FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE IN
The Foundation Certificate in Landscape Architecture is a comprehensive program designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the principles and practices of landscape architecture.
QUALIFICATION: Mean grade of D- (minus) in KCSE Or equivalent.
DURATION: 2 Semesters
The Foundation Certificate in Landscape Architecture curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of the key aspects of landscape architecture. The program typically includes a mix of theoretical instruction, design exercises, and practical projects to develop essential skills. Students will explore various topics related to site analysis, design principles, plant selection, sustainability, and construction techniques.
Introduction to Landscape Architecture: An overview of the history, significance, and scope of landscape architecture. Students will explore the role of landscape architects in shaping the built environment and creating functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces.
Site Analysis and Planning: Learning how to assess and analyze sites, including topography, soil conditions, climate, and existing vegetation. Students will develop skills in site inventory, analysis, and understanding how to use this information to inform design decisions.
Landscape Design Principles: Exploring the fundamental principles of landscape design, such as spatial organization, circulation, balance, proportion, and focal points. Students will learn how to create functional and visually appealing designs that address user needs and site constraints.
Planting Design and Horticulture: Understanding the selection and arrangement of plants in landscape design. Students will learn about plant identification, horticultural requirements, and how to incorporate plants to create aesthetic and sustainable landscapes.
Sustainability and Environmental Considerations: Examining the role of landscape architecture in promoting sustainable design practices. Students will explore concepts such as stormwater management, biodiversity conservation, green infrastructure, and the use of native plants.
Construction and Materials: Introduction to construction techniques, materials, and technologies commonly used in landscape architecture. Students will gain an understanding of construction detailing, grading, drainage systems, and the implementation of design plans.
Completion of a Foundation Certificate in Landscape Architecture can open up several entry-level career opportunities in the field. Graduates may find employment in landscape architecture firms, urban planning departments, government agencies, or environmental organizations. Some potential roles include landscape design assistant, drafting technician, environmental planner, or project coordinator. Additionally, the certificate can serve as a stepping stone for further education, such as pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture.