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City Design, M.A.

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  • 15 months
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City Design is a 15-month MA Programme aimed at an emerging generation of architects and allied design professionals interested in the convergence of new social, technical and spatial innovations, and harnessing their potential to generate alternative forms of urban life.

About

With 28 megacities and a global urban population of four billion , urban life is experiencing momentous change. New social groups are emerging, populations are ageing, family units are extending and dispersing, work is becoming casualised and whole communities have moved online. At the same time, dangerous new social divides are appearing on the periphery of cities between different cultures and  different generations.

New possibilities are emerging and their consequences promise to be profound: modern social movements, automated building supply chains, technology platforms, driverless transport and logistics, distributed water and energy infrastructure – all will radically reshape the city’s fundamental building blocks.

The Programme offers:

  •  an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline
  •  the opportunity to pursue a degree within a world-leading art and design institution
  •  access to a rich culture of radical and experimental interdisciplinary work at the RCA
  •  the chance to establish a network of colleagues and mentors in London 

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Studio 
  • Seminar 
  • Critical and Historical Studies
  • Technical Workshop
  • Independent Research Project 
For more information, please visit programme website.

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 15 months
                  • Credits
                    240 alternative credits
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:

                    6.5

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                  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

                    193

                    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                  Academic Requirements

                  • Prospective candidates are likely to be students of architecture with a three+two-year Bachelor and Master’s degree, or Master’s-equivalent five-year Diploma preferably in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or other related design discipline looking to acquire expertise in large scale, urban/city design projects.
                  • Other backgrounds, such as social sciences, geography, urban studies, planning or economics, will also be considered if prior work is of exceptional merit and students are able to demonstrate their ability to work alongside and contribute to multidisciplinary teams. 
                  • Portofolio
                  • Interview (if invited)

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    34000 GBP/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 34000 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.
                  • EU/EEA

                    14500 GBP/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.
                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                  Living costs for London

                  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                    Living Costs

                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                  Funding

                  UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency.  

                  To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). 

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