This two-year degree programme offers a number of flexible pathways, through a series of interlinked or independent thematic studios.
Architectural education in Edinburgh is delivered jointly by the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art (eca), under the auspices of an Academic Federation between the two institutions, and in collaboration with the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University. This framework enables the institutions to collaborate and yet retain their respective identities.
You will take a series of advanced level design exercises and projects, engaging with structural, environmental, cultural, theoretical and aesthetic questions. You will study Contemporary Architectural Theory, and Technology. You will also take a Management Practice and Law module, dealing with the legal, contractual and economic parameters of architectural practice.
The programme combines studio-based work that provides a balanced understanding of architecture with a stimulating environment that enables creativity, experimentation and critical engagement with architectural design. It offers the opportunity to select from:
* studios linked across the full two years;
* studios that focus on the development of a specialism across two semesters;
* a series of discrete thematic studios that vary from year to year.
Opportunities exist for collaborative working with other international institutions. There is an emphasis on personal development and the evolution of the student's individual viewpoint. During the course of the programme you will complete a comprehensive design project, accompanied by an illustrated report explaining its theoretical, environmental and technical dimensions. Projects in the MArch programme are developed by way of drawings, models, digital representations and written reports. The trajectory of the student's work across the two years is documented in an academic portfolio.
The existing MArch degree is accredited until 2010. Application for accreditation of the new jointly-owned degree is being sought during 2008