Define a new agenda for architecture. Building on your RIBA Part 1 qualification and professional practice year, you’ll work on socially-engaged live projects while exploring the key architectural concepts and challenges of our time.
|Course Duration||2 years|
|Subject to validation during this academic year||✔|
Throughout this course you’ll explore the singular relationship between architecture, place and people through the principles of radical regionalism and sustainable design methodologies. With industry facilities, practising lecturers, high-profile industry guests and the opportunity to work on live build projects, you’ll also develop and refine your own socially-engaged participatory design practice.
The course is in the process of being validated. We anticipate that you'll graduate with a RIBA validated and ARB prescribed Masters in Architecture at Part 2 level.
“By engaging with real issues of how we might design and make together, at a time when Architectural education needs to change, the new MA at Falmouth offers an exciting alternative to the ubiquitous model of normative and solitary studio-based learning."
– Piers Taylor, Architect and co-host of BBC The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
What you'll learn
Through exploring the vital connections between architects, communities and the built and natural environment, you’ll generate complex designs that test new architectural hypotheses. You’ll also learn to critically reflect at every step of the design process – a crucial skill within this challenging industry.
The first year is designed to help you transition from your professional practice year into the academic rigor of a Masters in Architecture. As well as deep diving into architectural theory, you’ll undertake participatory design projects and integrated peer learning – allowing you to investigate and develop your unique design language. You’ll also produce a written thesis to articulate your critical thinking and alignment to design.
Arc 410 – Transition
Arc 420 – Thesis - Theory
Arc 430 – Participate
Arc 440 – Tectonics
Study block 2 encourages and celebrates exemplary work that evidences Graduate Attributes at Part 2. Throughout the year you’ll complete a technically accomplished design project to showcase your knowledge, skills and dedication to solving real world problems through reflective design.
Arc 510 - Social
Arc 520 - Technical Report
Arc 530 - Comprehensive Design
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
This course is primarily delivered through integrated studio design projects, as well as lectures, seminars and workshops delivered by specialists.
Blended learning is taught through intensive on-campus activities supplemented by online, at-distance learning.
Assessment will be through coursework.
- Formative assessment is ongoing throughout the course
- Summative assessment takes place at the end of each study block.
- Formative feedback is continuous both from academic staff and from peers.
- Summative feedback takes place at the end of each study block.
Our lecturers are nationally renowned experts in their fields, with up-to-date industry knowledge and experience. You’ll also learn from inspiring visiting lecturers from the relevant professions, with specialisms including; structures, environmental design and mechanical engineering.
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- Dedicated Architecture studios
- Workshops – 3D, metal, wood, resistant materials, rapid prototyping, casting and milling
- Subject specific library with multiple online resources
- Outdoor making spaces
- Student support and academic support services
- IT – wifi and open access IT suites across both campuses
- Online Learning Space with 24/7, year-round access
- Reprographics – large format printing, Risograph printers, large scale scanning, laminating and binding services
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Applicants should hold at least one of the following qualifications:
- An honours degree of 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course
- A first degree in Architecture from an overseas institution that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to a 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course
- An honours degree of 2:2 from a RIBA Part I validated course with evidence in your portfolio of significant development since you completed your degree
- Successful completion of the ARB Part I examination
- Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above which you should describe in detail in your application.
If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
International applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.
What we're looking for
- Creative, courageous and entrepreneurial thinkers
- Highly dedicated and committed students
- People who care passionately about the future of the built environment
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£8,500 – full-time UK/EU (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
£16,000 – full-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
Typical course costs
£450-600 – Recurring annual costs (materials and printing)
£750 (approx) – Optional European/international study trip
Personal laptop (if not already owned) – one off costs
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Funding from the Student Loans Company to study MArch is determined by a student’s previous study and circumstances. Please contact our Student Funding Team for more information and advice.