Creative Placemaking

Acquire the knowledge, skills and inspiration required to investigate, develop and implement creative placemaking projects in your community, including: the development of cultural districts and creative industry clusters; public art; cultural flagship development and artists’ space projects; and festivals and events.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • describe the definition and practice of creative placemaking and discuss a broad overview of general placemaking concepts, approaches and practices
  • summarize a range of key issues and themes related to place, culture, and community
  • have a rich understanding of and be able to discuss strategies for space and creative placemaking that have been successfully implemented in the US, Canada, internationally
  • develop and describe a clear, compelling project vision for a creative placemaking project designed for a specific location
  • understand the diversity of approaches that can be used to develop creative placemaking in different locations and contexts.

Courses are structured to provide a positive learning environment for participants to engage and interact with the content and class discussions. In an online course, additional time for individual study and reading is required to review the course material for assignments. Instructors facilitate throughout the course and are available to provide feedback via email and through discussion forums. This course involves an average of 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Instructor: Pru Robey

Standard Fee: $800 CAN + $65 CAN for course readings.

"I have not taken an online course in several years, and I really enjoyed connecting with other fellow students from a wide range of places, backgrounds and experience. The readings were very informative and engaging and have offered me a springboard for future learning. The best practices from other cities across the world were inspirational and I have had the pleasure to share many of the exciting examples from both my fellow students and from the readings with my colleagues from different departments." -Julie Fossitt, Cultural Services Department, City of Kingston.

"This course has triggered a new career direction that revolves around the creative placemaking concept, which is grounded in innovation. This course is incredibly rewarding and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone interested in being a part of the arts and culture conversation and contributing to the growth of the creative industry anywhere in the world." - Danika Lochhead, Communications Consultant and Cultural Entrepreneur.

"This course has changed my mind on how a place can be managed, developed, and re-created creatively. It provides real-life placemaking examples from all around the world, and shows you approaches that suit your every need. Standing at the crossroad of further development of our arts landscape, what I learnt in the course will equip me with knowledge to move forward." - Ka Wah Lai, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, City of Hong Kong

Course Format

The format of this course is 100% online.

Available Sessions

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