Urban Design - the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver better urban places.
The MA Urban Design is jointly run by the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography and the Welsh School of Architecture. It is currently being managed and administered by the Welsh School of Architecture.
The course uses design practice, theory, development and control practices to inform design processes, and uses studio teaching focused on local development possibilities to develop creative, practical and sustainable solutions to a range of typical urban design problems.
The course seeks to produce students who can:
A short film introducing the MA Urban Design
This MA is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a 'specialist' masters for those who have completed at least a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree, allowing completion of the RTPI's educational requirements for membership. For further details visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website.
The course is structured to provide a set of six core modules, which are:
Students then undertake the Research based Design Project as the culmination of their studies. As part of this module, students will prepare a design relating to a chosen site, demonstrating an understanding of all aspects of urban design through a set of drawings and written commentary. This will be carried out as a studio based activity.
Some examples of work done by our current students can be seen here.
Study visits are an intrinsic part of this programme. At the start of study we will take a 2- night trip to another major UK city to look at developments there. Recently we have been to Manchester and Liverpool. In addition we take day trips to visit major projects - for example Poundbury or Portishead. There have also been days out to regional cities Bristol and Swansea, to consider development and design control. Design studios are also not always local, with project sites having been chosen in Birmingham, Bristol, Newport, Swansea and Chepstow. Typically we take a day trip to London to visit the big schemes. At Easter we also take a one week trip to a major European city. Cities on our list include Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Designed to be policy-relevant and practice-related, the MA allows students to develop close links with a wide array of organisations involved in the design and regeneration of our urban areas and practitioners will assist students through tutoring, presentations and as key sources in their research work.
Applications for this programme should be made on a post-graduate course application form, available from the Cardiff University webpage.
The application form requires you to write a personal statement in support of your application. It is very important to us that you provide the following information:
If you don't tell us why you want to study urban design in particular it is unlikely that your application will be successful.
All students will be required to submit a portfolio of design or graphic work with their applications. Portfolios must contain between 4 and 8 single-sided A4 pages and include design and graphic work providing evidence of observation, analytical and design skills as well as evidence of critical thinking. Please give preference to work relevant to the discipline of urban design. Include only work done individually rather than work that you have been involved in as part of a design team and where your individual contribution is unclear. Portfolios should be presented as a pdf document and emailed to email@example.com stating your name and application number.
A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required from students whose first language is not English. No offers will be made until the IELTS score has been submitted with the application.
MA in Urban Design Timetable click here to download pdf
The programme is only offered on full-time basis.
For further details and application forms:Postgraduate Taught Admissions