What Does The One Year Professional Inclass Course Include
We take training you up to a professional standard very seriously. This includes:
Limited group sizes
Lead tutor: Caroline Tatham
Professional training from other specialist experienced industry experts
Lots of informative handouts
Professional guidance with group feedback sessions
Four live projects with real clients on a range of gardens
Externally assessed and supported by Bridgwater & Taunton College
Drawing up professional master layout plans
Introduction to how CAD can help
Marketing your new business
How Often Do I Come to the School The One Year Professional Inclass Course?
There are 30 days of training over the academic year, lockdowns permitting. In the event of a lockdown, our course content is backed up with pre-recorded videos and Zoom will be used for live feedback sessions to allow the course to continue.
There are three terms of ten weeks each, all with a short half-term too.
The course-specific prospectus includes term dates.
How Much Homework is There on The One Year Professional Inclass Course?
The course has been written so that you get information and feedback in class and that all of your project work is completed at home.
Feedback is offered regularly in class so that you will feel supported in what you are producing at home.
Practical exercises and project work is completed at home to ensure the most efficient use of the time that you are with us.
You will need at least one day per week for homework, and of course, the more time and effort that you are able to put into the course, the more you will get out of it.
Does it Matter if I Don't Have Any Experience for Any Course?
It does not matter at all.
All our courses have been written for students of all levels.
We have years of experience in getting students to a standard of work, they never imagined possible.
Do I Need to Know Lots About Plants for Any Course?
You don't need any previous plant knowledge at all.
Learning about plants is a lifelong journey and it's lots of fun.
During the course, you will be undertaking a close study of 50 well-chosen plants with our help.
These plants will form the core of your future design plans.
Just as Caroline still uses her nifty fifty top plants, again and again.
You'll be learning about those too.
Help, I'm Not Creative!
Please don't worry!
All of our courses are written to suit all levels of experience including absolute beginners.
We have a long track record of helping people to find their natural creativity.
We all have it - but some of us have been convinced otherwise by past teachers or our own inner doubts.
Getting in touch with your innate creativity can be a deeply rewarding experience.
What Equipment Will I Need?
Each course has its own equipment list which you will find on that course's website page. If you are undertaking an online course you might want to gather your equipment together before making your course purchase
What Will I Be Able to Do After Your Courses?
Each course description will make the intention of that course clear. Some, like our day courses, are informative and fun while some like our professional diploma are intended for those undertaking a career change.
What If There's Another Lockdown Or I Can't Come to Class?
We follow the government guidelines carefully and remain open as long as it is legal to do so.
Lectures are backed up on video 'just in case' and we have successfully used Zoom this year where Lockdown has prevented students from coming into the school.
On our professional courses during lockdowns, project feedback and live lectures have continued as usual - just with our students at home rather than in the school.
For day courses, as long as you give us a week's notice you can reschedule, swap to an online course or have a full refund.
Which Topics Are Covered?
Each course website page contains a full description of the course contents.
Who Are Your Courses Suitable For?
Our day and online courses are suitable for everyone who is motivated to learn.
On our professional training courses, students join us from all walks of life and at all stages in their careers.
We do ask that you are willing to work hard and are highly motivated for a career in professional garden design.
We are very proud of the quality of our teaching and of the high standard of work that we set.
What are the Class Hours?
At our school, we start at 10:00 with tea and coffee and finish at 16:00.
I Am Interested in More Than One Course. Where Should I Start?
If you are looking to start a professional career in garden and/or planting design, please visit the information about our One Year Professional Garden Design Diploma course on the website. We also offer a Three Day Gateway to Garden Design taster course, which gives an idea of what it's like to study on the one year course / to be a garden designer.
Our classroom based day courses as well as our online courses, can be studied in any order and they all complement each other.
We recommend starting with what interests you most, OR with what you feel you need the most work at / feel the least confident about.
The creative process in the sketchbook is the foundation of all design work, and if this is something you'd like more confidence in, then the Online Creative Planting Designcourse is a great place to start.
In terms of professional practice, it is more usual to start with garden design and once that overall plan is completed, to then move on to planting design. But if planting is what you love it is perfectly ok to work the other way around.