University of Kent, Kent School of Architecture

Introduction

As a student at Kent School of Architecture (KSA), you become part of a creative community that offers innovative programmes, studio-based teaching, contemporary vision, professional links and excellent facilities, all within a highly-rated university.

Kent School of Architecture offers a two-year full-time MArch for those wishing to enter the architectural profession. The School offers four other taught Master's programmes: Architecture and Urban Design, which gives you the opportunity to spend a term studying at our Paris centre; Architectural Visualisation, taught jointly with Kent's School of Engineering and Digital Arts; Architecture and the Sustainable Environment; and Architectural Conservation. We also offer a full or part-time research programme leading to a PhD research degree, including research through design practice.

Research Excellence

KSA has an international reputation for the quality of its research. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, architecture at Kent was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity and research quality. An impressive 100% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF. The School has two research centres: The Centre for Research in European Architecture (CREAte) and the Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE). CREAte provides a focus for research in architecture in the European context, exploring the role and contribution of the humanities to architecture and urban design in the context of urban and regional regeneration. CASE's research focus is on sustainable design and encompasses different aspects and scales of the sustainable built environment, from the individual building to the urban block. Our academics contribute to and organise conferences, evening lectures, and other events including digital projections in public spaces, most recently for the anniversary of Dreamland, the restored vintage fairground in Margate.

CREAte established a bi-annual conference series in 2010. The Riverine conference in June 2014 explored the relationship between architecture and rivers; and most recently in 2016, KSA hosted Writing Buildings, which examined critical intersections between architectural journalism and academic discourse.

Live projects in the local region with global issues

Much of the project work involved in the Kent School of Architecture is located on 'live' sites in the local region, using real clients and engaging challenging issues. Students in all stages of the school have been introduced to real urban and architectural design challenges in Lille, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Rye, Chatham and, of course, Canterbury. Much of this work involves liaising with external bodies, such as architects, planners, council and development groups.

Professional links

We have excellent contacts with businesses and other organisations in the local area, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in south-east England, making the region the ideal place to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues.

Kent School of Architecture students who graduated from Kent in 2015 were the most successful in the UK at finding work or further study opportunities (DLHE). Many of our students go on to work at professionally respected architectural practices across the world, such as Grimshaw and partners. The school also maintains links with local practices in Canterbury and Kent, with many of our students and graduates working alongside each other on projects directly affecting the local region.

Ambitious and engaged student association: KASA

The Kent Architectural Students' Association is an expanding and developing association established to promote all aspects of spatial design, whether interior or exterior, ‘for the students, by the students! The group organises an Open Lecture series featuring notable speakers, such as Will Alsop, Piers Gough, CJ Lim and partners from practices, such as Rogers, Stirk and Harbour, Grimshaw and dRMM. These lectures are often recorded and displayed on the KSA website. KASA also organise regular social events throughout the year.

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MSc

MSc Architectural Conservation

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

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Overview The MSc in Architectural Conservation is a taught course aimed at professionals and academics world-wide with an interest in architectural heritage including architects, engineers, archaeologists, art historians, geographers and surveyors. This course is fully recognised by The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). The course provides both a thorough understanding of architectural heritage and the skills required to contribute to the preservation and development of historic sites. Benefiting from its location in the historic city of Canterbury, the programme combines the study of conservation theory and philosophy with an exploration of the technical aspects of repair and reconstruction. The city’s stunning cathedral itself provides students with an education resource, giving them the opportunity to learn from the conservation of a World Heritage Site. Open to students and professionals with an interest in architectural heritage, the course represents an ideal gateway to a career in demanding professional fields, such as conservation-oriented architectural practice, conservation consultancy and heritage management. As the future leaders in these fields, the course’s graduates are expected to play a central role in disciplines that lie at the centre of the current economic, environmental and social agendas. This programme is offered jointly within two faculties, Humanities and Sciences. About Kent School of Architecture Research at Kent School of Architecture achieves excellence in both the history and theory of architecture and in sustainable urban, peri-urban and environmental design. School staff have design expertise and specialist knowledge; they are at the forefront of current architectural issues, including sustainability, technology, professional practice and research. Our staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and appear and publish in local and national media. The School promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research, emphasising sustainable design. Much of the project work involved in the Kent School of Architecture is located on 'live' sites in the local region, using real clients and engaging challenging issues. Students in all stages of the school have been introduced to real urban and architectural design challenges in Lille, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Rye, Chatham and, of course, Canterbury. Much of this work involves liaising with external bodies, such as architects, planners, council and development groups. Course structure The MSc is composed of four taught modules (two modules per term full-time, one module per term part-time) and a dissertation on the topic of your own choice. The programme has a varied curriculum which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of conservation. The autumn term cultivates a critical understanding of historic buildings and provides an introduction to conservation philosophy and policy. The acquisition of a strong theoretical background is the basis for the study of practical techniques for the survey and preservation of architectural heritage. Case studies and workshops carried out in collaboration with Canterbury Cathedral introduce you to the properties of historic building materials and the techniques employed in the repair of historic buildings. This aspect of the programme benefits from cutting-edge survey equipment and the use of conservation laboratories. A conservation project offers you the opportunity to design an intervention to an existing historic site in the historic centre of Canterbury. The dissertation that concludes the programme invites you to study an aspect of the conservation cycle of your choice, employing a high standard of scholarship. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Structural Appraisal of Historic Buildings The Legislative Framework Intervention at Historic Buildings Conservation Principles Dissertation: MSc in Architectural Conservation Assessment Assessment is mostly through coursework, with essays, reports, projects and the dissertation. Entry Requirements A first or 2.1 in architecture or a related discipline (eg, engineering, surveying, planning, geography, archaeology, art history, heritage management). Applicants may be required to attend an interview or to submit a portfolio showing aptitude for the subject and appropriate ability. Applicants who are unable to attend an interview will be asked to send a portfolio or sample of their written work. Study support Postgraduate resources The School of Architecture studios include a dedicated computing suite with a range of environmental construction software, and a new digital crit studio. There is a fully equipped architectural model-making workshop for constructing models and large-scale prototypes. Professional links The School has excellent contacts with businesses and culture in the local area, including regional organisations such as the Kent Architecture Centre, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design Initiative. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in south-east England, making the region the ideal place in which to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues. Kent also has excellent links with schools of architecture in Lille, Bruges, Rome, Bauhaus-Dessau, Beijing and, in the USA, Virginia and California. Academic study is complemented by a mentoring scheme organised in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and involving students in events with local practices. Dynamic publishing culture Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Architectural Research Quarterly; The Architectural Review; Building and Environment; The Journal of Architecture; and The World of Interiors. Careers and employability Our Master’s programmes have been devised to enhance your prospects in a competitive world. Professionals in the architectural, planning, environmental design and conservation fields who develop higher-level skills, accredited by relevant bodies, will find themselves well-placed to progress in their field. Our students have gone on to work for major public agencies and universities, as well as leading practitioners in the private sector. Research areas Research centres KSA has two research centres: the Centre for Research in European Architecture (CREAte), which focuses on research in architectural humanities and design, and the Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE), which promotes research in the field of sustainable architecture. CREAte The Centre provides a focus for research in architecture in the European context. Its emphasis is on the role and contribution of humanities to architecture and urban design in the context of urban and regional regeneration, nationally and internationally. CREAte provides a platform for evening lectures by contemporary architects and scholars; hosting debates and events that are at the heart of architectural agenda of today. The Centre builds upon its staff specialisms, interests and skills in the following areas: regional studies, contemporary architectural and urban theory and design, architectural history and theory (ranging from antiquity to contemporary European cities), sustainability, European topographies (landscape, urban, suburban and metropolitan) etc. Staff participate in the activities of AHRA – Architecture Humanities Research Association and are internationally published authors. CASE The Centre promotes research in the field of sustainable environment regionally, nationally and internationally. Its research focus encompasses different aspects and scales of the sustainable built environment from the individual building to the urban block, promoting the wider environmental agenda and keeping the School at the forefront of research and development in the field. CASE also pursues research into the historical and cultural dimension of environmental design to foster links between the sciences, arts and humanities. There is a strong interest in understanding the environmental behaviour of historic buildings and the strategies originally deployed to manage the internal environment. The Centre has already secured funding from various sources. This includes three EPSRC projects on climate change weather data for a sustainable built environment, sustainability of airport terminal buildings and design interventions in the public realm for affecting human behaviour, and two TSB-funded projects on Building Performance Evaluation. CASE is also involved with the recent EPSRC large-scale network on Digital Economy Communities and Culture. [-]

MSc Architecture and the Sustainable Environment

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MSc in Architecture and Sustainable Environment (MASE) is a taught course aimed at professionals and academics world-wide with an interest in sustainability in the built environment, including architects, engineers, geographers, surveyors, historians and urban designers. [+]

MSc Architecture and the Sustainable Environment The MSc in Architecture and Sustainable Environment (MASE) is a taught course aimed at professionals and academics world-wide with an interest in sustainability in the built environment, including architects, engineers, geographers, surveyors, historians and urban designers. The MSc is offered by Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment, a new research centre in the Kent School of Architecture that promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to research in the field of sustainability in the built environment, bridging the traditional boundaries between the arts and the sciences, research and practice. The course content ranges from the development of the design skills and the technical and scientific understanding required to develop sustainable solutions for new and existing buildings, the analysis of historic buildings and past environment technologies, to a critical exploration of the historical and cultural context of sustainability and environmental design. The course, which can be studied full-time or part-time, offers an academically rigorous and intellectually challenging learning environment, which aims to enhance career development within the field for professionals and academics. The over-arching aim of the programme is to provide participants with a systematic understanding of core and advanced areas of sustainable design through a combination of taught courses, research assignments and project work. Students will be asked to conduct rigorous technical and historical research and to explore the practical application of their findings in the context of design and technology. Course structure The programme is aimed at professionals and academics with an interest in sustainability in the built environment, including architects, engineers, geographers, surveyors, historians and urban designers. The MSc promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to research in the field of sustainability in the built environment, bridging the traditional boundaries between architecture and the sciences, research and practice. The course content ranges from the development of the technical and scientific understanding required to develop sustainable design solutions for new and existing buildings, the analysis of past environment technologies, to a critical exploration of the context of sustainability and environmental design. The programme may lead to a postgraduate diploma, if taken without the dissertation. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. Principles of Environmental Design Rediscovery - Understanding Historic Buildings and Past Environmental T Monitoring and Modelling of Environmental Performance Sustainable Design Project Dissertation: Architecture and the Sustainable Environment Assessment Assessment is mostly based on coursework, with presentations, case-study analyses, design proposals, essays and the dissertation. Postgraduate resources The School of Architecture studios include a dedicated computing suite with a range of environmental construction software, and a new digital crit studio. There is a fully equipped architectural model-making workshop for constructing models and large-scale prototypes. Professional links The School has excellent contacts with businesses and culture in the local area, including regional organisations such as the Kent Architecture Centre, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design Initiative. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in south-east England, making the region the ideal place in which to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues. Kent also has excellent links with schools of architecture in Lille, Bruges, Rome, Bauhaus-Dessau, Beijing and, in the USA, Virginia and California. Academic study is complemented by a mentoring scheme organised in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and involving students in events with local practices. Entry requirements A 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), in architecture or related discipline in the built environment. Those without the degree or who come from other disciplinary backgrounds will be considered for entry on an individual basis but must be able to show a considerable period of experience at an appropriate level. [-]

MA

MA Architectural Visualisation

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

The hunger for the digital visualisation of architecture and urban environments has grown exponentially in both the Architectural and Film Industries. As the need for skilled modellers and animators with an awareness of architectural, as well as cinematic, issues increases in both Architecture and Film, the MA in Architectural Visualisation builds on the connections between these two industries... [+]

MA Architectural Visualisation The hunger for the digital visualisation of architecture and urban environments has grown exponentially in both the Architectural and Film Industries. As the need for skilled modellers and animators with an awareness of architectural, as well as cinematic, issues increases in both Architecture and Film, the MA in Architectural Visualisation builds on the connections between these two industries. This MA programme develops skills to communicate architecture and urbanity for a variety of applications and audiences. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting new field of digital media. The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. Kent School of Architecture is a young school that has built an excellent reputation, based on high quality teaching and excellent resources. Architecture at Kent was ranked 7th in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2017, and 7th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2017. Course structure The MA in Architectural Visualisation is offered and jointly taught by Kent School of Architecture and the School of Engineering and Digital Arts. Building on the successful Masters programmes in Computer Animation and Digital Visual Effects, this MA enables students to develop at an advanced level the skills, knowledge and understanding of digital simulation and 3D modelling which will equip them to become highly skilled professionals in architectural visualisation. Drawing influence from both architecture and film, this programme offers a progression route into both industries, highlighting the different requirements needed for each profession whilst exploring the similarities of these two markets. In this programme the professions of architecture, film and animation fuse together, providing students with the ability and understanding to work in each or all of them. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. Film and Architecture Virtual Cities Digital Architecture Architectural Photography Professional Group Work High Definition Compositing Visual Effects Project Independent Research Project Assessment Modules are taught over three terms, concluding with a Major Project Visualisation, which accounts for one third of the programme. The content of the visualisation is agreed with programme staff and will allow you to build a showreel to a professional standard. Each module is assessed by practical assignments. The project work is assessed on the outcome of the project itself. Careers and employability The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent record of student employability. We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students, to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive, fast-moving, knowledge-based economy. Entry requirements A first or 2.1 honours degree in architecture, animation or a multimedia-related discipline or similar (or equivalent). [-]

MA Architecture and Urban Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 year

The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) is a wide-ranging mainstream Master's programme in architecture that gives you an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on contemporary architecture and urban design. The programme informs you about the latest knowledge of architecture and urban design in order to prepare you to become a successful professionals working on a global scale. [+]

MA Architecture and Urban Design - Canterbury The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) is a wide-ranging mainstream Master's programme in architecture that gives you an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on contemporary architecture and urban design. The programme informs you about the latest knowledge of architecture and urban design in order to prepare you to become a successful professionals working on a global scale. You are taught how to combine academic analysis with the development of creative and intellectual skills. We regard theory and practice of architecture as equally important, and believe that joint effort and excellence in both areas are necessary for communicating architecture and urban design competently and successfully. You are encouraged to develop your creative and imaginative abilities; to produce ideas and undertake work that conveys your understanding of architecture and cities in fresh and effective ways. You learn how to approach contemporary architecture and cities and their relation to the society, culture and arts including film and theatre. Through the analysis of wider social and environmental aspects and through modeling of cities’ life and its dynamic forces, programme considers the ways in which both the heritage buildings and the new design proposals can facilitate in the sustainable development of cities in the future. Kent School of Architecture (KSA) has developed a unique partnership with Farrells, the internationally renowned architects and urban planners. John Letherland, the Head of Master Planning, currently leads a design module for all students on this programme. This is a versatile Master’s qualification for architects, urban designers, surveyors, historians, landscape architects, theorists, engineers and other related professionals involved with planning and design of contemporary cities, as well as graduates interested in pursuing further postgraduate studies and an academic career. This programme is taught at our Canterbury campus. There is also a version of this programme which allows you to spend a term in Paris. Course structure The MA is composed of four taught modules (two modules per term full-time, one module per term part-time) and a dissertation on the topic of your own choice. The programme leads to an MA but may be taken as a Postgraduate Diploma without the dissertation. Graduates have worked at the cutting edge of the architectural profession on a global level and progressed to work in academia. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. Urban Landscape Research Methods and Analysis Theory and History of Urban Design Urban Design Project Dissertation Entry Requirements A first or good second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in architecture or another related discipline in humanities, planning or similar. Those without a degree will be considered for entry on an individual basis but must be able to show a considerable period of experience at an appropriate level. Please provide a portfolio of work with your application (if applying from an architecture or design background). Postgraduate resources The School of Architecture studios include a dedicated computing suite with a range of environmental construction software, and a new digital crit studio. There is a fully equipped architectural model-making workshop for constructing models and large-scale prototypes. Professional links The School has excellent contacts with businesses and culture in the local area, including regional organisations such as the Kent Architecture Centre, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design Initiative. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in south-east England, making the region the ideal place in which to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues. Kent also has excellent links with schools of architecture in Lille, Bruges, Rome, Bauhaus-Dessau, Beijing and, in the USA, Virginia and California. Academic study is complemented by a mentoring scheme organised in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and involving students in events with local practices. Dynamic publishing culture Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Architectural Research Quarterly; The Architectural Review; Building and Environment; The Journal of Architecture; and The World of Interiors. [-]

MA Architecture and Urban Design (Paris)

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury France Paris + 2 more

The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) at Paris proposes a particular perspective of the city, combining the strength of architectural history and theory with the study of the contemporary city, to provide an understanding of architecture and urban design that addresses the dynamic conditions of cities today. [+]

MA Architecture and Urban Design (Paris) The successful Architecture and Urban Design Master of Arts degree has become the latest programme to be taught jointly at both the Canterbury and Paris campuses. Course structure The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) at Paris proposes a particular perspective of the city, combining the strength of architectural history and theory with the study of the contemporary city, to provide an understanding of architecture and urban design that addresses the dynamic conditions of cities today. You examine the trajectory of cities’ development, particularly in relation to the Enlightenment, industrialisation, the role of Modernisms and the conditions of the 21st century. In doing so, you draw from the wider context of humanities, cultural studies, the visual arts, drama, film and other media that influence the formation of an urban landscape. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary programme, you spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities. In the spring term you relocate to the University of Kent, Paris, where you study at the Columbia Global Center (known as Reid Hall) in a historic corner of Montparnasse. In Paris, all modules are taught in English and you are encouraged to make full use of the city’s cultural resources and to integrate these into your studies. You can also take French language courses which will help you when living and studying in the heart of French culture. There are dedicated teaching facilities with full academic guidance and support. You also have access to some of France’s finest libraries including: the five-storey Université Diderot Paris VII, the American Library in Paris, library facilities at the Centre Pompidou and evening access to the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand. This is a versatile Master’s qualification for architects, urban designers, surveyors, historians, landscape architects, theorists, engineers and other related professionals involved with planning and design of contemporary cities, as well as graduates interested in pursuing further postgraduate studies and an academic career. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. Urban Landscape Research Methods and Analysis Theory and History of Urban Design Any Paris Faculty of Humanities Modules Dissertation Assessment Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation. Postgraduate resources The School of Architecture studios include a dedicated computing suite with a range of environmental construction software, and a new digital crit studio. There is a fully equipped architectural model-making workshop for constructing models and large-scale prototypes. Professional links The School has excellent contacts with businesses and culture in the local area, including regional organisations such as the Kent Architecture Centre, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design Initiative. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in south-east England, making the region the ideal place in which to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues. Kent also has excellent links with schools of architecture in Lille, Bruges, Rome, Bauhaus-Dessau, Beijing and, in the USA, Virginia and California. Academic study is complemented by a mentoring scheme organised in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and involving students in events with local practices. Dynamic publishing culture Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Architectural Research Quarterly; Architectural Review; Building and Environment; The Journal of Architecture; The World of Interiors. Details of recently published books can be found within our staff research interests. Research centres KSA incorporates the Centre for Research in European Architecture (CREAte), which focuses on research in architectural humanities and design, and Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE), which promotes research in the field of sustainable architecture. Entry requirements A first or good second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in architecture or another related discipline in humanities, planning or similar. Those without the degree will be considered for entry on an individual basis but must be able to show a considerable period of experience at an appropriate level. [-]

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