Royal College of Art: City Design
|Institution||Royal College of Art View institution profile|
|Department||School of Architecture|
City Design MA provides a forum for an emerging generation of architects and those in allied design based disciplines, interested in the convergence of new social, technical and spatial innovations and in harnessing their potential to generate alternate forms of urban life.
The global urban population stands at 4 billion, with dozens of megacities and expansive metropolitan aggregations emerging and consolidating. Urban life is undergoing momentous change as patterns of settlement, growth and decline diversify. Many cities are centralising as knowledge and service economy workforces are concentrating toward the core. This is adding enormous pressure to housing affordability. New social groups are emerging, populations are ageing, family units are extending and dispersing as work is casualised, and whole communities are moving online.
At the same time, dangerous new social divides are appearing, on the periphery of cities, between different cultures, and now also between different generations. Yet many of the models used to explain, design, develop, and manage cities have resisted change.
More recently however, new possibilities are emerging and their consequences promise to be profound: modern social movements, automated building supply chains, technology platforms, driverless transport and logistics, distributed water and energy infrastructure - all will radically reshape the city's fundamental building blocks and allow us to ask a different set of questions: where within these changing conditions is the logic of the new collectivities of intimacy and care that allow us to live and work together.
**About the RCA**
The Royal College of Art, is an internationally renowned art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.
A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.
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.
City Design MA believes in the unique capacities of design and the value of propositional forms of spatial thinking.
City Design MA is a field-focused, design-led, and project-based course. It proposes a unique, multi-scalar approach to city design education that unites architectural, technological and scientific research.
City Design MA proposes a pedagogical model centred around the idea of case studies and the power of design practice to intervene within multiple scales in the city and through multi-stakeholder and participant disputes.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.
You 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, urban design or other related design discipline looking to acquire expertise in large scale, urban/city design projects.
We’ll consider other backgrounds, such as social sciences, geography, urban studies, planning or economics, if your prior work is of exceptional merit and you’re able to demonstrate your ability to work alongside and contribute to multidisciplinary teams. Evidence of your intellectual and professional curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding period of study is essential.
Individual assessment is continuous and consists of an on-going process of tutorials,submissions and presentation of design and written work that culminates in the programme’s final examination. The final examination synthesises learning outcomes from all previous units in the form of a design proposal, written submission and oral presentation.
Students in the City Design MA programme engage in three terms of live design studio before embarking on their Independent Research Project in term 4. These studios respond to complex stakeholder contexts involving both government and non-government actors in the city, questions of urban transformation, and issues of socio-demographic change. Key focus areas for the programme have been around issues of housing, ageing, health and the challenge of new responses to a desire for intimacy and care in the context of isolation and loneliness in the city.
|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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