Architecture at University of Westminster, London - UCAS

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Course summary

The Architecture MA offers a unique opportunity for graduates interested in the intersection of architectural design, theory and research, encouraging students to develop their own positions and identities as creative practitioners and thinkers. A range of thematic and contextual concerns are offered and explored through the course using unconventional and imaginative methods of design, research and representation. These include cultural identity, architecture and society, political architecture, contested landscapes and digital design. These diverse fields of inquiry and their impact on our cities are underpinned by integrating ‘other’ voices such as post-colonialism, critical theory, feminist theory and race studies. The course promotes methodological and representational innovation, with participants using techniques such as social mapping, interactive installations, film and conceptual modelling to stimulate projects towards high-levels of spatial, material and formal resolution. A distinct and unique feature of the Architecture MA is its use of specialist pathways, namely Cultural Identity and Globalisation, Digital Media, and History and Theory. Students can elect to choose one of these routes through the programme, all of which incorporate option modules – graduating with the related named specialisation award, or else select their own combination of modules in order to graduate with the title Architecture MA. No matter how participants navigate their way through the course, it will inevitably be a dynamic journey of self-reflection and positioning to affirm interests and future practice concerns. The course is delivered within a generous studio culture characterised by inclusion, creative experimentation and intellectual rigour. Participants work individually and in groups, and are directed by experienced and committed tutors who are experts in their respective fields. The course is further supported and enriched by a network of renowned visiting speakers and critics from practice and academia, as well as high-quality studio spaces and state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. The Architecture MA is part of a suite of Master's courses offered by the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster, sharing dynamic design studio spaces. The school provides first-class shared facilities such as state-of-the-art digital design/fabrication equipment and a team of lecturers and researchers deeply immersed in the very latest developments in architectural design, theory, historical research, and technology. The Architecture MA is intended to appeal to students and practitioners with an existing architectural degree qualification like BA, BSc, BArch, Dip Arch, March, or in related cognate design disciplines who wish to continue an advanced level of research with a strong design and theoretical output. Graduates from the Architecture MA have had a high level of success in securing employment with architectural practices in the UK and overseas or have gone on to launch their own architecture/design practices. Many continue on to further study (including PhD level) or to teach in schools of architecture. Whatever their destination after completing their studies, our graduates emerge with a strong sense of purpose and with a body of work that enhances their ability to access those parts of practice they are most interested in. The Architecture MA course offers the following two awards each year:

  • Jila Golzari Award – for a student with outstanding academic achievement
  • Weston Williamson & Partners (WW+P) – for a project with innovative ideas, design or theory, for inclusive cities
If you would like to interrogate contemporary issues in architecture through innovative research and design with a fresh and sensitive approach, then this course is made for you.


Entry requirements

A minimum of second class honours degree (2:1 or 2.2) or equivalent in architecture or a related design discipline. If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing. You must provide a sample of your work in the form of a digital portfolio demonstrating creative ability from your academic and professional experience (an average of 10 pages). You may submit a link to your portfolio an online gallery (e.g. dropbox or similar) or a website as part of your application. Written statement guidance Within your application you will be asked for a written statement. You are encouraged to provide an individual response reflecting your own particular skills and interests. Rather than a generic statement, we would like to understand why you are applying to join the Architecture MA. For example, which aspects of its content interest you? What are you hoping to experience on the course and how will it serve your longer-term ambitions? The more you can tell us about yourself, your creative and intellectual interests, and your aspirations, the better. Portfolio guidance The admissions process includes the submission of a design portfolio in electronic format to include one project or a range of projects demonstrating: spatial or design awareness using creative and analytical skills. Engage with, and respond to, people, context and place research and critical thinking skills the use of a wide range of media that may include digital and/or hand drawing, sketching, model making, photography and film (optional) a sample of a


Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

Please visit our website to read about funding options: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/funding/postgraduate-student-funding If you are an international applicant, please visit this page to see scholarships available: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/funding/international-student-funding

Architecture at University of Westminster, London - UCAS