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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Urban and Community Design (UCD)

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Master of Urban Community Design (M.U.C.D.)
CIP Code: 04.0401
College of The Arts (FA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 45

Contact Information:
College of The Arts
Urban and Community Design Department (ARC)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue HMS301
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Robert Macleod
Phone: 813-974-6015


Faculty Search: The Arts Faculty List

Program Information

The Urban and Community Design program at USF is a rigorous “design-based” course of study (i.e., post professional degree for design students) leading to the Master of Urban and Community Design (M.U.C.D.) degree. The program focuses on the myriad physical, functional, visual, social and sustainable circumstances in contemporary urban contexts and stresses the amassing of knowledge, and the acquisition of design, research, analytical and other practical skills. The instructional scope of the M.U.C.D. program is both broad and diverse. The program builds on previous studies in architecture or landscape architecture as the foundation for involving students in crafting design interventions across the varied spectrum of scales of urbanism from the urban street and block, up to the metropolitan region. Support courses in the programs curriculum infuse an understanding of the fundamentals of urban and community design, the historical and theoretical foundations of the discipline, the methods of research and analysis used in urban and community design, the major determinants of urban form, the evolution of urban contexts, and the different modes of contemporary urban design practice. The Program invites applications from prospective students who are interested in expanding their understanding of the physical dimensions of urbanism and the morphology of urban places, and amassing the skills necessary in crafting compelling design interventions that address the human experience and physical conditions of cities, towns and communities.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 1

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

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Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions).

Program Admission Requirements
Specific admission requirements for the M.U.C.D. program are as follows:

  • Completed USF Graduate School application
  • Professional undergraduate or graduate design degree (i.e. B.Arch., M.Arch., B.L.A., M.L.A.).
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges (minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from most recent degree program).
  • Portfolio of design and creative work (While work completed in a professional capacity is welcomed, academic work is preferred as the primary portfolio content).
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE preferred minimum score of 500 on verbal and 500 on quantitative sections. The GRE will only be waived for applicants who have already earned a Master's degree).
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least one letter must be from a former instructor or faculty member).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL - for International students only, minimum sore of 213 on computer-based test; 550 on paper-based test; or 79 on Internet test)

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the M.U.C.D. program is intended to be completed in one full calendar year Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Each semester includes a design studio and up to three lecture courses, totaling 15 credit hours (The length of time to complete all degree requirements depends on individual course load during each semester of enrollment).

Total Minimum Hours - 45

Core 33 hours
Electives 12 hours

CORE REQUIREMENTS - 33 hours minimum

ARC 6373 (6) Community Design Studio
ARC 5366 (6) Urban Design Studio A & B/Advanced Design C
ARC 6930 (6) Masters Studio

ARC 6398 (3) Introduction to Urban and Community Design
ARC 6930 (3) The City

ARC 6414 (3) The Real Estate Development Process
ARC 6930 (3) Site/Context Analysis

ARC 6930 (3) Global Urbanism NOW!

ELECTIVES 12 cr. hrs. (any 4)

ARC 6930 (3) Reading and Representing the City
ARC 6930 (3) Urban Resiliency
ARC 6930 (3) Urban Design Seminar
ARC 6930 (3) Design Research
ARC 6930 (3) Urban Design Tools and Strategies
ARC 6930 (3) Art of Placemaking
ARC 6372 (3) Streets and Blocks
ARC 6930 (3) Sustainable Neighborhood/Community Design
ARC 6930 (3) Landscape Urbanism
ARC 6930 (3) Urban Form Continuum
ARC 5931 (3) Independent Study

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

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