B.S. Urban Design

Program Overview

The Urban Studies Program has created the first undergraduate urban design degree on the west coast. Courses draw on the teaching resources of UW Tacoma faculty and experienced regional practitioners. The degree helps students turn their passions for social change and equity into meaningful urban design solutions producing livable cities and neighborhoods.  Students gain skills in visual communication, design thinking and community-engaged design processes. They learn data gathering, analysis, visualization, computer modeling, public presentation, and dissemination. These skills are applied in design studios dedicated to engaging with local and regional urban issues. Students may declare a major in Urban Design beginning winter quarter 2018. 

Advantages of our program

  • Urban setting
  • Small class sizes
  • Dedicated studio classrooms
  • Close interaction with faculty and staff
  • Collaboration with communities and institutions
  • Opportunity to work and be trained by practitioners
  • Career and graduate school workshops
  • Innovative course of study
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities