The University of Westminster launched the Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours course in September 2016 to respond to the growing challenges posed by a rapidly urbanising global population. The new course is aiming to equip the next generation of urban designers and city experts with interdisciplinary skills to cross fertilise the fields of urban planning and architecture.
The first cohort of students on the course completed their first semester, showing great enthusiasm and engagement with the course during the activities scheduled such as frequent field visits and guest talks.
Elena Ceppo, student on the Designing Cities BA Honours course, said: “This course gives you a broad understanding on how cities work, enabling to think and envision a better future environment for people.”
Another student Taishanah Ferris commented: “Having teachers from different background in planning and design, and guest lecturers from the practice, gives me the opportunity to explore clear options for my future career. I think this course is great.”
The next cohort of students will begin their studies in September 2017. As part of the largest university scholarship scheme in the UK at the University of Westminster, for the second consecutive year ten first-year students starting the course in 2017 will also receive Designing Cities Bursaries of £2000 each. Applications for The Designing Cities Bursaries will open on 11 January 2017.
Applications for the Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours course are available through UCAS.