Students’ design capabilities and professional skills are extended through the resolution of increasingly complex projects. These culminate in the 12 month Comprehensive Design Project for which students research and propose to approval both brief and site anywhere in the world. Conceived as a bridge to the profession, the CDP teaches students real-world design methodology for complex buildings. Design and technical knowledge are developed simultaneously and interactively to achieve a balance of pragmatic creativity.
A studio culture is encouraged and exclusive facilities are available for Part 2 students, including access to a comprehensive set of architectural software and printing. Intensive tutoring is provided, particularly in the final project, from consultants in appropriate professions.
Media for assessment are chosen as appropriate to the task and can include hand and CAD drawings, traditional and CAD-generated physical models, multimedia presentation and reports. Interdisciplinary approaches to communication are explored in collaboration across the Faculty, with design and technology as the primary basis for the exploration of theoretical and critical positions.
History, Theory and Criticism, Dissertation and Management Practice and Law are explored through lectures, seminars, tutorials, essays, group work, case studies, visits, studio, workshop and laboratory exercises. Learning is varied, participatory and synchronised with design work. Students are encouraged to use the Dissertation as a theoretical basis for their final projects.
Assessment is based on project and seminar presentations, essays, and syndicate group work. The classified MArch award is calculated on an aggregate of all assessments.
The school has a good record of success in architecture awards. In 2010 an MArch student won the TECU international student prize. Two others had their work included in the 2010 Royal Academy Summer exhibition. In 2011 members of the graduating cohort have been included in BD class of 2011 and the judges shortlist of 4 3D Reid student prize finalists; a part time graduating student won the RIBA East Midlands Student Low Carbon Design Award. Two students have also had their work selected for the 2012 Royal Academy Summer exhibition. One has received a 2012 ICT Creative Thinking Award sponsored by Toby Moores.