Graduate Diploma in Urban Design

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in Urban Design may be undertaken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. It will produce skilled graduates who may work on all continents in design, management and teaching roles. The course will offer students expertise in urban design and urbanism in East Asia and further allow students from international backgrounds to understand urban design in an Australian context.

At the heart of the course is the urban design studio, which will allow you to synthesise your background professional expertise with new urban design knowledge and skills. The latter are drawn from the core units of the course, which cover vital historical and theoretical dimensions of urbanism and design, urban morphological investigation, and the relationship between ecological processes and city form. Electives give you the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge in other key areas: for example, architects can take electives in planning - likewise, planners can extend their understanding of architecture; and all students can reinforce their knowledge of sustainability.
The graduate diploma builds on the foundation of the graduate certificate and coursework undertaken from the graduate diploma may be counted towards the requirements for the Master of Urban Design .

Units of study

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Urban Design complete 48 credit points (cp) made up of four core units of study (36cp) including two 12cp studio units, and two elective units of study (12cp) offered by the faculty, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.

Graduate opportunities

The course will prepare graduates for a career as an urban designer. Urban designers take into consideration a project's purpose, size and geographic data in their design recommendations. Working with private companies or public agencies, urban designers may be responsible for surveying land for a new housing complex, expanding a medical facility or developing a subway system. Urban designers may also participate in educating civic leaders and the public about the details of the projects scheduled for their communities.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Urban Design will have a professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or a closely related design area and submit a portfolio of work with their application. Your portfolio should show several examples of design and design-related work completed as part of your university studies and/or samples of work from professional or equivalent experience (preferably both). Further, your particular role in producing each item of submitted work should be made clear.

Applicants' portfolios should be uploaded with other application materials via Sydney Student. The portfolio file must be PDF format and no larger than 10Mb and should include drawings and other relevant items of illustration such as photographs of models, with supporting explanation.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are completed online. Please note that students may commence studies in Semester 2, however some courses are only available in part-time capacity due to the units on offer.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Urban Design.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Urban Design.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.