Urban design is the discipline of the design and management of our ever-changing cities driven by urbanization, global economics, and advancing technologies.

The Master of Urban Design program is offered in a one-year curriculum with a central focus on urban design at all scales - from the regional district to the neighbourhood block. The post-professional course of study integrates design studios with courses in urban design history and theory, economics, and public policy. Within the intensive structure, there are opportunities to orchestrate personal interests in the discipline through selection of electives and research topics.

The challenging program is founded on combining academia with the contemporary profession. Each year, the program explores an urban design theme through community partnerships with regional organizations. In the design studios, students collaborate with faculty, stakeholders, and professionals on real-world projects for possible future applications.

What makes this programme unique?

Along with intimate student-ratios of 1:12 in studios and 1:24 in lectures, students are exposed to practicing professionals who developed the urban design successes in Vancouver. To see these achievements, students can attend weekly tours to places such as the Olympic Village, Granville Island, and Stanley Park. The urban design faculty and the affiliates work alongside students in their education and in potential collaborations for local sustainable urbanism projects.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Urban Design
  • Subject: Specialty
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Registration options: Full-time
  • Specialization: Landscape Architecture
  • Program Components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
  • School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Urban design is the discipline of the design and management of our ever-changing cities driven by urbanization, global economics, and advancing technologies.

What makes this programme unique?

Along with intimate student-ratios of 1:12 in studios and 1:24 in lectures, students are exposed to practicing professionals who developed the urban design successes in Vancouver. To see these achievements, students can attend weekly tours to places such as the Olympic Village, Granville Island, and Stanley Park. The urban design faculty and the affiliates work alongside students in their education and in potential collaborations for local sustainable urbanism projects.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Urban Design
  • Subject: Specialty
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Registration options: Full-time
  • Specialization: Landscape Architecture
  • Program Components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
  • School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Requirements

TOEFL (IBT) OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

90

ibT Reading 22

ibT Writing 21

ibT Listening 22

ibT Speaking 21

IELTS OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

6.5

IELTS Reading 6.0

IELTS Writing 6.0

IELTS Listening 6.0

IELTS Speaking 6.0

PRIOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants require a professional degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Planning.

Our Masters of Urban Design program adds another dimension to your design practice. As cities expand at increasing rates, experience working at the urban scale is an in-demand skill. Both firms and governments are searching for professionals who can design for complex public spaces. How you integrate urban design into your practice is up to you. You can continue in your prior career with a new set of placemaking skills, or make urban design the focus of your work. The international scope of the program allows you to apply your knowledge across the globe.

Over the course of your studies here, you’ll gain invaluable skills in:

  • design at a variety of urban scales
  • building community partnerships and engagement
  • communication and presentations
  • project management and organization

Our urban design program is designed for students who already have a degree in a field concerned with the built environment. Our Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs are professional programs that provide a foundation for further urban design studies.

Requirements

TOEFL (IBT) OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

90

ibT Reading 22

ibT Writing 21

ibT Listening 22

ibT Speaking 21

IELTS OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

6.5

IELTS Reading 6.0

IELTS Writing 6.0

IELTS Listening 6.0

IELTS Speaking 6.0

PRIOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants require a professional degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Planning.

CAREER OPTIONS

The interdisciplinary curriculum fosters responsible graduates with design studios in varied scales from the region to block and courses in history, environment, policy, and economics. Master of Urban Design is a post-professional program for future planners interested in advancing the scholarship and design innovation of urban metropolises.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 11, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Duration
11 months
Full-time
Price
32,889 CAD
International students: CAD $32,889.15 per year; Canadian students: CAD $18,401.34 per year
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