UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This course is design for performance and interaction is a novel academic field and UCL is one of only very few institutions where it can be studied. The core idea that drives the programme is that the creation of spaces for performance and the creation of performances within them are regarded as symbiotic design activities. Students learn how to use software that simulates performance spaces and the behaviour of people in different conditions. They learn how to manipulate software and physical hardware to create both simulated and actual 1:1 performance space and performances in an architectural context.

The programme teaches students how to place design and performance skills in the context of 1:1 installation and 3D and 4D representation, including collaboration in real-time simulation, networked media spaces, and design for sensory and interactive environments. Students will gain a working knowledge of sound systems, lighting systems, interactive computation and electronics, behaviour of individuals and crowds, and the equipment and software that is used to track this behaviour. Careers in physical and virtual interaction design, the design of performance spaces and creation of performative events form one of the most vibrant parts of global design endeavour in the 21st century. They are also the subject of extensive academic research. Students will take this course in flexible study mode also.

Start Date:

The study period is flexible: 2 to 5 years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £13,750 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £13,750 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £26,660 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £6,930 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £6,930 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £13,340 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor?s degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants are also expected to have a strong portfolio of design and/or performance work. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests; overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?pass? in all components; overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.