Royal College of Art: Environmental Architecture
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In February 2019 the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the fifth consecutive year in the QS World University subject rankings.
If the planet has a design problem, what do the terms ‘design’ or ‘architecture’ mean when they are applied to phenomena as varied as oceans or atmospheres, or to farmland and deserts?
The intensity of environmental change calls for new forms of knowledge production based in propositional thinking, especially design-based methods.
Environmental Architecture is a new 15-month, project-based MA programme exploring the future of landscapes, environments and ecosystems. It will focus on the co-dependence of life forms and earth systems as well as the co-existence of alternative concepts of landscapes, environments and ecosystems as they are expressed by different societies.
The programme offers:
–an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline
– a field-focused programme of study
– the opportunity to engage with live projects in sites of rapid and complex environmental change
– help establishing a network of colleagues and mentors in the city of London
– access to a rich culture of radical and experimental interdisciplinary work at the RCA, a world-leading art and design institution
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Candidates for all MA programmes are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.
Prospective candidates are likely to be students of architecture with a three+two-year Bachelor and Master’s degree, or Master’s- equivalent five-year Diploma preferably in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism, Urban Design or other related design discipline looking to acquire expertise in large scale, environmental and ecological design projects.
Other backgrounds, such as social sciences, geography, urban studies, planning or econ- omics, will also be considered if prior work is of exceptional merit and students are able to demonstrate their ability to work alongside and contribute to multidisciplinary teams. Evidence of intellectual and professional curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding period of study is essential.
Live Project-based studio work forms the core of activity for the first three terms of the MA Environmental Architecture programme, with complementary technical, historical, theoretical and case study seminars occurring in parallel. Group work is encouraged and considered an important introduction to the inherently collaborative process of architecture and environmental design.
In the fourth and final term, students will complete an Independent Research Project as an individual submission, which will offer the opportunity to work on a detailed design proposal or thesis with support and feedback from urban and city design practitioners. Workshops focus on new spatial epistemologies, especially systems of representation, visualisation and calculation.
The History & Theory Studies (HTS) unit examines alternative models for the city throughout history, focusing on the way social and political ambitions have become spatialised. Shared modules at programme, School and College level encourage different scales of collaboration with related disciplines and across the College.
|Location||London – White City|
|England||14500 GBP for Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||14500 GBP for Whole course|
|Scotland||14500 GBP for Whole course|
|Wales||14500 GBP for Whole course|
|Channel Islands||14500 GBP for Whole course|
|EU||14500 GBP for Whole course|
|International||34000 GBP for Whole course|
Royal College of Art
Applications for the RCA’s September 2020 will be open from 30 September, 2019. Visit www.rca.ac.uk on this date for up-to-date programme and application information.
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