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Diploma in Technology (Landscape Design) (Level 6)


  • Semester 1 starts 10th February - 30 June 2017
  • One year full-time
  • Applications close February
  • Fee Guideline: To be advised
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus, Hamilton

Whether you want to work as part of a team or individually, indoors or out, studying landscape with Wintec will provide you with the work skills and job opportunities to start a successful career as a landscape designer or contractor. This two-year course teaches you the applied skills of landscape design and construction in a purpose-built studio right in the heart of Hamilton Gardens.​ 

Programme Content

You will study:

  • Landscape Design
  • Planting Design
  • Graphics
  • Construction and Technology
  • Construction Practice
  • Design and Build
  • Professional Landscape Practice
  • Design Practice
  • Computer Aided Draughting
  • Landscape Practicum
  • Special Topic
  • Plant Identification

Hands On Teaching

TheDiploma programme has a strong practical emphasis and is largely taught using real-life projects with real clients, such as a local school, kindergarten, parks, community centres lifestyle blocks, residential sections, private courtyards or Marae.

You'll learn how to construct decking, fences, lay paving, build retaining walls and outdoor fireplaces. You will also go on a variety of field trips, vtsit local councils and get the opportunity to design and install a landscape space at The Walkato Home and Garden Show. Wintec tutors will often use current projects for their teathing. You also have at least two free days a week to gain work experience and apply the theory you are learning.

On The Job Every Day

Because you're studying right in the middle of an internationally recognised public garden, you're immersed in nearly every aspect of gardening and landscape design and constanlly exposed to the most up­ to-date industry practices. In addition, practical work projects form a core element of the teaching approach in both design and construction, so you receive on-the-job training on an almost daily basis. Wintec also maintains a close relationship with Landscape New Zealand, who assist in the development of the teaching programme to ensure that what you learn is exactly what the Industry is looking for.

​Use The Latest Technology

You'll learn to use one of a landscaper's most productive tools - the computer. In our specialist Landscape Studio you'll get up to speed with industry standard software programmes such as Vector Works to develop your design and graphic skills. This will enable you to complete landscape projects with real clients.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma in Technology (Landscape Design) (Level 6) you may lead to employment as a Landscape Project Manager, Specialist Landscape Designer, Landscape Contractor, Landscape Asset Manager for local authorities and corporate bodies or a Practical Landscape Specialist for plant and garden wholesalers and the retail industry.

83%* of our landscape design students get jobs in relevant fields within six months of completing their study – and they do really well, for example our Landscape Design graduate, Stefan Scott won the Young Landscaper of the Year award.​ Stefan graduated from Wintec in 2012 and is currently a team leader at Natural Habitats.

*R​esults from the 2014 graduate destination survey

Entry Criteria

  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 2, in two subjects and either, and
  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1, in English, or
  • Equivalent qualification, and
  • Have gained the following unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402, 497, or

It is recommended that candidates who do not meet the entry criteria complete the National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 2) or Unit standards, qualifications and/or have relevant industry experience based on evidence supplied.

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme some of which include decking, fencing, use of power-tools etc.

Secondary School Students

Want to experience landscape design for a day? Come to Wintec and do a two day Taster in Landscape Design or Landscape Construction.

If you want to get your landscape design career underway while still at school the following Campus Courses are available:

  • Timber for Landscape Features (Unit Standard 22202)
  • The Landscape Industry in New Zealand (Unit Standard 22195)

Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor about any of the above options.

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