Master Architecture

University for the Creative Arts

Application deadline: 31 March
Tuition fee:
  • € 12,846 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,846 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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On the course you are able to consolidate your architectural experiences, both in education and in practice, whilst simultaneously questioning your preconceptions of the discipline.Taught through the School of Architecture, this course carries full and unconditional prescription from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as satisfying the Part 2 criteria and is also unconditionally validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Key study topics include: * Research and design projects
* Contemporary histories
* Theories of architecture
* Urbanism and technology
* Environment
* Design thesis and technical dissertation
* Research methods
* Management
* Practice and law.


Syllabus (12/13*) Stage 1

In the first year of the course students undertake a number of tutor-led studio design projects. Lecture and seminar series are interwoven with studio design projects and inform their content.

* Design Research - enables you to embark on an extended piece of complex architectural design research, leading to a rigorous proposal. You are required to demonstrate your ability to devise ambitious architectural strategies, structural and sustainable objectives and approaches and coherent responses to site within the project as a whole.
* Design Technology - involves the origination and implementation of a programme of individual research into technologies and experimentation devised by each student as usually emerging from the research themes and issues in their Design Research project. A series of programmed inter-disciplinary workshops which introduce key skills and concepts are interspersed throughout the course of the unit, providing specialist inputs and opportunities to evaluate individual research from different vantage points.
* Dissertation - isa period of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. The unit is based around a structured reading programme as a way of introducing you to contemporary architectural theories. These texts are exposed to careful reading in seminars and tutorials and are intended to provide you with a departure point your own specialised research and inquiry.

Stage 2

In stage two you develop your own research agendas, drawing heavily upon the issues and methodologies introduced in stage one.

* Design Thesis Phase 1 - involves the development and presentation of the Design Thesis Project. The format of presentation may include the production of diverse media, for example: models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.
* Technical Dissertation - you produce a Technical Dissertation, which arises out of an issue identified in their Design Thesis. You are required to apply their understanding of technical knowledge to the resolution of building design problems or to the development of novel approaches to design issues through rigorous, well-documented experimentation.
* Design Thesis Phase 2 - the second phase of the Design Thesis involves the development and presentation of the Design Thesis Project. The format of presentation is agreed with individual Thesis Tutors and may include the production of models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.
* Future Practice - is designed to provoke experimentation, risk-taking, exploratory and playful work while addressing the rigours of professional practice. These characteristics will be reinforced through lectures, workshops and tutorials. The unit covers a range of topics: business (incl. marketing and advertising), economics, law & legal, management, media, systems & operation, professional practices and a series of talks related around the RIBA stages: Pre-agreement, Ideas-design, Pre-construction, Construction & Completion.


Entry requirements

* A good Honours degree in Architecture (normally 2:1 or above) with Part 1* of the professional qualification recognised by the ARB and RIBA, plus;
* Normally one year in an architectural practice following Part 1 qualification.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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