Urban Design

Program Overview

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design offers the Master of Urban Design (MUD), a post-professional degree program that prepares architects and landscape architects for design-based research and professional practice at the urban and regional scales. The MUD program is committed to design as a primary medium of operation and research in a broad intellectual framework that includes geography, environmental studies, social sciences, media studies, economics, and engineering. It aims for responsible and creative design in the context of the post-metropolis, with attention to new paradigms of urbanization, global economic restructuring, and information technology. The program emphasizes a coherent intellectual approach that is committed to analysis and critique and seeks to become the central Canadian forum for advanced research, design innovation, scholarship, criticism, and debate in urban design.


Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline MUD:

15-Dec-2019

MUD:

15-Dec-2019

Supporting documents deadline MUD:

8-Jan-2020

MUD:

8-Jan-2020

Minimum admission average MUD:

Mid-B

MUD:

Mid-B

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MUD:

Graduate unit

MUD:

Graduate unit

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MUD:

After

MUD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MUD:

No

MUD:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MUD:

Graduate Unit

MUD:

Graduate Unit

Program length (full-time only) MUD:

4 sessions

MUD:

4 sessions


Master of Urban Design​

Program Description

The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is a post-professional program that prepares architects and landscape architects for design-based research and professional practice at the urban and regional scales. The MUD program is committed to design as a primary medium of operation and research in a broad intellectual framework that includes geography, environmental studies, social sciences, media studies, economics, and engineering. It aims for responsible and creative design in the context of the post-metropolis, with attention to new paradigms of urbanization, global economic restructuring, and information technology. The program emphasizes a coherent intellectual approach that is committed to analysis and critique and seeks to become the central Canadian forum for advanced research, design innovation, scholarship, criticism, and debate in urban design.

MUD Program (2-Year)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A professional degree in architecture (BArch or MArch) or landscape architecture (BLA, MLA). Applicants with a degree in urban planning (MCP, MUP, or MScPl) may be considered for admission if their studies included a design specialization or if they have professional design experience.

  • All applicants must submit a portfolio of design work for review. Applicants with a planning background may also satisfy the design requirement by taking a preliminary makeup year in design in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's candidacy for the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​​7.5 FCEs in core courses

      • 1.0 FCE Design Studio

      • 2.0 FCEs Option Design Studio

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation and Research course

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE History, Theory, Criticism course

      • 1.5 FCEs other courses

    • 2.5 FCEs in elective courses, of which 1.5 FCEs must be selected from offerings in the History, Theory, Criticism category.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time



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