Ravensbourne’s MA Environment Design is designed to help students testing and illustrating interior and exterior design opportunities and constraints through drawings and models.
The cutting edge of the creative industries
The MA Environment Design course gives young professionals the skills and knowledge they need successfully to develop and sell their individual spatial design ideas.
Creating designers for the future
This course focuses on the translation of a social narrative into a spatial concept. You will research space definition and spatial sequences, developing an architectural language based on an understanding of today’s society. You will then explore how to manifest these ideas into a structure, dealing with the constraints and opportunities of its materiality and refining the final intended design through construction detailing. The course combines traditional design methods, such as crafted models and hand drawings, with the latest 3D software, animation and render technology as well as computer controlled manufacturing processes.
Times are changing
New technology offers new possibilities both for the creative process in designing environments and for the nature of those environments themselves. The course has been developed to embrace these possibilities and encourage you to take full advantage of the possibilities of digital imaging and digital manufacturing techniques. Issues of social sustainability and economic viability are explored and used to compliment the experimental nature of design proposals.
Who’s it for?
The course is designed for creative individuals interested in ideas and methodologies to create bold new proposals for today’s built environment.
This course is concerned with the development of the theoretical knowledge and creative and experimental professional practice necessary to become an advanced practitioner in spatial design. At Ravensbourne, the discipline encompasses exterior and interior design as well as virtual and interactive spaces.
The course offers you the opportunity to develop an individual programme of enquiry and creative development in environment design culminating in the realisation of a final major project illustrated in a diverse and rich portfolio.
What you will study
During the course, you will engage in cycles of creative experimentation followed by rigorous critical analysis. Experimentation and innovation are supported through technical, user and interaction workshops based upon strategies deployed by leading practitioners within the field. The course develops a heightened level of awareness and empathy for the diversity of user experiences.
You will develop modeling techniques to test spatial and material qualities. You will develop architectural concepts to reflect your understanding of today’s society, for example a specific site, complex spatial arrangement, individual programme of habitation or a radical articulation of an architectural concept.
The course offers spatial design education provided by professional architects. You will benefit from working alongside students on other Ravensbourne postgraduate courses in a multi-disciplinary environment, creating opportunities to widen and expand your approaches to research and practice and giving you the opportunity to adapt and adopt new and innovative methods and solutions.
You are required to own or have access to a laptop from the beginning of your studies. Laptops are an essential tool to support personalised learning and give you access, when and where you want it, to many of the creative tools and educational resources you will encounter during your studies.
Laptops are used extensively in all of our courses. You will need one to access our network, and to research, communicate and collaborate during your studies.
Design skills and the capability to illustrate ideas are primarily assessed through models, a design portfolio and individual presentation. You will be required to conduct background research using relevant references and produce a theoretical study showing a thorough understanding of your design concept.
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