Our Architectural Design MA is a pre-professional programme to help you develop a specialist approach to architectural thinking and design execution. This is an internationally popular course that attracts students from across the world and currently offers entry to the rigorous design teaching and enquiry-based learning that we offer at the Leicester School of Architecture (LSA). You will join a community of academics, practitioners and students that is co-designing new ways of thinking and you will be supported to tackle current real-world challenges while proposing new futures.
We provide state-of-the-art facilities for you to realise your ambitions, with workshops offer cutting-edge digital fabrication facilities, alongside a wide range of craft workshops, where you can innovate with materials and processes.
You will benefit from the LSA’s extensive national and international lecture series, attracting leading academics and professionals from around the world. Working both collaboratively and individually, you will undertake design projects in various contexts, while gaining skills in visualisation and fabrication. As a graduate you will be empowered to take a personal and critical position in the globalised architectural world, with the expertise to pursue careers in allied industries including planning, architectural conservation, urban design, facilities, estate and project management.
- Join a community that is co-designing new ways of thinking and meaningfully challenging conventions to redefine the future of architectural practice.
- Learn both collaboratively in groups and through personalised teaching experiences with our advanced enquiry-based approach.
- Our enquiry-led approach will encourage you to boldly explore your ideas and learn from your mistakes in a way that will shape your future design choices.
- This programme helps you master both professional and research skills that will enable you to address the future challenges of sustainable architecture and development.
- The integrative nature of the programme will provide you with an understanding of the situational structure of architecture and can serve as a foundation for a more fully developed human ecology.
- Your dedicated tutors come from industry, practice and research, which ensures your work is responding to contemporary, real-world issues that are grounded in both theory and practice.
- Forge important and international connections for potential partnerships by working closely and collaboratively with students in your cohort.
- Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish.
Structure and assessment
This component introduces systematic techniques required for research, analysis and synthesis in design and architecture. Establishes an understanding of the theoretical architectural debate
Principles and Methods
Based on a number of directed theoretical options offered to students as ‘streams’ this component offers a directed theoretical approach taught in labs, seminars, or lectures. The form of assessment includes essays or projects. ‘Streams’ may include Phenomenology, Design Computation, Contextual Design, Critical Theory and Urban Approaches.
Design Research Lab 1
Based on a number of directed theoretical options offered to students as ‘streams’ as above, this component tests actualising a selected theoretical approach in a design context. The form of assessment is in a design project.
Based on a number of directed theoretical options offered to students as ‘streams’ as above, this component offers a theoretical seminar series. The form of assessment is projects or essays.
Design Research Lab 2
This component develops the strategic application of theoretical and design ideas, synthesising knowledge from the earlier stages of the course, assessed in design projects. This project may include overseas travel.
This component involves a thesis project/dissertation.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
You will learn in large multipurpose studio spaces supported by visualisation and craft facilities. The LSA has a wide range of CAD stations where you learn drafting, 2D, 3D, NURBS/Spline, environmental and building performance modelling, rendering, animation, imaging and publishing software, linked to a variety of output devices such as HD screens, large format printers and 3D-printers. You will learn how to use manual/ mechanised/digitally-controlled workshops offering metal, wood, plastics, timber, fabric and glass craft and fabrication capabilities, the latest rapid prototyping machines and 2D/3D printing, including laser, water-jet cutting and CNC multi-axis milling.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Starting a business
If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
This course will prepare and equip you with appropriate skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development. Such skills are in high demand by businesses, governments, multilateral and unilateral organisations contending with issues of environmental sustainability. You could also continue with your postgraduate studies and progress onto a PhD.
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