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Gain the essential knowledge and skills for landscape design at residential and small commercial scales. Learn how to analyze, plan, design, manage, and sustain the built and natural environment.

This certificate has been developed by experienced instructors and is aimed at working professionals – those who are currently working in landscape design or aspiring to join this dynamic industry. Courses are offered in a combination of lectures, field trips, studios, seminars, and other interactive learning opportunities. We have graduates working in landscape design across Canada.

This certificate provides an educational basis for students interested in the Landscape Industry Certified Designer designation provided by Landscape Ontario. Many of our students also use this certificate as a stepping stone to apply to graduate studies in Landscape Architecture if they have an unrelated undergraduate degree.

You can choose to complete this certificate in class or through fully online courses from wherever you are.

If you’re interested, we recommend you start by contacting Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator, at sbenvie@ryerson.ca, for a full discussion of this program and its value to landscape design careers.

What Will You Learn?

  • The landscape design process:
    • client program
    • site analysis
    • concept
    • masterplan
    • detailed design
    • contract documents
  • Landscape design graphic communication and drawing conventions
  • The principles and qualities of visual design as applicable to landscapes
  • The integrated design of hard and soft landscape elements in relation to the physical characteristics of a site
  • The uses of plants, particularly woody plants, and their ecological and environmental context
  • The design of resilient, sustainable landscapes
  • Landscape restoration
  • Landscape management
  • The genesis of landscape styles
  • Designing within regulatory design guidelines
  • The use of digital design technologies

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested if you:

  • want to pursue a career in landscape design
  • currently work in the landscape industry and want to deepen your knowledge and skills in design
  • want to work towards the Landscape Industry Certified Designer designation provided by Landscape Ontario
  • have a non-landscape undergraduate degree and want to apply to Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture
  • are an architect, interior designer, and other environmental design professional interested in expanding the scope of your professional work
  • an international professional who wants to improve your knowledge of Canadian practices in landscape design

To check if this program fits with your future plans, please contact Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator, at sbenvie@ryerson.ca.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are active professional Landscape Designers or Landscape Architects. Many of them are recipients of industry and educational awards. Each has many years of experience in current practice, as well as in education. Their collective expertise includes residential design, ecological design, park design, and landscape management.      

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Industry and Careers

  • Over 60 percent of our graduates become independent landscape designers within five years of graduating.  
  • The certificate provides the core educational requirements for professional Landscape Designer Certification provided by Landscape Ontario.
  • This program provides a stepping stone for application to master’s degree programs in Landscape Architecture at many universities in Canada and the United States.

You are strongly encouraged to contact Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator, at sbenvie@ryerson.ca to discuss how your current and past work experience can be integrated into Landscape Design opportunities in the industry.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 2 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • A post-secondary undergraduate education (university or college) in a relevant field of study (including programs related to architecture and/or environmental sciences)

OR

  • Mature student status with relevant work experience

Recommended Course Sequence

The following course sequences assume in-class students will begin in the Fall term, while online students will begin in the Winter term. However, you can begin in any term.

You are encouraged to review your planned course sequence in consultation with the Academic Coordinator, Sam Benvie, at sbenvie@ryerson.ca.

In-Class Students (finishing in 4 to 6 consecutive terms)

Fall            
CKLA 320 - Plant Materials

Winter            
CKLA 300 - Landscape Design Communications and Theory

Spring/Summer    
CKLA 310 - Landscape Construction, Materials and Methods

Fall            
CKLA 330 - Landscape Design Studio

Any two in-class electives

  • Taken either concurrently with a required course (to finish in four terms) or in one or two terms after the four required courses (to finish in five or six terms).

Online Students (finishing in 4 to 6 consecutive terms)

Winter        
CKLA 320 - Plant Materials

Spring/Summer    
CKLA 300 - Landscape Design Communications and Theory

Fall        
CKLA 310 - Landscape Construction, Materials and Methods

Winter    
CKLA 330 - Landscape Design Studio

Any two in-class electives

  • Taken either concurrently with a required course (to finish in four terms) or in one or two terms after the four required courses (to finish in five or six terms).

Professional Designations and Accreditation

Students who graduate from the Certificate in Landscape Design are eligible for the Landscape Industry Certified Designer designation provided by Landscape Ontario.

As a certificate student, you will automatically be given student membership in Landscape Ontario. This will allow you to attend member-only events, such as the monthly meetings of Landscape Ontario chapters across Ontario. Student membership also provides discounts on some Landscape Ontario events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I complete the certificate if I can’t take a course every term?

Yes. Contact Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator, at sbenvie@ryerson.ca for details about how to create an alternative sequence that allows you to complete the whole certificate.

How long can I take to complete the certificate?

When you register in the certificate, you have six years from the term in which you register to complete all the course requirements.

Does this certificate offer co-op placements?

No. However, there are numerous opportunities for students to meet with established Landscape Designers and landscape design/build firms.

Can I apply courses I took in another post-secondary program as credit towards courses in this certificate?

In some circumstances this is possible. Please contact Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator, at sbenvie@ryerson.ca for more information.

Can I complete the whole certificate in a single term?

No, the certificate cannot be completed in a single term. However, if your goal is to apply to a graduate program in Landscape Architecture, an individual plan can be organized by the Academic Coordinator that will allow you to take three courses in each of the Fall and Winter terms.

Contact Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator, for details: sbenvie@ryerson.ca.

What is the difference between this certificate and other programs in Landscape Technology, Horticulture and Garden Design, etc.?

This certificate provides instruction in the comprehensive design of landscapes, not just gardens. It is also concerned with the development of optimal solutions to how landscapes are to be used, rather than the practical physical skills of constructing or maintaining a landscape design.

Is there a single course I can take that will teach me what I need to practice Landscape Design?

You are welcome to take a single course. However, none of the courses are designed to be “Landscape Design Light.” The content and sequence of courses have been designed to progressively build knowledge and skills in important areas of landscape design, as well as landscape design as a whole.

Aside from course fees, what other expenses should I expect?

Some courses have required texts, but these typically cost less than $100 each. Graphic equipment and student versions of digital design software are also required in some courses. In general, the incidental course costs are around $100 per course.

What’s the difference between online and in-class courses?

The content in online and in-class courses is exactly the same. Projects, assignments, and quizzes are the same as well. Online courses use video clips and virtual field trips as alternatives to the live demonstrations and local field trips that are part of in-class courses.

Can I get advice to help me decide if this certificate is right for me?

You are encouraged to speak with the Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator, at sbenvie@ryerson.ca to review your individual situation and career goals.

Awards and Financial Aid

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Course Delivery Schedule

You can choose to take the certificate in-class or online. The following schedule is for planning purposes only and subject to change without notice.Check individual course listings for scheduling information.

C = Classroom
O = Online

Required Courses Fall Winter Spring/Summer

CKLA 300 - Landscape Design Communications and Theory

  C  
CKLA 310 - Landscape Construction, Materials and Methods O   C
CKLA 320 - Plant Materials C O  
CKLA 330 - Landscape Design Studio C O  
Elective Courses Fall Winter Spring/Summer
CKLA 400 - Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes      
CKLA 420 - Art and Management of Planting Design O C  
CKLA 440 - Landscape Design LANDWorksCAD PRO C    
CKLA 450 - Landscape Restoration C    

In-Class Required Courses

Winter        
CKLA 300 - Landscape Design Communications and Theory

Spring/Summer    
CKLA 310 - Landscape Construction, Materials and Methods

Fall            
CKLA 320 - Plant Materials
CKLA 330 - Landscape Design Studio

In-Class Elective Courses

Winter        
CKLA 420 - Art and Management of Planting Design

Spring/Summer    
CKLA 400 - Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes

Fall            
CKLA 440 - Landscape Design LANDWorksCAD PRO
CKLA 450 - Landscape Restoration


Online Required Courses

Winter        
CKLA 320 - Plant Materials
CKLA 330 - Landscape Design Studio

Spring/Summer    
CKLA 300 - Landscape Design Communications and Theory

Fall             
CKLA 310 - Landscape Construction Materials and Methods

Online Elective Courses

Winter        
CKLA 400 - Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes

Spring/Summer    
CKLA 450 - Landscape Restoration

Fall            
CKLA 420 - Art and management of Planting Design

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Sam Benvie, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  sbenvie@ryerson.ca

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