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Watch your career bloom with our landscape design program - 2021/2022

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.

Landscape design program career opportunities 

When you graduate, you'll have a huge job market to choose from, including residential and commercial property developers, municipalities, landscape architects, design-build firms, nurseries or start your own landscape consultant business.


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Landscape Design Graduate Profiles

Faculty Bios

Design Studio

Horticulture and Ecology Course Work

Construction and Technical Course Work

Community Outreach / Experiential Learning

International Study Abroad Trips (Italy, Spain and Brazil)


Program Progression Chart


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






Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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


Landscape Design-2021/2022

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.
This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of AutoCAD with a focus on Landscape Design. Students will demonstrate their ability to prepare two-dimensional drawings as well as file management, drawing setup layers, line types, dimension styles, text and plotting. Students will be introduced to aspects of AutoCAD's three dimensional drawing.
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
A foundation course in horticulture in which the basics of plant anatomy, plant physiology, plant propagation, and plant growth will be studied.
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
The basic drafting and graphic skills required to present landscape design ideas are learned in this introductory course. The use of tools and development of techniques necessary for free-hand and manual drawing of plan, elevational views and 1-point perspective are stressed. Students will gain a good understanding of basic graphic communication for landscape.
HORT-1049Woody Deciduous Plant Identification2
This course will provide the student with an introduction to plant naming systems and taxonomy as an aid in plant identification. Through woody plant walks, plants will be viewed and studied on site, either in a cultured or natural environment. 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 for a USDA Zone 5 landscape.
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
This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of AutoCAD with a focus on Landscape Design. Students will demonstrate their ability to prepare two-dimensional drawings as well as file management, drawing setup layers, line types, dimension styles, text and plotting. Students will be introduced to aspects of AutoCAD's three dimensional drawing.
DESG-1008Landscape Design Studio 23.5
A continuation of Landscape Design Studio I, with an emphasis on landscape design process, principles, and techniques. Assignments introduce students to site planning and design strategies for residential and commercial design. Emphasis will be placed on design approach, composition and presentation. Students will develop abilities in planning and design techniques.
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 provides an introduction to the principles and practices of general horticulture. Through a series of lectures students will undertake an examination of plant growth environments, nursery and turf production, pruning methods, disease control and overview of horticultural crops. Specific attention will be on the nature and role of soil, the growth and propagation of nursery stock including turf grasses, and the use and management of these crops through horticultural practices.
ARTS-1038Presentation & Illustration 21.5
This intermediate level course introduces the students to a wide range of techniques required for graphic communications. Skills required for one-point, photo based perspectives as well as nightlighting are taught. Page layout and the preparation of presentation drawings as well as B/W and colour rendering techniques are taught. Instruction a variety of professional graphic techniques to convey design information in a variety of venues.
HORT-1050Woody Evergreen Plant Identification2
This course will provide the student with an introduction to plant naming systems and taxonomy as an aid in plant identification. Through woody plant walks, plants will be viewed and studied in site, either in a cultured or natural environment. At the conclusion of the course the learner will be able to identify and give basic cultural information on over 100 hardy evergreen trees, shrubs and groundcovers for a USDA Zone 5 landscape.
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 course in the use of AutoCAD software for the creation of Landscape Design Details drawings. Students will be introduced to aspects of creating a proper Details Documentation Package. A focus online weight and annotative objects will apply to projects.
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.
HORT-3026Plant Identification2
Developing and maintaining complex and intricate plantings requires a comprehensive knowledge of the various herbaceous plants such as perennials, annuals and weeds and their association with the woody species in the landscape. Learners will explore herbaceous plant identification, taxonomic detail culture and maintenance through lectures and plant walks. Classes will often occur off campus.
ARTS-3043Presentation & Illustration 1-Landscape1.5
This advanced level course will further develop the skills obtained in Presentation and Illustration I. Students continue to develop their presentation techniques through 2 point and aerial perspectives and a detailed exploration of design elements. Students are encouraged to 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 a hands-on approach to the use of surveying equipment as used in distance measurement, differential levelling and angle measurement. Techniques of topographical surveying, note taking and surveying calculations are covered.
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
This course builds on skills accomplished in Computer Drafting for Design II, with a focus on complex settings for drawing management such as paper/model space, customized plotting settings and viewports. Students will use custom libraries to produce preliminary construction drawings for hypothetical landscape design projects that support their work in landscape design studio.
This course allows the student to 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 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 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. The students will be involved in a major landscape project to be sold or donated at the end of the year. Strict workplace safety procedures will be followed.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-5004Computer Drafting for Design 42
This course reinforces Landscape Design AutoCAD skills developed in Computer Drafting Design III and is a pre requisite for Computer Drafting for Design V. Students will create and render a complete set of working documents in conjunction with studio project.
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 research and the written communication tools that are standard in the landscape industry. The students will research topics in depth and will present these topics through the media of report writing, formal presentation and panels containing written and graphic images. Students will be challenged to find the most appropriate medium and presentation techniques for their research presentations.
ARTS-5015Computer Illustration 22
This course is intended to expand the skills developed in Computer Illustration I through the further exploration and integration of graphic software and technology into the students 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 portfolio suitable to obtain a position as a landscape industry professional.
MTNC-5001Landscape Management1
This course introduces the student to the issues associated with the implementation and long-term sustainable care of a landscape design. Lectures and practical exercises will also explore the process of management during construction, designing to minimize maintenance, communication of design intent between designer, maintenance personnel, and owner. Projects will focus on applying course information to an actual design project.
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 course will further refine and develop the computer drafting skills gained through the previous levels of the Computer Drafting for Design course sequence. Considerable focus will be on the preparation of complete and professional level drawings and maximizing and expanding technical CAD skills for efficiency. Students will also be introduced to Architectural desktop software.
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 course is designed to provide experience in research and the written communication tools that are standard in the landscape industry. Each student will pursue a topic either individually or as part of a group. The student's will research the topic in depth and will present their work through the media of report writing, formal presentation and graphic panels/posters. Students will be challenged to find the most appropriate medium and presentation techniques for their research presentation.
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

Careers - 2021/2022

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.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Co-operative Education Program
A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
Program Code: DLS4
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Design: 519-452-4227

Program Description

Landscape Design is a three-year 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.

Other Information

  • Graduates of this program may be eligible for advanced standing credit to the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning Degree program at Fanshawe College.

Co-operative Education

This is a three-year program with co-op work terms. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about Co-operative Education can be found at

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.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
Program Code
Academic School

Landscape Design Program Coordinator:

Shelley Stephenson

Day Time
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
83 weeks