Design for Performance and Interaction MArch



Course introduction

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.

Careers 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.

Employability Students have the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and experience of: the design and production of well-considered spaces; performances and interactive assemblies; presenting work in a portfolio context; the application of analytical and sensing programmes; the application of digital and analogue setting and performance techniques; the production of an illustrated written research report in an academic context.



Start date

EXPECTED SEP-2021: Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week.. EXPECTED SEP-2021: Flexible: 2-5 years; Part-time and Flexible students normally attend half this amount..

Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 Years - full-time Master of Architecture - MArch £14160 Home Fees
2 Years - full-time Master of Architecture - MArch £27460 Overseas Fees
2 Years - full-time Master of Architecture - MArch £14160 European Fees
3 Years - part-time Master of Architecture - MArch £7140 Home Fees
3 Years - part-time Master of Architecture - MArch £13740 Overseas Fees
3 Years - part-time Master of Architecture - MArch £7140 European Fees


Qualifications required

  • Domestic entry requirements: A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered. A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.
  • International entry requirements: A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered. A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.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.