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Oxford Brookes University: Digital Craft in Architecture

Institution Oxford Brookes University
Department Architecture
Telephone 01865 484244
Study type Taught


Digital technology continues to disrupt and transform how we design and build with sustainable materials. Our Digital Craft in Architecture MA is a unique transdisciplinary course that will equip you to engage with an evolving industry, as part of a vibrant community of practice. You will learn to craft designs with advanced digital tools, drawing on traditional knowledge of building to innovate with sustainable materials.

You will gain skills in:

  • 3D printing

  • CNC Manufacture

  • Mixed Reality Making

  • Parametric and Computational Design

  • Generative AI

Networking forms an intrinsic part of the course; you will collaborate with industry partners and practices to develop innovative research projects with real world implications.

As a professional, architect, designer or engineer, our course provides the ideal environment to make connections and create sophisticated designs that will be valuable in your career.

By joining our community of practice, you will have access to our high quality design studios, providing a risk-free environment to explore and implement new, creative ideas.

Course structure Working both individually and collaboratively, you will develop a unique body of design research, while considering advancements in the design and construction industry.

You will develop methods of exploration, significantly between the digital and the physical, which include:

  • Digital prototyping

  • Computational design

  • 1:1 making with digital fabrication

  • 3D visualisation

  • Technical drawing for manufacture and assembly.

In order to promote networking and development throughout our course, you will work closely with your tutors, while engaging with practices and researchers. Your research will be guided by a collaborative research question that is influenced by industry approaches to sustainability and how digital tools can enhance the utilisation of traditional materials.


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