University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation is part of the Spatial Practices programme. Research, analysis, proposition and intervention will enable students to develop new insights, solutions and methodologies for exploring the challenges of new forms of architecture within a rapidly changing environment. High on the agenda are the needs of a broad range of participants in the human environment.

Students can play a crucial role in supporting communities and individuals to attain the benefits associated with development and physical change in the urban environment, but this requires a new approach. Through closer, collaborative engagement with local groups, students can empower communities to become active participants in the process of development; enabling and building cultural and social, as well as economic, capital.

The increasing complexity of global change, and the related socio'economic, cultural and environmental issues require that architects develop a broad skill set that can be described as 'context'led' architecture; seeking solutions that address local issues which arise from global agendas. The skills that will allow students to engage with and guide innovation will be of greatest value. Whether in driving small scale transformations or enabling effective large'scale development, graduates will have the knowledge and awareness to recognise the potential of architecture and the skills to create sustainable transformations in the urban environment.

**About Central Saint Martins**

Central Saint Martins is a world'leading centre for arts and design education. Its reputation stems from the ambitions of its students and staff and the outstanding achievements of its graduates. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing.

From fine artists and fashion designers to architects and material innovators, disciplines live side'by'side at the College, encouraging curiosity, innovation and conversation that challenges the status quo. Combining academic rigour with creative experimentation, the College inspires students to question accepted norms and test the boundaries of their discipline. Their resulting journeys may be challenging but are never dull. Our alumni include artists and designers who have challenged and shaped the world around us. These include Turner Prize and Oscar winners, as well as Royal Designers for Industry and Royal Academicians.

This forward'looking and restless approach places Central Saint Martins at the heart of London’s creative scene. With over 500 events taking place at the King’s Cross campus annually, the flow of inspiring people, exhibitions and practices provide a unique student experience. Our staff are leading practitioners in their own right, ensuring courses are enriched by strong industry relationships – both locally and globally. The combination of exceptional facilities, people and connections to those working in industry today makes Central Saint Martins a major force in the art and design world.

Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.

Courses sit within nine programmes: Foundation and Access to Higher Education; Fine Art; Culture and Enterprise; Drama and Performance; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery and Textiles; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; Spatial Practices.

Course Modules

Modules include: Methodologies for architectural engagement; innovating in architectural practice.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £4,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £11,510 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An upper 1st Class Honours degree, or equivalent, from an Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescribed course in architecture (or equivalent), and normally at least 1 year of relevant professional experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English must demonstrate their competence in English to IELTS Level 6.5 by the production of an IELTS Certificate or evidence of an equivalent level of achievement.