Urban Studies - Urban Design

Course typeExchange
Course sectorLife Science
Course duration5 months
ECTS30
SemesterSpring (Febr. - Jul.)
LocationDeventer
For partners ofSchool of Governance, Law and Urban Development

The environment is changing rapidly. Social issues call for new solutions, particularly in cities. For example, how do we use the available space? How do we provide an attractive environment for living, work and leisure? How can we keep town and city centres accessible and the air clean? How can we improve liveability and people’s sense of safety, and help residents carry out local initiatives? And how do we organise all these processes and changes? What role can we expect citizens, businesses, government and political leaders to play? Urban Studies teaches students how to shape, plan, design and manage this changing environment.

Urban Studies comprises three disciplines:

  • Public Administration
  • Urban Regional Planning
  • Urban Design

During the programme, students from these courses work together to carry out projects. They are
trained to be multidisciplinary ‘urban professionals’, who know how to connect people, design, business, government, and policy. They can analyse existing situations but also look to the future. Drawing on their in-depth knowledge and skills, they can respond flexibly to a rapidly changing society. Working closely with fellow students from the other Urban Studies courses, students learn how to think creatively and come up with new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges, which by their nature cover economic, social, spatial and sustainability issues.

As an urban designer, you develop creative concepts for the environment we live in. You have an eye for its beauty and quality and can link places to social trends and current affairs. Subjects include urban design and architecture. You learn how people use a city and what urban design (research) models to apply in order to design a vibrant urban society. You are able to translate your ideas into powerful, future-proof solutions, which you work out in detail in drawings, mock-ups and/or a 3D presentation.

At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development, we use teaching, skills training workshops and projects to teach students how to become urban professionals. All subjects are related to Urban and Regional Planning, with the skills training workshops and projects also involving students of Public Administration and Urban Design. During the projects, students from the different disciplines work in teams and with professionals on real-life projects in what we call our CityLab.

They are trained to be multidisciplinary ‘urban professionals’, who know how to connect people, design, business, government, and policy. They can analyse existing situations but also look to the future. Drawing on their in-depth knowledge and skills, they can respond flexibly to a rapidly changing society. Working closely with fellow students from different backgrounds, students learn how to think creatively and come up with new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges, which by their nature cover economic, social, spatial and sustainability issues.

Subjects:

  • Saxion City Lab - 12 EC (= 2 to 4 projects)
  • Effective Communication 2 - 3 EC
  • Research Skills 2 - 3 EC
  • Regional Design - Form and Function - 3 EC
  • Urban Research - 3 EC
  • Regional Design - Systems Analysis - 3 EC
  • Urban Process - 3 EC

Before you can be admitted to this course you need to have a secondary school certificate and a minimum of two years of higher education in a similar field of expertise.

The programme is open for students from Erasmus partner universities and other Non-Eu partners of the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.

The semester is taught in English. Applicants need an IELTS academic level of 6,0 or higher. Please check the general entry requirements, including other accepted languages tests and proofs.

Your future: You receive training across multiple disciplines so as to become an urban professional who knows his trade and who is able to design a vibrant and sustainable society. A professional who knows that working together is essential to make a difference to tomorrow's cities.

Job opportunities: As an urban designer, you can work for towns and cities, urban planning agencies, architecture firms, and engineering and other consultancies. You can also set up your own design agency. The Netherlands is famous for its designers, who help design and plan spaces, cities, and landscapes across the globe.