The Design and Development Graduate Certificate is a program available to UCLA students pursuing a graduate degree in urban planning. This certificate program is for urban planning students who would like to have a deeper specialization in city design and wish to take more courses and studios in Design and Development than those required by the area of concentration.
City design is a complex process that requires a deep understanding of cities as complex organisms, and the social, political, physical, and economic factors that affect the built environment. Students taking this certificate program will develop a methodological toolkit for studying, documenting, and transforming urban settings. The curriculum balances theoretical seminars on city design, with methods courses, and applied design studios that equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in both research and practical contexts.
Interested students can review some of the work completed in this curriculum by following the links below or by clicking on the images at the bottom of the page.
Admission Requirements and Application Procedures:
Applicants for the Certificate in Design and Development who are currently enrolled or have been admitted to the UCLA Urban and Regional Planning program only need to submit the checklist to the department’s Graduate Advisor for adding the certificate program.
Required Courses (total of eight courses*)
Urbanization course (required, cannot be substituted)
Core courses (at least two courses from the following four)
Studio requirement (Students should take at the minimum two studios, at least one of which has to be a design studio. If students have a prior degree in architecture or urban design they can petition to waive out of this requirement, and take instead two real estate studios.)
Real Estate Studios
Elective courses (at least two from the following)
Development courses (at least one from the following)
*courses cannot be double-counted in more than one area, and waived courses cannot count toward the eight courses. For example, if you waive UP 218, you must take another course to replace it.
Students are also encouraged to take M206A (Intro to Geographic Information Systems) and M206B (Advanced Geographic Information Systems), but they are not part of the certificate program.