MA Garden Design

Writtle College

Program Description

MA Garden Design

Writtle College

*Subject to revalidation

Garden design is a rich and diverse interdisciplinary and collaborative discipline spanning the traditions of arts and sciences. The MA in Garden Design aims to provide an integration of the creativity of art and design with the core knowledge of ecology, landscape and garden theory, history, technology, restoration and the understanding of the theoretical and applied levels of knowledge and practice in garden design. MAGD is a progression and a compliment to the undergraduate Landscape and Garden Design (LGD) course in the School of Design at Writtle College. The MA is intended to take the next steps in developing theory and practice of garden design by providing more advanced perspectives and applications to the undergraduate course. Garden design focuses on the meaning of gardens, theory and history of gardens, conservation and restoration of gardens, and rural and urban social, economic and ecological contexts. The MAGD is part of the School of Design and part of the overall postgraduate design programme that includes Landscape Architecture.


Delivery and Assessment

The most successful teaching method across the UK for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, Art and Environmental Planning and Design has been this combination of design studio and classroom.

The MA in Garden Design course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. As a studio-based design course, Garden Design is taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape and garden theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. These modules are accompanied by study i.e. in professional practice and garden technology and construction. The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at a wide range of scales, social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of context, meaning, function and form. The MA in Garden Design proposes a new emphasis with a similar platform of knowledge and understanding that underpins both garden design and landscape theory, yet is a very distinct pathway and discipline both independent of and related to Landscape Architecture.

Professional Accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 11, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
5,500 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Chelmsford, England
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 5,500 GBP
International fee (Non-EU): £11500