Adaptive Architecture and Computation MSc
Options: PG Diploma
The Adaptive Architecture and 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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 3-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
- Overseas Full-time: £19,550
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
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.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits) and a built environment report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
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.
Further details available on subject website:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Some basic computing experience is expected.
A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level. For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is primarily intended for graduates and professionals from a range of design backgrounds, including architecture, interior, graphic and urban design, who wish to develop computational techniques in architecture and gain the ability to use programming as easily as any other form of communication.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Adaptive Architecture and Computation at graduate level
- why you want to study Adaptive Architecture and Computation at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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 or Moving Brands, or moved into academic research.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Space Intact, Urban Planner, 2009
- RTKL International Ltd, Project Manager, 2010
- Ars Electronica Futurelab, Creative Engineer, 2011
- Aedas Studios, Architecture Assistant, 2011
- UCL, PhD Architecture, 2011
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.
"UCL has given me the freedom and space to think through difficult problems that I thought were important and yet under-studied internationally, with the potential to contribute to both the industry and policymaker led solutions to those problems."
Dr Tristan Smith
Lecturer in Energy and Transport
Subject: Energy Institute, Faculty: Built Environment
"In my field of study I can learn the latest technological advances that relate to the urban environment and how to use them to become a better professional."
Subject: Spatial Analysis (Centre for Advanced), Faculty: Built Environment
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