The stand-alone Urban Design program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte serves two groups of students:
- Students with an architecture or landscape architecture undergraduate or graduate degree (including a B.Arch five-year degree) and
- those holding a B.A. or B.S. undergraduate degree or a master’s degree from disciplines other than architecture or landscape architecture.
For those students with an architectural or landscape undergraduate or graduate qualifications, the courses within the program can be completed in one calendar year/three consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment from late August one year to early August the following year (Fall-Spring-Summer).
For students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in planning or other non-design disciplines, the program begins with an intensive second Summer semester experience in the July preceding enrollment in the Fall semester. Students with an interior design background will be evaluated on an individual basis regarding enrollment in this preparatory summer class.
The M.U.D Program prepares students and professionals to engage complex issues faced by towns and cities across America. The program uses the fast changing Charlotte metropolitan region as its laboratory to provide students with relevant design skills to influence urban life under the pressures of globalization, environmental change, and cultural diversification. To emphasize this global perspective, part of the final Summer semester will be based outside the U.S., involving design problems in an international context.
The first semester in the Fall focuses on the fundamental skills and techniques of urban design. The second semester in the Spring foregrounds issues of urban sustainability, infrastructure, and urban open space. The third semester during the Summer examines advanced topics through complex urban design problems in locations outside the U.S. Each semester also includes seminar courses, some of which comprise individual elective choices from a menu of topics in urban design and urban history and theory.
Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited architectural program may also apply for a 3-year M.Arch/M.U.D dual degree, combining the two-year Master of Architecture program with the 12-month M.U.D program. Details of this dual degree program are noted below and also in the section regarding the Master of Architecture program.
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- Fundamentals of Urban Design Studio
- Geographic Information System
- Modern City: Theories and Forms
- Community Planning Workshop
- Urban Open Space and Infrastructure Design Studio
- Vertical Urbanism / Global Urban Design Studio
- 12 months
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DisciplinesArchitecture Industrial Design Design View 356 other Masters in Design in United States
- An undergraduate degree with a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) overall, and a junior/senior grade point average of 3.0 overall
- A Statement of Purpose describing the objectives relative to graduate study
- The GRE, which is a requirement of the Graduate School, is optional except in cases where a candidate’s undergraduate GPA is below 3.25
- Bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent, from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.
- At least three Recommendation Forms.
- Unofficial transcripts of all academic work attempted beyond high (secondary) school can be used for admission review. International transcripts provided in a language other than English should be uploaded, but a translated version should be uploaded as well.
- Official and satisfactory scores on the English language proficiency scores.
International13328 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
National13328 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
In-State3252 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1626 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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