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Course content

The course has been designed to allow you to work individually and in studio groups while encouraging you to engage with broader theoretical debates that are pertinent to contemporary practice

The integrative nature of the investigations 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

You will be exposed to disciplinary thinking linked to design strategies, and undertake design projects in various contexts

You will also be challenged with understanding current issues in architectural design, and learn how to integrate meaningful approaches to design, whilst gaining skills in visualisation and fabrication

Join a fully international cohort of students from various continents, and forge important professional friendships, network connections and potential partnerships

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This is an internationally popular course that attracts students globally and currently offers entry to the rigorous design teaching we offer at the Leicester School of Architecture (LSA). The LSA has an extensive national and international lecture series, attracting leading academics and professionals from around the world. 

Modules

Term one

Research Methods 

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.

Term two

Architectural Discourse 

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. 

Term three

Major Project

This component involves a thesis project/dissertation.

Teaching

In term one, the modules provide a foundation of knowledge and techniques, and requires an active involvement in the process of learning as you make selective decisions to prepare the strategic, positional research statement within one of the Design Lab learning environments. Research Methods introduces systematic techniques required for research, analysis and synthesis in design and architecture. This is complemented by the first part of the Architectural Discourse module, which is seminar based and conveys an understanding of the theoretical architectural debate. You are required to use this background knowledge in the design context introduced in Design Lab 1. 

Term two requires you to further apply knowledge and methods introduced in the second part of the Architectural Discourse module. The Design Lab 2 module is a vehicle through which you develop the strategic application of new ideas, synthesizing knowledge from the earlier stages of the course. 

This provides the foundation for the thesis project module in term three. At this stage you will have established an individual academic agenda, translated into a design or propositional piece of work through the Design Lab modules.

Assessment is completed at the end of each design module in the form of a portfolio submission. Interim assessment and feedback is provided throughout the year in the form of tutorials, seminars, formal presentations or project reviews.

In your first two terms you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 25 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week 

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

Architecture Hub

You will have access to studio spaces with CAD facilities, workshops offering a broad range of fabrication from casting, metal working and woodworking to digital printing and water-jet cutting, printing and photography equipment. You will also benefit from resources and support in the Architecture Hub, our online learning space.

Graduate careers

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


Visit the Architectural Design MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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