Full-Time Programs

Landscape Design & Planning at Pacific Design Academy

The newly updated 1-year (3 semester) Landscape Design & Planning program brings professional learning and design skills to a field that is often populated by uncertified amateurs. With this program, you will immediately become a highly qualified Landscape Designer with all the skills and experience needed to tackle your own projects.

The program is led by industry leaders and experts who have decades of combined experience in their fields. In addition, our teachers are practicing professionals, meaning all the knowledge you are being given is up to date and current. Classes utilize both our large, bright drafting rooms as well as our Mac computer labs, and also inlcude field trips and visits to on-going projects around the city. Whether or not you have any prior landscaping or designing experience, this program will provide you with all you need to know (and more!) to get your new career started quickly.

The Landscape Design & Planning program is a one year course with 720 hours of educational time and 80 hours of work experience. The year is divided into 3 semesters of 12 weeks each.

Department Head


Ken Nentwig

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Course Descriptions

History of Landscape Design

Overview of styles, form layouts, cultural influences, and adaptive technologies of landscape design and planning throughout history. Key designers of influence will be discussed, and an understanding of the evolution of design learned.

Landscape Design & Drafting I & II

Hand drafting skills applied to landscape design. Pen and paper techniques; basic drawing/drafting; plan, elevation, section, and axonometric drafting; project layout on paper; lettering and annotation.

Landscape Planning I, II & III

An introduction to the design process including client interviews, base plan, site plan, site analysis, functial diagrams, conceptual drawings, detail and construction drawings, and presentations.

Landscape Construction I, II & III

Introduction to natural and man-made materials and their combinations in the landscape. Basic surveying/elevations, topography, contours, slope, and depictions or recording of information. Design and installation process relationships will be learned.

Plants, Soil, Nutrients, & Water I & II

Introduction to plant material types, species, naming, and cultural practices. There will also be discussions about climate zones and regional variation possibilities, soil types, amendments and nutrition, water requirements and regimes, and nutrient management.

Business Practices & Estimating

Procedures for calculating project materials and labour/equipment costs, and for developing appropriate overhead, profit, and risk calculations. Exercises and assignments will integrate with other course work and utilize real project examples.

Green Infrastructure

The thin layer of atmosphere, soil, water, and plants that support life on Earth needs protection and care. Manipulation of the landscape can spoil what nature has intended, and careful management mitigates potential negative effects. What plants and our environment mean to life and how we integrate stewardship with design work.

Portfolio & Professional Development

A portfolio of exemplary project work will be created, along with interview, meeting management and human relations development. 'Paper trail' aspects including contracts, work orders, change orders, scheduling, management plans, and as-built drawings will be undertaken in simulated examples based on projects in related courses and other real projects.

Computer Aided Design I & II

Introduction to CAD software as applied to landscape design and planning. Basic operations, 2D plan and drawing preparation, and simple 3D modelling will be taught using SketchUp Pro. Emphasis will be on the final product as opposed to the details of command functions. Hand rendering from CAD base drawings will be explored.