Planning, Urban Design and Sustainable Development, PGCert
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DescriptionThis course develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to contemporary planning and development with an emphasis on communities, localism, urban design and quality housing-led development. It is designed for practitioners as well as those who wish to develop a specialism within the area.
The government’s new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) places a strong emphasis on good design and community led planning. Created alongside the development of the NPPF and the refreshed Building for Life™, this inspiring new course has been designed specifically to support those working within the built environment professions, particularly those employed within the home and place bui…
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The government’s new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) places a strong emphasis on good design and community led planning. Created alongside the development of the NPPF and the refreshed Building for Life™, this inspiring new course has been designed specifically to support those working within the built environment professions, particularly those employed within the home and place building industry.
The course is supported by leading professionals at the forefront of contemporary planning and design practice. It is the only UK course endorsed by Design for Homes.
Designed for those working full-time, this course is based on both established and emerging urban design guidance and best practice. Set within a context of new national and local planning frameworks, challenging economic conditions and unprecedented reductions in public expenditure, this course is essential to those involved in delivering a new generation of homes and communities.
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What do you study?
You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to contemporary planning and residential led development with an emphasis on creating sustainable communities.
As part of the approach to localism, local authorities will face challenges associated with creating frameworks for development in their areas.
Studies are complemented by an optional overseas field trip, with a combination of lectures, tutorials and group based learning opportunities.
The course will:
- develop knowledge and skills in master planning and urban design
- examine both current and emerging planning systems
- evaluate new residential led schemes using new ‘Building for Life™’ and its application in community engagement; and
- explore how planners, developers, architects, urban designers, surveyors and engineers can increase the quality and extend the value of new residential led development.
The course is structured into three 20 credit point modules:
- Urban Design and Master Planning
- Localism, Planning and Development
- Design Quality in Residential Led Development.
How do you study?
One year, part-time as nine intensive one-day blocks. Modules run in sequence, but can also be studied as stand alone modules.
This is based at the NTU City site and some sessions on site in the East Midlands Region with practicing professionals.
Teaching and learning methods include:
- short, intensive study blocks
- study guides and associated on-line support materials; and
- telephone and e-mail based tutorial support.
The delivery of the course is enhanced by:
- visiting external practitioners
- extensive use of case studies and projects
- site visits.
After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, you may wish to continue your studies for an MSc in Built Environment Studies by choosing from the School's range of other postgraduate modules.
The choice and timing of those modules will vary throughout the year and can, depending on the module, be taken on a part-time or full-time basis.