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Study Urban and Regional Development at Curtin

Urban and Regional Planning

Bachelor Degree

B-URPLAN

Course
Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Planning)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Address environmental, social and design issues concerning the community.

Study Urban and Regional Development at Curtin

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Five star

Five star rating for overall experience, skills development, teaching quality and learner engagement.

(Good Universities Guide 2019)

Work experience

Undertake fieldwork on planning projects that help you learn core industry skills.

Urban and regional planners are committed to improving the ways cities and regions respond to current and future challenges.

In this degree you will learn how to balance public and private interests to improve the quality of life for everyone. You’ll help to develop a sustainable future for communities by learning the knowledge and skills that underpin innovative planning practices.

You’ll learn to consider a range of competing social, economic, environmental, legal and political dimensions to formulate strategies for sustainable land use and development. You’ll then implement those strategies through urban management and development control processes.

Each semester you can undertake fieldwork in planning projects that will help you learn core industry skills. Projects may be undertaken with Curtin’s industry partners (for example, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; City of Bayswater; and Public Transport Authority) – opportunities that can provide valuable linkages with future employers.

You may also be interested in overseas internships, fieldwork units and study tours – and explore how to apply your planning skills in various global and cultural contexts.

You can expect to graduate with knowledge and skills relating to land-use planning; design, economics and law; professional communication; and ethical and professional practices.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • 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.
  • The course will help you achieve core skills recognised by employers in the planning profession.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • All components of this course are based on the demands and skills required of the planning industry. You will undertake studio and field work, and complete practical planning projects every semester.
  • By undertaking field work with practical planning projects, you will learn core skills and knowledge recognised by employers in the planning profession. These projects are often carried out in conjunction with our industry partners, exposing you to future employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in overseas internships, fieldwork units and study tours to investigate how your planning skills can be applied to different global and cultural contexts. 

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

The course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia. After graduation and a period in the workforce, graduates are eligible for admission as members.

Career information

Careers

  • Planner / planning designer
  • Developer
  • Planning consultant

Industries

  • Government
  • Local government
  • Building and construction
  • Regional development

What you'll learn

  • 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
  • think critically to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning
  • communicate effectively in written form, graphically and orally to various audiences (academic, professional and community
  • use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning
  • use learned skills to continue self-development in the profession
  • develop skills in managing and responding to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives
  • 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 demonstrating skills in negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising the contribution of other disciplines and interests

Admission criteria

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Other requirements and notes for this course


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.

Advanced standing

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,170*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: B-URPLAN
  • CRICOS code: 003903C
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019