Urban Landscapes

Undergraduate Certificate

Why study Urban Landscapes?

The certificate in urban landscapes curriculum expands basic knowledge of building and landscape design to address the role of plant life in the sustainable urban environment. Students who pursue the certificate in urban landscapes are required to submit an application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the urban systems that support life and current issues in their sustainable development.
  • Recognize the favorable conditions for urban landscape restoration and improved quality of life.
  • Describe the role of plant life in the urban landscape’s social, economic, and ecological functions.
  • Apply the basic principles of sustainable landscape design and construction to the development of an urban site.

The metropolitan area of the University of Cincinnati provides a diverse selection of interesting urban issues for study, including the preservation and revitalization of its historic neighborhoods and sustainable development in the suburban areas, the challenges facing one of the oldest park systems in North America, the assets and challenges of a major city in the climate and economy of the Ohio River Valley, and the role of plant life in the ecology, economy, and culture of the city.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this certificate must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work. To apply, students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

Students who are interested in the sustainable development of the city and its region will excel in this certificate program. This program gives students a new way to see the life of the city through studies of forestry, agriculture, living architecture, and infrastructure.

 This certificate will supplement the fundamental knowledge and skills offered by undergraduate training in:

  • landscape architecture
  • planning
  • architecture
  • horticulture
  • engineering
  • design
  • construction management
  • environmental studies

Students interested in this certificate should work with their major advisors to confirm the compatibility with their major's requirements and course schedules. Questions about the certificate should contact DAAP Admissions at daap-admissions@uc.edu or 513-556-1376.

  • The city of Cincinnati, once called the "Queen City of the West" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, provides an excellent array of cultural resources for students who intend to pursue a degree in the visual arts. It offers the energy and assets of a larger city, along with quiet neighborhoods steeped in rich traditions. Cincinnati offers live music venues that range from top-notch symphony and opera companies to a growing pop and rock community. Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, the city also enjoys the presence of numerous art galleries and a strong support system among practicing artists. Cincinnati is situated within driving distance of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New York City, allowing DAAP students to take advantage of the rich cultural resources of these cities as well.
  • UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its type in the country. A collection of nationally respected design and art programs is housed in a unique and educationally stimulating architectural setting. Architecture students have opportunities to enroll in courses in a range of related disciplines and to participate in interdisciplinary studios or special projects.
  • Students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.
  • Other educational opportunities include organized travel semesters, foreign study semesters and student exchange programs in England, Germany and Denmark. Many architecture students also pursue joint degrees and certificate programs within the college and the university.
  • The DAAP college library has an outstanding collection of books, periodicals and visual resources supporting architecture, planning, design, art history and related subjects. Access to library holdings is provided by an automated online catalogue, UCLID, which provides access to the University of Cincinnati Library information database, and through OhioLINK, the holdings of other academic libraries throughout Ohio.
  • The Computer Graphics Center is a state-of-the-art university facility with hardware that includes PCs, Apple computers and peripherals such as scanners, plotters and digital video-editing suites. Students have access to sophisticated graphics equipment and receive hands-on instruction to augment the use of laptops in the classroom. All computing equipment is linked by high-speed Ethernet to facilitate access across the campus.
  • The college supports a Rapid Prototyping Center, which is the home of state-of-the-art equipment that allows students to create communication aids for their design projects. Using CAD (computer-aided design) models, students are able to create physical models using three basic methods: 3-D printing, large format laser-cutting and CNC (computer numeric control) devices, including a Komo CNC Router. This facility is intended for all DAAP students to use in creating large-scale design.

Students learn creative and technical skills in the classroom environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.

To satisfy the mandatory residency requirement for urban landscapes students, 50 percent of the required courses completed in the certificate must be taken after gaining admission to the program and must be taught within the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC or another regionally accredited university or college must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work to be considered for admission. If an applicant has earned an associate degree, the minimum college cumulative grade point average is 2.0.

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work to be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

Students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Admissions
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376
daap-admissions@uc.edu

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Program Code: 23CRT-URLN-C2