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Urban Design Certificate (Post Bachelor's)

The college offers a graduate Certificate in Urban Design (C.U.D.) as an opportunity for architecture students and graduates, as well as professionals interested in continuing education, to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in the area of urban design. Consistent with the mission of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, whose facility in downtown Cleveland hosts the program, the thrust of the program lies primarily in the “participatory approach” to design and planning. Lecture courses and seminars focus on urban social and cultural issues, while the design workshops and studios develop strategies and solutions for specific urban areas and neighborhoods. Interaction with local communities is also part of the program. Due to its flexibility, short duration and broad range of elective courses, the program is particularly suitable for part-time students with work experience and clearly defined professional interests.

Student must fulfill the following requirements to obtain a graduate certificate in Urban Design:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE score
  • Goal statement which includes intent and background information
  • Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation; one must be from a non-academic source
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio

Course Title Credits
55705 Forces That Shape Cities
  55710 Design Methodology and Methods

55711 Case Studies in Urban Design
  60702 Urban Design Studio II

60703 Urban Design Studio III (3-6)
Electives* 5
*These credits may be taken from the CAED offerings, or from other KSU department or from the offerings at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

To register for either studio, students enrolled in this program need to have successfully completed the required coursework for UD 55705 and UD 55710 or UD 55711. Actual offerings and schedules may vary from year to year, and students are encouraged to register in the college’s preapproved Recommended Course of Study. Alternative courses of study are permitted, with approval from the college’s Graduate Studies Committee, before registration. Students should contact the college’s graduate secretary for details on registration for coursework.