MA Programme Description
Live Project-based studio work forms the core of activity for the first three terms of the MA City Design Programme, with complementary technical, historical, theoretical and case study seminars occurring in parallel. Group work is encouraged and considered an important introduction to the inherently collaborative process of city design. In the fourth and final term, students will complete an Independent Research Project as an individual submission, which will offer the opportunity to work on a detailed design proposal or thesis with support and feedback from urban and city design practitioners.
Workshops focus on new spatial epistemologies, especially systems of representation, visualisation and calculation. The History & Theory Studies (HTS) unit examines alternative models for the city throughout history, focusing on the way social and political ambitions have become spatialised.
Shared units at Programme, School and College level encourage different scales of collaboration with related disciplines and across the College.
The MA City Design's Industry Advisory Committee consists of
- Emma Cariaga (Director, British Land, Thames Valley Housing)
- Professor Peter Bishop (Director, Allies and Morrison, Professor of Urban Design, UCL)
- Malcolm Smith (Global Masterplanning and Urban Design Leader, ARUP)
This programme description is taken from the MA City Design Programme Specifications 2018/19. While we try to ensure that all Programme information is correct, some things may be subject to change and/or outside of our control.
Critical & Historical Studies
The RCA provides a unique environment for postgraduate art and design students to reflect upon their own practice, and to engage with students from their own and other disciplines. The role of Critical & Historical Studies (CHS) is to support the studio programmes in enabling these critical engagements to take place. The courses offered by CHS to first-year, studio-based MA students propose an intellectual framework within which they can begin to establish a coherent relationship between theory and practice.
In the autumn and spring terms there are a series of College-wide seminars and lectures. The autumn term series will relate to your particular discipline, whereas the spring term series will be more broad-based and cross-disciplinary in nature.
In the spring and summer terms, a CHS tutor will give you individual tutorials to support the development of a dissertation which is submitted at the end of the summer term. The dissertation should be between 6,000–10,000 words in length – this is a major piece of work and you will not be able to submit for the Final Examination until you have passed this assessment.
For more information see Critical & Historical Studies College-wide Programme.
This programme description is taken from the 2018/19 Programme Specifications. While we try to ensure that all Programme information is correct, some things may be subject to change and/or outside of our control.