Cultural planning is playing a vital role in building vibrant communities and propelling sustainable growth around the world. A growing international demand for professionals with the knowledge and expertise to advance cultural development has put cultural planners, policy makers, and administrators in the arts and cultural sector at the centre of this trend. By organizing and leveraging public and private policy affecting the cultural and creative sectors, those professionals advancing cultural planning and development play an increasingly important role in building livable, sustainable and intercultural communities.
The UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning addresses the growing demand for cultural planners with knowledge and expertise to guide cultural policy and development initiatives.
- Delivered 100% online and part-time
- Provides a foundation of core knowledge, international models and useful skills in a range of activity areas
- Requires completion of one required core course and four electives
- Program costs approximately C$4,175
- Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
- After this program you can expect to be able to organize and leverage public and private policy affecting the cultural sector and creative infrastructure
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The UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning provides a foundation of core knowledge, international models of successful practice and useful skills in a range of activity areas, as well as an historical, cross-sector and comparative perspective on cultural planning.
The program features the following advantages:
- courses and workshops led by senior practitioners, international experts, and leading academics from around the world
- opportunity to take individual courses for professional development or combine them to qualify for the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning
- 100 % online format to allow for a flexible learning environment
- assignments that build on individual experience and expertise
- a shared learning platform offering a venue for networking and alliance-building with other professionals from across North America, Europe and beyond.
Who It's For
The UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning is designed for those working or planning to work in the field of cultural planning at the local, regional and national levels, including:
- staff currently working in cultural planning offices (or equivalent) in municipal, regional, state/provincial and federal government looking for professional development courses
- staff working in other government departments looking to move into a cultural planning position
- staff employed in arts and cultural organizations and cultural industries looking to better understand government policy, planning and development
- consultants working or wanting to work in the field of cultural planning and development
- university-educated adults, usually with an arts background, looking to enter the field of cultural planning.
The UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning is delivered 100% online by an international group of senior practitioners. Students must successfully complete one required core course and four electives. Each course is nine weeks in length and students are expected to spend twelve to fifteen hours per week on learning activities, which include lectures, videos, quizzes, readings, assignments, projects and group discussions. To be awarded the certificate, students must earn a minimum passing grade in five courses, successfully completing the required course and four electives within four years of enrolling in the first course.
Each workshop is led by an international expert, combines lectures and small group discussion, and meets online for 2 hours, once a week for 3 weeks. There is also an online discussion board for sharing information and group discussion during the three weeks. There is no grading.
Students can combine three workshops with a portfolio course as an elective for the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning. See Portfolio Guidelines for more information about the portfolio and requirements for submission.
Note: Students who wish to participate in a course without completing the evaluative requirements may do so on an audit basis after receiving approval from the program director. Students cannot apply courses completed on an audit basis toward the certificate requirements. To submit requests for audit approval please contact us.
A high-speed Internet connection is required to take this program, as well as the ability to play audio and video files as some courseware includes voice lectures and/or requires online participation in video webinars.
UBC Continuing Studies strongly suggests that students have the following technology and expertise in order to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online:
- familiarity with basic Internet applications (email and web browser)
- a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or other web browser.
Your computer operating system must meet the following minimum specifications:
- PC: Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
- Mac: Mac OS x 10.4.
The following foundations course is required for the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning; however, it is not a prerequisite for the electives - you may take it at any point in the certificate program.
|Required Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Foundations of Cultural Planning (UC002)||Online||
Apr 27-Jun 28, 2015
Elective Courses and Workshops
Four nine-week elective courses must be taken to complete the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning. You may also combine three short workshops with a portfolio course as the equivalent of one elective.
|Elective Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Creating Culture Plans (UC001)||Online||
|Creative Placemaking (UC003)||Online||
|Cultural Tourism: Impacting Communities Worldwide (UC005)||Online||
Apr 20-Jun 21, 2015
|Festivals, Events and Eventful Communities (UC004)||Online||
Sep 28-Nov 29, 2015
|Online Workshop: Creative Economy and Cultural Planning - The Smaller City Perspective (UC015)||Online||
|Online Workshop: Cultural Entrepreneurship (UC011)||Online||
Jun 16-Jun 30, 2015
|Online Workshop: Cultural Planning and Processes of Urban Change (UC019)||Online||
|Online Workshop: Cultural Planning - An International Perspective (UC018)||Online||
Jun 4-Jun 18, 2015
|Online Workshop: Culture and Sustainable Development (UC012)||Online||
|Online Workshop: Digital Culture and Cultural Policy (UC010)||Online||
Oct 13-Oct 27, 2015
|Online Workshop: Digital Culture and Museums (UC016)||Online||
Apr 2-Apr 16, 2015
|Online Workshop: Intangible Cultural Heritage (UC013)||Online||
Jun 10-Jun 24, 2015
|Online Workshop: Intercultural Cities (UC020)||Online||
|Online Workshop: Managing for Success in Public Art (UC017)||Online||
|Online Workshop: Resourceful Design Innovation by Re-imagining Existing Urban Assets (UC014)||Online||
May 12-May 26, 2015
A team of instructors who are experienced cultural planning specialists located across Canada and around the world lead the courses in this program.
Fees are paid on a course-by-course basis. The current individual course fees are C$800. Students registering in the Creative Placemaking course must pay an additional $50 for required course materials. Total program costs approximately $4,175, including a $175 non-refundable certificate administration fee required to graduate from the program.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
Written notice of 10 business days before the course begins is required in order to be eligible for a refund (less a $50 administration fee).
We regret that we cannot grant refunds, credits or transfers for cancellations received less than 10 business days before the program except in exceptional circumstances.
UBC Continuing Studies may sometimes cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasons. If this occurs, a full refund is processed and sent to you automatically. UBC Continuing Studies does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered at a particular time.
Students are expected to meet the following requirements:
- university degree or equivalent
- three years of work and/or volunteer experience in a relevant area (e.g., government, arts and cultural organizations)
- fluency in the English language, including good written and verbal communication skills
- access to a computer with broadband Internet connectivity either through home or work, including an email account, audio/video capabilities and the ability to effectively use standard software programs.
If you have any concerns regarding meeting these requirements please contact us.
To identify yourself as a candidate for the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning:
- Complete one or more courses in the certificate's curriculum. Register for each course individually. It is not necessary to formally apply to the program in advance.
- Contact us to identify yourself as a certificate candidate.
- Pay the $175 CAD non-refundable administration fee to receive the certificate. The UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning will be sent to you once you have successfully completed all five courses.