University of Barcelona

Urban Design: Art, City, Society (biennial)


Urban highway - Master

The master's degree in Urban Design: Art, City and Society addresses the urban project as a catalyst for other actions. While the course focuses primarily on the planning of public spaces, it takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach made possible by the range of specializations of the teaching staff involved, which are reflected in the subjects on offer. The degree structure is built on the principle that research in the area of urban design cannot be carried out in total isolation from research in operational practice. This is also one of the few master's degrees in the field that has a strong component addressing social issues and sustainability.
The degree addresses the specific concept of urban design, which requires a degree of delimitation in order to avoid misunderstanding. Urban design can be defined as the process of shaping the physical conditions for life in cities. In this sense, it is the art of «making the city», involving the design of buildings, groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, and establishing processes that enable the sustainable urban development.

Regardless of the definition used, the majority of authors who have written on the subject point to four basic characteristics of urban design:
  • It is concerned with the city and its public spaces: the territory in which public processes are played out, as distinct from the processes themselves.
  • Its processes are based on project disciplines and stem from a tradition that can be traced back as far as the Renaissance.
  • It is a highly interdisciplinary field, and this interdisciplinarity is an inherent property of the practices it encompasses.
  • It requires cooperative work by multidisciplinary teams.

Basic information

Mode of deliveryPresencial
Bridging coursesYes
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Fine Arts
Number of places available25
Language(s) of instructionSpanish: 75%, English: 5%, Portuguese: 20%
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022