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New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Unitec Institute of Technology


Follow your passion for the outdoors and design with the New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design) and develop a solid grounding in site analysis, garden design, plant selection, CAD modelling, and construction detailing.

The New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design) is New Zealand's premier garden design programme and gives you a solid grounding in site investigation, plant selection and garden design - essential skills if you’re aspiring to a career in landscape design for residential or small commercial environments.


  • Nationally developed qualification with linkages to the Garden Design Society of New Zealand
  • Fieldwork, real sites, and real clients
  • Park-like campus - a great environment for plant identification and studying landscape conditions
  • Solid base of plant knowledge
  • High tech CAD facilities accessible
  • Industry connected: work with highly regarded lecturers who hold executive positions in key industry organisations
  • Graduates of this programme can apply for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and, if successful, can obtain some cross credits.


  • Landscape technician
  • Residential landscape designer
  • Garden centre design consultant
  • Garden journalist
  • Landscape draftsperson
  • Landscape maintenance manager
  • Landscaper
  • Park, botanic or heritage garden manager
  • Plant consultant
  • Gardener

Entry criteria

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Achieved one of the below:

A minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four different subjects; or
Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4); or
Provide evidence of equivalent knowledge and skills

2. 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English

English requirements

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 5.5 (no band<5.0) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

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