Future Urbanism explores, defines and designs the nature of 21st century urbanism. Reimagining the idea of the urban in a digitally infused, spatially attenuated age facing a climate emergency. * Leading edge An innovative MSc addressing key global issues of urbanisation and sustainability. Cities have a 6000 year history and by 2050 68% of the world's population will be urban. * Embedded Research by design Experimental, testable proposals which capture unique spatial opportunities. Critique ideas of place, environment, culture, technology and sustainability through project vehicles. * Collaborative + interdisciplinary Dynamic trans-disciplinary testbed with multi-partner design studio. Co-designed projects with external partners, collaborative networks and practitioners. * Diverse employment opportunities The course supports employment pathways by developing knowledge and understanding of professions and related procedures, industries and organisations in the contemporary setting of future city, architecture and landscape design. MSc Future Urbanism connects with a range of different external organisations and provides the key core skills required to become a chartered Landscape Architect (with specified pre-requisite qualifications) or an advanced practitioner in the area. COURSE CONTENT Five core modules address contemporary and future aspects of urbanism through developing design thinking in studio projects, research training, professional development and theoretical propositions. Core Modules : Full Time 48 week >Studio 1: 30 CAT Design challenge >Studio 2: 30 CAT Design challenge >Research Theory + Practice: 30 CAT Theory-based >Professional Theory + Practice: 30 CAT Theory-based >Thesis: 60 CAT Design based or written *Studios 1 + 2 Develops design thinking through a creative laboratory exploring issues in the design of cities, urban space, landscape or architecture. *Research Theory + Practice Develops design thinking through exploring techniques, processes and readings that directly inform design as a spatial practice. *Professional Theory + Practice Develops design thinking through knowledge and understanding of professions and related procedures, industries and organisations in the future city. *Thesis Demonstrates design thinking through research process, problem definition and creative synthesis to produce an independent research project based on the future city. Key themes: * Understanding of the relationship between natural and built systems of the city * Communicating complex ideas and research into a range of visual media and written form * Engaging with professional modes of behaviour KEY OPPORTUNITIES: You will work in live trans-disciplinary contexts to address complex, open-ended and dynamic challenges with radical, realisable, testable projects and proposals. * engage with leading edge academia and practice globally. * develop individual propositions on the future of the urban condition. * develop advanced evidenced-based creativity. * orchestrate engaging research-based events. * pioneer new research directions and professional trajectories. QUB ENVIRONMENT Belfast and Northern Ireland offer a unique context from which to explore wider global themes of: * complex territorial dynamics * digital infrastructural potentialities * reconceptualising notions of urban and rural * international border dynamics * contested identities The programme benefits from an extensive internal and external network of aligned institutions, practitioners, professional networks and industrial connections. The studio draws on a diverse range of global expertise with an established network of external expert critics to guide your studies and expand your professional networks. The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2022. However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page. Innovative New Programme with professional accreditation
MSc Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Graduate
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Architecture or in any discipline by agreement with the School of Natural and Built Environment. A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Architecture or in any discipline by agreement with the School of Natural and Built Environment may be considered alongside a very strong design portfolio on a case by case basis. Relevant professional experience alongside a very strong design portfolio may be considered on a case by case basis.

All applicants must submit a digital Portfolio of Work in PDF format; 15 pages maximum length, 5MB maximum file size.

The Portfolio of Work should demonstrate ability to edit your work in an appropriate and succinct expression of your abilities and ambitions. Work should be clearly laid out and logically presented using appropriately sized legible text for graphic clarity and ease of comprehension.

Format of Portfolio of Work:

1. Cover page: Your name and contact details and an image that graphically and succinctly represents your interests, ambitions or capabilities (this should be different from the project images contained within the portfolio).

2. A table of contents: Information regarding the duration of projects and the undergraduate academic year / level or professional context in which it was completed.

3. A short introductory statement of you and your personal practice (this can be an extract from the statement in your application).

4. Three pieces of work, with one project or piece of coursework shown in detail. A written summary (100 words) describing the significance of each piece of work, demonstrating the rigour of the discipline from which you come.

5. Additional work: your portfolio can include examples of work undertaken in an employment context or similar experience.

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2022.  However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.  In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline.  Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

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