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Spatial Planning and Urban Design - MA


Course Description

Associated with the research group Cass Cities, this Spatial Planning and Urban Design MA embeds you amongst the city-focused researchers of The Cass. Architecture, urban design and planning subjects are explored while you're introduced to a live site in London at the forefront of urban change. Resources and connections across the city are here to help support you throughout your studies. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The Spatial Planning and Urban Design MA is associated with Cass Cities, a group of doers, thinkers and researchers at The Cass led by Professor Mark Brearley.

The course combines the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning to help you become effective in all aspects of urban understanding. We'll encourage you to become an architect and architectural designer who understands how to intervene strategically in city-level architecture and planning.

Cass Cities engages in urban research and proposition. Urban change happens when people with ideas, knowledge and experience work in creative ways to transform cities. This happens through designing buildings, engaging with local communities, developing masterplans, re-thinking public transport networks and informing policy change.

We'll nurture your ability to form architectural propositions and develop a strong spatial judgement, but we'll also emphasise that there is much more to city processes than building design.

You'll work in the Cass Cities Unit alongside postgraduate architects, and every year we choose live and significant sites which are at the forefront of urban change, with a strong focus on London. There will be work on these live projects as well as the attendance of meetings on relevant topics and access to influential decision-makers in London. These resources and connections will help you direct your work in professional, practical and influential ways.

The projects produced in the unit are concerned with the shaping of both buildings and places. You'll participate in contemporary debates in all forms as a proposer, responder and observer.

Get a taste of things to come by watching this video of Professor Mark Brearley talking about the MA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkCHzBzQOcs

The course can lead to a further MA by Project or PhD research opportunities.

Assessment is through a range of methods, including written coursework submissions and design portfolio presentation.

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 Thesis (core, 60 credits)
-Economics of Place (core, 20 credits)
-Planning and Urban Practice (core, 20 credits)
-Planning and Urban Theory (core, 20 credits)
-Research for Spatial Planning and Specialism (core, 20 credits)
-Sustainable Communities and Governance of Place (core, 20 credits)
-Urban Design (core, 20 credits)

After the course

The course is designed for practicing planners and architects wishing to specialise in urban design, as well as urban design practitioners who require knowledge of spatial planning. It is also suitable for graduates with relevant degrees who wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in planning or urban design. Graduates of this course have gone on to become urban designers and freelance consultants.

If you are a student who has already obtained a relevant London Met first degree, especially in architecture, and wish to progress into the above professions, then we recommend you consider this MA course. Even if you come from a background that does generally do not progress into spatial planning or urban design positions, this course will be of advantage to you in your career.

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 Spatial Planning and Urban Design - MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gwen Anderson

3066.jpg Gwen, you’ve studied art in both New York and in London – how did it all start?

In 2006 I became a real estate agent in NYC because I was looking for another apartment and that was the best way to find a great place at that time. When I found the ideal apartment a year later there were a lot of walls and we didn’t have much art to cover them. I found out that to buy art was an expensive business, so I decided to make my own.

I attended the Art Student League on 57th street and started making abstract paintings with mixed media/collages. This is the place where some of my favorite artists studied such as: Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly. 48 paintings and three years later I moved to London where I completed a mixed media course and a Higher National Credit. After this year I continued on to a BA and then MA in Fine Art at The Cass at London Met, where I was taught and
coached by Patrick Brill, Rosemary McGoldrick, Ben Cain, Mike Stubbs and Andrea Medjesi Jones. They are amazing tutors and very generous with their time.

Tell us a bit about your current artwork – what made you choose to use silver on your paintings?

My parents came to the Netherlands as political refugees in the 1950s. I was born there and have lived in Amsterdam and other places for 28 years, in the Caribbean for eight years, in New York for 12 years, and now in London for six years. All this made me ‘homeless’ in a way. My paintings are a reflection of that; the roster of silver leaf is a clearing on which the painting happens.

Do you think that it’s important to have qualifications in order to be an artist?

I definitely think it’s important, especially in London. I have talked to gallerists and they said that they don’t even consider your art if you don’t have qualifications.

(Student Profile)

Stephen Birdling Dzugwahi

3150.jpg I am from Nigeria. I previously worked with a multinational construction company for three years, and thereafter worked in a development project funded by the World Bank and African Development as a project engineer/architect for nine years before joining London Metropolitan University.

The uniqueness of the course content met my specific desire for renewal and change, which the course addresses with the practical contents of the programme. I enjoy the support and the confidence the university imparts to its students. There are diverse programmes here to meet various needs, which I think is unique compared to other institutions.

The lecturers are outstanding – they are experienced, and are always ready to support their students. Regeneration is quite a unique and dynamic field, and it is important to me to have found a degree that addresses the diverse socio-economic and design problems of urban areas.

My future plan are to further develop my experience in regeneration based in the UK, and ideally then transfer the lessons I have learnt to Nigeria, which also has serious urban problems.

(Student Profile)

Brandon Kershner

3151.jpg "My passion for design began at a young age and carried into high school where I began learning how to sculpt and manipulate materials such as wood and metal. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this craft would lay the foundation for the rest of my career.

"After graduating high school, I accepted a scholarship to the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver Colorado to pursue a degree in Industrial Design. Over the next few years, my skill set developed tremendously and I quickly began showing and selling my work in local galleries as well as entering design competitions where I was able to find early success.

"In 2007, shortly after earning my BA, I was offered a design position at a Point of Purchase company in San Diego, California. During that time I lead the charge in designing custom retail displays with clients around the globe, communicating with overseas manufactures on a daily basis to manage the production of my designs.

"After a few years of working professionally, I realised my dream was evolving. I quickly discovered that in order to take my career to the next level, I would need a new challenge to pursue. This decision led me to London Metropolitan University.

"As an international student, London Met has provided me an opportunity to grow not only academically, but also professionally. Surrounding myself with European culture has diversified the scope through which I view design and has broadened my view of the world around us.

"Since enrolling my career as an independent designer has already began to look more promising. I've had a product published in Faces, a Swiss lifestyle and trend journal, as well as anticipating multiple lines of outdoor furniture that will hit the market in the next year.

"The opportunity I've experienced at London Met has given me the chance to grow as a designer and will give me a great advantage for years to come."


(Scholarship)

GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Silver) - 3 Awards

This partial scholarship will award three outstanding applicants £5,000 to cover their tuition fees. The remaining tuition fees as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the students.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year master’s course at London Met in one of the following faculties: The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design or the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing.
2. Have over 70% in a Bachelor’s degree from a good university in India.
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19 August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/scholarships/international-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Gold) - Single Award

This partial scholarship will award one outstanding applicant £10,000 to cover their tuition fee. The remaining tuition fee as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the student.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year master’s course at London Met in September 2016.
2. Have over 75% in a bachelor’s degree from a good university in India and 75% above in X and XII (consistent academic grades).
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19th August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/scholarships/international-scholarships/



Entry Requirements

You will be required to: have a minimum upper second class honours degree in architecture, spatial planning or landscape architecture (other relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered); demonstrate your design talent through the presentation of a portfolio. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

Last Updated

13 December 2016

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