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Graduate Studies Calendar 2022-2023 Program Descriptions School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape SAPL Graduate Certificates
Graduate Certificates
1. Certificates Offered
  • Graduate Certificate in Built and Landscape Heritage
  • Graduate Certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities
  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Design*
*Program is not currently accepting applications.
2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Admission, the Certificates require the following:

Graduate Certificate in Built and Landscape Heritage

a) Statement of Interest
A clear, concise and substantive statement of interest (1,000 words), which informs the Admissions Committee of:

  • the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Certificate;
  • how the applicant’s specific educational background and professional experience relates to heritage conservation.

b) Digital Portfolio
Applicants may submit a portfolio that provides examples of or illustrates the applicant’s design work, professional work, research, creative thinking, community action, planning products, or graphics and visual communication. The requirements for digital portfolio submissions are found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at: evds.ucalgary.ca.

c) Curriculum Vitae
A current copy of the curriculum vitae/resume.

d) Reference Letters
Three reference letters.

e) Proof of English Proficiency
For applicants who are required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based test); or IELTS score of 7.5; or CAEL overall score of 70, with a minimum score of 70 in each component. This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.

f) Example of writing
One example of the applicant's previous academic or professional work such as a written essay, published research paper, major academic paper, thesis, design project, or consulting report.

Graduate Certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities

a) Statement of Interest

b) Curriculum Vitae
A current copy of the full curriculum vitae demonstrating relevant professional experience.

c) Reference Letters
Three reference letters.

d) Proof of English Proficiency
For applicants who are required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based test); or IELTS score of 7.5; or CAEL overall score of 70, with a minimum score of 70 in each component. This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Design

a) Statement of Interest

b) Digital Portfolio
Evidence of original and/or creative work in any field or medium. This could include design work, professional work, research, creative ability, or ideas related to their statement of interest in Urban Design. The requirements for digital portfolio submissions are found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at: evds.ucalgary.ca.

c) Curriculum Vitae
A current copy of the curriculum vitae/resume.

d) Reference Letters
Three reference letters.

e) Proof of English Proficiency
For applicants who are required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based test); or IELTS score of 7.5; or CAEL overall score of 70, with a minimum score of 70 in each component. This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.

3. Application Deadlines

Deadlines for submission of complete applications are available on the Future Students website:

Graduate Certificate in Built and Landscape Heritage: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/built-landscape-heritage-certificate-course-based

Graduate Certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/designing-smart-secure-communities-certificate-course-based

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Design: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/sustainable-urban-design-certificate-course-based

4. Advanced Credit

Advanced credit is not given.

5. Course Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Built and Landscape Heritage

Students are expected to successfully complete 12 units:

Graduate Certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities

The Certificate is structured around four core courses. Successful completion of the Certificate requires successful completion of each of the following academic requirements:

Students are expected to take the courses in this order and, in particular, may not take Planning 646 Integrative Project until they have completed the other three courses in the program.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Design

The Certificate is structured around a core studio sequence. Related theory courses make up the remainder of the program. Successful completion of the Certificate must include the following academic requirements:

The courses must be taken in the prescribed order.

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

Students admitted to the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape will not be allowed to request the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course that is applicable to their degree; or apply any course awarded a grade of CG towards their graduation requirements.

Students may choose the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for courses outside of SAPL that permit the CG Grade and are taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will affect students' eligibility for internal awards.

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Not given.

7. Time Limit

Students registered in the Graduate Certificate in Built and Landscape Heritage are expected to enrol on a full-time basis and complete the program requirements within one registration year. The maximum completion time is three registration years.

Students registered in the Graduate Certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities are expected to complete the Certificate in one year. The maximum completion time is two registration years.

Students registered in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Design are expected to complete the Certificate in one year. The maximum completion time is two registration years.

8. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to highly qualified students but cannot be guaranteed. For information on admission and academic awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this calendar, the SAPL website and the Awards Database on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.