MA Programs in Architecture

Compare 45 Masters of Arts in Architecture

Architecture

Almost everyone encounters building and design elements on a daily basis. The continued study of architecture is required for people who want to take their design abilities to the next level.

As an ancient profession, architects were revered as visionaries and builders of nations. Today, architects are still some of the most important participants in designing city centers, buildings, and communities. Urban landscaping and building design are the focuses of both four-year and graduate study programs in the field of architecture. Graduate studies delve further into the philosophy, history, and future of architecture as an art and science.

While you may know the answer to “What is an MA in Architecture?” you might still wonder what the benefits are for pursing this advanced degree. There are quite a few areas of work that require additional knowledge in architecture, including urban development, regional planning, and landscape architecture. A master’s degree in this area can make a candidate more marketable for a coveted position.

The cost of obtaining an MA in Architecture is different depending on where you take your graduate-level classes. To get an accurate estimate of the total and by-semester costs, speak with the admissions office of the schools you are interested in. Online programs allow more diversity in pricing and choice when pursing advanced degrees, including architectural Master’s degrees.

While a Bachelor’s degree in architecture will open many employment doors, a Master’s will avail even more opportunities to the degree holders. Some of the possible careers include managing an architecture firm, designing municipal gardens, and applying principles of historical design to bold new buildings.

In order to become enrolled in a Master’s study course, one must first find a school that is a good match to personal requirements. You may look online for relevant schools that teach the concepts that will add to your base of architectural knowledge and that will help increase your employability as a professional.  Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 USA San Francisco

The MA in Urban and Public Affairs Program is ideal for students who seek to be specialists in analyzing the challenges and opportunities of 21st century urban and regional policy and politics. [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. Economic, social and demographic forces are shaping and re-shaping the world's urban spaces in this age of cities. Massive urban growth presents the 21st century world with evolving patterns, problems and opportunities. The MA in Urban and Public Affairs Program is ideal for students who seek to be specialists in analyzing the challenges and opportunities of 21st century urban and regional policy and politics. It provides students with a comprehensive background in urban history, political dynamics and advocacy, combined with community based research, policy design and implementation graduate are equipped to help formulate and advocator for policy for a more equitable, livable and vibrate metropolitan region. The Master’s Program in Urban and Public Affairs combines rigorous graduate seminars in urban studies, practical politics, and public policy with the hands-on experience of applied research and engagement with the community. The program provides a comprehensive background in urban history, political dynamics and sociology is combined with tools for community-based research, policy design, policy analysis and implementation. Graduates may work in city government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector, to create and activate policies for the future. The program leverages the advantages of its unique location in San Francisco and Northern California — one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States. It provides students with the opportunity to develop practical research skills from extensive engagement in San Francisco and Bay Area cities. [-]

Master in Interiors (Architecture and Design) Degree (MA)

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

MA Interiors (Architecture + Design) develops your knowledge and skills of space and place making in order to encourage your creative innovation within the broad remit of the design of space. [+]

Why you should study MA Interiors (Architecture + Design) at Middlesex At Middlesex we support an innovative and creative approach to Interiors that enables you to explore your interests and enhance your skills through experimentation, research and critical analysis. Flexibly designed to meet the ambitions of students from a wide range of creative backgrounds our course will equip you with the advanced skills, contemporary knowledge and industry insights you need to develop your own practice to a professional standard. Based in our £80 million Art and Design School and taught by some of the UK's leading practitioners from a range of disciplines, our course features world-class facilities and specialist workshops fitted with both new and traditional equipment. With opportunities to build industry contacts and exhibit your work off-site, you'll also gain the employability skills, exposure and experiences you need to navigate a successful career path in today's competitive creative industries. Course highlights: - Our facilities are among the best in the UK, with cutting edge technologies, such as 3-D printing, laser-cutting, CNC Routing, large format digital printing, all available in a dedicated workshop with expert technical support - An exhibition of your work in central London to create networking opportunities, build industry contacts in a professional environment - Direct access to London's design world with valuable industry links to a range of industry specialists, galleries, studios, businesses, libraries and collections that will enhance your research and inform your practice - Access to networking opportunities, world-leading research and expertise through the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) on campus. - As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module. [-]

Master in Industrial Design

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The School of Industrial Design's MFA program provides advanced study within focused fields of physical design. In addition to classroom and collaborative coursework, each student works toward producing a final thesis project. [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. The School of Industrial Design's MFA program provides advanced study within focused fields of physical design. In addition to classroom and collaborative coursework, each student works toward producing a final thesis project. MFA Industrial Design Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Industrial Design Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project Explain the relevance of their project to their professional goals Complete an approved body of work which represents an advanced level of achievement in their area of focus Research & Analysis Clearly define the problem/opportunity, hypothesis, main objectives, and product requirements in their project brief Conduct adequate research and communicate findings using appropriate supporting materials Visual Communication Produce work that demonstrates proficiency in branding, graphics, drawing, rendering, 3D modeling, and model making Design Process Explore materials, color, form, manufacturing, ergonomics/human factors, and sustainability Incorporate understanding of costs, bill of materials, and specifications into design planning process Use innovative processes and design methodologies to develop conceptually strong projects (including brainstorming, mapping, sketches, and synthesis/testing of many ideas) Explore secondary designs: packaging, engineering, user interface, and/or user experience Presentation Skills Give clear and concise professional presentations (verbal and visual) Accurately present their ideas in writing Professional Readiness Produce a professional portfolio of work demonstrating their skills to a potential employer Organize a final, stand-alone gallery exhibit of their completed thesis project Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

MA in Garden and Landscape History

School of Advanced Study, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 12 months October 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will develop their academic research and writing skills, and gain a profound understanding of gardens and landscapes spanning the globe and the centuries. [+]

The MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will develop their academic research and writing skills, and gain a profound understanding of gardens and landscapes spanning the globe and the centuries. This course will be particularly useful for graduates who have completed a first degree in a related subject, as well as for architects and landscape gardeners looking to deepen their subject knowledge or add an edge to their curriculum vitae. Teaching will occur at the Institute of Historical Research, with a strong emphasis on tutor-student interaction in class. There will also be an emphasis on practical training, with sessions at museums and libraries, and visits to gardens in London. The course includes an optional field trip to Rome and Tivoli in the spring, with visits to the Vatican, Villa Borghese and Villa Adriana, amongst a number of other magnificent historic cultural sites. Course structure The course will be run on a full-time basis over one year. Teaching will take place on Thursdays from 10:00 to 17:00 and will be divided between two terms. The third term will be dedicated to dissertation preparation and writing. Students must complete core module 1, core module 2 (selecting three options from the seven provided), and core module 3 – a 15,000 word dissertation in order to be awarded the full MA. However, there are a range of options available for flexible study: Those wishing to pursue this course on a part-time basis can complete Modules 1 and 2 (the taught elements of the course) in their first year and Module 3, the dissertation, in their second year Module 1 can be undertaken as a standalone unit leading to a diploma, the credit for which can be banked should the student wish to complete the MA at a later date (within a prescribed time frame) Please enquire for further details. Assessment The MA is assessed through essays and examinations and through innovative forms of assessment based on practical work reflective of that undertaken in the human rights field, including legal reports, a media project, and a mock funding proposal. Class participation also forms an element of the MA assessment. Funding Coffin Fund for Promising Students The School is able to provide two SAS Studentships via the Coffin Fund for Promising Students. In 2015-16, the awards are £12,500 to cover tuition fees and contribute towards maintenance costs (where applicable) and will be awarded to two students who have demonstrably excelled in their undergraduate degree. Eligibility: The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. In addition, awards are open to students who are: Self funded and domiciled in the UK, European Union (EU) or overseas; Studying full time or part time for a maximum of two years; Undertaking masters courses in any subject (excluding MRes, Distance Learning,PGDip and PGCert). In order to apply for a SAS studentship (Coffin Fund) at the School, you must have applied to study here. For further information on SAS postgraduate studies, please see Master’s degrees or the Institute websites, and then the information on how to apply. [-]

MA Architecture

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Architecture MA incorporates a number of different study options including an extensive range of individual module choices and specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalisation, History and Theory, and Digital Media... [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. The Architecture MA incorporates a number of different study options including an extensive range of individual module choices and specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalisation, History and Theory, and Digital Media. Situated in the progressive intellectual milieu of London, the Architecture MA programme offers a flexible programme of study and a unique opportunity to pursue advanced postgraduate research combining high-level theoretical investigation with innovative design approaches. The Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster provides first-class facilities such as state-of-the-art digital design/fabrication equipment and a team of lecturers and researchers deeply immersed in the very latest developments in architectural design, theory, historical research, and technology. The Architecture MA is part of a suite of Masters offered by the Department of Architecture aimed at graduates looking to further their education and enhance their employability by acquiring new knowledge and skills. Focused on architectural research, the Architecture MA also offers a firm grounding for those seeking to pursue further research and/or an academic career. Course content The Architecture MA provides a course that is wide-ranging and flexible, facilitating alternative modes of study and a range of options, including the choice of either a written or design-based thesis. The programme also allows for specialism through its three designated pathways: Architecture (Cultural Identity and Globalisation); Architecture (Digital Media) and Architecture (History and Theory), or alternatively, you can also create your own pathway, under the heading Architecture MA, by selecting and combining relevant modules that meet your individual requirements. The range of optional and specialist modules offered allows you to develop your individual learning trajectories through the in-depth study of specific subject areas, involving theoretical components as well as practical applications. A series of theory rich modules will stimulate you to analyse current trends in architecture, design theory and practice on the basis of your research and critical judgement, and use these insights to produce high quality written work in a scholarly manner. In parallel, a set of design-oriented activities encourages you to develop your artistic, aesthetic and intellectual vision through the use of different media, in order to produce individual proposals with a high level of spatial, material and formal resolution. The course is taught within a dynamic learning environment that comprises seminar-based sessions along with studio-based activities, suitably integrated by a wide range of lectures, tutorials, site visits, research training sessions, and independent study periods. Core modules Research and Positioning Thesis Development and Major Thesis Project Pathway/option modules SEMESTER ONE Critical Issues in Architecture Programming and Computational Design Theories of Identity SEMESTER TWO Applied Animation City Cultures: Conceptual Design for Complex Cultural Contexts Ethnographic Ways of Knowing: Critical and Creative Explorations of Site Introduction to Design Computing Picturing London Site and Motion Course-specific entry requirements You are normally required to have a good Honours degree in architecture or a related art, design or built environment discipline. You may be required to attend an interview and to bring a portfolio of work demonstrating prior experience and interests. Overseas candidates may submit a portfolio or samples of their project work in digital format for inspection. You will need fluent written and spoken English to study at postgraduate level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent). The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course. Associated careers The Department of Architecture is consciously international in its educational thinking and academic links, and its graduates are amongst the most sought after anywhere in the world. The flexibility offered within the course is intended to extend your creative abilities and enhance your employability and performance as design professionals. Typical employment destinations for Architecture MA graduates include architectural practice but also other design disciplines, media and the arts. The course may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research. [-]

MA in Spatial Planning Studies

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
Campus Full time 12 months August 2017 United Kingdom Oxford

The MSc level offers full Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accreditation in one calendar year. The postgraduate diploma needs to be combined with an approved specialist planning programme, to fulfil the RTPI requirements. [+]

Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies - September 2016 Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as an access route to the MSc in Spatial Planning course. This course is run by the School of the Built Environment This certificate provides an access route to the Department of Planning's RTPI and RICS-accredited MSc in Spatial Planning for students who do not have the usual educational qualifications necessary for entry onto the course. It is a one-year part-time (one day per week) undergraduate-level course. The overall aims and objectives of the course are to provide you with a general, yet critical, understanding of the planning process and some of the key issues and themes in contemporary spatial planning. Why choose this course? Oxford Brookes' Department of Planning performs a leading role in research and consultancy, with clients and projects covering subjects from local concerns to multinational organisations, government and industry. Our research feeds directly into the teaching of the Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies and the department's students have the opportunity to learn directly from the most current areas of practice. The Certificate in Spatial Planning studies is a part- time course and Oxford, with its excellent transport links to all regions of the UK, is a particularly convenient place to study for part-time students on day release from work. Professional accreditation The Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies provides an entry qualification for the MSc in Spatial Planning which is accredited by both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means that following graduation from the MSc in Spatial Planning and the RTPI and RICS Assessment of Profession Competence requirements, graduates can become full members of both professional bodies. This course in detail The course comprises four modules. In Semester 1 you would complete Introduction to Spatial Planning and Transport and Society. In Semester 2 you would complete Environmental Sustainability and an Independent Study in Planning. These modules have been carefully chosen to provide a balance of basic and advanced modules, and to offer you the opportunity to study basic themes in spatial planning as well as some specific areas such as transport and community planning. As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from what is shown here. Introduction to Spatial Planning provides an overall introduction to the discipline of planning. In the course you learn the main purposes of land use planning in general and the characteristics of the UK planning system in particular. The module provides the overall context and overall framework in which planning takes place. Transport and Society is an opportunity to study this key issue in contemporary planning and provides students with a critical understanding of the economic, social and political contribution of transport in the UK and Europe. The module explores the development of transport policy from a historical perspective and explores the concept of accessibility and the importance of travel behaviour. Environmental Sustainability explores the key planning function of facilitating sustainable development. The module introduces students to the concept of sustainable development, and examines how issues of sustainability affect the UK's built and natural environment through arrangements for infrastructure and resource use. Independent Study in Planning allows you to research and report on an area of planning that is of most interest to you. Through directed research and study you will produce an extended essay or report that will deal in depth with the chosen topic. The detailed content and focus of this work will be agreed in advance with a personal supervisor. The Independent Study in Planning allows you to develop skills in independent learning in preparation for similar work that you will be doing on the MSc in Spatial Planning course. In order to progress to the MSc Spatial Planning course you are required to complete these four undergraduate modules at a standard of 50 per cent pass mark (the normal undergraduate pass grade is 40 per cent). Teaching and learning Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Oxford Brookes' undergraduate courses are broken down into equal-sized units of study called modules, self-contained in teaching, learning and assessment. The course is made up of four single-credit modules. Each requires about 150 hours of study over the 15 weeks - including around 36 hours of staff contact time. Formal teaching takes place over the first 12 weeks, with the last weeks available for examinations if these are part of the module assessment. Approach to assessment Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises. Past performance The Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies has been running since September 2005 and the vast majority of graduates have gone on to successfully complete the MSc in Spatial Planning. Their performance on the MSc has been at least as good as that of students who have come through a more traditional route to a masters-level course. Indeed many graduates of the Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies have gone on to be awarded a Distinction in the MSc in Spatial Planning. Attendance pattern You will two two modules per semester, each of which is taught on the same day so you need to be at Oxford Brookes one day per week. Currently teaching takes place on Thursdays. Entry Requirements Normal entry to the Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies requires: GCSE, O-level or equivalent in Maths and English at least three years' suitable experience of working within the field of planning in an advanced technical or administration post.* * Applicants who have two years' work experience in planning at the commencement of their studies and have at least one A-level at grade C or above will also be considered. Overseas students must meet the university's standard English language requirements. Applicants for the MSc in Spatial Planning who have been rejected because their first degree did not meet the required standard will be reconsidered for entry onto the master's course if they complete the certificate course to the required standard. Please also see the university's general entry requirements. ... [-]

MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London

In a world where established customs, systems and structures are increasingly unstable there is a need for a different kind of architectural thinking - one that identifies and exploits opportunities, and address the challenges of contemporary society. [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. In a world where established customs, systems and structures are increasingly unstable there is a need for a different kind of architectural thinking - one that identifies and exploits opportunities, and address the challenges of contemporary society. In this Course you'll explore the edges of the disciplinary boundaries of architecture, and test design approaches which respond to the burgeoning need for contemporary city design to focus not only on the traditional ‘hard’ infrastructures of buildings, transport and engineering, but also the softer infrastructures of social networks, organization and human interactions. Reasons to Apply MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation has been designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time. Prepare yourself for entry into a changing profession – the practice of architecture continues to go through changes, MA Architecture Cities and Innovation offers you the opportunity to engage with the challenges of the future now. Explore the role of architecture in creating sustainable communities – architecture can be much more than designing new buildings. On this Course you will challenge the traditional role of the architect, and develop new ways of working that engage with real and long-term sustainability. Engage in professional practice as part of your studies – you are required to undertake 10 weeks of industry placement as a part of your studies. Through this, you will have the opportunity to engage with and understand both existing forms of practice and to posit new ways of working. Work closely with communities, clients and social enterprise – projects and opportunities on the Course will bring you into contact with communities, clients and social enterprises which seek to open up new approaches to your role as a future architect. Collaborate with other professions – architectural practice constantly requires that you are able to communicate and collaborate with other professionals. MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation creates opportunities for students to work with other professions, both within the College and outside. [-]

Master of Arts in Architecture

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Greece Athens + 3 more

The Master of Arts in Architecture is a multidisciplinary postgraduate course that deals with and debates contemporary design issues. The course places particular emphasis on experimentation within the framework of the design, engineering and humanities professions. [+]

Concentrations: 1. Sustainable Architecture, 2. Interior Architecture Duration (years): 1.5 years Qualification Awarded: Master of Arts in Architecture Level of Qualification: Master Degree (2nd Cycle) Language of Instruction: English and Greek Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time Minimum Credits: 27 Minimum ECTS Credits: 90 Profile of the Programme: The Master of Arts in Architecture is a multidisciplinary postgraduate course that deals with and debates contemporary design issues. The course places particular emphasis on experimentation within the framework of the design, engineering and humanities professions. Two concentrations are offered through this MA programme which will give prospective students the opportunity to develop mature analytical and creative methods of working while redefining and extending their individual study areas. Students may select between two concentrations: (a) Sustainable Architecture and (b) Interior Architecture. Sustainable Design and Interior Architecture is already a key element of the Architecture programme. Sustainability as a principle is been taught throughout the Bachelor programme (both of Architecture and Interior Architecture) and the Professional Diploma (Architecture). Both programmes consider the principles and practice of designing architecture suited to climatic and physical specifics anywhere in the world and it explores the profound impact of local and regional site analysis and understanding to the practice of sustainable design. Students become aware of design factors affecting large-scale components such as ecosystems and smaller scale ones such as indoor comfort and they subsequently explore concepts, structures and techniques that lay behind the realization of energy-conscious design. One the purpose of this MA programme is to operate as a cross-disciplinary experience and to bring its participants in familiarity with other design specializations. The post graduate courses are open to architects, engineers, such as urban planning and design, landscape architecture, engineering, construction and property development, interior design and interior architecture, and suitably qualified candidates from other disciplines. Architecture is of critical importance to designers and engineers, whose work determines much of the environmental impact of the objects, buildings and systems around us. It also shapes the social behaviours responsible for our on-going environmental crisis. Knowledge of the principles and practices of a more sustainable approach to design therefore has become an essential component of design education in all fields. The principal objectives of the programme are for students: 1. To build upon students’ existing disciplinary knowledge, examining, reviewing and developing progressive approaches to design within ever-changing social, environmental and economic contexts. 2. To instill in future practitioners the knowledge and ability needed to design healthy, comfortable and secure environments that place a minimal strain on global resources 3. To provide a practical and scientific understanding of the impact of climate on design and to use of energy efficient design principles 4. To acquire a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice 5. To investigate social and political processes and ramifications that are triggered by habituated and uninhabited environment, their affect on our perception, attitude and actions 6. To be visually sensitive, socially aware, environmentally responsible, technically competent and with an appreciation for the arts and humanities 7. To be respectful and responsible to cultural roots and sensitive to human needs; 8. Plan and bring to closure large-scale research and, therefore, to generate new knowledge and thus contribute to the further development of the sciences in sustainable design. Career Prospects: Students who complete successfully the master programme will be able to: 1. Work in their chosen fields with higher knowledge and competency by applying values and principles of different aspects within their specialized field 2. Have a competitive edge in the more demanding job market and at the same time enhance their professional and/or academic skills for their future development 3. Be appointed in various departments/services of the Government or decision making bodies 4. Exercise an administrative and/or supervisory role in consulting units, private institutions of higher education or in research centers 5. Engage in research projects or research projects undertaken by either nonprofit (such as NGO) or profit institutes in the fields of either sustainable design or in their specialized field or work as Research Faculty Members in higher education institutions 6. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level; 7. Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level and will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; and 8. The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development. Graduates of the programme will also be able to pursue doctoral studies within their relevant area, should they wish. Access to Further Studies: Graduates of the programme will also be able to pursue doctoral studies in their own field or any other relevant area, should they wish. The design of this programme makes provision for these students, through the offering of a Thesis option. By selecting to complete a Thesis, students will have the opportunity to work on a substantive piece of research work and they will be positioned in an advantageous position to be accepted in a doctoral programme over graduates with no experience in Thesis writing. Upon completion of the master programme students may have direct admission to the Ph.D. programme in Architecture offered by the department or prepares students for PhD or other practice based doctorate degree work in their specialized area. This will offer a valuable gateway into a career in academia. Graduation Requirements The programme for the MA in Architecture for both concentrations is structured around three academic semesters. In each semester students are required to take 30 ECTS (i.e. three courses), completing 90 ECTS after 3 semesters of full-time tuition. Concentration 1: Sustainable Architecture Concentration 2: Interior Architecture. To successfully complete either concentration of the programme students must complete 90 ECTS. 30ECTS are required courses which are common for both concentrations. 30ECTS are also required courses but are different for each concentration. 30ECTS are Elective Courses (common for both concentrations, students must select any course not taken as concentration requirement). Students can elect whether they want to complete a Thesis or Design Project as part of their elective courses. The selection of the Thesis Option or Design Project should be made by the end of the first semester of study and by the end of their third semester A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required. Learning Outcomes Upon the successful completion of the programme, the students of both concentrations should be able to: 1. Have acquired deep knowledge of the new trends (subject- and research-wise) on sustainable design and the specific concentrations 2. Understand the problems associated with innovation in sustainable design both on a micro- and macro-level of the sustainable design world. 3. Undertake and exercise successfully leadership role(s) in the area of their concentration/work environment. 4. Designing, maintaining and operating all scales and formats of the built environment, social and otherwise, in an environmentally sensitive and climatically suitable manner. 5. Manage resources while tackling socio-economic and political issues and relationships. 6. Invest on knowledge and experience of architecture practices that will help bring forth a paradigm shift in a global attitude towards the natural environment. 7. Pursue career development in the building industry and/or secure high-level employment in related profession 8. Critically evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. 9. Combine creative and innovative skills to produce work suitable for seeking opportunities in their chosen field and take responsibility for their own professional and academic development. 10. Demonstrate the expertise, independent skills and competence required to solve creative problems and be in charge of complex design processes. 11. Recognise and assess the ethical challenges and the influence of major historical and contemporary cultural trends on sustainable design. 12. Communicate and cooperate efficiently with others either in the practical or theoretical or in design-related development processes, within and outside their own subject area. 13. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level 14. Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of essential notions, principles, theories and concepts 15. Demonstrate the ability to research appropriate material and analyse the structure and content of research material through written and drawn documents 16. Demonstrate time management and organizational skills. Demonstrate the ability to organize information and apply a hierarchy/ structure to information in written and drawn work. 17. Keep well informed and in tune with current developments in the discipline to continue individual professional development 18. Expand their knowledge of processes, building materials, construction and technologies appropriate to the design and representation of architectural space; 19. Able to use appropriate criteria and sound argument to support, discuss and evaluate design proposals; [-]

One year Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in this field. This program prepares students to meet the demands of an expanding high-end residential and commercial property market in capital cities around the world. [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in this field. This program prepares students to meet the demands of an expanding high-end residential and commercial property market in capital cities around the world. Students with an undergraduate background in the arts or in design will be particularly suited for this program. A demonstrated ability to draw and sketch is an admissions criteria. Interdisciplinary in nature and structure, the program conceives the studio and the classroom as complementary spaces for developing design thinking, technical and professional skills, as well as creative expression in developing an interior design project. Since this is an initial terminal degree where graduates are expected to join the job market upon graduation, the focus of the program is on studio and research, rather than on scholarship and preparation for teaching. Graduates of the program will be able to apply their skills in settings as varied as independent interior design consultants and entrepreneurs for individual residential clients, for commercial clients (hotel chains and luxury brand flagship stores), as in-house designers for commercial retail and hotel chains, or in architecture firms. The combination of core, supporting and elective classes ensures depth and breadth of content. CORE ART & DESIGN COURSES Interior Design Studio I & II In this year-long course, students are first provided with the cultural and technical tools needed to understand inhabited spaces. Exemplary existing projects (published projects or on location in Paris) are analyzed for space elements such as: urban context, masses, negative and positive spaces, lighting, furniture functions, interior decoration, textures, color schemes. Students work on short projects to demonstrate their progressive ability to generate design solutions, select images, color and finishes, consider building-code constraints and barrier-free design. Project Fundamentals I & II In the first semester of this year-long course the focus is on business and management, shifting to communication in the second semester. Using the team project as an application, students consider professional feasibility of an idea: estimation of timeframes of each part within the whole project, measurements, budget comparisons, contract and construction costs, construction team management, and professional ethics. In the second semester, students apply the technical proficiency they have acquired in the fall CAD course to perfect their mastery of digital and hand drawing and sketching to visualize and communicate interior design projects. Students develop and explore new concepts, methods, and ideas to visually illustrate and present the various phases of the design process: concept boards, fast scale models, graphics and materials samples. Oral presentation skills to accompany their visual communication are the focus of continuous feedback for improvement. Team Project In the first semester, students work in teams on either a residential or a commercial space. They select an existing space in Paris and build the project on a proposed transformation of this space. This is a two-credit course because the majority of the work is done by students outside direct classroom instruction time. Students work in teams and meet with their instructor for 2 hours per week to review progress, receive feedback and technical conceptual suggestions for moving the project to completion. A peer review and critique with all student teams is organized at the end of weeks 5, 10, and 15. For the final critique after week 15 several faculty and at least one outside professional are also part of the jury that sets the grade. Final Individual Project A semester-long project will be conducted individually to give students the opportunity to apply all the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge gathered during the first semester to either a residential or a commercial space. The project will be accompanied by a written thesis summarizing the research (historical, social, contextual and technical) in which the project is grounded and comprising a budget and timeline. This is a two-credit course because the majority of the work is done by students outside direct classroom instruction time. Students meet with their instructor for 2 hours per week to review progress, receive feedback and technical and conceptual suggestions for moving the project to completion. A peer review and critique with all student teams is organized at the end of weeks 5, 10, and 15. For the final critique after week 15 several faculty and outside professionals are also part of the jury that sets the grade. SUPPORTING ART & DESIGN COURSES History of World Architecture and Interiors The course will analyze and compare 20th and 21st century architectures and interiors in Japan, Scandinavia, North America, South America, and the Mediterranean. Students will work towards situating design and architecture practices within larger intellectual and historical frameworks by exploring the indissoluble connections linking ideas and products of human culture. Students will acquire the critical methodologies applicable to design and architecture to think more systematically about the evolution of architecture and interiors over time. Technical Drawing This course is meant to provide students with the necessary practical skills to describe and represent space. It is dedicated to 2D technical drawing (measures, plan, section, views, and axonometric projections) using CAD software programs Adobe Creative Suites, AutoCAD, 3 D Studio Max, Sketchup and VRAY, as needed for most projects. PCA has a license for all its students, faculty and staff to use lynda.com, a platform for online tutorials for all software programs required for art and design. Professional Practice Workshop Series Professionals from the Parisian design world will come in to introduce students to their professional practice and engage them in practical exercises preparing them for the job market. Instructors will be drawn from a broad range of fields, including designers, architects, fashion designers, magazine editors, buyers, headhunters, etc. Master’s Thesis Students will document the research they conduct on the theme of their final project, as well as the research they have done on the cost and means of production of their project. One of the criteria for evaluating the thesis is the extent to which the student’s work is situated in an art-historic and cultural context, requiring students to conduct art historical research using written documentation, artefacts, and the learning resources available to them in Paris. ELECTIVES French Students take a placement test to be placed into one of three levels of French language: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week and propose a combination or written and oral exercises designed to strengthen vocabulary, grammar, written and oral expression. Concept Development: Storytelling In this semester-long course students learn to quickly develop and research concepts to tell a story in images and words. The aim is to provide them with the tools, skills and processes that they will need to respond to a client brief in a professional and convincing manner. It is open as an elective to students from other departments, since the ability to come up with creative ideas, researching them and then “packaging” them in a compelling verbal and visual story is a key skill for any designer, whether it is to develop a story for a fashion editorial, an accessories line, or the concept for a new restaurant interior). The disciplinary mix of students also serves to prepare them to work within interdisciplinary teams, which is what they will be faced with in the professional world. Intellectual Property Rights The I.P. course covers issues related to copyright, patents, contracts and liabilities as they apply to art and design. Students will learn about international laws related to copyright and patents and learn how to protect their intellectual property and the best strategies to adopt in different circumstances. Designers’ Social and Ethical Responsibility In this course students are brought to think about the ethical implications of a designer’s choices on the life cycle of an object (materials, means and conditions of production, recycling, etc.). Each student will select a garment line from a given brand and research its life cycle. [-]

MA in Islamic Art and Architecture

Lebanese American University
Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2017 Lebanon Beirut

The program will initiate students to contemporary methods of inquiry and research in the field of art history, expanding their knowledge of the architectural and artistic heritage of the region. [+]

MA in Islamic Art and Architecture INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE Mission The Institute of Islamic Art and Architecture at the Lebanese American University is dedicated to the study of architectural and visual culture in the Islamic world. The Institute’s mission is to help the academic studies in Islamic art and architecture as well as to propagate this knowledge within the LAU community as well as the interested public. The IIAA also aims at providing a link between international scholars and regional community of scholars and designers. As a bridge between the past and present, the institute aims at bridging international knowledge in these fields with regional and local needs. MA IN ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE The Mutaz and Rada Sawwaf MA in Islamic Art and Architecture supports the Lebanese American University’s core mission, vision and values by establishing a program that expands students’ awareness of their history, culture and artistic heritage. The program will initiate students to contemporary methods of inquiry and research in the field of art history, expanding their knowledge of the architectural and artistic heritage of the region. This program is a part of the general drive to establish graduate programs in specific fields of interest, and the initiative of the School of Architecture & Design to develop expertise in selective areas of graduate studies. The program will benefit from the rich Umayyad, Mamluk, and Ottoman architecture in Lebanon and the region, which would form the basic and immediate material for research and study. CURRICULUM Year I SPRING SEMESTER IAA711 Graduate Survey of Islamic Architecture 3 IAA712 Graduate Survey of Islamic Art 3 IAA731 Graduate Seminar 3 SUMMER MODULES I & II IAA721 Field Research & Studies 3 IAA Elective 3 Year II FALL SEMESTER IAA Elective 3 IAA Elective 3 IAA722 Special Topics 3 SPRING SEMESTER IAA799 Master’s Thesis 6 Electives IAA741 Byzantine and Early Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA742 The Art and Architecture of the Ayyubids and the Mamluks 3 IAA743 Identity and Modernity in the Middle East 3 IAA744 Ornament in Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA745 Calligraphy in Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA746 Geometry in Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA747 Figural Representation in Islamic Art 3 [-]

MA in Urban Design

Cardiff University
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

The MA Urban Design is jointly run by the School and the Welsh School of Architecture and more information about this course is available at MA in Urban Design - Welsh School of Architecture. [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. MA in Urban Design "Urban Design - the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver better urban places." The MA Urban Design is jointly run by the School and the Welsh School of Architecture and more information about this course is available at MA in Urban Design - Welsh School of Architecture. The MA Urban Design uses design practice, theory, development and control practices to inform design processes, and uses studio teaching focused on local development possibilities to develop creative, practical and sustainable solutions to a range of typical urban design problems. The course seeks to produce students who can: Think three-dimensionally and creatively manipulate space at the intermediate scale between architecture and planning; Analyse the qualities of localities and places and respond to complex and often contradictory community aspirations; Critically appraise development (built and proposed) and make suggestions for improvement, and develop improved policy and control practices; Conceptualise and draw development proposals at different scales from the territorial to the block scale; Be able to recognise and add quality in all development situations; Test developments for their sustainability, economic viability and constituency; Understand how to approach implementation through inter-professional and inter-agency collaboration and consensus building. Course Recognition This MA is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a 'specialist' masters for those who have completed at least a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree, allowing completion of the RTPI's educational requirements for membership. For further details visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website. It is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership. For further details visit the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors website. Suitability This MA is suitable for graduates in urban planning, architecture, landscape design and engineering. Graduates from other disciplines will also be considered. All applicants will be required to demonstrate a competency in graphics and design by way of a portfolio. [-]

MArch Architecture

University of Nairobi
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

The Department of Architecture offers a two year Postgraduate Master of Architecture Programme. The programme comprises coursework, studio projects, examination and thesis. [+]

The Department of Architecture offers a two year Postgraduate Master of Architecture Programme. The programme comprises coursework, studio projects, examination and thesis. Admission Requirements for Masters of Architectural Studies: Admission to the Master of Architecture Degree is open to holders in:- Architecture, of at least Upper Second Class Honours, of the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Senate. Any Discipline related to Architecture, of at least Upper Second Class Honours from the University of Nairobi or any other University recognized by the Senate. Architecture or any Discipline related to Architecture of at least Lower Second Class Honours with at least three years of Professional experience and a certified Portfolio [-]

MA Landscape Architecture

University of Greenwich
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme is designed for students in disciplines related to design, such as architecture, design, geography, town planning or fine art, or from the environmental sciences, such as horticulture, botany, biology or forestry. [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. This postgraduate programme is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional Landscape Architects. Graduates from the programme, which is recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute, have joined some of London's leading landscape practices, have founded award-winning international design studios and have led strategic urban design projects like the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The core component of the MA Landscape Architecture programme is the design studio where students engage with landscape, urbanism, agriculture and infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. With a team of academics and practitioners the students develop their design projects through tutorials and design reviews. They are supported to develop innovative and distinct approaches to landscape architecture, reflected in their final design project and dissertation thesis. Teaching is informed by comprehensive technical and theoretical seminars and guest lectures from international artists, designers and academics. Details of international events, open lectures and student events can be found on: thelandscape.org. ... [-]

M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2017 India Bangalore

Access to land is a key determinant for livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly from land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates. These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labour, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency. [+]

M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies Access to land is a key determinant for livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly from land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates. These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labour, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency. Given that the overarching economic processes are mediating access to land and livelihoods in many different ways today, it has become imperative to study the issues of land and livelihood in a trans-disciplinary manner, and reorient the way in which we approach questions about who gains access and who controls access to land and how, and the changing meaning, value, and nature of land and land based livelihoods. We imagine that design thinking when integrated with theoretical engagement and context-specific fieldwork will nurture a new generation of thinkers and makers to innovate interventions, critique existing policies, design archives and interfaces that can constructively address the land and livelihood needs of a democratic society. Disciplines The M.A. in Land and Livelihood Studies will draw from various disciplines and provide a vibrant platform for students to engage with the above-mentioned issues in a design environment. Aesthetics and Critical Studies Anthropology Critical Geography Political Science History Cultural Studies Ecology and Environment Policy Studies & Environmental Law Urban Studies & Design Research - Art & Design Research and Collaboration Srishti Films Design+Environment+Law Laboratory (DEL Laboratory) Bangalore Human Sciences Initiatives (BHSI) UNESCO Chair at Srishti Center for Public History (CPH) The Kabir Project Art in Transit designEARTH lab IMPACT EDGE Grass Roots Innovation Design Studio (GRIDS) Key Values: We believe the following values form the basis for an approach that will equip a new generation of practitioners with a sensitive disposition to rethink the contentious issues surrounding land and livelihoods in our country, in order to design interventions that will provide diverse groups of people with a sense of agency: Reflexivity: As interventionists who seek to grapple with land and livelihood issues in our society we believe it is of utmost importance to cultivate a disposition of reflexivity – we too are part of the “problem” and we can never take ourselves out of the equation. Endurance: Patience and endurance are key to staying with a problem, and gradually deepending understandings. Oftentimes understanding complex social issues happens only over time and in layers. Adaptability: To be creative and design interventions that are equitable and timeless, we should be able to sensitively question received categories, navigate the messiness of the world outside and within ourselves, and change our views and positions. Sustainability: To develop practices, methods, approaches, and platforms that are enduring and integrate the values of equity, respect, and justice, to include humans, environment, flora, and fauna. Course Structure Studios: provide intense learning experiences and enable discourse through making and thinking. It will be a core practice space where students will draw from their learning and critical thought from individual M.A. seminar-studios here for a more enriched understanding and experience. It is envisioned as a space for experimenting, synthesizing knowledge and practices through immersive engagement, intuition, contextual learning, design processes and creative methodologies. Seminar-Studios - To fully explore different learning potentials offered by the humanities and design, this school offers Seminar-Studio as a core learning and investigating space, where text-based scholarship and research practices will be mobilized and reoriented toward an active and experiental engagement with contemporary concerns. Workshops provide a platform for debate and emergence, through a dialogue between material making and critical thinking. This 2-week engagement in each semester allows students to formulate independent responses to ideas and processes, material and immaterial. Summer Practice (Practice), with an organization, a center or a lab at Srishti or a self-initiated project, is an integral part of learning, and demonstrating students' abilities to integrate and synthesize in a field, context or environment. Students will engage in a practice during the summer after their first year of the M.A. that will lead to developing their focus area for capstone or dissertation. 'Interlude' (Practice) - This is a space in which the student will persue a practical engagement related to their field of study that is creative, reflective and extensive. Students will work collaboratively to conceptualize an experiment, symposium or exhibition, and public engagement or demonstration. The work done in the studios may be extended into this mode or may intersect with Interim Semester (odd semsters only) Seminar is a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis, etc. by discussion and /or dialogue, and may also involve crits, pin-ups, presentations, etc. of either works-in-progress or completed works for feedback. Dissertation or Capstone Project in the final semester is the synthesis and demonstration of capabilities to see the world in new ways, and study human cultures through its creative practices. Learning Approach: Program learning components include: A trans-disciplinary approach to master the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the history of institutional arrangements (i.e. forms of ownership and access) and management of land resources, and questions and approaches of livelihood security. Field based immersion to complement the theoretical approaches and provide students an in-depth understanding of diverse, dynamic, and complex realities on the ground Studio based learning and making to explore theories, policies, and problems through shared reflections, innovative problem solving, and making, in an open, mutually respectful art & design learning space. Opportunity to cross-register for electives in other related M. Des, M. Cr A. and M.A. programs, in order to enhance one's learning experiences and widen one's professional applicability to include a design approach. Capability Sets: On successful completion of the course, graduates will have the following capabilities: Researcher/ Scholar Engage and practice critical inquiry that looks at the relationship between land and livelihood, contextualize research, integrate theories, and develop original methods and disseminate findings through innovative scholarly formats. Provide new ways of looking at old problems and thereby inform ground -based practices in development agencies and private firms that engage with land and livelihood issues. Campaigner/ Activist / Critique in a variety of media (text, internet, radio, television, film, theatre, street theatre) Deconstruct existing policies, and understand its long-term impact on communities. Advocate communication and outreach to influence policies and public engagement. Mobilize and develop relationships with diverse stakeholders through grassroots-level intervention and fieldwork. Sustainability Designer Create a platform that integrates critical thinking, art and design to provide novel solutions to problems of environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity. Design policy; evaluate its impact for long-term sustainability. Curator/ Archivist Archive lost practices, methods, and ways of lives, languages, and cultural nuances of communities. Curate artifacts, experiences, and memories of communities affected by environment, migration, and livelihood insecurity; and present information through innovative story-telling platforms. Opportunities Graduates with the above capability sets have opportunities such as: Employment in research and development organizations, policy-related think tanks, non-profits, corporate social responsibility, social enterprises, and art, craft and design firms and organizations. Practitioners in innovative and participatory platforms that identify community practices and methods to be adopted into social enterprises that empower marginalized communities and enable financial security within a sustainable environment. Independent design practitioners, consultants that advise on livelihood issues. Critical thinkers and practitioners in academia and policy design. Enquiries For further information, kindly email Muthatha Ramanathan at muthatha@srishti.ac.in [-]

Master in Architecture

University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Language And Literature, Humanities, Arts And Education (FLSHASE)
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Luxembourg Esch-sur-Alzette

The Master in Architecture is a two-year English-taught programme which combines both a traditional curriculum of architectural education and a profiled programme structured around three major themes: architecture, European urbanisation and globalisation. [+]

MA Degrees in Architecture. The Master in Architecture is a two-year English-taught programme which combines both a traditional curriculum of architectural education and a profiled programme structured around three major themes: architecture, European urbanisation and globalisation. The Master in Architecture educates future architects with specific additional skills in research and knowledge in the field of urban design particular to European urbanism and globalisation. The Master in Architecture focuses on: architectural and urban design on different scales in a European context, with an emphasis on the strategic aspects of design architectural and urban research with architectural means (plans, sections, elevations, diagrams, perspectives), focusing particularly on European urbanisation research on the impact of globalisation on cities and regions, as well as on comparative analysis of typologies in architecture and urbanisation worldwide At the University of Luxembourg, we understand architecture as a profession within which all the actors are constantly anticipating change in their work context, whether demographic, political, environmental, cultural or technological change. Therefore, architectural design goes hand in hand with architectural research. The Master in Architecture’s research element involves both experimental research by design and scientific research in architecture and urbanism. Career opportunities Students are trained to think and act strategically and future-oriented. They develop a broad skill set and are prepared for a career in the private sector, in administrative bodies, or as PhD students at universities. Why study architecture at the University of Luxembourg You will explore the historical, social, political and environmental effects that are shaping architecture. You will be studying in a modern and professionally equipped environment at the rapidly growing, international and multilingual university. You can orientate your curriculum according to your personal interests by choosing from a range of specialised seminars. Interdisciplinary projects and team work are making up a large part of everyday teaching. The Master in Architecture actively contributes to the architectural debate and reinforcement of the architectural culture in Luxembourg by cooperating with a broad range of national actors and institutions. [-]