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- Graduate Certificate in Development Planning
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Start your career in urban planning, and learn ways to address environmental, social and design issues.
Complete practical exercises and fieldwork.
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It is now widely accepted that sustainable and successful human settlements must be properly planned. Urban and regional planners play an important role in shaping development and land use in cities, towns and regions to promote public interest in the development process. Planners need to assess and consider issues relating to housing, ecological systems, community development, transport systems and economic development. Planners work with a range of government, community, industry and market-based stakeholders in the preparation and implementation of plans.
The Graduate Certificate in Development Planning provides an introduction to the principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners. A distinguishing characteristic of the course is the use of interdisciplinary knowledge and techniques to address environmental, social and design issues of concern to the community. It is suitable if you do not have a background in planning or if you are a practising planner outside Australia.
Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may be eligible for entry into the master degree.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- This course promotes a balanced view towards: theory and practice; and local and global perspectives.
- Fieldwork, studios and practical exercises are integrated within the curriculum.
- This course provides a pathway to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning for graduates with bachelors from unrelated disciplines and professionals with relevant work experience.
- Local government planner
- Private planning consultant
- State government planner
- Place maker/manager
Potential employers can include:
- Commonwealth agencies
- Development companies
- Environmental authorities
- Housing agencies
- Regional development authorities
- Transport agencies.
What you'll learn
- identify and apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context;
- examine and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues
- access, evaluate and synthesise information in the context of urban and regional planning
- communicate effectively in writing, graphically and orally with various audiences within a university context
- use appropriate technologies to gather and interpret research and data
- engage in self education within the Urban and Regional Planning profession to continue self development
- compare and contrast developmental processes in local and international contexts
- recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
- work ethically as individuals and in teams using skills central to the practice of integrated planning development
A bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution, or vocational skills and knowledge in relevant professional areas where you can demonstrate through professional work experience your capacity to successfully undertake this program.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other requirements and notes for this course
You may be required to participate in site visits and/or field trips on weekdays or weekends.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2020
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
Semester 1 and Semester 2
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- Curtin course code: GC-DEVPLN
- CRICOS code: 023976J
- Last updated on: December 6, 2019