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Course content

The Architectural Computation MSc provides a comprehensive understanding of the skills required to create generative, emergent and responsive forms, through exposure to real programming environments. Taught by architects and experts in artificial intelligence, students benefit from studio sessions with tutors who have experience of research in this field.

Degree information

On completion of the programme, students will be able to use computational techniques in architecture, understand and predict the consequences of their design actions through computational processes, integrate their predictions into the design process, and carry out self-sufficient research into new methods and processes.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), the choice between two streams of optional modules (45 credits) and a built environment report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules:
-Computational Analysis
-Computational Synthesis
-Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
-Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design
-Morphogenetic Programming

Optional modules
-Embodied and Embedded Technologies
-Digital Interaction

Dissertation/report
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report related to the main themes of the programme, typically involving the development of an interactive installation or a system to improve the design process.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars as well as individual and collaborative projects. Assessment is through unseen examination, coursework (including 3000-word essay, learning log, digitally fabricated piece and documentation, short video piece, and physical piece with video documentation) practical exercises and the dissertation.

Careers

First destinations of recent graduates include: Smart Eon Construction, Space Intacts, Prosper and Partners, Foster and Partners, Aedas Architects Ltd, 3D Reid, Squint Opera: 3D-Web designer, RTKL, G and L Architects, HOK, Zaha Hadid Architects and KPF Associates. Alumni have also joined (or founded) cutting-edge emerging digital design practices such as United Visual Artists and Moving Brands, or moved into academic research.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Architect, Gallop
-Architectural Designer, Vx3
-Computational Designer, Bryden Wood
-Creative Technologist, Hirsch & Mann / Technology Will Save Us
-Design System Analyst, Foster + Partners

Employability
Our MSc provides a full learning experience with set projects and structured learning. It can be taken by those without any computational experience or those looking for industry-applicable skills. After completing the programme, most graduates go on to join leading architectural and engineering practices, either directly with design teams or with specialist modelling groups.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

Located in London, it is at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and has all the resources of a world city to hand.

The new architecture coming out of the Bartlett is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity. The school is internationally known as a centre for innovative design.

Visit the Architectural Computation - MSc/PGDip page on the University College London website for more details!

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