Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours

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  • Course description
    Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours.

    Course summary:

    The aim of this new integrated degree course is to enable you to develop a broad understanding of urban planning and design, and the contribution they can make to sustainable development. You will be equipped to work in an international interdisciplinary context.

    The course will offer the ?rst step in becoming a professional planner with a difference – a professional planner who has skills in urban design and site planning, who can understand the forces that shape towns and cities and the challenges of climate change, and who can make a valuable contribution to sustainable development in an international context.

    The assessments on this multi-disciplinary course include written and graphic work, with a creative element, therefore this course is particularly suitable for creative students who also have ability in written work.

    Learning, assessment and study visits.

    A variety of methods will be used to deliver this curriculum including lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips and studio-based tutorials. Approximately 50 per cent of the course is project work. All assessment of core modules involves coursework; there are no exams on core modules. This takes a variety of forms including essays, reports, case studies, presentations, sketch books, portfolios, individual and group projects.

    In the first year there will be a focus on using London as a learning environment and you will study a number of different parts of the city. In the second year students will visit a city in a different national context. You will work with local community organisations to develop an understanding of the issues faced and then explore possible solutions.

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