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Architecture (MA)

Course Description

UCA Canterbury

Our MA Architecture course is a research focused programme that expresses and advances our knowledge of built and occupied space, through direct 1:1 scale making. You'll have the opportunity to undertake individual thematic investigations which will incorporate prototyping, experimenting, re-designing and crafting. This will provide a performative basis for the assessment of your design ambition, ability and research achievement.

Our School of Architecture has been ranked in the Architecture top ten by the 2016 Guardian University Guide.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

For us, architecture is not only concerned with buildings and construction details, but also how people perceive and understand space at a fundamental level. Our School of Architecture maintains strong relationships with the professionals and organisations in the industry, and our course team are well-placed to to provide you with industry links that could lead to further experience and career development.

As well as working intensively at our Canterbury campus, you'll have the opportunity to work periodically in London with our renowned Professor of Architecture, Will Alsop, and also take part in an overseas workshop. At the end of the course you'll become responsible for the design, construction and public exhibition of a full scale immersive installation that will act as a unique expression of the expertise you've developed with us.

This course is project based, supplemented by workshops, lectures, seminars and independent study.

Course content

Stage 1 -

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice;

Context and Method: Through a series of lectures and seminars, the unit introduces a range of current debates that provide a cultural and intellectual context for the consideration of ideas in architecture, fine art and design, and encourages your active engagement with them. The course addresses inter-disciplinary issues across architecture, fine art and design, through the discussion of theory and the consideration of specific buildings, artworks and texts.

Exploratory Practice: This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal for the later stages of the course. It provides a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in your discipline.

Stage 2 -

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study;

Project Development: You begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. At this stage of the course, the development of the project is guided and questioned through tutorials, group critiques and presentations. These support the progress of your work and provide rigorous critical appraisal from staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

Stage 3 -

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work;

Final Project: In this unit, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research in a final body of work. You'll demonstrate the potential of your MA project, its subject and method to generate creative work that embodies knowledge. This process may require you to further develop appropriate technical and presentation skills and to understand their role in the production of meaning in the final work.


Architecture studios - Dedicated postgraduate open plan studio spaces, used for group tutorials and personal working.

3D workshop - 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics

Computer suite - Fully equipped computer studio with Macs and PCs programmed with the latest software for design and animation

Laser cutters and 3D printers - Access to the laser cutters and 3D printers on campus

Course staff

Sam McElhinney - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/sam-mcelhinney/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations.

Student rules and regulations pages - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Architecture (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Adam Hiles

4496.png "The MA gave me the time and space I needed to explore my ideas and also the ability to be highly curatorial. I emerged with a comprehensive appreciation for the relationship between my architectural design work and the means by which it might be represented and disseminated, which equipped me perfectly to achieve at industry level."


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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