Design in City Innovation

Bachelor of Design in City Innovation


Congratulations on being accepted into the Bachelor of Design in City Innovation program!

The Bachelor of Design in City Innovation offers a design-based framework for thinking about the world, its challenges, and to create inclusive and sustainable city-focused solutions. Hands-on, studio-based courses that tackle real-world projects, cross-cultural learning opportunities, and classes in advanced digital design tools, data science, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, provides a broader perspective and spark innovation for the betterment of communities and society.

The Bachelor of Design in City Innovation requires the completion of 120 units and normally takes four years of full-time study.

Courses required in your first year

Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Degree programs and courses are each housed in a specific School or Faculty. Pursuing a Bachelor of Design in City Innovation means that you are a student in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

If you are coming to the University of Calgary with Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit, you will follow the same registration process as any first time university student. You may be eligible to use your transfer credit in your degree program depending on the program you have entered and whether or not the courses are applicable. Look for International Baccalaureate credit information here and Advanced Placement information here.

You may view your transfer credit by logging in to your online Student Centre. Once you know the transfer credit you have received, you may contact the academic advisor in your faculty to get advice on course selection.

Visit the BDCI Course Information page to learn more about the various course components that form your Design in City Innovation experience. 

Visit the BDCI Degree Planning page for more information on what courses to take in this program. You can also view and/or download our recommended four-year course sequences, both in written and diagram format, for the various Design in City Innovation pathways.

Connect with your Undergraduate Program Specialist for additional support. 

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Office
Professional Faculties Building, PF 2182


In-person and virtual student advising are available by booking an appointment or joining a group advising session.

Co-op and Internship: Get a head start on your career through our co-operative education and internship opportunities. You will gain valuable work experience in your industry—all before you graduate.

Study Abroad: Experience different cultures, gain a better understanding of world issues, and travel around the globe, all while earning credit towards your degree. The University of Calgary offers exchanges and study abroad programs in 61 different countries.

Community Service-Learning: Combine your classroom learning with volunteer work that achieves community goals, and see first-hand how your academic learning relates to social issues.