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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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
Email: rmacleod@usf.edu

Website: http://www.arts.usf.edu


Faculty Search: The Arts Faculty List


Major Information

The Urban and Community Design major 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 major 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. major is both broad and diverse. The major 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 program's 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 major 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.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


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) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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 3.00 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

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Major Requirements

The curriculum for the M.U.C.D. 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

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

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

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

Globalization
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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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

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