Master of Planning (Urban Design)
Note: This program is currently unavailable.
Distinguish the spaces we all experience
Urban designers transform streets, squares, malls and other public areas to enhance community, cultivate culture and draw people.
They’re creative and strategic. They make sure the city areas experienced by residents, workers, shoppers and visitors are attractive, usable and safe.
What will you do?
Our Master of Planning (Urban Design) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. It gives you the skills and knowledge to design functional and attractive urban spaces. You will:
- study the broad context of urban development and planning
- understand urban design principles in depth
- learn techniques for engaging communities in planning
- consider environmental impacts and relationships
- explore planning policy and law
- apply your learning in real-life planning simulations and a major culminating design project.
Where could it take you?
You could use colour and texture to transform city squares and walkways. You might beautify buildings and clean city air at the same time with vertical gardens and living walls. Perhaps you’ll design spaces that encourage learning, play and socialising between strangers.
Note: This program is offered in semester mode with intakes in February and July.
Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Additional Entry Requirements||
Applicants who do not have a completed Bachelor of Architectural Design program from the University of Adelaide will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae and a portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment. The portfolio should be of the applicant's own work (in hard copy or CD/DVD) demonstrating manual-graphic skills and ability through freehand drawing or sketches, skills in relevant design-related areas, as well as familiarity using a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software package.
|Higher Education Study||A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0).|
|Intake||February and July|
|Additional Entry Requirements||A Curriculum Vitae, academic transcript and submission of a portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design Studies program of the University of Adelaide.
The Portfolio shall be printed on A3 paper in hardcopy or submitted in electronic form. All CAD drawing files are to be supplied as PDFs in a single document not exceeding 100MB. Consider the legibility and hierarchy of your images and text. The portfolio is used to assess design skills and knowledge and should demonstrate familiarity with a range of design processes and media. Representation media should ideally include, but are not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit and other 3D packages, as well as hand drawing, sketching, painting, collage, model-making and photography of models. In addition to final rendered images, include information on the process of design development and construction documentation if any. The folio may include material developed with others in an office/practice situation where this is clearly referenced and the applicants contribution explained.
**Mid-year entry students may have a limited choice of electives. **/The study plans for mid-year entry are different as compared to Semester 1 intake. Note that mid-year entry students will be completing their final project in the 3rd semester instead of the 4th (final semester).
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsDetailed information on international qualifications assessment
|Tertiary Qualifications||A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design degree from University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 of better (out of 7.0). Applicants who have not completed a Bachelor of Architectural Design degree at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must submit a Curriculum Vitae and a Portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $40,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
With design-literate planners keenly sought by employers in government and the private sector, both in Australia and throughout the world, graduates are well equipped for rewarding careers. Likely roles include as an urban designer, planner, project administrator or project manager.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
The Master of Planning (Urban Design) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
Planning Officer / Urban Planner
The degree shares studios with the Master of Landscape Architecture and emphasises practical design studies as well as mainstream planning topics such as planning policy, theory and practice and planning law.
The urban development process is a central area for study. This prepares students for negotiation with developers and landowners.
Community consultation is also emphasised as a key skill in achieving successful outcomes in urban planning.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
|Year Level 1|
|Core courses||GEOG 7015: Introduction to Urbanisation
PLANNING 7033: Urban Design Principles
GEOG 7016: Engaging Communities: Techniques and Analysis
PROP 7000: Development and Construction
ARCH 7034: Studio: Urbanism (M)
PLANNING 7034: Planning Policy and Regulation
LAW 7178: Planning Law
|Year Level 2|
|Core courses||LARCH 7031: Studio: Landscape Architecture (M)
ARCH 7042: Designing Research
PLANNING 7035: Planning Theory and Practice
GEOG 7002: Environmental Planning and Governance
PLANNING 7030: Urban Design Project
|Note: Current students should refer to the following link for study plans and enrolments:
Assessment takes a number of forms including written reports and essays, studio based design exercises, oral presentations and simulations of real life planning situations. Formal examinations are not used for student assessment. A capstone Urban Design project allows students to demonstrate their mastery of urban design through a significant supervised study.
The degree has provided me with opportunities to challenge the conventional and develop innovative design solutions that consider place, people and environment.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 19 Jan 2022