The Architectural Design MA will enable you to establish a comprehensive understanding of architecture rooted in the theories of its making.
Reasons to study Architectural Design MA at DMU:
The Architectural Design MA will enable you to establish a comprehensive understanding of architecture rooted in the theories of its making
It has been designed to allow you to work in studio groups while encouraging you to engage with broader theoretical debates that are pertinent to contemporary practice
The integrative nature of the investigations will provide you with an understanding of the situational structure of architecture and can serve as a foundation for a more fully developed human ecology
You will be exposed to disciplinary thinking linked to design strategies, and undertake design projects in various contexts
You will also be challenged with understanding current issues in Architectural Design, and learn how to integrate meaningful approaches to design, whilst gaining skills in visualisation and fabrication.
This is an internationally popular course that attracts students globally and currently offers entry to the rigorous design teaching we offer at the Leicester School of Architecture (LSA). The LSA has an extensive national and international lecture series, attracting leading academics and professionals from around the world.
Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
This component introduces systematic techniques required for research, analysis and synthesis in design and architecture. Establishes an understanding of the theoretical architectural debate
Principles and Methods
Based on a number of directed theoretical options offered to students as ‘streams’ this component offers a directed theoretical approach taught in labs, seminars, or lectures. The form of assessment includes essays or projects. ‘Streams’ may include Phenomenology, Design Computation, Contextual Design, Critical Theory and Urban Approaches.
Design Research Lab 1
Based on a number of directed theoretical options offered to students as ‘streams’ as above, this component tests actualising a selected theoretical approach in a design context. The form of assessment is in a design project.
Based on a number of directed theoretical options offered to students as ‘streams’ as above, this component offers a theoretical seminar series. The form of assessment is projects or essays.
Design Research Lab 2
This component develops the strategic application of theoretical and design ideas, synthesising knowledge from the earlier stages of the course, assessed in design projects. This project may include overseas travel.
This component involves a thesis project/dissertation.
You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in architecture, or a related subject. You will normally be asked to submit a digital portfolio of work.
If you have no formal academic qualifications but have extensive industry experience, we will consider your application on an individual basis.
Interview and Portfolio
Applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work (please see our Architectural Design MA application portfolio advice for full details). Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work.
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accreditedCentre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:
By taking one of the Pre-Masters listed below
Students are well-prepared for higher education after completing the preparation course.
No work experience is required.
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