• 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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Nicholas Rurban
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M ARCH: Architecture on Instagram

  • Thank you all and well done!!! @riba #unconditionalvalidation
  • Tonight we are celebrating our Part 2 Validation by @riba #architecture
  • Nice mention of our collaboration with @grizedale.arts, @takeshi_hayatsu, @ruskin_museum in yesterday’s Architecture Today. With @gregory_ross @canovenove and all participating CSM students. #copperforconiston #csmarchitecture #csm #spatialpractices
  • Learning in the City as part of ‘Making Thinks Social’ in the crossing hosted by @matthewedwardbrown, Dan and Jon. With guest speakers Sol Perez-Martinez @sol_pm and Grant Smith.
  • Repost @hoi.today ・・・ We’re very proud to feature @j_o_n_c_a_n ‘s ‘Crash’ as our full spread image
  • Making Things Social
  • Mid term reviews - The Interim #spatialpractices #csmarchitecture #csm #studyarchitectureatartschool
  • Situated Drawing by Jonathan Shmulevitch. #spatialpractices #csmarchitecture #csm #studyarchitectureatartschool
  • Lights down, smooth music - it's dinner table talk at making things social this evening. Micheal Kennedy on the mic
  • Test Case - Making things social by Billy, Conor and Michael #architecture #student #london
  • OPEN DAYS 2017-2018 Central Saint Martins M Arch Architecture MA Cities and Innovation Thursday 9th November 2017 14.00-16.00 Mid-Term Reviews Thursday 7th December 2017 14.00-16.00 The White Show & End of Term Reviews Friday 13th January 2018 14.00-16.00 Work in Progress Show Friday 16th February 2018 14.00-16.00 Making Week Our Open Days give you the opportunity to visit the College, meet staff and students and gain in-depth information on our courses, teaching and student life. You will be able to ask questions about the courses M Arch Architecture and MA Cities and Innovation, see the studios and facilities and get a taste of the creative atmosphere at Central Saint Martins. The open days will last two hours and provide an introduction to the course, followed by a tour of the college facilities. We designed open days to coincide with events taken place across the school to give a broad spectrum of activities taking place across the art school setting. To confirm you place on a tour please email:e.botha@csm.arts.ac.uk Alternatively book online at: www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/csm-open-days #studyarchitectureatartschool #csmarchitecture #spatialpractices #csm
  • Making Things Social “Test Case” Join us in testing a new format for an architectural debate. In anticipation of a full event in November we will be testing a new format which utilises food and small groups. This event will be used to form the question for our future speakers, test out the format and have fun. BRING: - Yourself - An opinion - Wants and desires MAKING THINGS SOCIAL are evening talks, conversations, and debates hosted by the MArch in Architecture at CSM. Practitioners from a range of disciplines share their ideas in a informal setting with the intent to cast a critical light on the social and political issues of spatial production and to help re-imagine our roles as architects across disciplinary boundaries Speakers: Speculative format testing event Hosted by: Billy Adams Michael Kennedy Conor Morris Location F109 / Time 18:30 / Date 01th Nov 2017 Central Saint Martins Granary Building #csmarchitecture #spatialpractices #makingthingssocial
  • C. dancing with a dog
  • Draw draw talk
  • Unit 2 - Seminar session debating “The Craftsman” and “The politics of artefacts”. #architecture #london #politics
  • We out! A great effort by our MArch 1st years for completing two structures for the Coniston community in the Lake District. Lovingly crafted over the summer in the CSM Workshop by the entire cohort of 26 second year students. Flat-packed and now installed the Information Kiosk (right) and the Bread Oven (far left) were both made with elements of copper to commemorate Coniston’s former copper mining trade. #studyarchitectureatartschool #csm
  • Making Things Social “How can making become an act of resistance ?” Bringing together ‘Aldea Foundation’ and ‘London Hackspace’, we aim to draw parallels between community engagement, and makers spaces in the city. This event will explore the possibility of ‘Production’ in the city as a means of Empowerment and Expression. The conversation will explore the idea of making as an act of social engagement and how spaces such as “London Hack Space” can promote such opportunities in the city. MAKING THINGS SOCIAL are evening talks, conversations, and debates hosted by the MArch in Architecture at CSM. Practitioners from a range of disciplines share their ideas in a informal setting with the intent to cast a critical light on the social and political issues of spatial production and to help re-imagine our roles as architects across disciplinary boundaries Speakers: Andy Tidman Robert Newcombe Location F109 / Time 18:30 / Date 25th October 2017 Central Saint Martins Granary Building
  • Made excellent progress here in the Lake District... stay tuned for the reveal #studyarchitectureatartschool #csm
  • Power Point on a bench somewhere In Enfield.
  • HEY HOI - we got our first student lead publication. #csm #csmarchitecture
         

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.