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Metropolitan Design Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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College of Design
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Contact Information
College of Design, Metropolitan Design Program, 1 Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (625-9000; fax: 626-0600)
Email: mdc@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 21
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Metropolitan Design PBacc Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The metropolitan design certificate at the College of Design prepares students with the essential knowledge and understanding of the city within the complexities of the 21st-century metropolis. As suburban development is losing some of its past seductions, traditional cities are being transformed to accommodate the return to city living, an American counter-trend that requires the integrative approach of many fields of knowledge. The certificate is open to graduate students in the College of Design and graduate students from other colleges with related urban planning programs are welcome to apply. The certificate is a two-semester, 21-credit course sequence within existing master's degrees at the College of Design. It is strongly recommended that the required urban design courses should be taken in sequence. Interested students should enroll during the second semester (spring) of graduate studies. It is recommended that students make a decision to enroll in the certificate early so that the completion of courses can be made within the time required for completion of the professional degree.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
An application is required including a 2-page statement of interest in the program, university transcripts, and a portfolio of design work (no more 10 pages). Other students not from the College of Design should submit comparable graphic examples and two written papers.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Coursework
Required Courses
ARCH 5711 - Theory and Principles of Urban Design (3.0 cr)
ARCH 5721 - Case Studies in Urban Design (3.0 cr)
ARCH 8255 - Graduate Architectural Design V (6.0 cr)
Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARCH 5441 - Minnesota: Architecture and Landscapes (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 5731 - Territorial City (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 5671 - Historic Preservation (3.0 cr)
· PA 5501 - Theories and Policies of Development (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 5361 - 3-D Computer Architectural Modeling and Design (3.0 cr)
· PA 5511 - Community Economic Development (3.0 cr)
· PA 8203 - Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies and Theories (4.0 cr)
· HSG 5467 - Housing and the Social Environment (4.0 cr)
· HSG 5464 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HSG 8463 - Housing: Race and Class (3.0 cr)
· HSG 5463 - Housing Policy (3.0 cr)
· LA 5405 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Landscape Architecture (1.0-6.0 cr)
· ARCH 8561 - Sustainable Design Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
· LA 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology (3.0 cr)
· PA 5721 - Energy and Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5722 - Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5723 - Water Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5204 - Urban Spatial and Social Dynamics (3.0 cr)
· PA 5211 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
· PA 5212 - Managing Urban Growth and Change (3.0 cr)
· PA 5231 - Transit Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
· PA 5261 - Housing Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5802 - Global Economic Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 8202 - Networks and Places: Transportation, Land Use, and Design (4.0 cr)
 
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ARCH 5711 - Theory and Principles of Urban Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar. Debate on dominant theories/paradigms informing city design from renaissance to 21th century. Critical issues central to current debates. prereq: M Arch major or LA grad major or grad student or instr consent
ARCH 5721 - Case Studies in Urban Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Arch/LA 5721
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reading seminar. Evolution of contemporary city. Dynamics that created contemporary urban spatial patterns. Planning/design theories that have guided public interventions in built environment. Thematic texts, classroom discussions. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ARCH 8255 - Graduate Architectural Design V
Credits: 6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental architectural problems involving design as a creative inquiry. Individual/collaborative effort. prereq: [8254, grad Arch major] or instr consent
ARCH 5441 - Minnesota: Architecture and Landscapes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01735
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of major architectural monuments, urban phenomena, and landscape forms of Minnesota. Interrelationships between architecture, geography, and people. prereq: [3411, 3412] recommended
ARCH 5731 - Territorial City
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01721
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Seminar. Students research, define, and test conditions within which the territory and contemporary city coexist. Site for research is Twin Cities metropolitan area. Readings, discussions, field trips, collaborative development of urban proposals.
ARCH 5671 - Historic Preservation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Philosophy, theory, origins of historic preservation. Historic archaeology/research, descriptive analysis, documentation of historic buildings. Government's role in historic preservation, preservation standards/guidelines, preservation/building codes, preservation advocacy.
PA 5501 - Theories and Policies of Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
What makes some countries wealthier than others, one group of people healthier and more educated than another? How does the behavior of rich nations affect poor nations? Origins of development thought, contemporary frameworks and policy debates. Economic, human, and sustainable development. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ARCH 5361 - 3-D Computer Architectural Modeling and Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01240 - Arch 4361/Arch 5361
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Use of 3D computer modeling for representation in abstract/realistic ways. Computer modeling software. Creation/arrangement of objects, setting up lighting, developing surface materials, creating still renderings/animations. Ways in which computer visualization can be used for design exploration, for feedback during development of ideas, and for realistic representation of fully formed designs. prereq: M Arch major
PA 5511 - Community Economic Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Contexts/motivations behind community economic development activities. Alternative strategies for organizing/initiating economic development projects. Tools/techniques for economic development analysis/planning (market analysis, feasibility studies, development plans). Implementation at local level. prereq: Grad or instr consent
PA 8203 - Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies and Theories
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Policymaking/politics of planning in housing, community development, social policy. Connecting policy to local/regional politics. Role of institutional decision-making structures on policy outcomes. Importance of citizens, social movements, interest groups in policymaking process. prereq: Major/minor in urban and regional planning or PA PhD or instr consent
HSG 5467 - Housing and the Social Environment
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01739
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Housing choices in context of social environment. Emphasizes special needs of elderly, disabled, minorities, large families, female-headed households, and low-income households. Students conduct a post-occupancy evaluation of housing.
HSG 8463 - Housing: Race and Class
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Intersections between housing, race, and class. How housing reflects and helps to constitute racial/class difference. Housing as spatial expression of race/class. Case studies.
HSG 5463 - Housing Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00988
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Institutional/environmental settings that make up housing policy in the United States. Competing ideas about solving housing problems through public intervention in the market. Federal/local public sector responses to housing problems. prereq: [[2401 or DHA 2401], [2463 or DHA 2463]] or instr consent
LA 5405 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research, planning, or design projects. Topics vary. prereq: instr consent
ARCH 8561 - Sustainable Design Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
History, theory, and ethics of sustainable design processes/practices. Emphasizes approaches to sustainable architecture. Regional/global ecological issues, design strategies, methods of assessment. Primary architectural/technological implications of sustainable design theory/practice that inform design thinking/research. Sustainable design issues. Research projects, case studies, fieldwork. prereq: [5513, [grad MS or MArch]] or instr consent
LA 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/principles of holistic landscape ecology. People, nature, and environmental stewardship in metropolitan landscapes. Urban areas, rural areas that provide food, water, energy, and recreation. prereq: BED accelerated status or LA grad student or instr consent
PA 5721 - Energy and Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Impact of energy production/consumption choices on environmental quality, sustainable development, and other economic/social goals. Emphasizes public policy choices for energy/environment, linkages between them. prereq: Grad or instr consent
PA 5722 - Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01860 - ApEc 5651/PA 5722
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public policy associated with natural resource use and environmental protection. Develops/applies economic concepts/methodologies/policy mechanisms. Principles of environmental/resource economics. Issues related to renewable/nonrenewable resources and environmental pollution. Focuses on scientific/political aspects of policy. prereq: [Intermediate microeconomics, intermediate policy analysis, grad student] or instr consent
PA 5723 - Water Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01827
Typically offered: Every Spring
Sociocultural, legal, economic, and environmental forces affecting supply/use of water by individuals, sectors, and governance institutions. Historical trends; water laws in United States and internationally. Institutional structures for managing water at federal, state, and local levels. Current water-related issues/policies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5204 - Urban Spatial and Social Dynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Behavioral theories of internal spatial arrangement, functioning, characteristics of cities at macro level/how they produce system of cities. Factors influencing urban spatial structure over time. Urban form, land use/rent. Spatial expression of economic, social, political forces. prereq: urban/regional planning Major/minor in or public affairs PhD or instr consent
PA 5211 - Land Use Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical/spatial basis for land use planning at community/regional level. Role of public sector in guiding private development. Land use regulations, comprehensive planning, growth management, innovative land use planning/policies. prereq: Major or minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
PA 5212 - Managing Urban Growth and Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Theory/practice of planning, promoting, and controlling economic growth/change in urban areas. Economic development tools available to state/local policymakers, historic context of their use in the United States. legal, social, and economic implementation constraints. Interactions among economic, social, and demographic trends. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5231 - Transit Planning and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02587 - CEGE 5213/PA 5231
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles/techniques related to implementing transit systems. Historical perspective, characteristics of travel demand, demand management. Evaluating/benchmarking system performance. Transit-oriented development. Analyzing alternative transit modes. System design/finance. Case studies, field projects. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5261 - Housing Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00988 - Hsg 5463/PA 5261
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Institutional/environmental setting for housing policy in the United States. Competing views of solving housing problems through public intervention in the market. Federal/local public sector responses to housing problems. prereq: Grad or instr consent
PA 5802 - Global Economic Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Economic logic of globalization, national policy objectives, international finance/financial institutions, international trade and agreements including regional pacts and the WTO, global environmental and resource governance, immigration and emigration, and development challenges. prereq: Major in [public affairs or public policy] or instr consent
PA 8202 - Networks and Places: Transportation, Land Use, and Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01169 - CEGE 8202/PA 8202
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Relationship between land use and transportation. Developing synthetic design skills for linking land use transportation in urban/regional settlements. Economic, political, legal, institutional frameworks for planning. Parallel practicum assignment. prereq: Major/minor in urban and regional planning or PA PhD or instr consent