M.Sc. On Campus

Design of Cities

Southern California Institute of Architecture

12 months
46878 USD/year
46878 USD/year
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Students in the Master of Science in the Design of Cities one-year program at Southern California Institute of Architecture investigate the full depth and drama of contemporary urban phenomena and commit to design innovation.


Most of the world’s population now lives in cities; we are witnessing an astonishing and unprecedented process of urbanization on a planetary scale. 

Learning outcomes

The sheer complexity of this Design of Cities at Southern California Institute of Architecture massive movement has put into question the validity of traditional urban design concepts. It is increasingly urgent for architects to think about how cities should be designed.

Against the conventional wisdom that cities are hopelessly complex, informal networks beyond the reach of any design model, this program fundamentally believes in the power of the architectural imagination to create sustainable urban designs for the twenty-first century and beyond.The program requires attendance in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Design in Planning
  • Graphic Communication Techniques in Architecture and Planning
  • Introduction to the City and City Planning
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Basic Calculus
  • Introduction to Information Technologies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • SCI-Arc receives applications from over fifty countries each year. In order to account for the diversity of international educational systems, students applying from schools abroad are required to submit additional application materials.
  • All application materials must be submitted in English. In addition to the program-specific application requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46878 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23439 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    46878 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23439 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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