This 12 month MArch Digital Architecture and Tectonicsfocuses on the role and application of digital technologies and advanced materials and construction methods in the creation of contemporary architecture.
The course is designed to ensure that the most appropriate technologies are integrated into comprehensive design thinking. As such, it provides insight into recent technological developments in the fields of structures morphology, performance orientated design, digital modelling, rapid prototyping technologies, advanced materials and construction methods.
An innovative feature of this course is its research and collaborative nature where associated disciplines work together in the design studio.
- Participation in relevant prestigious national and international design competitions, in which there have been recent successes, is encouraged on this course.
- As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment aims to develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today’s rapidly changing world.
- The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions.You may have the opportunity to attended conferences, seminars and training courses both in the UK and abroad.
This course comprises a series of design projects, skills-based workshops and research seminars, through which you will investigate technologies in an interdisciplinary manner to provide innovative solutions that are supported by appropriate technical evidence, testing and modelling.
You will develop a multidisciplinary approach to exploring façade design through opportunities offered by novel materials and structures, and develop the integrated design skill derived by considering both structural and environmental performance.
You will be encouraged to creatively engage with digital modelling and digital fabrication techniques in the analysis and exploration of design. Students will develop professional skills in communicating ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups, and the ability to exercise original thought.
This course does not currently convey professional accreditation in the UK.
A 2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in architecture or a similar subject. This must include modules in architectural design amounting to 25%-50% of the total credits. An architectural design portfolio must also be submitted.
This course comprises a series of design projects, skill-based workshops and research seminars, through which you may investigate technologies in an interdisciplinary manner to provide innovative solutions that are supported by appropriate technical evidence, testing and modelling.
You will spend the summer semester producing a supervised dissertation. This will be an in-depth study of an individually determined topic and is your opportunity to conduct a major piece of independent research that reflects your interests and aspirations.
The MArch Digital Architecture and Tectonics is offered on a full-time basis over one year.
In the autumn and spring semesters, you will complete 120 credits worth of modules including a number of design projects, which are supported by lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials to provide you with a parallel knowledge base and intellectual support for the design projects.
Finally, you will complete a 60-credit written dissertation during the summer period towards the end of the course.
By focusing on the contemporary challenges and opportunities in building design, you will develop a solid understanding of issues such as:
- The application of digital modelling and fabrication techniques in design exploration
- The opportunities offered by experimental structures and innovative materials
- The benefits of learning through making architecture with scale models and full-scale prototypes
You will be able to use this insight to inform and inspire your design solutions.
- Digital Architecture
- Digital Technology and Materials
- Digital Architecture and Digital Fabrication
- Architectural Research Methods
- Space Enclosure
- Façade Technology
- Masters Level Dissertation
- Environmental Design
- Advanced Tall Buildings
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
This MArch programme is project oriented - it explicitly calls for design proposals rather than purely theoretical work. The course stresses the importance of connecting design projects to the broader decision-making context of real and complex projects.
This programme has been specifically designed with the profession's needs in mind and most of the graduates from the MArch courses return to work as professionals within both the private and public sector in their own countries. Many do however continue to PhD programmes either at Nottingham or other leading universities.
The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
- Entry requirements: 2.1. Honours degree or equivalent
- Other requirements: Architectural design work portfolio must be submitted.
- IELTS: 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each element)
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Last updated January 28, 2018