Note: Applications to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning are currently on hold while we review the program. We continue to offer courses and workshops that make up the program's core curriculum.
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.
You may combine three workshops with a portfolio course as an equivalent to an elective course for the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning, or alternatively six workshops with two portfolios as an equivalent to two elective courses. See Portfolio Guidelines for more information about the portfolio and requirements for submission. Upon submission of your portfolio(s), you must pay a one-time $175 CAD non-refundable administration fee to apply the workshops towards certificate completion.
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 Extended Learning 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.
Students must complete the core Foundations of Cultural Planning Course, and four nine-week elective courses in order to obtain the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning. Courses can be taken in any order.
You may also combine three short workshops with a workshop portfolio as the equivalent of one elective, or six workshops and two portfolios as the equivalent of two electives.
Visit our courses page to select your workshops and courses.
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 $65 for required course materials.
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 Extended Learning 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 Extended Learning does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered at a particular time.
Admittance to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning is currently on hold while we are reviewing the program.