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Engineering and Science General and Environmental Sciences

Certificate in Landscape Design

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
1 year
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
HK$29,000 plus expenses incurred in optional field trips / site visits, subject to review.
Deadline on 06 Apr 2024 (Sat)
2975 5683
3104 9137
How to Apply


In recent years there has been a marked increase in demand for quality landscaped outdoor areas. To meet the growing need for a part-time training programme in landscape design, HKU SPACE is offering a one-year Certificate Course in Landscape Design. This programme is intended to provide comprehensive coverage of different aspects of landscape design through lectures, site visits, computer workshops and case studies.


  • To introduce students to the history and theory of landscape architecture, the basic principles and practical skills of landscape design
  • To familiarize students with the applications of computer-aided technologies in designing landscape.
  • To enable students to develop a sound approach to landscape design, and to acquire some commonly required practical skills.
  • To prepare students for further continuing and specialized learning in landscape architecture.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to 

  • describe the history and theory of landscape architecture;
  • apply the basic principles and practical skills of landscape design in landscaping planning;
  • apply computer-aided technologies in designing landscape;
  • critically discuss landscape architecture.

Programme Details

This foundation course is structured for those whose career is related to landscape work or who are seeking responsibilities in landscape management, as well as for those who take a cultural interest in landscape design.
Teaching Schedule
Commencement Date: 20 April 2024 (tentatively)
Course Duration : about 100 contact hours
Day / Time: Saturday , 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Medium of Instruction
English supplemented with Cantonese.  Teaching materials will be in English.
Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, tests and project work.
Teaching Mode
A variety of methods will be used, including lectures, site visits, computer workshops, case studies and perhaps mini-projects.
Students who achieved the class attendance of 70% and satisfied the assessment requirements are eligible for the award of the Certificate issued by HKU SPACE.
Application Code 2180-GS002A -

  • Admiralty Learning Centre / United Learning Centre / Island East Campus


1.  History and theory of landscape architecture
2.  Basic principles and practical skills of landscape design
  • Ecological planning and design
  • Landscape graphics and planning
3.  Computer-aided technologies in designing landscape
4.  How to develop an approach to landscape design
  • Landscape technology (including site engineering and landscape constructions)
  • Planting practice (including contract principles, documents and administration)
  • Landscape practice (including contractual processes involved in the implementation of landscape projects)

Teacher Information

Prof Leslie Chen

JP, BSc(Cornell), MLA (Cornell), HKILA


-                 Founding head of the Division of Landscape Architecture and Director / co-founder of The Master of Landscape Architecture program, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong;

-                 Honorary Professor, HKU SPACE; 

-                 Honorary Professor, THEi

-                 Board of Directors, Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)

-                 Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Federation of Design and Creative Industries

-                 Member, Advisory Committee on Countryside Conservation

-                 Member, Lantau Development Advisory Committee

-                 Member, Arboriculture and Horticulture Industry Development Advisory Committee

-                 Member, Urban Forestry Advisory Panel

-                 Member, Urban Design Advisory Group

-                 First appointed Dean of the Faculty of Design and Environment, Technological and Higher Educational Institute (THEi);

-                 Past Chairman of the Landscape Architects Registration Board (LARB);

-                 Past president of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA).


Application Fee

No application fee is required

Course Fee
  • HK$29,000 plus expenses incurred in optional field trips / site visits, subject to review.

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:

  1. have completed HKCEE curriculum and have gained in the HKCEE Grade E in a science subject; or
  2. have completed Senior Secondary curriculum and gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in a science subject; or
  3. have gained other equivalent qualifications

Applicants should provide evidence of English proficiency, such as HKCEE English Language at level 2 or level 2 in English language in HKDSE Examination.



Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method
To apply please return the completed application form (attached) together with photocopies of your HKID and relevant certificates to
College of Life Sciences and Technology
13/F, Fortress Tower
250 King's Road,
North Point,
Hong Kong
Attn: Ms Kiki Man


General Information for application:
  • Applicants will be notified of the result of their applications three weeks after the closing date.
  • Candidates do not receive notification by late February may assume their application unsuccessful.
  • Early application is strongly recommended. Enrolment is normally limited to 28.
  • Sufficient postage should be paid to avoid unsuccessful delivery of application.