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Certificate in
Landscape Design

Note: This program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

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Landscape Design combines the fields of art, science, and humanities. Landscape designers focus on designing and restoring sustainable public and private outdoor spaces. Their services are sought in the residential, commercial, and public sectors.

Whether you are just beginning or continuing your education in landscape design, this certificate offers an excellent education in the fundamental components that comprise the field of landscape design. Through course offerings, you will learn how to analyze, plan, design, manage, and sustain the built and natural environment.

Courses are offered in a combination of lectures, field trips, studios, seminars, and other interactive learning opportunities. Our distance education courses continue to be developed and are available online.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit

Academic Coordinator: Sam Benvie,

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

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.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Note: the Program Open House for the Landscape Design certificate program is held along with Engineering, Architecture, and Science.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Sample Certificate Completion Models

Certificate-completion models offer combinations of courses that have been developed to assist you in completing your certificate in three, four, or six terms. Planning your studies according to one of these models allow you to complete your certificate a pace suitable to you. Both online and classroom certificate-completion models are available.

Required Courses

The order in which the required courses are taken should be considered carefully so as to meet the prerequisites for the desired elective courses.

CKLA 300   Landscape Design:  Landscape Design Communications and Theory
CKLA 310   Landscape Design:  Landscape Construction, Materials and Methods
CKLA 320   Landscape Design:  Plant Materials
CKLA 330   Landscape Design:  Landscape Design Studio

Electives (select two)

CKLA 400   Landscape Design:  Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes
CKLA 420   Landscape Design:  Art and Management of Planting Design
CKLA 440   Landscape Design:  Landscape Design LANDWorksCAD PRO
CKLA 450   Landscape Design:  Landscape Restoration

Alternative Formats of Instruction

A number of courses in this program are available in a variety of alternative accelerated formats, beyond the typical 13-week, one-evening-per-week class. Classes may be offered two evenings a week for six weeks; three evenings a week for four weeks; or every day for a full week. Please refer to specific course descriptions to see which formats the courses will be offered in during each term.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CKLA 300   Landscape Design:  Landscape Design Communications and Theory
CKLA 310   Landscape Design:  Landscape Construction, Materials and Methods
CKLA 320   Landscape Design:  Plant Materials
CKLA 420   Landscape Design:  Art and Management of Planting Design
CKLA 450   Landscape Design:  Landscape Restoration