London South Bank University

Course Introduction

Overview

MSc Architecture is a specialised programme designed to develop digital design and practical manufacturing skills. It emphasises the value of detailed and analytical research and the expression of this through structured extended writing. You?ll extend your understanding of advanced architectural design and progressive contextual urbanism through studio- and workshop-based projects. Tutorials in the design studio and analogue and digital workshops, as well as instruction in advanced design software, will help you define and enhance your personal response to architectural challenges. The course connects 2D and 3D representations (drawing and physical modelling) with an understanding of digital fabrication and manufacturing, and you?ll have the opportunity to develop and make architectural components using the onsite facilities of the DARLAB(Digital Architecture and Robotic Lab). You?ll also consider architectural history and theory, and evaluate this to develop your own position in the form of an extended written project on a subject of your choice. For your final design project you'll develop a proposition for a complex building or buildings, drawing together all your learning to highlight the relationships between theory, design and technology.

Assessment

All design modules are subject to continuous assessment: Design tutors monitor design scheme proposals throughout the semester, and collectively moderate assessments at each semester?s end; Individual feedback on design project proposals is provided at every individual studio tutorial; An evaluative, critical summary of design projects is provided at all final presentations

Employability

Digital design and practical manufacturing skills are applicable to, and sought after in a very broad range of employment opportunities in architecture and other design-related activities, including visualisation, gaming, animation, media, production engineering, and industrial design. The course is not intended to lead to a professional qualification, although it reflects the criteria and graduate attributes used by RIBA to deliver their validation services to programmes in architecture. Curriculum developed to reflect (but not meet) professional and statutory body requirements.

Professional links

The course has been developed in consultation with employers interested in upskilling their workforce with enhanced digital design and manufacturing skills. The course has strong links with the Royal Institute of British Architects, Architects Registration Board, and South London Society of Architects, plus numerous local, regional, and national practices.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have First degree in Architecture (2:2 or better) from an international or UK university, which is validated by a recognised national or regional body; or exceptionally, an excellent first degree in a design-based subject closely related to architecture. The school is committed to a policy of inclusivity and opportunity, each application and applicant will be considered on the merits of their wish to learn, and to explore architecture at higher degree level. Suitable applicants to the course will usually be interviewed with their degree portfolio to understand their specific interests in architecture and disciplines related to architecture, and explore their further ambitions in architectural education.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have First degree in Architecture (2:2 or better) from an international or UK university, which is validated by a recognised national or regional body; or exceptionally, an excellent first degree in a design-based subject closely related to architecture. The school is committed to a policy of inclusivity and opportunity, each application and applicant will be considered on the merits of their wish to learn, and to explore architecture at higher degree level. Suitable applicants to the course will usually be interviewed with their degree portfolio to understand their specific interests in architecture and disciplines related to architecture, and explore their further ambitions in architectural education. Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component.