Urban Design

MA

2018 entry

With close links to the architecture and planning industry and a rising demand for well-designed urban spaces, our MA Urban Design course is tailored to develop and enhance your understanding of contemporary issues in urbanism in order to meet and exceed the needs of the changing world around us.

Led by architect and urban design specialist Gabor Stark, this course will develop and advance your understanding of the economic, ecological, social and political dynamics shaping the urban environment. We'll encourage you to build advanced urban design skills in our state of the art design studios, with access to industry standard facilities such as 3D printers, laser cutters, model making workshops, and computer suites.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Course overview:

Our MA Urban Design course will help you to develop a range of design strategies, methodologies and skills – giving you the freedom to nurture your research interests and to bring your portfolio to the standard expected at an industry level. The course is primarily project based, supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study. 

For part of the course, you'll study alongside postgraduate students on the MA Architecture and Master of Architecture courses at our Canterbury campus. 

You’ll have access to an extensive list of industry contacts while being actively encouraged to seek professional development opportunities with our external partners. There are also industry placement opportunities available in the second semester.

A bespoke and sought after specialism within industry, Urban Design will allow budding architects to explore urbanism with expert guidance.

Part-time students are normally taught on a Tuesday but sometimes field trips, study visits or other events take place on other days of the week. You should check before enrolling if you have concerns about the days your course will be taught on.

Course content - 2018 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Urban Contexts and Methods

    Through a series of lectures and seminars, this provides you with an overview of a range of current debates. These provide a cultural and intellectual context for the consideration of ideas in architecture, planning and urban design, and encourage your active engagement with them. The course addresses inter-disciplinary issues across architecture, landscape architecture and urban design through the discussion of theory and the consideration of specific places, projects and texts.

  • Exploratory Practice

    This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal for the later stages of the course. The unit provides a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in the urban design field.

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Project Development

    You'll begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. At this stage of the course the development of the project will be guided and questioned through tutorials, group critiques and presentations. These will support the progress of your work and provide rigorous critical appraisal from staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Final Project

    In this unit you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research in a final body of work. You'll demonstrate the potential of your MA project, its subject and method, to generate creative work that embodies knowledge. This process may require you to further develop appropriate technical and presentation skills and understand their role in the production of meaning in the final work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

The Canterbury School of Architecture maintains constant contact with the architectural and planning professions. The course team is well placed to provide you with links to specific individuals, urban design practices, public institutions and professional organisations.

Our MA Urban Design course continually develops close cooperations with a variety of partners, ranging from cultural initiatives via local authorities, to public bodies and institutions with both national and international backgrounds.

MA Urban Design equips you with the essential knowledge, understanding, and intellectual and transferable skills you'll need to succeed in contemporary design practice. This is within both private and public sectors. The course will also enable you to look for a career in higher-level research and/or teaching.

You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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