Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study Community Design at Dal:

  1. Our professors come from a broad range of backgrounds and are active members of the planning profession--and a few others such as engineering. That means they often blend professional practice with research.
  2. Our interdisciplinary approach means you’ll be taking advantage of Dal’s expertise in environmental science, environmental studies, urban history, public policy, and more.
  3. Our program options allow you to specialize in Environmental Planning, Urban Design Studies or even do a double major with Sustainability.
  4. Through our internships in the honours program, and research institutes (Cities and Environment Unit and DalTrac), you get real-life, hands-on experience working on community projects.
  5. Our honours majors degree is recognized as a professional degree by the Professional Standards Board for the Canadian Institute of Planners, making it easy for you to become a member after graduation.
  6. Our students are active in professional groups such as the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Atlantic Planners Institute, the Licenced Professional Planners of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Association of Planning Students.
  7. You’ll be part of a tight-knit program in one of the most vibrant, student-friendly cities in the country.

What will I learn?


Our courses develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to start a career in community design. From understanding the landscape to learning different design techniques, you'll be informed, enlightened, and equipped with the right tools.

Careers after graduation

CIP Planning Careers

Our BCD alumni work in areas as diverse as community economic development, affordable housing policy, public health, and climate change adaptation all over Canada and internationally.