Program Information

School: Dalhousie University
Faculty: Faculty of Architecture and Planning / School of Planning
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Description: The Bachelor of Community Design (Honours) normally takes four years of full-time study. Students complete the requirements for the general community design program and then complete a fourth year of specialized study. The program requires 20 full course equivalents, or 120 credit hours of course work.

The Honours programs provide opportunities for students who do well in their studies to deepen their understanding through additional course work, an internship work placement, and community-based research projects. Students participate in community design studios where learning involves working on community-centred projects. Thus students gain practical experience to bring to bear on their academic studies. The BCD Honours is a first professional degree in planning recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

URL: Community Design (BCD) at Dalhousie University
Course Based: Yes
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $18,805

Cost per year is based on the 2018-2019 academic year and includes the cost of tuition and incidental fees.

Careers: Urban and Land Use Planners

Admission Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Portfolio

Students may apply for entry to the BCD Honours program once they have completed all first year requirements, including the English writing requirement, and the mandatory second year (2000 level) planning courses. A limited number of students are accepted to the BCD Honours program each year. Admission to the Honours degree requires the following: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; and 3.0 or higher GPA calculated for mandatory planning and core elective courses completed at the time of application to the Honours program. (Where students have completed more than nine credit hours of core electives, the highest grades for the nine credit hours will be used in the calculation.); and a portfolio submitted to the School of Planning by a date in the Winter semester each year, announced in the immediately preceding Fall semester of each academic year in the School of Planning. Requirements of the portfolio are available from the School of Planning.