Urban design is the art of making places. It is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary process which shapes the physical setting for life in urban environments. It involves the design of buildings, groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, and the establishment of frameworks and processes that facilitate successful development.
In the Master of Urban Design you will get an excellent grounding in urban design theory and complete three intensive design studios to develop expert urban design skills. Through the studios you will explore the importance of place, undertaking fieldwork with professional practice and the wider community to gain practical experience which you can immediately apply in your urban design career.
The Master of Urban Design helps develop professionals who are capable of seeing the city from multiple viewpoints and who relish working with interdisciplinary teams.
You need to meet the following criteria for successful entry to the program:
A three-year undergraduate degree in an Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or Architecture discipline with a weighted average of at least 65% in the final two years
A portfolio of recent design work, submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Selection Committee
The program is aimed at those who already hold a three-year undergraduate degree in a related discipline who can demonstrate prior design experience.
Urban history, theory and communications
Urban design practice
Urban planning issues
Urban design research
You will have the chance to take part in a MSD travelling studio.
Travelling studios are ´working laboratories´ for design thought and production where you explore complex, real-life issues and devise solutions, collaborating with students from across MSD and often from other national and international universities. Exposure to unfamiliar cultures, places and people will stimulate your ability to think creatively and problem-solve. Travelling studios are a great way to bond with fellow students and forge international relationships. And they give you fantastic experience for your CV.
MSD students have taken part in travelling studios across the world and engaged with life and work in many countries including in Mexico, China, Chile, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Spain and the USA.
Travelling studios for 2014 are going to New Delhi, Santiago, Hong Kong, Florence, Zurich/Munich, Seoul and Nanjing.
Electives offer you the chance to specialise in an area of interest. You choose three electives from the following list to develop expertise:
Urban Design Theory
Theory and Practice of Urbanity
Theorising the Asian Metropolis
Place, Power and Identity
Urban Design Practice
Contemporary Digital Practice
Design Assessment Skills
Design Communications Workshop
Environmental Impact Assessment
Flexible Digital Urban Modelling
Project Scope, Time and Cost
Urban Planning Issues
International Property Development B
Planning Theory and History
Upon graduation your skills can be applied in a range of urban design and associated planning roles. Urban design skills are in great demand throughout Australia and the Asia- Pacific region and your expertise in the design of urban public spaces and strategic planning will provide the opportunity to work locally and globally in areas such as:
Planning authorities including as city councils
Landscape architecture practices
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