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Course content

This design-based course, open to architects and designers, will give you a strong platform from which to develop your own MA thesis.

More about this course

This course builds on the established strengths of The Cass in the two major disciplines, their common interest in spatial design and a critical theoretical framework. It is open to architects and interior designers and is taught in parallel with the Professional Diploma in Architecture. The course offers a rare opportunity for high-level joint study. The different elements are coherent and testing. The course is design-based and research-orientated. It will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work. The coursework provides a strong design platform from which you can develop your thesis creatively and intellectually. The main subject areas are in design, history and theory, each taught through a wide choice of tutors, studios and interest groups with a strong emphasis on self-directed study.

Professor Florian Beigel and Professor Philip Christou have made a video that introduces the Architectire Research Unit.

The design projects are assessed through an end-of-year portfolio presentation. The history and theory coursework is assessed through a written dissertation. Optional modules are assessed according to the nature of the module.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Design Research (core, 40 credits)
-Design Thesis (core, 60 credits)
-Design: Concept and Proposition (core, 40 credits)
-Advanced Digital Design Techniques (option, 20 credits)
-Architectural Publication and Journalism (option, 20 credits)
-Changing Places (option, 20 credits)
-Cinema and the City (option, 20 credits)
-Concepts of Space (option, 20 credits)
-Critical Transformations (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Design Techniques (option, 20 credits)
-Energy Comfort and Buildings (option, 20 credits)
-Forgetting of Air (option, 20 credits)
-Histories (option, 20 credits)
-Interior Contexts (option, 20 credits)
-Interpretation (option, 20 credits)
-Media Voices (option, 20 credits)
-Poetry and Architecture (option, 20 credits)
-The Problem of Irony (option, 20 credits)
-The Question of Technology (option, 20 credits)
-The Soundscape of Modernity (option, 20 credits)
-Theories (option, 20 credits)
-Writing About Architecture (option, 20 credits)

After the course

The course provides a practical and theoretical understanding of both architecture and interior design. Graduates generally work within architecture and interior design and in fields allied to both. Students wishing to develop their research are encouraged to apply to undertake a PhD.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Visit the Architecture - MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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