City Design (Certificate)

Director of Graduate Certificate Programs:
Robin Abrams
Phone:   919/513-4841

Fields of Graduate Instruction - City Design (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in City Design is a joint program between the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture.  In addition, the Graduate Certificate in City Design is an interdisciplinary and inter-university initiative, reflecting the nature of city design practice. The program aims to bring together students and faculty from landscape architecture, architecture, and city and regional planning into an interactive and team-based learning context. 

The City Design program promotes design inquiry and application at the scale of the city for students and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. The program’s objectives are to consider the human condition, particularly in making signification urban places; design integrated system of movement with increased accessibility; promote a greater mix of uses and amenities within a well-scaled urban fabric; foster new opportunities for energy production, collection and saving at the local scale; define new means of ‘greening’ the city; and capture greater senses of identity, meaning, and quality within the city fabric.

Admissions: Applicants must complete an application form to be considered for the certificate program. To qualify for admission to the certificate program, students must be enrolled in (or have completed) a professional program in architecture. At the time of application, students must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in their professional degree program.

Requirements: Students must complete 15 hours of coursework from the course menu, as specified in the certificate application, and have a minimum of 3.00 GPA on all certificate coursework. All grades on courses taken towards the certificate program in courses numbered 400 and above are included in the GPA. Courses at the 300 level and below are not eligible for certificate credit and subsequently do not affect the graduate GPA.

The minimum grade to receive certificate credit can be no lower than B-. Students who take letter-graded 400-, 500-, and 700-level courses do not have the option of taking the courses for ‘credit only’ if they intend for the course to be part of the graduate certificate. Transfer credit from other institutions is not allowed for the graduate certificate. All course work must be registered through NC State University. 

All certificate requirements must be completed within four (4) calendar years, beginning with the date that the student commences courses applicable to the certificate, unless a more restrictive time limit has been established by the program or academic college/school. 

A student may obtain more than one certificate. Each certificate must have a least nine (9) credit hours that are unique to it.

Other Information: Students in City Design certificate program will join an academic and professional community that offers a broad range of extracurricular activities, including the College of Design annual Urban Design Conference, visiting lecturers, colloquia, and City Forum, a regularly scheduled series of brown bag discussions coordinated by the City of Raleigh Urban Design Center.

Note that academic success might have a strong bearing on admission to a degree program, but completion of the certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program. For more information regarding course requirements and the application process, please contact the certificate program coordinator.

NCSU Graduate Catalog