Why study Public Art and Placemaking?

Public spaces are vital contributors to the physical design and the social fabric of urban areas. For centuries they have been platforms for public gatherings, both social and political, and for leisure activities. Sometimes artwork enhances or defines public space. Historically that art has typically commemorated events or people. More recently, temporary and quasi-permanent public art installations occupy public spaces. The process and the practice of art in public space is the focus of this graduate certificate program. All stakeholders in the process are considered: artists, community members, city planners, public and private sponsors, municipal government officials, and final users, amongst others. Physical, historical and socio-political context is also addressed.

There is a vital connection between fine art and urban planning. For planners, placemaking involves the use of public art to revitalize cities. For artists, understanding the public realm as a locus of expression is important. College of DAAP is the home for the study of both art and planning, and this certificate program bridges the two.

Admission Requirements

The Public Art and Placemaking Certificate program is open to university post-baccalaureate or graduate students. Applications should be sent to the director of the Public Art and Placemaking Certificate Program. Applications require:

  • An application form through the Graduate school portal
  • All university or college transcripts
  • One letter of support from a full-time faculty member

The certificate requires 12 credit hours as outlined in the curriculum map. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

School of Art
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2962

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Program Code: 23GC-PAPL-GC