Graduate Certificate of Urban Informatics
Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning
Contribute to healthy city futures with our Graduate Certificate of Urban Informatics.
You’ll gain the skills and knowledge required to respond to the growing challenges of mass urbanisation, including accommodating dense populations, responding to climate change, public health, housing affordability, and growing spatial complexity.
You’ll learn why multi-dimensional approaches to urban planning are needed, and how to embrace creative and speculative design thinking, and engage with people, data and advanced technologies.Graduates will be prepared to make meaningful contributions in careers as specialist urban informatics consultants.
12 months part-time
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2023 Start Dates
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Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
dense populations, responding to climate change, public health, housing affordability, urban mobility, and growing spatial complexity. These challenges cannot be addressed using traditional twentieth century urban planning methods – new multi-dimensional approaches are needed by professionals that embrace three dimensional space, big-data along with change over time, temperature, humidity, sun and shade, air quality,
- 4 core units of study (50 credit points)
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Certificate of Urban Informatics is 25 credit points (normally two units)
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and graduate skills.
Graduate will have skills and knowledge to respond to these critical challenges and be prepared to make meaningful contributions in careers as specialist urban informatics consultants, or when completed in addition to a professional degree such as planning, landscape architecture or architecture, as urban designers in private practices or local government positions in planning authorities and local city councils.
Aims and objectives
- critically reflect on and apply knowledge of contemporary Urban theory demonstrating comprehension of international and local planning theory and history, urban economics, sustainability and strategic planning
- apply analytical design research methods with an understanding of sourcing credible, relevant data to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and apply these to the broader social, economic and environmental urban processes
- apply spatial thinking and innovation approaches in a range of settings and scales while critically presenting design research results to explain, interpret and evaluate the impact urban situation
- communicate clearly and concisely using a range of media
- apply technical design modelling and planning skills to research, analyse, design, and evaluate plans, policies, strategies and guidelines, land uses allocations, resources and manage implementation processes.
- capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
- entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
- effective and ethical in work and community situations
- adaptable and able to manage change
- aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing.
Pathways and scholarships
- Credit transfer, recognition of prior learning and scholarships.
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
|2023 rate*||Estimated total cost of the course||Estimated cost of the course per year if studying full-time*||Annual Amenities fee if studying full-time*|
||$19,280||$19,280||See how your SSAF is calculated|
How do I pay my fees?
FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.
- successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
- successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a major in Architecture
- successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours) with an Advanced Minor in Architecture or
- successful completion of another three year undergraduate architectural course*.
- a pre-selection kit requiring submission of an online portfolio (between 10 and 20 pages) **
- a personal motivation statement
- university transcripts.
In your portfolio, we are looking for evidence of your ability to think spatially, critically and creatively, as well as the desire to design and build things. In assessing your portfolio, we would like to see your ability to conceptualize and develop ideas. As well as finished outcomes, we are also interested in concept sketches, 3d models or working drawings that display your thinking process.
Your portfolio will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- conceptual thinking and level of ambition in your projects;
- spatial thinking, planning and a sense of scale;
- digital and analogue communication skills, including the use of architectural drawing conventions; and
- construction and environmental technology.
All work must be original. All images must be clearly labelled. In the case of work that has involved others, such as group work or work with a design practice, clearly indicate what your contribution was.
Portfolios will be reviewed on a standard computer screen. Please ensure legibility accordingly.
To submit your portfolio, you’ll need to complete your online application first. We’ll then send you a link so you can upload your portfolio to Slide Room.