AA School of Architecture

Course Introduction

The programme is focused on the concepts and convergent interdisciplinary effects of emergence on design and production technologies, and on developing these as creative inputs to new architectural design processes; the instruments of analysis and design in emergent technologies are computational processes; the seminar courses and core studio are designed to familiarise students with these instruments, their associated conceptual fields and with their application to architectural design research; the output of the seminars and core studio provides the aims and armature for the design thesis or design dissertation developed in term 3 and finalised in term 4; seminar courses provide the theoretical context, setting out the origins, theories, instruments and practices of emergent technologies, and exploring relations to the discourses of contemporary architecture; the courses are extensively cross'linked, thematically and instrumentally, with each other and with the core studio; outputs from the seminar courses are critical and technical analysis, digital experiments, computational design systems and material strategies driven by industrial processes and production; the core studio consists of design experiments and projects that together comprise an integrated evolutionary development of a population of active material systems.

Course Modules

Modules include: Core studio (terms 1 and 2): active systems; term 1: induction studio: the boot camp; core studio 1; emergence and design seminar course term 1; natural systems and biomimetics seminar course term 1; term 2: design and technology seminar course; terms 3 and 4: design research studio.

Course Additional Entry

A professional degree or diploma in architecture, engineering, industrial or product design or any other relevant discipline. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MArch £31,636  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MArch £31,636  Whole course. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £23,727  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £23,727  Whole course. First year home fees