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Landscape Urbanism (MSc)

Architectural Association
AA School of Architecture
London
United Kingdom
Landscape & Environment
Overview

Landscape Urbanism is a Graduate Design Programme at the Architectural Association leading to a Masters of Architecture (MArch, 16 months) and to a Masters in Science (MSc, 12 months) in Landscape Urbanism.

 

The programme explores the role that design and designers (from architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planner’s perspective) can play when confronted with large scale territories (metropolitan areas, rural environments, infrastructural and productive landscapes, etc.) and planetary urbanisation. At these scales, territories are structured by sets of economic policies, law frameworks, political decisions, social and cultural contexts, and engineering solutions where design inputs are left out or put at the fringes. Landscape Urbanism at the AA explores design not only as the source of aesthetic and performative proposals necessary to offer alternatives to today’s acute urban/environmental problems, but also as a mechanism to orchestrate, choreograph and negotiate their implementation within political/economic frames at large scales over time.

 

The programme has been constantly evolving, critically integrating practices such as cartography and territorial journalism, new applications of technologies such as scripted simulations, GIS mapping and web apps, all of which are widely available in various other disciplines but relatively untapped within design disciplines engaged with planetary urbanisation.

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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

 

Prospective students must have the minimum academic requirements to apply.

 

Academic Qualifications

 

Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) in architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, urban planning, geography, engineering or other relevant discipline from a United Kingdom university or a BArch degree plus diploma of equivalent professional standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

 

English Language

 

The AA reserves the right to make conditional offers on the basis of candidates gaining a further English language qualification. English language qualification requirements are subject to frequent change, in line with Home Office/UKVI regulations. Candidates are responsible for keeping up to date with such changes, however the AA website will ensure that up-to-date English language requirements are published at the beginning of each application cycle.

 

The AA fully understands that applicants have been experiencing difficulty meeting the English language conditions of their offer due to the number of approved English language test centres that have been closed around the world as a result of COVID-19. In response, the AA has expanded its list of accepted tests significantly, in order to give applicants as many accessible options as possible.

To meet both the AA and the Home Office/UKVI English language requirements, candidates must obtain one of the following language qualifications:

 

IELTS (UKVI): A score of 6.5 overall is required, with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two-year validity period. Certificates must therefore have been obtained within two years of the candidate’s visa application date.

Trinity College SELT Test (ISE II (B2) or ISE III (C1)): A pass is required in each category at minimum. Trinity reports have a two-year validity period. Please check Appendix O and the list of approved test centres issued by the UKVI to ensure that you book a test with an approved SELT provider.

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (B2 Communicator): A score of High Pass is required for Written Exam (includes Reading, Writing and Listening) and Speaking Exam with no individual score below 33/50.

Pearson PTE (Academic UKVI): A score of 62 overall is required, with at least 59 in each category

English language exams vary in terms of how long they remain valid. If you passed one of these exams more than two years ago, please notify your Admissions Coordinator so they can check whether it can be accepted. Candidates should provide the Admissions Team with a scanned copy of their official test certificate and/or the TRF number from that certificate. The required scores must be achieved during a single sitting of the examination.

 

*For international qualifications to be eligible for an English Language Assessment, the degree must have been taught entirely in English.

 

Required Documents

 

All applicants must submit a digital sample portfolio of original art and design work in addition to the online application form, scanned transcripts and certificates (as required) and references, which can be sent to the school directly by referees.

 

Portfolio

 

The digital portfolio of art or design work should emphasise an applicant’s skills, interests, creativity and personality. Applicantsshould include in this document a range of both their academic and professional work. The portfolio should also show working processes (sketches, development drawings, models, etc) rather than just final images.

 

There is no single way of preparing a portfolio and each will be different. A panel will assess each submission, and, in the instance that an applicant is then selected to attend an interview at the school, the discussion will focus on their portfolio. It is therefore important all applicants spend time preparing this document.

 

The portfolio should be a single PDF document of 20–30 pages, and must be no more than 40MB in size. It must be clearly labelled with the full name of the applicant and the programme or course to which they are applying.

 

Upon signature of the application form, applicants certify that the work submitted is entirely their own. Plagiarism is unacceptable in the academic setting and students are subject to penalties, including dismissal from their programme or course, should they commit an act of plagiarism.

 

Online Form

 

Applicants will need to register to gain access to the online application form. All sections of the form must be carefully completed. Applicants can save their progress as they proceed and revisit the in-progress form using their registration password.

 

Applications will not be processed until the online form has been completed and all required supporting documents have been provided. Those who submit incomplete applications will be contacted by email to request outstanding documentation. A maximum of two reminders will be sent. If no response is received, their application will be automatically withdrawn.

 

Transcripts and Certificates

 

All applicants must submit scanned copies of their academic records or transcripts that include a detailed list of subjects taken and marks attained.

 

Applicants who have completed their degrees must upload both their degree certificate and transcripts for all years of study. Those who have not yet completed their studies must include all of their university transcripts to date, and are encouraged to contact the admissions department prior to making an application for the 2020–21 academic year.

 

Overseas applicants must supply certificates and transcripts that have been officially translated into English. The AA can only accept official translations bearing the stamp and signature of a translator. Both original and translated documents should be uploaded.

 

References

 

Applicants should submit two references with their online application form: one related to work experience and the other academic. If an applicant has no work experience, two academic references are required. All references should be provided on official headed paper. They should bear the original (not jpeg format) signature of the referee and provide their contact details. No application will be considered before two references have been received.

 

Referees who would prefer to send their reference to the AA directly can do so by post, marked for the attention of the Admissions Team, or by email in PDF format (this must be a scan of a signed document). References should be emailed directly from referees’ official email addresses. Emails received from personal email addresses will not be accepted.

 

Visa Information

 

Entry conditions for international applicants from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland are governed by the Home Office/UKVI Tier 4 General Points Based System. Applicants who require a Visa must receive a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number from the AA before making a visa application.

 

Applicants with unconditional offers and who meet the Tier 4 eligibility criteria will be sponsored by the AA and supported in preparing for their visa application.

 

Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

 

A CAS number will be issued once an applicant has received an unconditional offer, formally accepted their place, pay their deposit (if applicable) and submit the required documentation that confirms their eligibility for the Tier 4 visa. Details of the Tier 4 (General) Student visa and its eligibility criteria can be found on the gov.uk website.

 

The usual timing of the CAS process is under review as it will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for 2020/21 entry. However, applicants should be assured that they will be guided through the process so that they are well informed and prepared when the time is right to submit their Tier 4 application.

 

As of 1 August 2019, the AA has secured ‘full privileges’, meaning that new students enrolled at the school will be able to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time and full time during the vacation period. Students enrolled on any of the Taught Postgraduate programmes are permitted to bring dependents.

 

If you have any questions about visa-related matters, please get in touch with the AA’s Compliance Team: compliance@aaschool.ac.uk

 

Additionally, the UK Council of International Student Affairs publishes helpful student immigration advice and information at www.ukcisa.org.uk

 

Tier 4 Visa Guide

 

The AA has published detailed and frequently asked questions and guidance documents for applicants. These are updated regularly as visa and immigration rules are amended in response to COVID-19. Please get in touch with your Admissions Coordinator if you have any questions about the Visa Guides.

 

Tier 4 Guidance for Applicants: Taught Postgraduate & PhD Programmes

 

Correcting Visa Errors

 

Applicants should carefully check their Visas, once receives, to ensure that there are no errors. Any Visa errors must be identified and corrected as soon as possible. Should a Visa error need to be corrected from outside the UK, please contact the relevant Visa application centre to request that the error is corrected before travelling to the UK. Should a correction need to be made from within the UK, please contact the AA Compliance personnel for advice and assistance. Visa applicants must not book any travel whilst they are waiting for errors to be corrected.

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

 

The AA offers bursaries to new students of the Taught Postgraduate students who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need. All applicants are eligible regardless of age, nationality or background. Find out more about academic fees, the bursary application process and other sources of financial assistance.

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General information
Length
12 months
Language
English
Director
Jose Alfredo Ramirez / Eduardo Rico
Fee
£26,896
Email
alfredo@aaschool.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)20 7887 4000
Address
36 Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES
Type of Master
Master of Sciences (MS / MSc) or equivalent
Website
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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