• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length2 years

M ARCH: Architecture

In a world where established customs, systems and structures are increasingly unstable there is a need for a different kind of architectural thinking - one that identifies and exploits opportunities, and addresses the challenges of contemporary society.

The M ARCH: Architecture course is uniquely positioned at Central Saint Martins to draw on the dynamic design thinking and making skills from a range of art and design practices, as well as providing you with the second degree in the professional pathway toward registration as an architect – commonly referred to as Part Two.

This course is part of the Spatial Practices Programme. 

Great reasons to apply

  • Undertake the second degree in the professional pathway toward registration as an architect. The M ARCH: Architecture is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board and successful graduates of the Course will therefore achieve Part 2 of the professional qualification for architects in the UK
  • Engage in professional practice: as part of your studies you are required to undertake 10 weeks of industry placement. Through this, you will have the opportunity to engage with and understand both existing forms of practice and to posit new ways of working
  • M ARCH: Architecture has been designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time
  • Prepare yourself for entry into a changing profession the practice of architecture continues to go through changes, M ARCH: Architecture offers you the opportunity to engage with the challenges of the future now
  • Work closely with communities, clients and social enterprise projects and opportunities on the Course will bring you into contact with communities, clients and social enterprises which seek to open up new approaches to your role as a future architect
  • Collaborate with other professions architectural practice constantly requires that you are able to communicate and collaborate with other professionals. M ARCH: Architecture creates opportunities for students to work with other professions, both within the College and outside.
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  • The AJ Small Project's People's Choice Award is now open for voting. Our community bread oven and walker's kiosk in Coniston are shortlisted with @takeshi_hayatsu. If you have a moment, please follow this link and vote! (Hyperlink in bio) https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7BLXDQR
  • Incredibly sad and much too early. RIP Jyothi
  • Woop Woop - we made the shortlist for the AJ small projects award. Well done everyone @csm_architecture_march - let’s take it all the way. @takeshi_hayatsu @gregory_ross @canovenove @grizedale.arts @ruskin_museum @spatial_csm #theroad #thestudents #csm
  • . Amazing new opportunity to join the Spatial Practices Team. We are recruiting an M ARCH Leadership Position. For more information or to apply check link in Bio. Deadline April 5, 2018.
  • . Via Ruth Morrow on Twitter . ‘Julia Dwyer talks of a women in architecture conference that happened in 1983! Have these demands been met yet at your school of architecture?’ Let #becomingwe know #architecture #education . Still work to be done!
  • Hypnotise your power point. #endoftermreviews
  • . FUNDAMENTALS-LABOUR conference. . Well done @spatial_csm and @meldiddx . If you missed it come back soon and check link in bio for video recordings.
  • . . Competitive Strain Syndrome. . Jeremy Till’s detailed unpacking of architectural competitions at the Fundamentals-Labour Conference. . #fundamentals
  • . . Training for Exploitation? . Marsha Bradfield and Sophie Hope from the Precarious Workers Brigade at the Fundamentals-Labour Conference. . #precariousworkersbrigade
  • . . The Architect as Worker. The Worker as Activist. . The wonderful Peggy Deamer from @arch_lobby at @spatial_csm during the Fundamentals-Labour conference @csm_news . #fundamentals
  • Andrea Shortell from LSE presenting at last weeks Megacrit. Illustration by Lizzie Heath aka @starbuttonsparks - The Megacrit was a one day event hosted and developed by students of MArch in coordination with the @architecturefoundation. We invited students from @lsecities, @sheffhallamuni, @brighton_architecture 's the Global Free Unit, @rca.architecture (ADS2 & ASD6), and Situated Practice at the Bartlett. We broke some institutional boundaries, met great students and saw some brilliant work. @csm_news @spatial_csm #studyarchitectureatartschool
  • Megacrit illustration by Lizzie Heath aka @starbuttonsparks - The Megacrit was a one day event hosted and developed by students of MArch in coordination with the @architecturefoundation. We invited students from @lsecities, @sheffhallamuni, @brighton_architecture 's the Global Free Unit, @rca.architecture (ADS2 & ASD6), and Situated Practice at the Bartlett. We broke some institutional boundaries, met great students and saw some brilliant work. @csm_news @spatial_csm #studyarchitectureatartschool
  • . FUNDAMENTALS: LABOUR SYMPOSIUM 2 - 3 MARCH . The Fundamentals Symposium will critically investigate architecture, education, and the building industry through the lens of ethical work practices. The Symposium concludes our ‘Fundamentals’ Debate Series for 2018 – Learn (25 January), Work (8 February), and Build (22 February) – and expands our discussion on the current work practices of our profession to international contexts, and scales, with a series of keynote speakers from Brazil, the USA and Europe. By doing so, the symposium will interrogate architecture and labour in relation to society, public policies and means of production. . The symposium is an initiative undertaken in partnership with Escola da Cidade, São Paulo, Brazil, as part of their Counter Conducts initiative, exhibition and publication. The Escola da Cidade was granted funding from fines imposed by the Ministry of Public Labor Prosecution on a Brazilian construction company, who were convicted of employing workforce akin to slavery when building the Guarulhos International Airport Terminal 3. Their Counter Conducts initiative questions and impacts the public debate regarding major infrastructure works, migration and labour, and slave-like work in the contemporary context of architecture and the building industry. As part of the Fundamentals Symposium we will host the European Book Launch for Contra Condutas, as well as an exhibition. . PROGRAMME: FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 1- 6pm Architecture and Capital . Ana Carolina Tonetti and Ligia Nobre - Contra Condutas, Escola de Cidade . Adam Kaasa - Royal College of Art, Theatrum Mundi . Concrete Action . Chair- Alex Warnock Smith, CSM . Counter-Conducts, A Political Pedagogical Action Book Launch and Drinks . SATURDAY 3 MARCH, 10-6pm Architecture’s Labour Force . Kadambari Baxi and Laura Diamond Dixit- Who Builds Your Architecture . Precarious Workers Brigade . Shumi Bose- CSM . Chair: Brendan Cormier . Architects as Workers . Peggy Deamer - Architecture Lobby, Yale . Reinier de Graaf - OMA . Jeremy Till- CSM . Chair: Mel Dodd - CSM . FOR TICKETS CHECK LINK IN BIO . #fundamentals
  • . MAKING THINGS SOCIAL. WHAT NEXT? . Speakers: - Hannah Barry (Founder, Bold Tendencies) - Clare Cumberlidge (Founding Director, 13 Ways) - Paul Smyth (Co-founder, Something & Son) . Location F109, CSM Time 18:30 Date 28 February 2018 . University has afforded us the space to research and develop ideas freely within the context of academia, but it is important to consider how we continue to have a sense of ownership over our agency, whilst surviving professionally and providing tangible outputs in the ‘real’ world. . We have invited 3 guests, each of whom have formed their own unique practices within the worlds of art and architecture. They will each give an overview of their work and working methods, which will be followed by a discussion, providing a valuable insight to inform our own future careers. . Here are quick bios of the 3 speakers, which might also be useful: . Speaker Bios: . Hannah Barry is the founder of Bold Tendencies, the summer public art commissioning program on the car park rooftop in Peckham, most famously known for Frank's Cafe. Alongside running the Hannah Barry Art Gallery (also in Peckham), she is on the board of Artangel, a member of the Serpentine Future Contemporaries Committee and the London Mayor’s new Night Time Commission. . Clare Cumberlidge is founding director of Thirteen Ways, an agency which combines curatorial and communications expertise to deliver high profile campaigns and cultural programmes. Having previously set up General Public Agency with Lucy Musgrave of Publica, Clare has an interest in the relationship between arts and creative practitioners and cultural institutions, corporation and the public realm. . Paul Smyth is one of two founders of Something & Son, a collective working across art, design and architecture. Often working with communities and organisations, Something & Son use art as a way of introducing new ideas, energy and politics into the every day world, providing fresh perspectives and solutions to the social and environmental issues of our time. . #makingthingssocial #csm #spatialpractices . Hosted by: @chigi321 @simon.wells93 @insitulondon
  • Who would have thought that a discussion on procurement gets the blood boiling. Well done @ollywainwright #fundamentals
  • #currentmood following a fantastic day of discussion, ideas and networks. Thanks to all who attended and to all who organised (especially @matthewedwardbrown ). #megacrit. Let’s keep the conversation going. @architecturefoundation @lsecities @robert_mull @rca.architecture @ads2rca @ads6rca @brighton_architecture @sheffieldhallamuni @elliswoodman @phinharper @londonclt @veritykeefe @uclsitprac @bartlettarchucl AND EVERYONE ELSE
  • #currentmood following a fantastic day of discussion, ideas and networks. Thanks to all who attended and to all who organised (especially @matthewedwardbrown ). #megacrit. Let’s keep the conversation going. @architecturefoundation @lsecities @robert_mull @rca.architecture @ads2rca @ads6rca @brighton_architecture @sheffieldhallamuni @elliswoodman @phinharper @londonclt @veritykeefe @uclsitprac @bartlettarchucl AND EVERYONE ELSE
  • . Please join us for an evening symposium celebrating the launch of ‘The Social Re-Production of Architecture’. . Date: 1st March 2018 Time: 6.30PM Location: LVMH Lecture Theatre E003, Central St Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Sq, London N1C 4AA RSVP: The event is free no RSVP is needed, however seats can be reserved via Eventbrite (Link in Bio), doors open at 6.15PM . The Social (Re)Production of Architecture brings the debates of the ‘right to the city’ into today’s context of ecological, economic and social crises. Building on the 1970s’ discussions about the ‘production of space’, which French sociologist Henri Lefebvre considered a civic right, the authors question who has the right to make space, and explore the kinds of relations that are produced in the process. In the emerging post-capitalist era, this book addresses urgent social and ecological imperatives for change and opens up questions around architecture’s engagement with new forms of organization and practice. The book asks what (new) kinds of ‘social’ can architecture (re)produce, and what kinds of politics, values and actions are needed. . The symposium will see a series of positioning statements by some of the authors reflecting on their contributions to book followed by an open discussion. . Speakers include: . • Doina Petrescu & Kim Trogal (Editors) - Introduction to The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. . • Kathrin Böhm & Michale Smythe - Phytology National Park - strategies to keep public spaces complex. . • Helge Moohshammer & Peter Mortenbock - Tent Cities, peoples kitchens, free universities: The global villages of occupation movements. . • Yara Sharif & Naseer Golzari - Cultivating spatial possibilities in Palestine: searching for sub/urban bridges in Beit Iksa, Jerusalem. . • Rory Hyde - Ways to be public. . The symposium will be followed by drinks kindly provided by Companies Drinks. . Copies of the book are available on the day along with copies of ‘Learn to Act’
  • Our Bread Oven designed and build by our students with @takeshi_hayatsu, @gregory_ross and @canovenove on display @hauserwirth in Somerset as part of @grizedale.arts brilliant show #thelandwelivein
  • Thank you @drawing.matter for a wonderful visit.
         

Course catalogues

Course detail

The course is offered in an extended full-time mode over two calendar years. This means that your learning is timetabled over 80 weeks across two years. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies, within which your taught input will normally be scheduled over two/three days. The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue your studies, whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.

Course outline

Unit One: Methodologies for Architectural Engagement (60 Credits)

This unit consists of a series of projects intended to allow you to experiment with multidisciplinary approaches, as a means to develop your own design process, and also to test methodologies which can engage the public in architecture and spatial practice: approaches that expand and challenge the conventional role of the architect. These are tested and refined through design propositions. Through this process you are introduced to a variety of research methods and issues relevant to the discipline, which are then directly implemented in the creation/realisation of design work. While developing work for Unit 1 you will be researching and securing an industry placement to be undertaken in Unit 2.

Unit Two: Innovating in Architectural Practice (120 credits)

This unit begins with your Industry Placement. Working with your Mentor you will engage with your chosen practice in order to analyse the ways in which the nature of the practice informs their work. Following your placement you will begin on your Major Project. This is designed to allow you more freedom to explore the way that architectural practice can engage the public through action and intervention. You will define your own brief, based on research and analysis of a chosen site, and develop a real intervention in order to engage the public in a design process and outcome.

Unit Three: Constructing in Detail (20 Credits)

This unit provides an opportunity to explore technical aspects of making and construction in close detail, at 1:1, and with your own hands.  You will engage with the conditions and constraints of structural, constructional and material systems through direct physical experience in a constructional prototyping project. The Unit will involve research and testing, collaborative teamwork and constructional implementation, and will primarily involve working as part of a team. 

Unit Four: Reflecting on Professional Practice (40 Credits)

As a culmination to the course, and following the completion of your major project, this unit will rehearse the integration of key areas of subject knowledge by asking you to engage in professional reporting. This Unit is integrally linked to Unit 2 Innovating in Architectural Practice and will ask you to apply the technical and professional knowledge and understanding that you have gained so far, demonstrating your understanding of the complexity of practice through a retrospective reflection on the detail professional context of your own major project. This Unit seeks to simulate the multiple demands and regulatory controls that professional practice is subjected to – including Planning, Building Control, Cost, Contract, Consultancy and Constructional Documentation.

You have to pass all Units to gain your M Arch.  However, your award classification is based on your achievement in Units 2 and 4 only.

M ARCH Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 99KB)

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value. 

Recent client projects in the Spatial Practices programme include: London Borough of Camden | National Trust | Arup | Mindfolio | New World Development | Grange Hotels | Oasis | Hot Spots Movement |  Redbridge Council | Southbank Centre. Find out more about the Ochirly client project

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

Facilities

  • 3D Large: Wood

    3D Large: Wood

    Find out more about our 3D Large: Wood workshop

  • Wood

    Find out more about the Wood facility at Archway

  • CAD

    Find out more about our CAD facilities at King's Cross

Staff

Course Leader: Andreas Lang
Professor of Architecture: Jeremy Till
Senior Lecturer: Oscar Brito
Senior Lecturer: Greg Ross
Associate Lecturer, Architectural Design and Practice: Sarah Featherstone
Associate Lecturer, Architecture, Participation and Practice: David Chambers
Associate Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Practice: Inigo Minns
Associate Lecturer: Liza Fior
Associate Lecturer: Maria Lisogorskaya (Assemble Studio)
Associate Lecturer: Takeshi Hayatsu
Associate Lecturer: Julia King
Associate Lecturer: Carlos Villanueva Brandt
Associate Lecturer: Mathew Leung
Associate Lecturer: Kim Trogal
Associate Lecturer: Rosa Rogina
Postdoctoral Fellow in Spatial Practices: Rebecca Ross 

How to apply

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents and a digital portfolio.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words).

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance? 

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.                               

Apply to M ARCH Architecture 

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a FULL digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Portfolio

You will need to submit a digital portfolio of up to 20 images with supporting work illustrating your previous experience and practical skills. 

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents and a digital portfolio.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words).

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.          

Apply to M ARCH Architecture

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review. 

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a FULL digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Portfolio

You will need to submit a digital portfolio of up to 20 images with supporting work illustrating your previous experience and practical skills.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

Entry requirements

Selection is determined by the quality of your application, indicated primarily in your portfolio and written work.

Applicants should have:

  • An Upper First Class (2.1) Honours Degree, or equivalent, from an ARB Prescribed course in architecture (or equivalent);
  • At least one year of relevant professional experience.

 

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

What we look for

M ARCH Architecture at Central Saint Martins is open only to candidates with a first degree in architecture, prescribed by the Architects Registration Board, or equivalent.

Selection criteria

The portfolio review team will evaluate your potential using the following criteria:

  • You have a clear research agenda, related to the aims of the course; 
  • You can analyse a design problem from a number of perspectives, and generate a range of design responses to a particular problem; 
  • You can show an understanding of technology, environment and professional practice and how they relate to architectural designs; 
  • You can show that your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and objectives of the course; 
  • You can make appropriate choices about the way in which you communicate your design ideas, process and proposals, 
  • You have appropriate levels of skill in drawing, model-making, 3D/CAD, as well as written and verbal presentation skills; 
  • You can demonstrate the necessary fluency in your design process to be able to benefit from the course.

 

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£6,865 per year (2018/19). Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our course enquiry form.

International fee

£16,560 per year (2018/19).

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

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Careers and alumni

M ARCH: Architecture prepares graduates for employment in architectural practice, urban design, planning, development, and public consultation. In addition, the course provides a solid grounding for continued academic development toward research and PhD study.

Drawing upon extensive industry links within the Spatial Practices Programme, the Course seeks to offer students a unique learning opportunity to engage with live projects and real clients, developing innovative approaches to public engagement and a radical reconsideration of architectural practice.

"In 10 years we probably will not call ourselves an architecture practice, it will be something else entirely" (Architect, Small London-based practice) 
From "The Future for Architects", Building Futures, RIBA, 2010.


Change is inevitable and  being prepared for change is a challenge. M ARCH: Architecture encourages students to take a radical approach to architectural practice; seeking ways in which the architect of the future can work across the industry and beyond.  The course is predicated on the reality that the practice of architecture is changing. There are increasing pressures on the profession from shifts in the way that projects are developed, as well as the changes to the global economy. How will we practice in the future?

"The invasion of the architect's role shouldn't be seen as a threat but as a natural change that can be exploited - we must find our new opportunities and education should shift to accommodate that." (Architect, Large global practice) From "The Future for Architects", Building Futures, RIBA, 2010.