MArch Digital Architecture and Tectonics

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering

Program Description

MArch Digital Architecture and Tectonics

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering

This 12 month MArch Digital Architecture and Tectonics focuses 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.

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.

An innovative feature of this course is its research and collaborative nature where associated disciplines work together in the design studio.

Students 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.

Students 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.

Key facts

  • 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 does not currently convey professional accreditation in the UK

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Built Environment English language and study skills course. This course is designed in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Built Environment to prepare students going onto Architecture and Built Environment programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

Course details

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.

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.

Core Modules

  • Digital Architecture
  • Digital Architecture and Digital Fabrication
  • Architectural Research Methods or an approved elective module
  • Space Enclosure
  • Facade Technology
  • Design, Technology and Materials
  • Masters level dissertation

Careers

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

  • 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)


Last updated July 31, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
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6,930 GBP
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United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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HEU Fees: £6,930 / International Fees: £15,885