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Future Urbanism (MLA)

Future Urbanism

Entry year
2022
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
1 year (Full Time)
Places available
Sept (40), Jan (40) (Full Time)
This course is now closed to applications for September 2021. If you are interested in September 2022 entry, please register your interest.
  • Overview

    Master of Landscape Architecture 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 and the need for massive de-carbonisation.

    * Leading edge
    An innovative MLA 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.

    MLA Future Urbanism connects with a range of different external organisations and is designed to provide the key core skills required to become a chartered Landscape Architect with specified pre-requisite qualifications (Landscape Institute candidate course applied for 2021-22 session) or an advanced practitioner in the area.

    Future Urbanism highlights

    Innovative New Programme with professional accreditation (Landscape Institute candidate course applied for 2021-22 session)

    Global Opportunities

    • Developing a career in design thinking aligned with Landscape Architecture: The programme meets the need for design thinking as identified by bodies including the World Economic Forum and the Design Council. This develops capacity for working creatively across disciplinary boundaries, based on subject expertise and advanced design research methodologies to understand complex problems.
      https://www.designcouncil.org.uk/resources/report/design-perspectives-design-skills

    Industry Links

    • Extensive internal and external network of aligned institutions, practitioners, professional networks and industrial connections
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Core Modules : Full Time 1 academic year
    *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
    Develop 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

    Landscape ArchitectureAll modules are designed to develop advanced design thinking with a strong emphasis on research through design. A variety of output modes are developed to support diverse cross-disciplinary collaboration, external connections and dissemination events
    Year 1 Core Modules Full time 48 week (180 CAT total) Sept and Jan entry points*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
    *Research: Theory + Practice (30 CAT)
    Content: Introducing techniques, processes and readings that directly inform design as a spatial practice.
    Output: Seminar/Report + Event

    *Studio 1 (30 CAT)
    Content: Identification of issues, themes and intellectual positions, enabling trans-disciplinary dialogue and creativity. Develop responses and propositions towards live and theoretical issues facing future cities and landscapes. Engages with physical, technical, cultural, theoretical and ideological territories of future cities and landscapes.
    Output: Design portfolio

    Professional Theory + Practice (30 CAT)
    Content: Preparation for employment, developing knowledge and understanding of professions and related procedures, industries and organisations in the contemporary setting of future city, architecture and landscape design.
    Output: Seminar + Report + Event

    *Studio 2 (30 CAT)
    Content: Identification of issues, themes and intellectual positions, enabling trans-disciplinary dialogue and creativity. Develop responses and propositions towards live and theoretical issues facing future cities and landscapes. Engages with physical, technical, cultural, theoretical and ideological territories of future cities and landscapes.
    Output: Design portfolio

    *Thesis (60 CAT)
    Content: The Thesis as a showcase for interests and capabilities, and an important contributor to employability. It is a forum for developing and demonstrating analytical and problem solving abilities and competence as an independent researcher.
    Output: Route i. or Route ii. Drawn modelled thesis or written thesis.

    People teaching you

    Prof Tom Jefferies
    Course Director

    SNBE
    Email: askeps@qub.ac.uk

    Teaching Times

    Morning / Afternoon / Evening. The programme includes on site fieldwork.

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    The MLA is designed to offer a route accredited by the Landscape Institute (candidate course status 2021-22 applied for), the Royal chartered professional body for landscape architects in the UK. The profession offers strong employment opportunities for accredited graduates.

    Design thinking is widely applicable across a range of areas concerned with advanced thinking and practice in contemporary environments. It provides you with core advanced skills applicable to a range of work-based and professional environments.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

    Learning and Teaching

    * Developed around the best proven design-based model for wide-entry professionally accredited PGT design education.

    * The teaching delivery is based around on-site, fieldwork and on-line modes supporting modules delivered in studio/lecture /seminar/workshop modes.

    * Project based learning vehicles enable students to acquire, research and apply knowledge through the course.

    * Mixture of group and individual working methods students engage with multi-disciplinary expertise and external partners.

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    Assessment

    The programme is assessed by coursework. In studio modules this typically consists of diagrams, drawings and models but can also encompass other media such as, for example, written texts, film-making, sound recording, etc. Students may also be assessed on:

    Individual projects

    Group projects

    Presentations (group & individual)

    Essays

    Case Studies

    Reflective reports on skills development and learning outcomes

    Public events

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

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

    The MLA offers a route accredited by the Landscape Institute (candidate status 2021-22), the Royal chartered professional body for landscape architects in the UK.

    Entrance requirements for the route accredited by the Landscape Institute are below:

    Either:

    Direct entry requires a minimum of a 2.1 (with the possibility of joining the course with a 2.2 following academic and portfolio review) from an accredited UK BA/BSc Landscape Architecture. International candidates will have achieved an equivalent level on an IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) accredited undergraduate course in Landscape Architecture of at least 3 years duration.

    Or:

    Students who do not meet the above criteria, require a minimum of 2.1 undergraduate degree (with the possibility of joining the course with a 2.2 following academic and portfolio review). Entry is via PGCert Future Landscape Architecture (https://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-taught/future-landscape-architecture-pgcert/#overview) where 60 credits are undertaken to fulfil the Landscape Institute requirement for 240 credits of Masters level education post an initial BA/BSc.


    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.

    A deposit is required to secure a place.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last two years).

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £6,450
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,450
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £7,250
    EU Other 3 £21,400
    International £21,400

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    Fees for 2022-23 will be published in December 2021.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Future Urbanism costs

    Students are responsible for additional costs for books, materials and software for drawing and consumables (including final portfolio). A budget of approximately £1,850 for the course is appropriate to support equipment (inclusive of graphics capable laptop), consumables and fieldwork costs. The amount required for equipment, consumable materials and printing will vary depending on how students decide to represent their work.

    How do I fund my study?

    The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    When to Apply

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume 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 Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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