Postgraduate Diploma Urban Design Part Time - Diseño urbano
You will learn the core skills and techniques of urban design. The course then finishes with the summer school.
You will normally have an undergraduate degree in one of the built environment disciplines, although graduates from other related fields, such as economics, environmental policy or public art will also be considered. Exceptionally, a graduate may be considered for entry from an unrelated field, particularly if they have experience in urban design practice. Overseas and European applicants must demonstrate that their education gained elsewhere is equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.
Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities. This course provides a practical preparation for professionals entering urban design practice. It gives you an opportunity to study urban design at postgraduate level, without the need to commit to the full MA programme. It also gives practitioners in the urban environment the necessary basic skills in urban design to enable government to 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 to a part-time Masters course. Attendance has therefore been tailored to fit the demands of active professionals without compromising the course’s educational objectives. On completion many students opt to transfer credit and join the MA/Diploma course.
Urban Design and Development Planning Skills
This is a foundation double module for all postgraduate Urban Design pathways, enabling you to develop the essential skills required in practice. It is built around a site-based exercise with a series of specific tasks relating to various stages of project development. These include area appraisal, strategic framework, design brief, development appraisal and design statement. The module covers urban form, activity and movement, design in the public realm, site planning, development economics and legislative context. Based on practical design projects supported by lectures and workshops, it enables you to gain an insight into the relationship between urban design theory and practice.
Urban Design Summer School
This is a project-based module, organised around a full-time summer school located in a host European city with strong historic and cultural context. The project gives you the opportunity to explore spatial design and master planning applied to a large site within the metropolitan and historic context. You will apply techniques of rapid urban appraisal and generation of urban design strategies. Normally taken by students on the Postgraduate Certificate course, this module is available as an extra cost option to MA and Diploma students.
Graduates of this course typically find employment as urban designers in private consultancy or local authorities. Many find the course a useful addition to careers in architecture, planning or landscape architecture.