication skills learned in previous classes to clearly and professionally communicate design ideas. Students will be encouraged to investigate and experiment with new and different tools and media.
LAND-3008Field Construction 22.5
Through a series of lectures and practical labs students will be exposed to landscape features constructed with wood. The students will be introduced to wood working equipment in a shop environment yet the primary focus will be on the use of portable wood working tools. Strict workplace safety procedures will be followed.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-5004Computer Drafting for Design 42
This advanced course provides the CADD support for DESG-5022 & DESG-5004 and is a pre requisite forCADD-5015. Students will create a complete set of plans, working drawings and technical details for DESG-5004 and DESG-5022 to industry standards.
DESG-5022Landscape Structures 12
Students in this course will be instructed on how materials are combined to construct stone structures and water features. Emphasis will be placed in statics/mechanics, aesthetics, durability functionality and construction methodologies. Exercises will also explore the costs associated with installation.
METH-5008Special Project/Research & Development 12
This course is designed to provide experience in academic research and the written communication tools that are standard in the landscape industry. The students will research a variety of topics and will present their research results in written reports as well as formal and informal presentations to the class. Students will be challenged to find suitable research sources and presenting the results clearly to their peers. Some research topics tie to the studio project.
ARTS-5015Computer Illustration 22
This advanced course allows students to expand the skills developed in previous courses through continued exploration and integration of graphic software and technology to their design work. The main goal of this course is to assist students in designing, compiling and communicating their skills developed throughout this program into a professional portfolio suitable to obtain a position as a landscape industry professional.
MTNC-5001Landscape Management1
This course introduces various topics of sustainable landscape management and care. Landscapes are dynamic they grow, change and mature thus consideration for future maintenance is a component of sustainable designs. Topics include evaluating exiting landscapes, considering changes over time, material options, soils and mulches. Lectures, research, discussions and practical exercises will highlight the process of landscape management through design, construction, and effective communication between designer, maintenance personnel, and owner.
DESG-5004Landscape Studio 52
Landscape Studio 5 provides the student with the opportunity to complete a complex landscape design project that reinforces the application of the design process and principles following an extended work term. Digital and non-digital drawing and presentation techniques will be used to investigate and propose solutions to a specific design problem in consideration of existing planning legislation. Emphasis is on working drawing production using digital means for project deliverables.

Level 6
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-5015Computer Drafting for Design 52.5
This advanced course provides the CADD support for DESG-5010 & DESG-5009. It will refine the CADD skills gained through the previous courses. Focus is on the preparation of complete and professional level drawings using appropriate CAD skills for efficiency.
DESG-5010Landscape Structures 24
This course continues the work completed in Landscape Structures I with a focus on topics which include natural stone, wood decks, fencing, roofed structures, water, irrigation, steps/ramps, lighting and furniture. Practical assignments will include detail drawings, construction methods and cost estimating.
DESG-5009Landscape Studio 63.5
This course is the culmination of the students' studio-based design education. Term projects require the application of the full range of landscape design skills acquired through the program. Emphasis is given to a project related to the student's research interests explored in the final term.
METH-5017Special Project/Research & Dev 22
This research course is designed to expand student understanding of how people experience landscape spaces and why. Topics are tied to a variety landscape and psychology theories and presented to the class. The research, reports and presentations are to be of professional standard. Each student will pursue a series of topics individually. The student's final report will tie this research to the studio project noting their use of these theories and their research into their design thinking and final design solution.
METH-5021Professional Practice3
Professional practice as a foundational aspect of business deals with both the professional and ethical issues inherent in business as an individual, as part of a professional organization and as a manager of a professional landscape business. Lectures and research will deal with human resources, fiscal aspects, business practices, ethical issues and an introduction to legal and fiscal topics. Marketing at an individual and business level will be discussed.
METH-1043Geographical Information Systems 12
This introductory GIS course will cover basic GIS theory & concepts in the lecture portion and provide an introduction to ArcGIS software in the lab portion. A series of lab assignments will cover data views, tables, and layout views, layers, labeling and legends using the ArcGIS software. In the lecture portion the structure of ArcGIS, data acquisition, processing, storage, display and analysis, and The application of GIS to Urban and Rural planning will be covered.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 2 and 4

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 28 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program