Digital Craft in Architecture
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Digital technology continues to disrupt and transform how we design and build with sustainable materials. Our Digital Craft in Architecture MA is a unique transdisciplinary course that will equip you to engage with an evolving industry, as part of a vibrant community of practice. You will learn to craft designs with advanced digital tools, drawing on traditional knowledge of building to innovate with sustainable materials.
You will gain skills in:
- 3D printing
- CNC Manufacture
- Mixed Reality Making
- Parametric and Computational Design
- Generative AI
Networking forms an intrinsic part of the course; you will collaborate with industry partners and practices to develop innovative research projects with real world implications.
As a professional, architect, designer or engineer, our course provides the ideal environment to make connections and create sophisticated designs that will be valuable in your career.
By joining our community of practice, you will have access to our high quality design studios, providing a risk-free environment to explore and implement new, creative ideas.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Discover advances digital techniques using scripting, parametric and computational design.
Collaborate with a project team and industry partners.
'Hands on' experience
With state of the art digital fabrication technologies
In Advanced Architectural Design, Digital Architecture and Virtual Reality.
At Grymsdyke Farm which houses a digital fabrication facility.
Working both individually and collaboratively, you will develop a unique body of design research, while considering advancements in the design and construction industry.
You will develop methods of exploration, significantly between the digital and the physical, which include:
- Digital prototyping
- Computational design
- 1:1 making with digital fabrication
- 3D visualisation
- Technical drawing for manufacture and assembly.
In order to promote networking and development throughout our course, you will work closely with your tutors, while engaging with practices and researchers. Your research will be guided by a collaborative research question that is influenced by industry approaches to sustainability and how digital tools can enhance the utilisation of traditional materials.
Learning and teaching
The modules you will study combine a ratio of taught to self-led study.
As an example, a module of 20 credits approximates to 200 hours of student effort. Up to 36 hours of which usually consists of:
- Individual tutorials
- Hands on digital and making workshops.
The remaining time is devoted to student-led study and assessment.
Digital Craft Skills
- Design for Digital Manufacture - understand different methods of digital manufacturing. Develop a critical attitude in design. Understand the role of the digital model in manufacture and assembly.
- Computational Design - show an ability to turn design modelling steps into an algorithmic tool for design. Understand how data can drive a digital design model and be a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
- Test - set up design experiments that test known and unknown parameters.
- Appraise - integrate results from digital and physical experiments into a body of knowledge
- Synthesise - integrate design research into a design project.
- Create - original designs and ideas. Explore the role of tectonics and digital fabrication in design and construction.
- Communicate - share design strategies to the expert and non-expert audiences. With originality and skill using digital and analogue techniques.
There is no official field trip on the course.
We will encourage you to visit areas of interest that are relevant to your thesis, and to visit exhibitions and galleries. We recommend you should budget about £300 for trips such as these for your thesis.
Start this course in January
You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.
Oxford Brookes is renowned for its world-class research into how architecture has evolved in different cultures around the world, notably the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library and the network of hundreds of researchers connected to this body of work. This unique collection of traditional or vernacular architectures represent an extensive and detailed knowledge database, expressed as an architectural language specific to the spirit and ecology of a place. It also represents an extensive body of research into the way economies and cultures relate to, and utilise, sustainable materials in the construction of architecture.
In the rapidly evolving design and construction industry, there is an increasing demand for specialist knowledge of digital manufacturing. Robotics, augmented reality and 3D printing technologies continue to play a more significant role in how we design and build.
Greater value is placed on first-hand experience and knowledge that can harness these processes in the design and making of our built environment. As a graduate of this course there are many opportunities to find work in the many sectors of design, architecture and the building industry, which includes:
- Architectural and engineering practices
- Industrial designers, designer-makers
- Digital design and manufacture consultancies
- Building contractors.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.