The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009
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This course cultivates your knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of urban design issues and prepares you for the next step in your career in urban design.
It can also broaden your knowledge and enhance your career as an architect, landscape architect, city/town planner, transport planner, historic buildings conservation officer, or related roles.
Graduate Diploma in Urban Design
Fees and scholarships
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Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students
The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.
For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.
For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.
Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.
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If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Urban Design; or
(2) Significant work experience including at least 5 years with a material level of responsibility.
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This course is subsidised for Australian residents through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Visit our fee calculator for CSP rates and an estimate on your course fees.
About the course
The Graduate Certificate in Urban Design will give you a preliminary overview of sustainable urban design and an introduction to its core principles, theories and practices.
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- Approximately 46 hours per week, which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.
We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.
Why study Urban Design at UWA?
- Urbanisation is accelerating world-wide and skills in sustainable urban design will be increasingly sought after.
- Participate in urban design studios that allow you to creatively engage with a real site and to develop design and visualisation skills.
- Learn from the Australian Urban Design Research Centre’s highly qualified, multidisciplinary staff, who have been nominated for a stream of teaching awards.
At the School of Design, you’ll have access to well-equipped facilities including:
- Studio spaces
- Design Hub, a working space with senior student mentors available for assistance
Digital fabrication equipment such as plastic extrusion 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines
Multiple computer labs with 24-hour access
Printmaking studio with etching presses and spray booths
Multimedia production facilities
Cullity Gallery, where you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work.
Meet the teachers
Julian has worked in Sydney, Dubai, Boston and London. He delivers commissioned research for state government planning departments, is a published author, and provides expert opinions on the future of Australian cities for major media outlets such as 'The Conversation' and 'Catalyst' on the ABC.
"I love that I have the freedom to dream up visions for how cities could evolve in relation to the urban challenges we face. This work is important because Australian cities, despite their high liveability rankings, face many critical problems in terms of deepening socioeconomic stratification, vulnerabilities to climate change and the destruction of biodiversity."
This course is part of an articulated sequence with the:
The UWA ALVA Student Society is affiliated with the UWA Student Guild and represents students within the School of Design. Visit the ALVA Student Society on Facebook.
The UWA FAHA Club represents the Fine Arts and History of Art student body. Visit the FAHA Club on Instagram.