Activism / Arts & Culture / Civic Engagement / Facilitation / Leadership / Policy / Strategy

Cultural Planning Certificate Program


UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development

provides university-level training and education programs for planners and policymakers, community and economic development professionals, public sector staff, consultants, culture workers, and arts administrators from around the world.


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


  • Length: Varies, around a few months to complete all courses
  • Apply:┬áRolling
  • Cost: $4,175

Spud’s Thoughts:

Can’t speak personally to this group, but it seems like a┬áreally interesting opportunity. I’ve had a lot more friends who are looking for solid certificate programs to back up their work. Often times they want to dive into the social change community but feel their past education doesn’t quite prepare them enough. These online certificate programs may be a good alternative if that’s the step you are looking to take.