Landscape Design & Installation Diploma Program
"The courses and faculty have allowed me to learn and grow in an environment I enjoy. They have also made it possible for me to pursue a career in a field I love." - Jacquie Faubert, 2008 Graduate
Why Choose Horticulture?
Horticulture offers you the opportunity to:
- advance community sustainability
- solve technical challenges
- be entrepreneurial
- produce food, flowers, and nursery plants
- be creative
What is Horticulture?
Horticulture surrounds us, enriching our communities and our lives. Horticulturists produce fruits, flowers and plants in greenhouses and nurseries. They design, install and maintain parks and gardens in our communities. And horticulturists maintain our sports fields and golf courses ensuring we have safe, fair and enjoyable athletic competitions.
Horticulture at Kwantlen
Enrol in the School of Horticulture to become successful horticulturists. Faculty and staff are dedicated to creating an exceptional learning experience that leads to career and personal success.
In class, students combine scientific principles, aesthetic values, business practices and community awareness to produce and manage plants and landscapes.
School of Horticulture graduates are successful and provide leadership and service to our communities.
Landscape Design & Installation Diploma
Kwantlen 's Landscape Design & Installation Graduates can:
- Design gardens and landscape spaces (including computer-assisted design)
- Identify plants and select plants for specific sites
- Maintain landscapes
- Install landscape features
- Implement integrated pest management programs
- Utilize business skills (finance, communications, supervision)
Program Requirements All applicants must satisfy Kwantlen’s General University Admission Requirements. Complete details at: kwantlen.ca/generaladmission. In addition, the following course prerequisites apply:
- English 12 with a C+ or equivalent (writing the Kwantlen English Placement Test is recommended if a candidate cannot meet the required minimum letter grade). Required for CMNS 1140.
- Mathematics 11 (Principles or Applications) with a C. Required for several HORT courses. Please refer to the Calendar.
Applicants are invited to meet with a faculty member to help clarify program demands and career opportunities. Early application is recommended. Applications are accepted early as November 1st for the following September start
Tuition and Program Costs
- Tuition, supplies, and textbooks are approximately $3,000 per semester. Note: These costs are subject to change without notice.
- Kwantlen offers many scholarships, awards, bursaries and information on other funding options. Visit the website for more information on a wide range of financial assistance and awards programs available to Kwantlen students.
- Students returning to school from the workforce may be eligible for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada sponsorship. Contact your local Employment Centre for details on eligibility www.hrsdc.gc.ca
Opportunities for Further Studies
Diploma graduates have the option to continue their studies towards a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership or Human Resource Management at Kwantlen. For more information on these opportunities, please call 604.599.3283. Transfer depends on the student's academic record. Some course substitutions may be approved to facilitate transfer to the B.B.A. Please consult Betty Cunnin.
A Diploma in Horticulture Technology will be granted to students who have completed the required course work as listed below. Note: Courses may be taken out of the order listed below, but specific course prerequisites apply. See on-line calendar for course prerequisites www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2011-12/courses/hort/index.html
Normal Course Progression for full-time studies
YEAR 1 – 33 credits
Fall – Semester 1
- CBSY 1105 Introductory Microcomputer Applications
- HORT 1102 Botany for Horticulture
- HORT 1116 Introductory Equipment Maintenance
- HORT 1122 Introduction to Landscape Practices
- HORT 1155 Intro to Plant Identification
- HORT 1230 Sustainable Turf Management
Spring – Semester 2
- CMNS 1140 Introduction to Professional Communication
- HORT 1101 Pesticide Applicator/Dispenser Certification
- HORT 1104 Soils and Growing Media
- HORT 1217 Foundations of Plant Health
- HORT 1224 Landscape Drafting
- HORT 1240 Arboriculture I
- HORT 1255 Plant Identification II
Students who already have a 5-year Pesticide License
should apply for Advanced Standing.
Summer Semester (2 credits)
- HORT 2300 Horticultural Work Experience
YEAR 2 – 30 credits
Fall – Semester 3
- BUSI 1209 Business Management in Horticulture
- HORT 2308 Landscape Pest Management
- HORT 2320 Landscape Design I
- HORT 2334 Irrigation, Drainage and Lighting
- HORT 2355 Plant Identification III
Spring – Semester 4
- BUSI 1205 Supervisory Skills
- HORT 2412 Landscape Estimating and Contract Administration
- HORT 2420 Landscape Design II
- HORT 2426 Landscape Construction
- HORT 2442 Arboriculture II
Courses offered as possible electives:
Discuss with the Associate Dean or Program Chair the option of substituting these courses for program courses.