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Postgraduate Certificate Urban Design

The Graduate Certificate in Urban Design at Portland State University, a joint effort of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the School of Architecture, has been created to offer planners, designers, and architects the opportunity to engage and incorporate in their own work the principles and methods of urban design.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $683 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

It utilizes the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region as a laboratory, an urban place renowned for its use of urban design and attention to urban design concerns. This certificate is intended for those who are currently seeking an advanced planning or architecture degree, or who are currently employed as a professional planner, architect, or designer.

What can you do

Students who participate in the Urban Design Certificate at Portland State University put their skills and perspectives to work in planning offices, architectural firms, government agencies and the non-profit sector. Rather than a prescribed career path, the certificate offers the opportunity to explore additional perspectives and approaches that compliment other degree programs and career trajectories.


Courses Included

  • History and Theory of Urban Design
  • Public Space
  • Urban Design Methods
  • Urban Design Workshop
  • Contemporary Urban Design