Environments majors: Urban Design and Planning

Urban designers and planners are actively engaged with some of the pressing issues of our time, including the impact of climate change, sustainable resourcing challenges, and the pressures of increased urbanisation.

Urban design is the art of making places, and is a collaborative process that shapes the physical setting for life in urban areas. Urban planning focuses on the intersection of the built environment and the public interest. Together they explore the design and planning of public and private spaces, focusing on the importance of design and planning
within the social, environmental, aesthetic and economic contexts. 

Urban planners work to positively influence environmental sustainability, economic resilience and social equity in cities and towns. Urban designers examine the design of buildings and groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, including the frameworks and processes that facilitate successful development of these cities and towns.

These are broad and challenging disciplines that benefit from vision and innovation and can lead to globally influential careers.

The best part of the program is learning how planning is actually a really good mixture of design, people, the environment, property and place making – and you need to learn about all these areas to be a successful planner.”

Andrew is now studying the Master of Urban Planning.
Andrew Amos, BEnv Urban Design and Planning major

Career outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce or continue on to the accredited programs, Master of Urban Design, or the Master of Urban Planning, to gain a professional qualification.

Graduates work for urban design, architecture and planning practices as well as state and local government, where they are instrumental in developing, planning designing, communicating and delivering urban spaces.

Generator 2011 – Michelle King (Urban Design and Planning)

Sample Course Plan

Sample Course Plan – Bachelor of Environments
Majoring in Urban Design and Planning*
Year 1Semester 1Changing MelbourneDesigning EnvironmentsUrban EnvironmentsBreadth
Semester 2Environments ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Year 2Semester 1Urban HistoryUrban Design StudiesCities: From Local to GlobalBreadth
Semester 2Introduction to Urban Design and PlanningEnvironments ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Year 3Semester 1Morphological MappingMajor SelectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth OR Environments Elective
Semester 2Urban Precinct StudioEnvironments ElectiveBreadth OR Environments Elective

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. You will be advised of current subject offerings prior to subject selection and enrolment.

First-year subjects
Enabling subjects
Major subject
Elective subject
Breadth subject
Free points
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