Taught course

Computational Methods in Architecture

Institution
Cardiff University · Welsh School of Architecture
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for graduates in architecture, the built environment, civil engineering, architectural engineering, computer science, or for professionals who wish to develop a specialisation in computational methods in architecture. Applicants should normally hold a first or upper second class Honours degree. Students would be expected to show understanding of the field of computational methods in architecture and some initial experience in the use of digital tools, developing software-based solutions, or organising engineering information with digital tools.

We require prospective students to submit a personal statement and portfolio, which should provide evidence of imaginative, conceptual, and systematic thinking, spatial sensibility, technical resolution and overall communication of ideas. Portfolios must be accompanied by an endorsement from the student’s previous educational establishment or place of employment confirming that the work is their own. Alternative qualifications or relevant professional experience may be accepted.

Applicants should apply through the University’s online application system. The School will contact applicants directly to arrange for the portfolio to be sent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems. Our multidisciplinary approach will provide students with the knowledge and skills to discover innovative computational methods for use in the creative and design industries. In particular, we will look at form-finding using parametric and generative methods, preparing digital information for further rigorous analysis, and integrating the logic of digital fabrication into the early stages of design.

You will be taught by experts across the subjects of architecture, computer science and engineering, which will give you a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to looking at design.

The ethos of the course is based on the concept of rigorous creativity where algorithmic thinking, systematic parametric design, analytic methods, creative intuition and tectonic sensibilities are integrated into a more innovative design outcome than traditional methods currently allow.

During the course, you will be able to develop and specialise in areas of interest to you through a range of optional modules and your choice of dissertation topic. Topics you may specialise in include algorithmic thinking in parametric design and form-finding, performance-based design and analysis, or design for digital fabrication.

Information for international students

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. The UK Border Agency requires minimum sub-scores of IELTS 5.5 across the four competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

If your offer to study at Cardiff University is conditional on IELTS, we recommend that you take the ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test at an approved centre. This will give you greater flexibility regarding how to meet the English Language conditions of your offer. Please note that ‘IELTS for UKVI’ is the only test outside the UK that can be accepted for entry to Pre-sessional English Language programmes.

The University’s English language centre offers 10- and 8-week Pre-sessional Courses and a longer Bridge Programme and provides on-going support for international students.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
PostgradEnquiries@cardiff.ac.uk