The Urban Design and Planning major focuses on the interaction between planning, geography and environmental design.

Urban Design and Planning is founded on the social, environmental, political, aesthetic and economic importance of design and planning in the public realm. The major allows you to explore urban design (the shaping of urban space) and urban planning (the strategic and regulatory mediation of urban change), while also taking subjects in urban geography.

If you want to learn about the design of urban futures, this major allows you to explore two strongly related fields of environmental practice: urban design as the shaping of urban space and urban planning as the strategic and regulatory mediation of urban change.


This major can lead to further study in the Master of Urban Design or the Master of Urban Planning at Melbourne.

Urban Design graduates may work for urban design, architecture and planning practices as well as state and local government, where they are instrumental in developing and communicating strategic design frameworks and processes that deliver successful public spaces.

The Master of Urban Planning leads to professional accreditation with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Urban Planning graduates may work in government departments and agencies or for local councils in cities and regions. The private sector offers employment opportunities in urban planning and design consultancies, environmental agencies, major developers, corporations and utility companies.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Design

Clearly-in Rank 2018
86.20 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne 2018
78.00 Guaranteed entry

Access Melbourne allows you to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. Guaranteed entry is available to eligible students from a rural area or disadvantaged financial background. i

Access Melbourne can help you gain a place in a course, even if your ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank. Eligible students must apply through Access Melbourne and meet prerequisites.

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Minimum ATAR 2018
85.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


A study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 of English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL (English as an Additional Language).

A study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 of VCE Mathematical Methods (or equivalent) is required for the following majors: Civil Systems, Computing, Construction, Mechanical Systems, Property and Spatial Systems.

A bridging subject will be available for students who have completed the equivalent of VCE Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2 or who have received a study score below 25 in VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent).

Some double majors are only possible if students have completed specific subjects in VCE or equivalent.