Greener, more sustainable communities. Communities that work in harmony with the environment to create lasting and useful public spaces. If you see a future designing and planning enduring, vibrant landscapes that combine form and function, check out Fanshawe's Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning program.
Modern spaces need to be designed by skilled and modern thinkers. This one-of-a-kind program combines the theory, knowledge, and techniques of landscape architecture, urban design, and physical planning with training in geographic information systems, computer-aided design, visualization, and presentation technologies. You'll use industry-standard digital technologies and cutting-edge design and communication methods used in the real world of architectural and landscape design.
You'll also work on case studies and community-based projects with sustainability in mind. As well, you'll participate in three co-operative work placements, putting your skills to the test with real projects. In the final year of the program, you'll solve a real, site-specific environmental design problem to showcase all of your newly developed skills.
Once graduated, you'll be able to enter the private sector with planning and GIS consultants, landscape architects and developers, or in the public sector with municipalities, conservation authorities and provincial ministries. The degree also prepares you for continued study at the graduate level.
Whatever your decision, you'll be trained to leave an enduring mark on the world around you.
Admission Requirements - 2019/2020
OSSD with courses from the University (U) or University/College (M) stream WITH:
- Grade 12 English (U)
- Plus five additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
- A final minimum average of 65.0% based on the highest six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above
Post-Secondary Standing* (if applicable)
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 560 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 84 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70, with test results within the last two years.
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years.
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years.
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years.
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10.
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Visual Arts (M)
- Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U)
- Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
- Grade 11 Media Arts (M) or (O)
- Grade 11 Presentation and Speaking Skills (O)
- Grade 12 Media Arts (M)
- Any Grade 12 Geography (U) or (M)
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U) or (M)
- Any Grade 12 Science (U) or (M)
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
- Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies* (if applicable).
*Applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university or other post-secondary institutions and are applying to transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning program are considered on the basis of their post-secondary standing. Specifically, applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% in the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants with less than ten full credit courses must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% in all courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants applying from a community college must have successfully completed a diploma program with an overall GPA of 2.5 in the completed program. In addition, all students applying from university or college must have completed the pre-requisite courses in English as stated in the Admission Requirements.
Take all of the following Mandatory (Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Core Courses is 2.5
In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 1 requirement below:
- Environmental Design Fundamentals
- Environmental Design & Planning History
- GIS 1
- Design Visualization 1
- Co-Op Educ. Employment Prep
In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 2 requirement below:
- Site Design
- Site Planning
- GIS 2
- Design Visualization 2
In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 3 requirement below:
- Neighbourhood Design
- Neighbourhood & Community Planning
- GIS 3
- Design Visualization 3
In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 4 requirement below:
- Urban Design
- Urban Planning
- GIS 4
- Design Visualization 4
In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 5 requirement below:
- Rural & Regional Design
- Rural & Environmental Planning
- GIS 5
- Design Visualization 5
In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 6 requirement below:
- Environmental Design & Provincial Policy
- Regional & Provincial Planning
- GIS 6
- Design Visualization 6
In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 7 requirement below:
- World Environmental Design
- National & International Planning
- GIS 7
- Design Visualization 7
- Business & Professional Practice
- Capstone Integrated Project
Students Must Complete 1 Co-op Work Term
Take all of the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Non-Core courses is 2.0
- Professional Writing for Applied Degrees
- Macro Economics
- Environmental Issues
- Multi-Media Literacy
- Environmental Psychology
Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Introductory Level from two of the following subjects - Humanities, Social Science, Global Culture, Science. Normally taken in Levels 2 and 3
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Upper Level (Non-Introductory) - Normally taken in Levels 4 and 7
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 34 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program.
Dynamic careers exist in environmental design and planning in both the private and public sectors including urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and geographic information systems/science.
The Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning offers integrated learning based on the theory and practice of landscape architecture, planning, and urban design. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for contextual analysis and evaluation and computer-aided design for visualization is emphasized and taught. The program has artistic and scientific appeal. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of environmental design and planning complemented by advanced technical design and communication skills. They use those skills and associated knowledge to creatively and effectively explore, analyze, conceptualize and present design and planning problems, opportunities, ideas, and solutions. Sustainability is a principle for action - a comprehensive design and planning goal related to ecological, economic, socio-cultural and aesthetic dimensions of a place. It is advocated and upheld through an applied project and community-based learning.
Academic projects, four work terms, and a compulsory co-op placement give students the chance to apply their integrated learning and gain valuable practical experience. An academic exchange through a university in Curitiba, Brazil is available to senior students. Graduates are ready and able to work professionally in both the private and public sectors on contemporary design and planning projects requiring interdisciplinary solutions. Alternatively, an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning Degree qualifies students for graduate studies in allied fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, geographic information systems/science, and geodesign.
This is a four-year Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning Degree that has four co-op work term opportunities with one being mandatory. More information about Co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.
Within the program, breadth courses are taught by a variety of faculty with graduate credentials in Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences.
Fanshawe College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree program for a five-year term starting February 2015. The College shall ensure that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Identify the varied nature and characteristics of sites, neighborhoods, communities, and regions.
- Investigate and analyze complex environmental planning and design problems.
- Conceptualize and propose solutions to environmental planning and design problems.
- Evaluate proposed solutions to environmental planning and design problems/opportunities.
- Participate in the full range of environmental planning and design activities such as land development and municipal planning.
- Facilitate participatory environmental planning and design activities such as public meetings and workshops.
- Apply planning and design principles in general, and more specifically those related to sustainability, ecology, and environmental aesthetics, to the planning and design of the built and natural environment.
- Apply contemporary digital technologies such as geographic information systems and computer-aided design to the investigation, analysis, and communication of environmental design problems/opportunities and the presentation of design solutions.
- Create professional-quality written and graphic documentation such as reports, plans, and presentations.
- Communicate effectively using various digital media such as computer-aided design, visualization.