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Cardiff University: Architectural Design
|Department||Welsh School of Architecture View department profile|
|Telephone||+44 (0)29 2087 4430|
This one year full-time MA in Architectural Design is aimed at students who are looking for a rich, advanced and engaging post-graduate programme which focuses on the multiple facets and relationships between design and research. By pursuing the MA in Architectural Design, the students will get the necessary skills for becoming sophisticated design-research thinkers and practitioners.
It shares many of the design elements of our established MArch (Master of Architecture/ RIBA Part 2 programme, but provides greater flexibility in terms of study choices, allowing you to engage with the interests of our research staff.
The programme focuses on design-led research techniques and methods to inform your learning process and research explorations. You will develop your existing design skills by focussing on how design thinking might address current global challenges. This approach offers an intense and lively forum for the exploration and discussion of design issues. This is why we place particular emphasis on using design as a means to conduct research. Researching through design is a creative activity that closely integrates the process of designing with the act of researching, so that they can mutually inform each other. You will explore problems by making and testing design propositions, introducing and developing established knowledge as and when required. Through project work, you will draw on knowledge from many disciplines.
Students will have the options to develop their design thinking in a range of areas related to the School’s diverse areas of research and scholarship.
You will work in small groups called ‘Design Units’ under the guidance of a Unit Leader, who will be an experienced tutor in research and architectural design. You will also work independently to develop a design-research approach to your studies. This will require you to question and evaluate evidence and think creatively, experimentally and iteratively. Emphasis will be on individual discovery and personal reflection as a learning process.
Study in one of the top Schools of Architecture in the UK.
Learn from notable and award-winning design-led practitioners and researchers.
Perfect for students who are aiming for a practice-based, active approach to learning through our focus on investigation through design.
Choose from a range of optional modules to supplement your learning in areas of interest to you and develop important skills in design-based research.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree. Students would be expected to show high levels of creative design thinking through their academic transcript and through the submission of an A3/A4 portfolio of academic project work.
Portfolios should provide evidence of imaginative & conceptual thinking, spatial sensibility, technical resolution and overall communication of ideas.
Applicants should apply through the University’s online application system. The School will then contact applicants directly to arrange for the portfolio to be sent.
Applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the University by attainment of the standard IELTS requirement of 6.5 overall in IELTS with 5.5 in each subscore.
For further information, please visit our website: For tuition fee information, please visit our website: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/architectural-design-ma
|Location||Main Site - Cardiff|
30-36 Newport Road
Welsh School of Architecture
The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, which was originally established in 1920, is now one of the top-ranked schools of architecture in the UK. We attract postgraduate students from around the world who benefit from the unique experience of studying and living in the friendly and welcoming capital city of Wales.
We provide a vibrant, collaborative environment for teaching and research; our students and staff communities encompass diverse national, cultural and professional backgrounds. We also foster a strong studio culture, encouraging student architects to confront complex situations and issues …View Profile
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