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MA Environment Design

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This course investigates spatial design in relation to interiors, architecture, cities and natural environments.

Environment Design aims to produce new design and research that takes forward questions inherent in modernity. The course encourages you to explore your own field of research and practice. We are a multidisciplinary team with staff who exchange knowledge in applied technologies, visual effects, interactive digital media, moving image, communication design and fashion. The programme aims to give students the skills to create methods and techniques often offered by new technology and the creative processes involved in designing.

You will be encouraged to engage with advanced practice within a global context and explore the similarities and key differences in emphases of different centres across the world and to put your learning and design solutions into context. Here you will expand your own research and practice, by developing and managing an individual programme of enquiry and creative development in environment design. This will culminate in the realisation of a final major project fully informed by professional and industrial contexts and multi disciplinary perspectives.  

This course is responding to the emerging demand for architects with an inter-disciplinary skillset in urban planning, environment design and sustainable cultures.

Course details



1 year full time/ 2 years part time

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Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area.

If you are applying directly from an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area.

In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or if you're from a country outside the EU. You will need a level of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.

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What your course will look like

unit 1: Technology Issues In the Technology Issues unit you will have the opportunity to prototype ideas and engage with industry standard processes, techniques and technology relevant to environment design.

unit 2: Research Process The Research Process and Technology units will enable you to deepen your conceptual thinking and technical application through the development of your individual practice.

unit 3: Business and Innovation The business context of new technologies has transformed the relationships between traditional film, video and digital formats.

unit 4: Concept and Prototyping The Concept and Prototyping unit will develop your main concepts with reference to theoretical and business contexts.

unit 5: Major project The Major Project represents the culmination of your investigation and the final stage of the research strategy. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.

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