University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

The course 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.

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.