Program Overview

Do you want to change the world? Working at a variety of scales, landscape designers employ a unique blend of creative design thinking, horticulture, ecology, sustainability and sound construction practices to improve the physical world and transform our outdoor spaces. If you are looking for a profession that makes use of your creativity, your love of the natural world, your interest in problem-solving and your entrepreneurial spirit, then a career in landscape design is for you.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
83 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

Your Learning Experience

Canada’s only three-year Landscape Design Ontario College Advanced Diploma program offers a hybrid studio learning model, which combines traditional studio practice with computer-aided design to create designs and technical working drawings for a variety of project scales. Students learn design supported through emerging and current industry-based computer technologies in order to visualize, communicate and present designs using CADD, 3D modeling, visualization, illustration and digital photography techniques.


Our program combines coursework with co-op work terms so students gain real-world work experiences. Students discover first-hand the links between coursework and the profession of landscape design, bringing what was learned in each work term back to the classroom to continue building key employability skills.


Program field trips include botanical gardens, residential sites, Landscape Ontario designer conferences and trade shows. There are also opportunities to participate in exchanges or international trips to experience some of the world’s most historic cities and gardens in Italy, Spain, England and Brazil.


Landscape Design is a co-operative program of study providing training in the design of many types of landscape areas, with emphasis on residential landscape design as well as experience with commercial and institutional sites. A variety of skills in areas such as drafting, computer-aided design, three dimensional modeling, design illustration and visualization are combined with the knowledge of design theory, plant and hard materials, landscape construction and new technologies to provide students with the skills necessary to source employment in the expanding field of landscape design.


Qualifying graduates of the Landscape Design program have the option to receive advanced standing into a related Honours Bachelor's Degree in the Environmental Design and Planning program at Fanshawe College as well as the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph where they may continue their studies. Previous graduates have also pursued degrees at a wide range of universities in both Canada and Europe. 


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities

The Landscape Design program offers a cooperative education component, where students gain first-hand experience of the diversity of the landscape profession while working in their chosen field. Employers post job openings starting in January to recruit students for these work terms. Job fairs targeting our students are also held early in the year. Many opportunities are available for those new to the landscape field as well as those with previous work experience.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Landscape Design program are valued for their understanding of the design process, technical construction, visualization, communication and problem-solving skills. With your advanced diploma, you will be able to pursue dynamic and challenging careers with:

·       landscape architecture, planning and environmental firms

·       landscape contractors

·       design-build landscape companies

·       design offices

·       landscape sales and marketing

·       municipal and provincial offices

·       nurseries and garden centres

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Program Progression

Fall Intake Only





Year 1

Level 1

Level 2

Work Term 1

Year 2

Level 3

Level 4

Work Term 2

Year 3

Work Term 3/Level 5

Level 6





Photo of Kathleen Stevens

“I decided I needed to go back to school after my degree, as I wanted a career in shaping public green space and the Landscape Design program helped me gain all the hard and soft skills to reach this goal. I do not think I would have had near the success I have had attaining my career goal within three years of graduating, if it was not for deciding to go to Fanshawe. Best part was, I had fun, taking advantage of opportunities to travel abroad and became very close with my classmates during long nights of hard work.”

Kathleen Stevens
Landscape Technologist, City of Toronto Parks Forestry & Recreation - Capital Projects

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Learning Outcomes

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.


Academic School

Landscape Design Program Coordinator:

Shelley Stephenson

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- 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 stated above
English Language Requirements

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 an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • 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
  • 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
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Geography (C), (U), or (M)
  • Grade 11 Visual Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Visual Arts (M)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Construction Engineering Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Computer Skills
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should establish personal hobbies in drawing, sketching, and/or model making
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HORT-1082Plant Studies 13
This course introduces students to woody plant naming systems and basic plant anatomy physiology & growth. Through woody plant walks, both native and cultured plants will be introduced and studied on site. How and where these plants can be used in plantings will be discussed. At the conclusion of the course the learner will be able to identify and give basic cultural information on over 150 hardy deciduous trees, shrubs and vines within Ontario hardiness Zones 2-6 suitable for use in the landscape.
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Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.