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Simon Fraser University offers Urban Design Certificate Program

January 27, 2005
by Canadian Architect

Simon Fraser University’s City Program innovative award-winning non-credit program the Urban Design Certificate Program is the first of its kind in Canada. The program, which is delivered in Vancouver and Calgary, addresses the interdisciplinary nature of professional practice and has been endorsed by eight professional associations in British Columbia and Alberta. For the Certificate, participants complete eight courses four core courses and four electives. Core courses are Theory and Practice, Visual Communication, Studio I, and Studio II. Participants choose four electives from a selection of eight. Two electives are strongly recommended: Economic Fundamentals and Ecological Planning. Other electives include: Designing Integrated Neighbourhoods; Public Realm; Planning for Transportation and Accessibility; Alternative Development Standards; Urban Revitalization; and Implementation Methods.

There are two options for completing the program: the accelerated cohort and the flexible cohort. Cohorts move through the program with a group of peers exchanging ideas, knowledge and experience with colleagues in a multidisciplinary setting. Accelerated cohorts complete courses in a particular sequence and should complete the program within two years. Accelerated cohorts also benefit from reduced tuition fees on average, accelerated cohorts save 14% on regular tuition. The flexible cohort gives participants more time to complete the program and flexibility in the order in which courses are completed. Flexible cohorts complete core and elective courses at the regular tuition rate. The application deadline for the Fall 2005 accelerated cohort is June 30, 2005. The application deadlines for the 2005 flexible cohort are January 14, 2005 and June 30, 2005.

Participants interested in attending individual Urban Design courses without completing the entire Certificate may do so on a space-available basis.

For a detailed Urban Design Certificate Program brochure, application forms, and sample course outlines, please visit Or e-mail [email protected] to receive the brochure by mail.

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