Designing Smart and Secure Communities

Certificate (Cert)

Course-based program

Program overview

Making communities more intelligent and safer is an increasingly important issue as citizens expect ever increasing levels of “smartness” from all levels of government, while also feeling secure in their everyday lives. There is currently a great deal of controversy and subtlety in this area. Aggressive measures like video surveillance on every street corner may provide security, but at the expense of individual liberty. This would be antithetical to the goals of a smart community.

To address these issues, the Faculty of Environmental Design is launching a new graduate program that provides valuable theoretical and practical insights into how to be both safe and smart. It draw on substantial expertise within the University of Calgary, augmented by experts from sources including the Safe Design Council®.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will complete three blocks along with a capstone project course, which will be delivered using blended learning.
  • Research Paper: Students will be required to document their work in the capstone course and present it to the other participants.


Enhanced capabilities in both Smart and Secure Communities for practitioners, policy makers and consultants. The certificate will enhance the practice of professionals including architects, landscape architects, building designers, consultants and policy makers, and also, upon successful completion, confer the Accredited SAFE Design Professional™ certification.

A course-based certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities is usually considered a final degree.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Normally completed in one calendar year


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples



  • Transcripts
  • A C.V.
  • Statement of interest (1,000 word max.)

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Feb. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Feb. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Professional Faculties Building, Room 2182
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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