Planning is an exciting, varied and progressive profession which plays a pivotal role in decisions shaping the future of cities and regions. Planners need to see the whole picture: we need to be good thinkers, good analysts and good communicators. We work with stakeholders across the spectrum of interests – from global developers to local communities – to foster feasible, equitable and sustainable outcomes. Sydney and NSW provide a fantastic laboratory to help understand the crucial role played by planners in addressing complex challenges, systematically placed in its global context through critical analysis and drawing upon best practice. The Graduate Certificate in City Planning [GCCP] degree is designed for students with an undergraduate qualification in a related discipline seeking to move into a planning or planning-related field. It is also tailored for professionals working in other sectors, especially those whose work may intersect with the planning system or requires involvement with planning agencies.
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in addressing multi-scalar challenges and perspectives shaping space and place
Apply concepts and principles of urban planning in practice
Examine and evaluate international issues, perspectives and opportunities within their field of study
Implement systematic knowledge and analytical skills to synthesise complex information and reach appropriate evidence-based decisions to inform planning issues and actions
Develop innovative and multidisciplinary knowledge and planning approaches to facilitate and influence appropriate social, economic and environmental outcomes
The Graduate Certificate in City Planning is part of the articulated postgraduate degree offered by the Planning Program in the Faculty of Built Environment. Students are required to complete 24uoc, comprising core courses.
Core Courses [24uoc]
Core courses collectively fulfil the need to;
a) ground students in the foundations or pillars of a planning education (sustainability, economic, equity issues)
b) develop an understanding of the defining components of a planning qualification (planning law, land use policy and practice, strategic spatial planning) and
c) more detailed knowledge and skills development (planning techniques and analysis, urban design, city building)
Students must take 24uoc (4 courses) from the following courses:
Foundational and cognate knowledge
PLAN7142 City Equity & Wellbeing (6 UOC)
PLAN7146 City Econ,Urban Dev & Fin (6 UOC)
SUSD0001 - Sustainable Development and the Urban Environment (12UOC) or
SUSD0004 - Habitability and Sustainability (12UOC)
PLAN7140 Land & Environment Law (6 UOC)
PLAN7141 Land Use Policy & Practice (6 UOC)
PLAN7148 Strategic Spatial Planning (6 UOC)
PLAN7143 Urban Design (6 UOC)
PLAN7145 City Building - Infrastructure (6 UOC)
PLAN7147 Planning Techniques & Analysis (6 UOC)
The Grad Cert in City Planning [GCCP] degree provides an excellent platform to take up planning and urban policy-related opportunities across all tiers of government (Federal, State, local), private sector consultancies, property development, and indeed the breadth of built environment professions where planning skills are required. The interdisciplinary skill sets developed through the diploma also enable graduates move into wider policy, research, analytical, creative and community roles both in Australia and overseas.
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