Urban Design and Planning

Bachelor of Environments

Urban designers and planners are actively engaged with some of the pressing issues of our time, including the impact of climate change, sustainable resourcing challenges, and the pressures of increased urbanisation.

Urban design is the art of making places, and is a collaborative process that shapes the physical setting for life in urban areas. Urban planning focuses on the intersection of the built environment and the public interest. Together they explore the design and planning of public and private spaces, focusing on the importance of design and planning within the social, environmental, aesthetic and economic contexts.

Urban planners work to positively influence environmental sustainability, economic resilience and social equity in cities and towns. Urban designers examine the design of buildings and groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, including the frameworks and processes that facilitate successful development of these cities and towns.
These are broad and challenging disciplines that benefit from vision and innovation and can lead to globally influential careers.

Course Plans

The Urban Design and Planning major Handbook entry stipulates the complete requirements for the Urban Design and Planning major. Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool.

Commenced 2016

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10007 Urban Environments 

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20034 Urban History

ABPL20037 Urban Design Studies

ABPL20035 Cities: From Local to Global

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20049 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30051 Morphological Mapping

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30060 Urban Precinct Studio

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Urban Planning and Design major - elective subjects (12.5 points)

  • Principles of Property
  • City Futures
  • Inside the City of Diversity
  • Ecology of Urban Landscapes
  • The Disaster Resilient City
  • Environmental Politics and Management
  • Society and Environments
  • Architecture Design Studio: Water

Commenced 2015

Semester 1

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20034 Urban History

ABPL20037 Urban Design Studies

ABPL20035 Cities: From Local to Global

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20049 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30051 Morphological Mapping

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30060 Urban Precinct Studio

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Urban Planning and Design major - elective subjects (12.5 points)

  • Principles of Property
  • City Futures
  • Inside the City of Diversity
  • Ecology of Urban Landscapes
  • The Disaster Resilient City
  • Environmental Politics and Management
  • Society and Environments
  • Architecture Design Studio: Water

Semester 2

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments OR ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ABPL20034 Urban HistoryABPL20037 Urban Design Studies

ABPL20035 Cities: From Local to Global

Year 2
Semester 2

Level 1 Environments elective

ABPL20049 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL30051 Morphological Mapping

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30060 Urban Precinct Studio

(capstone)

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced 2013 or 2014

Commenced Start-Year

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20034 Urban History

ABPL20037 Urban Design Studies

ABPL20035 Cities: From Local to Global

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20049 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30051 Morphological Mapping

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30060 Urban Precinct Studio

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced Mid-Year

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ABPL20034 Urban HistoryABPL20037 Urban Design Studies

ABPL20035 Cities: From Local to Global

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20049 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning

Major Selective

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL30051 Morphological Mapping

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30060 Urban Precinct Studio

(capstone)

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced Pre-2013

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Environments prior to 2013 should refer to the handbook entry for the year they commenced in conjunction with the 2013 handbook listings for Environments elective and Breadth subjects.


Environments Electives

Environments electives are subjects approved as Environments discipline subjects in the Bachelor of Environments. The full list of Environments electives is available here.

Breadth

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry for details of breadth requirements and to access a complete listing of available breadth subjects.

Breadth restrictions in the Urban Design and Planning major

Students undertaking the Urban Design and Planning major are not permitted to take certain Design subjects as breadth.

Refer to the Urban Design and Planning major Handbook entry for full details.


Career Outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce or continue on to the accredited programs, Master of Urban Design, or the Master of Urban Planning, to gain a professional qualification.

Graduates work for urban design, architecture and planning practices as well as state and local government, where they are instrumental in developing, planning designing, communicating and delivering urban spaces.

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