An urban design masters gives you the training and qualifications to compete for top jobs in the field. You receive the kind of instruction and development opportunities that are only available in a postgraduate program.
A Masters of Urban Design course can build your hands-on skills in areas such as drawing, analysis and design. You also have the opportunity to become knowledgeable in urban planning, a quality that employers value.
UTS Master of Urban Design (Online)
The UTS Online Master of Urban Design is designed for professionals with a background in areas such as architecture, strategic planning or environmental science, who want to develop their practical design capabilities to shape the sustainable design of urban living. Through industry-informed course content and studio-based projects, you will learn to design resilient and creative solutions that enhance the lived experience at any urban scale. This course is delivered 100% online, enabling you to continue working full-time while gaining practical design skills to advance your career.
Masters of Urban Design aim to be comprehensive programs. You will study: what the discipline entails at a high level, principles of good design, analytics, sustainability, planning, and communication.
Design studio courses give you the opportunity to develop drawing, analytical and design skills. Themes may include urban typologies and morphologies, place-making, mobility, and the planning environment.
The UTS Master of Urban Design is a 15-subject online program that takes 2.5 years of part-time study to complete. Here are the required subjects.
- Local Strategic Planning
- Structure Planning
- Urban Analytics
- Urban Design Fundamentals
- Urban Redevelopment
- Urban Design Studio 1
- Urban Design Studio 2
- Urban Design Studio 3
- Urban Design Studio 4
- Urban Design Studio 5
- Development Negotiation, Community Engagement
- Planning & Design Theory and Decision Making
- Planning and Environmental Law in Australia
- Property Development and Planning Process
- Sustainable Urban Development
The basic entry requirement for a Master of Urban Design is a university degree achieved with solid grades. For those lacking this, you can gain entry based on professional experience and non-degree postgraduate qualifications.
A Graduate Certificate course embedded in a master's program may provide an alternative pathway for those who don't automatically qualify for entry.
Pathway 1: A bachelor's degree or master's degree (or a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property Development or Graduate Diploma in Property Development) with a Credit average or above.
Pathway 2: No degree but a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma with at least a Credit average in one of the following disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and regional planning, environmental design, community development, property economics, property development, planning, geography, geographic information science (GIS), environmental science, law, economics. The applicant must also have 3+ years of experience in one of the above fields.
Pathway 3: Work experience in a profession closely related to urban planning or urban design amounting to at least 5 years for mid-career positions and 3 years for senior positions.More information
Pathway 1: A bachelor's degree or master's degree (or a UTS Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Planning, Property Development or Urban Planning and Design) with a Credit average or above.
Pathway 2: No degree but a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma with at least a Credit average in one of the following disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and regional planning, environmental design, community development, property economics, property development, planning, geography, geographic information science (GIS), environmental science, law, economics. The applicant must also have 3+ years of experience in one of the above fields.More information
Urban design is the strategic planning of cities and towns to meet aesthetic and functional objectives.
- Urban design differs from architecture, which focuses on individual buildings.
- Urban designers work on a large scale that takes in groups of buildings, streets and public spaces, and neighbourhoods and districts.
An urban design team may consist of built environment professionals with many different specialisations, including in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and civil and municipal engineering.
Developers and builders also play important roles in the execution of urban plans. They help ensure new buildings fit within the broader design.
Urban environments that are compact and walkable provide the most sustainable form of modern living. Spaces need to be built on the scale of humans rather than machines. They should provide a good mixture of uses and services, allowing you to do most things within walking or, at least, cycling distance of home.
A high-functioning urban space provides a range of housing options, giving different types of household units the opportunity to live there. Ideally, they are connected to extensive train systems. They make it easy to include walking and/or cycling in daily life. To be sustainable, an urban space may contain green buildings and draw on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.
Smart urban design brings together ideas and plans for energy-efficient living. At the same time, good design creates enjoyable places to live, work and recreate.
In an era of rising energy costs, the payoff from a low-energy lifestyle is only growing.
For example, designing urban areas to lessen our dependence on cars supports sustainability. Fewer cars reduces energy use and lowers carbon emissions. As added bonuses, reducing dependence on cars eases road congestion and puts more things close to home. All these things serve to boost our quality of life.