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Maser Architecture and Digital Design Systems - At the institution - London - Greater London
Digital design techniques are now impacting on every aspect of architecture, and are transforming the industry at every level. This innovative course is designed for architecture professionals who wish to increase their technical expertise or specialise in this rapidly evolving area. Graduates of the course should have an enhanced awareness of the digital technology used in contemporary practices, not only of the design process, but also including aspects of communication, collaborations, documentation and manufacturing. Designed to be directly relevant to practice, you will be conducting a series of advanced architectural design research experiments. These are augmented by seminars on emergent design theories and workshops on advanced modelling, computational and generative systems. Throughout the course, you will be treated as a design research professional, where you will be documenting and archiving your research while in progress. Leading professionals and experts are brought together to provide tutorials, seminars and lectures encouraging the debate of ideas and to promote the emergence of new radical design agendas. Students also benefit from the department's central place in the internationally recognised Digital Fabricators Research Group (DFRG), a collaboration with The Building Centre Trust that has many links within education and research, practice and industry.
The minimum entry requirement will normally be a lower second class Honours degree, which should include units in both architecture and computing. Applicants will also be considered who have a relevant professional qualification and/or extensive relevant professional experience, gained in either an architectural, design or computer environment.
MA Architecture and Digital Design Systems
The course is taught through small studio-based design explorations, seminars on emergent design theories, and various workshops, giving you a broad understanding of how digital design tools can be utilised within architectural design. The course involves developing skills in scripting, parametric modelling, generative animations, systematic organisations, advanced geometric modelling and computational simulations.
Technique and Research
Digital Design Techniques
Additionally, you will need to undertake an independent design/research project (thesis) at the end of the course.
Assessment varies between modules. The main design module is assessed by portfolio and portfolio presentation. Computation systems modules will be assessed by a modelling project and project report.
The course aims to further the education of design professionals working or seeking to work within the architectural profession, and also in design, and in applied arts relating to digital design methods and imaging.
In addition, the construction industry is the UK's largest manufacturing sector and there is an international demand for qualified professionals in this field. As the construction and manufacturing sectors continue to explore time-saving and mass customisation processes, both computers and design knowledge will play an increasing role within the sector. As this role increases, opportunities for those educated in design, manufacturing and/or digital design processes will also increase. The course also forms a suitable foundation for MPhil or MRes-level research.
Attendance & duration
Full-time: one year, two days a week
Part-time: two or more years, one day/evening a week