This course provides a response to a perceived urban design skills deficit. It aims to provide practitioners in the urban landscape with the necessary basic skills in urban design to enable the Government to better deliver its vision of an ‘urban renaissance’. The course recognises that busy planners, landscape architects, architects, highway engineers and surveyors might not have the time or resources to commit themselves to a part-time Masters course. The mode of attendance has therefore been tailored to fit the demands of active professionals without compromising its educational objectives.
Candidates for admission to the course will normally have an undergraduate degree in one of the built environment disciplines (e.g. planning, landscape architecture, architecture, highways/civil engineering, surveying), Encouragement will also be given to graduates from other related fields, such as economics, environmental policy or public art. The University is committed to widening participation and exceptionally graduates may be considered for entry from an unrelated field, particularly if they are currently working in urban design practice. Work experience is desirable. Overseas and European applicants must demonstrate that education gained elsewhere is equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree. A good command of the English language in spoken and written form is required. Applicants may be required to provide test evidence of proficiency (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
Postgraduate Certificate Urban Design
The Course will be delivered on a one day per calendar month mode. Because students will only be in the University on one day per calendar month, the Course Team considers that closely monitored interactive learning will be an important element of the teaching practice. Workshops and group tutorials on design projects form an important element of the course.
The course is structured around one double module Urban Design Skills and one single module, Urban Design Summer School.
The Urban Design Skills double module is a primary course intended for practitioners wishing to develop skills in urban design. The module covers urban form, activity and movement, design in public realm, site planning, development economics and legislative context. The teaching and learning methods are based on practical design projects supported by lectures and workshops. Assessment is by course work.
The Urban Design Summer School offers students an opportunity for students to gain some intensive experience of urban design in practice. The placing of the study visit ‘block’ in a different country provides students with a set of design issues that are outside the policy and development context of Britain and hence makes a more specific demand on their design imagination. Students who are unable to attend the Summer School for unavoidable circumstances may complete their course by taking one of two specified modules on a part-time evening mode in the semester following the Summer School.
Students who enroll for the PgCertificate in Urban Design will normally be expected to attend at the Summer School. Should students subsequently be unable to attend for unavoidable reasons (e.g. change of employment, family circumstances) then an alternative will be offered. This will be a choice of either of two modules on the Pg Diploma/MA Urban Design. These modules are offered in a one evening/week part-time mode only.