Urban design students consider historical patterns of urban settlement and form-making, contemporary forces impacting cities worldwide and the legal and financial framework of urban development. Considering cultural and geophysical signs of urban form, students learn perspectives of global urban design. At SCAD, students collaborate with practicing professionals to solve real-world problems.
Unequaled expertiseThe Master of Urban Design program at SCAD fuses unparalleled design skills with expertise in the economic and regulatory framework of urban design. SCAD is the leader in defining art and design education, and urban design students engage in interdisciplinary learning through related programs of study in architecture, architectural history and interior design. Urban design professors at SCAD collectively embody decades of professional experience to teach a broad range of tools for consensus seeking, place making, landscape urbanism and urban preservation through lectures, seminars and studios.
Urban design is offered in Savannah.
Savannah is a living laboratory for urban design students and has one of the world's most admired urban plans, spanning diverse architectural styles. At SCAD, students can study in an array of locations that represent the broad spectrum of urban experience: from historic, coastal Savannah to metropolitan Atlanta, from medieval Lacoste, France, to the international gateway city of Hong Kong.
The SCAD urban design program requires each student to take part in a field or teaching internship, which prepares students for their professional careers by heightening time management and collaborative communication skills. SCAD urban design students have held internships with metropolitan planning commissions and city governments as well as architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and real estate development firms.