MAArchitecture: Spatial Practices

Course Overview

The MA Architecture: Spatial Practices course engages you in the potential and complexities of space and spatial design.

You may come to the course with a background in architecture, interior design, landscape design, urban design or planning, or may have studied subjects from across the humanities, arts, and social sciences including geography, sociology, psychology, anthropology, fine art and performance. This masters course supports and encourages you to investigate your individual practice within an interdisciplinary framework whilst developing a critical theoretical context for your work. You will have the opportunity to engage with spatial and architectural thinking and modes of production as located within social, political and economic contexts. You will develop as a professional who considers their creative practice holistically and globally.

Working with students and staff from across a breadth of MA disciplines which include animation production, contemporary performance, fashion, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive media and photography, as well as those on the MArch (ARB Part II) course, you will enrich the wider post-graduate dynamic at the Arts University with the individual experience and graduate expertise you bring with you.

The course asks you to engage with contemporary conditions and pressing issues with which space is always entangled, including but not exclusively: the ubiquity of the global in the everyday, and the needs of the local in a globalised world; the life-changing effects of the mixing of the virtual and the ‘real’; the potential of micropolitical spatial activism and speculation in an overwhelmingly consumerist society; the regeneration of our cities and communities; and the precarious state of our ecology. In your studies you may consider the nature of what is meant by ‘urban’, or by the ‘interior’; you might research questions of planning, or of habitation, of multiculturalism, gender, or the political, of domesticity or work. You may be looking at these separately or woven together; as a student on this course you will have the opportunity to lead the direction of your own research while being supported by expert staff and a structured course.

The exciting potential of this course is your ability to experiment and innovate whilst you hone your skills as makers and thinkers. It fosters originality and creativity in the application of techniques of enquiry, research and making. It locates your practice in the interdisciplinary and global context of spatial production.