The M ARCH: Architecture course is uniquely positioned at Central Saint Martins to draw on the dynamic design thinking and making skills from a range of art and design practices, as well as providing you with the second degree in the professional pathway toward registration as an architect – commonly referred to as Part 2.
Reasons to Apply
- Undertake the second degree in the professional pathway toward registration as an architect. The M ARCH: Architecture is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board and successful graduates of the Course will therefore achieve Part 2 of the professional qualification for architects in the UK
- Engage in professional practice: as part of your studies you are required to undertake 10 weeks of industry placement. Through this, you will have the opportunity to engage with and understand both existing forms of practice and to posit new ways of working.
- M ARCH: Architecture 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, M ARCH: Architecture offers you the opportunity to engage with the challenges of the future now.
- 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. M ARCH: Architecture creates opportunities for students to work with other professions, both within the College and outside.
Content and structure
The course is offered in an extended full-time mode over two calendar years. This means that your learning is timetabled over 80 weeks across two years. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies, within which your taught input will normally be scheduled over two/three days. The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue your studies, whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.
The course is comprised of four Units:
Unit 1: Methodologies for Architectural Engagement (60 Credits)
This unit consists of a series of projects intended to allow you to experiment with multidisciplinary approaches, as a means to develop your own design process, and also to test methodologies which can engage the public in architecture and spatial practice: approaches that expand and challenge the conventional role of the architect. These are tested and refined through design propositions. Through this process you are introduced to a variety of research methods and issues relevant to the discipline, which are then directly implemented in the creation/realisation of design work. While developing work for Unit 1 you will be researching and securing an industry placement to be undertaken in Unit 2.
Unit Two: Innovating in Architectural Practice (120 credits)
This unit begins with your Industry Placement. Working with your Mentor you will engage with your chosen practice in order to analyse the ways in which the nature of the practice informs their work. Following your placement you will begin on your Major Project. This is designed to allow you more freedom to explore the way that architectural practice can engage the public through action and intervention. You will define your own brief, based on research and analysis of a chosen site, and develop a real intervention in order to engage the public in a design process and outcome.
Unit Three: Constructing in Detail (20 Credits)
This unit provides an opportunity to explore technical aspects of making and construction in close detail, at 1:1, and with your own hands. You will engage with the conditions and constraints of structural, constructional and material systems through direct physical experience in a constructional prototyping project. The Unit will involve research and testing, collaborative teamwork and constructional implementation, and will primarily involve working as part of a team.
Unit Four: Reflecting on Professional Practice (40 Credits)
As a culmination to the course, and following the completion of your major project, this unit will rehearse the integration of key areas of subject knowledge by asking you to engage in professional reporting. This Unit is integrally linked to Unit 2 Innovating in Architectural Practice and will ask you to apply the technical and professional knowledge and understanding that you have gained so far, demonstrating your understanding of the complexity of practice through a retrospective reflection on the detail professional context of your own major project. This Unit seeks to simulate the multiple demands and regulatory controls that professional practice is subjected to – including Planning, Building Control, Cost, Contract, Consultancy and Constructional Documentation.
You have to pass all Units to gain your M Arch. However, your award classification is based on your achievement in Units 2 and 4 only.
Applications are welcomed from candidates from all cultures, life experiences and educational backgrounds.
You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements as indicated below, but please note that these qualifications alone will not be sufficient to secure entry to the course.
Minimum entry requirements
M ARCH Architecture at Central Saint Martins is open only to candidates with a first degree in architecture, prescribed by the Architects Registration Board, or equivalent. Applicants should have an Upper First Class (2.1) Honours Degree, or equivalent, from an ARB Prescribed course in architecture (or equivalent), and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience.
English language requirements
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is: IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.
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Last updated February 2, 2017