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Swinburne University of Technology

  • 23% international / 77% domestic

Graduate Certificate of Urban Design

  • Graduate Certificate

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
GC-UD, 098498C
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Domestic Fees
$17,240 per year / $17,240 total
International Fees
$18,000 per year

About this course

The Graduate Certificate of Urban Design focuses on designing for healthy city futures by embracing creative and speculative design thinking; cross-disciplinarity; alongside engagement with people, data and advanced technologies. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate with over fifty per cent of the world's population now living in cities. This mass urbanisation presents urgent challenges, such as accommodating dense populations, responding to climate change, public health, housing affordability, urban mobility, and growing spatial complexity. These challenges cannot be addressed using traditional twentieth century urban planning methods - new multi-dimensional approaches are needed by professionals that embrace three-dimensional space, big-data along with change over time, temperature, humidity, sun and shade, land-use, alongside economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the city.

Graduates will have skills and knowledge to make contributions in careers in private practices including urban design, and planning practices or well as local government positions in local city councils.

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Career pathways

The Swinburne graduate attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching courses assist all its graduates to be:
  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • adaptable and able to manage change
  • aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Urban Design, students must complete 50 credit points:
  • 3 core units of study (50 credit points)
Maximum Academic CreditThe maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Certificate of Urban Design is 25 credit points (normally two units)

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.