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Garden design - method and material

LK0416 Garden design - method and material, 15.0 Credits

Trädgårdsdesignens metod och material

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture Horticultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to:
• Mathematics 2a or Mathematics 2b or Mathematics 2c
• Science Studies 2
• Social Studies 1b or Social Studies 1a1


This course aims to give an understanding and knowledge of how to develop different methodological skills such as space and room analysis, illustration techniques and software’s relevance in the context of garden design.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- demonstrate basic skills in applying the tools and methods of the design process, such as plant analysis, sketching, and models,
- with help of reflections and sketches, demonstrate basic skills in spatial design and visual communication as well as applying scale and plans,
- demonstrate basic skills in applying software in design process,
- demonstrate basic skills in use of reference systems and critical thinking, as well as understanding policy on plagiarism.


In the course, the student is introduced to the tools, methods and materials which are basic within garden design. These are applied in examples and exercises where the student, step by step tackles the different parts of the design process. Theoretical sections are interleaved with practical exercises where the knowledge is deepened and strengthened by reflections over the own work process.

Scheduled exercises, seminars and exkursions are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved assignments and attendance at compulsory elements.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0244
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Horticultural Management Programme - Garden Design, Bachelor´s Programme Syllabus for Horticultural Management – Garden Design (BSc) Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Horticultural science
Course code: LK0416 Application code: SLU-20001 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%