Cinematic Architecture at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS

Queen's University Belfast

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Queen’s University Belfast

Cinematic Architecture (Taught)

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Course summary

An innovative postgraduate certificate programme focusing on Cinematic Architecture for enthusiastic people who wish to explore future opportunities in NI and beyond in creative industries including film, architecture, game and design COURSE CONTENT This is a personalised certificate programme for engaged students who would like to make the most of their time at Queen’s. The work produced throughout the year will be a collaborative effort between you, your year group, our award-winning academics and practicing architects. This two-semester course encourages you to work both within and beyond the realm of creative practices that you are experienced in. We would like you to push the boundaries of your imagination and the limits of creative media, while working with other architects, filmmakers, designers, and artists.

 You will work in two practice-based studio modules, one in each semester, questioning norms through research, analysis, and design. You will be able to use the CineArch studio to experiment with new ideas, technologies and media, and as a gateway to your future career goals. 

 The course encourages lateral thinking, problem solving, creativity and engagement with design through a self-critical process. It will address issues as diverse as our survival on the planet and alternative ways of thinking about what innovative design practices can be and do. WHAT WILL EXCITE YOU?
 Through Cinematic Architecture (filmmaking, cinematic analysis, storyboarding, montage, collage, etc.), you will design projects (film sets, exhibition spaces, buildings) focusing on both tangible and intangible qualities of spaces. You will spend the year designing, collaborating, and producing with people from around the world on our university campus that has celebrated its 175th year a few years back. The university’s clubs and facilities including Queen’s Sport, Queen’s Film Theatre, and the Student Union with its brand new building will also provide excellent opportunities to make friends outside of your course.

 You will be based in Belfast, a growing city known for its industrial design heritage on one hand and its vibrant arts culture and creative industries on the other. As stated in the Complete University Guide 2022: Belfast is one of Europe's most hip, vibrant and affordable cities, lauded for its energy, and rich in culture and history. Queen's stunning campus is within Belfast's Queen's Quarter, with cafés, bars, restaurants, superb shopping, and entertainment venues. You will enjoy a healthy staff to student ratio, good studios, a world-class library, and excellent workshops for physical and digital manufacturing. ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
 Now, more than ever, our societies demand innovative designers and creative problem solvers to propose solutions to the challenges we face in a complex contemporary world - health and well-being, climate change, forced migration, public safety and increasing urbanisation, among others. Our school is renowned for award-winning, innovative research and teaching that is academically rigorous, critically informed, design-led, and interdisciplinary. In all this endeavour we seek to develop creative people’s voices in addressing these challenges.

 The PgCert Cinematic Architecture course provides a scaffold for our students to develop their own personal position within the broad culture of design, and in doing so, contribute to the ongoing debate that shapes creative industries and our world. Our concerns range from the role of art, design and architecture in communities, environmental, social, and economic sustainability, humanitarian architecture for all, tangible and intangible qualities of space to the mapping and analysis of urban, territorial and global conditions. In all this, media including filmmaking, modelmaking, sketching, and drawing play a crucial role as does developing a self-critical understanding of how each individual works as a designer.


How to apply

International applicants

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in Speaking and Listening and a minimum of 5.5 in Reading and Writing, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last two years). International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Entry requirements

1. Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a creative discipline, including Film Studies, Animation, Design (Product Design, Stage Design, Graphic Design, etc.), Architecture, Interior Architecture, and the Arts (Visual Arts, Fine Arts, Creative Arts, Digital Arts, etc.). Applicants with entry qualifications other than 2.2 Honours will be considered on an individual basis based on their portfolio. 2. A creative background evidenced by a (Art, Design, Film, Architecture, etc.) digital portfolio or equivalent. A video explaining why the candidate would like to do the course (maximum three minutes) may also be submitted to support the application. (The submission of the video is optional.) The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

Fees and funding

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Cinematic Architecture at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS