Introduction to MArch
The MArch is a two year masters degree with a syllabus based on the ARB/RIBA Criteria for Part 2. Dynamic and inspirational, it is profession-oriented and encourages imaginative, exploratory, pioneering design and research concerning contextual and material realities and live briefs, using the best of Ravensbourne’s renowned, international links, and its cutting edge synergies with industry.
Reasons to study Master of Architecture (MArch) at Ravensbourne
- taught by architects and consultants, in active practice, alongside academic staff
- for students who want to qualify and practice as architects designing real buildings in relation to their physical, cultural and social settings
- studies and integrates contemporary issues in:
- architectural thinking, culture, practice and processes
- smart urbanism
- sustainable environmental methodologies and emerging technologies
- includes entrepreneurial training for setting up as a practice and as a developer
- prioritises your own individual interests, ambitions and initiatives, rather than studio unit themes
- efficiently timetabled taught delivery requiring attendance on just two days per week
- produces portfolios of direct relevance to the interests of the profession
- situated in London in easy reach of many of the world’s greatest architects and consultants as well as its political and financial institutions and wide ranging resources
The course culminates in year 2 in a year-long integrated design thesis (CDT) as a celebration of the Department’s essential academic position – which is about the essence of building in specific physical and cultural settings. The pedagogic model is less about teaching as it is about engagement with specialists from the building professions, through a self-motivated process that readies you rigorously for practice. With site anywhere in the world and brief initiated by you to suit your own interests after deep research in year 1, the CDT comprehensively demonstrates your abilities across the multi-stranded demands involved in the creation of a building project. The final year also includes Practice, Management and Law (PML) in preparation for participation in the profession and anticipating Part 3.
Year 1 introduces you to research-led design, a year of unpacking, rethinking, experimenting and discovering areas of specialised interest which may subsequently become distinctive characters of your thesis in year 2. The year is supported by more ambitious skills workshops - not based on any one area of specialism - but on a variety of developed approaches to learning and research that equips you to explore areas of design pertinent to your own aptitudes and interests. The year includes a field trip at the end of term 1, generally abroad to an unusual challenging destination.
It is intended that the overall portfolios should be published as books at the end of the course.