Urban Design (Final Year)

Degree: Bachelor
University: Saxion University of Applied Sciences , Faculty: School of Environmental Planning & Building
City: Deventer , Country: Netherlands
Discipline: Applied Sciences, Proffesions&Arts
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline non-EU/EEA 1 July; EU/EEA 15 August
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    From the air you can see a clear shape of the city. This shape does not come easily. City planners first investigate what a city or region really needs, here and now and in the future. They prepare plans for what is needed and where. Here industrial premises are needed, at another spot a recreation lake and in another place a residential area. The planner also decides which functions a particular place should serve. This will entail how many houses, shops, parking areas and which part should be left green. Aside of the urban planning, the planner encounters also spontaneous developments, the informal urbanism.

    When all specific requirements are known, then a planner should think about the form. This is the great challenge for any urban designer! What will the city look like? What is possible at that particular spot? How well can you merge these various functions? And how will a possible design fit in the realm of local culture?

    The urban designer invents, draws and presents creative concepts and sketches. In these plans he/she indicates how a particular area may function as well as possible in a most communicative way.

    Urban Design deals with designing the inner and outer cities or towns. It´s not building them. There we need professionals like builders, architects and civil engineers. As a designer you are more of a creative person than a technical expert. More important is that you have a feeling for designing, society and culture and less for mathematics. You need to be creative and interested in architecture and spatial planning. You should have the ability to share knowledge, skills and opinions, bring these up for discussion and take responsibility for the content of your contribution.

    Career prospects

    The study Urban Design trains you to be a practically prepared junior urban designer at an bachelor level. Many urban design offices have a dire need for this kind of creative, practically trained designers. You can have a position as (assistant) urban designer at design firm, governments, and in the advisory field.


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