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RMIT offers a Master of Urban Design in Melbourne, Australia



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In the face of rapid urban change, RMIT University has launched a new Master of Urban Design to help address the critical issues facing cities locally and globally.

The Master of  Urban Design at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia  is focused on establishing innovative techniques for design and practice, advancing the role of design in shaping the future form and performance of our cities.  The Master of Urban Design is a two year Master degree. 

Why study at RMIT?

Where else would you want to study this program.  RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia’s largest tertiary institution. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research. RMIT is a leader in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures.

Why study in Melbourne, Australia?

Melbourne is a vibrant, diverse city that has regularly been voted the world’s most liveable city*. You will be captivated by its urban charm, sophistication and welcoming atmosphere.

Australia’s second largest city with a population of more than four million, Melbourne is also safe, well-designed and easy to get around. The city enjoys a mild climate, clean fresh air and a wide range of public transport options.

A city of magnificent architecture, Melbourne prides itself on its blend of the old and the new. Elegant streetscapes, a maze of hidden laneways and arcades, and beautiful parks and gardens make Melbourne a joy to explore by foot or bicycle.

Melbourne is a young city with 48% of people under 35 years of age, and is Australia’s fastest growing capital.

 

What will future cities look like?

Urban Design is one of the key practices confronting the critical issues affecting cities, such as climate change, population shifts, contemporary workplaces, and transformations in industry, technology and infrastructure. The Master of Urban Design program at RMIT provides a studio-based, multidisciplinary environment to engage these issues through project-based work. We focus intensively on the practice of design itself, developing advanced, specialised techniques for creative and collaborative work. Projects are curated around key sites of urban change locally and globally, and engage with the professional and community networks invested in their future. You will learn to creatively integrate expertise from related urban disciplines into design proposals, promoting alternative models for future city-building. The program is designed to nurture designers who are engaged in innovative approaches to their practice.

The new Urban Design program at RMIT emerges from a long legacy of urban-based design research, teaching and practice within the School of Architecture and Design. The program is closely connected to our world renowned programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design. The program is also integrated with postgraduate coursework in the Schools of Property, Construction and Project Management and Urban Planning, offering a multidisciplinary laboratory for urban design research.

Based in Melbourne, we use the Australasian region as our primary territory of study. A series of international workshops at our campuses in Vietnam and Barcelona offer a global perspective and study experience, complemented by online lectorials in urban history, morphology and practice.

Industry connections

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Integrating industry expertise into the Urban Design projects is a distinguishing feature of this program. The studio projects focus on key emerging or ongoing topics and are curated in collaboration with relevant professional, community and governmental bodies such as urban developers, project managers, urban planners, council members and research partners.

Teaching staff includes practising architects, landscape architects and urban designers, with adjunct and visiting staff from local and international practices. Links across Urban Development and Urban Planning programs provide a rich multidisciplinary network.

Global opportunities

In addition to this program’s two dedicated travel studios in Vietnam and Barcelona, the School of Architecture and Design has an extensive network of international collaborators in the USA, Europe and Asia. These include the World Architecture Workshop network in France and Japan, and ongoing exchange programs in Copenhagen, Berlin, Los Angeles, Innsbruck, Shanghai, Tianjin, Sendai, Toulouse and several other cities. These connections enable future work opportunities or collaborative experience following graduation.

Entry requirements

Program entry requirements

Successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree in architectural design, landscape architecture or an equivalent design-related discipline.

Selection tasks

Folio: A package of images, drawings, sketches, paintings, models (only photographs of models accepted), photographs, computer work, etc. of your personal and/or professional creative work and design projects. The folio should demonstrate your interests and creative thinking as well as your conceptual, design, problem solving and technical skills. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed as well as finished works. Please submit printed material only (No CDs); no larger than A3. Please note that submitted folios will not be returned).

  • Statement: 1 page statement outlining your reasons for applying
  • Curriculum vitae: Including your personal details, academic achievements and professional experience (any work experience you are currently undertaking)
  • Academic Transcript: A transcript of your academic results from previous or current studies