Digital Architecture and Design MSc
Start date September
Duration 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Digital technologies are rapidly changing the way buildings and urban spaces are designed, constructed and inhabited. On this course you’ll learn the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required to produce innovative blueprints for architecture and urbanism in the digital era.
The past decade has shown rapidly growing expectations for built spaces with capacity to respond dynamically to changes such as shifts in demographics, new and emerging technology, climate change and ageing populations. These are global challenges and opportunities which demand architects and designers with the ability to creatively shape the way that buildings, landscapes and cities age and adapt over time.
This course uses theoretical and practical study to examine how digital tools and processes can be developed and applied to design built environments with capacity for change. At Sheffield, we produce postgraduates well equipped to become future leaders in this field.
On this course you will use a creative blend digital techniques including Parametric Architectural Geometry, Computational Design, Building Information Modelling and Advanced Simulation to produce innovative digital architecture.
We work closely with cutting edge centres of research and practice from the University of Sheffield and partners in the UK and abroad. Digital Design research in the school investigates ways in which the performance of buildings and urban spaces can be better captured, modelled and managed using software, data and devices.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, workshops, seminars, studio project work and field trips. Lecturers provide a range of design research expertise in Parametric Design, Computer Programming, 3D Interactive Prototyping, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and Environmental Simulation.
The programme places a great emphasis on ‘the Sheffield Approach’. Your learning of digital architecture and design will be contextualised and grounded in an understanding of the wider urban, social and cultural agenda.
Studio MAKE in Conversation
In a series of interviews, Dr Chengzhi Peng speaks to Digital Design students about the projects undertaken as part of Studio MAKE (Modelling Adaptive Kinetic Environments).
By the end of this programme, graduates will have the comprehensive knowledge and practical digital skills that are in high demand by contemporary practice and research in digital architecture.
Our graduates go on to careers with leading practices in architecture and urban design, digital creative industries, digital technology development and environmental design consultancy.
The course also fully prepares graduates who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies towards MPhil/PhD.
The course is structured in a total of 180 credits over two semesters including the summer months. Students will undertake six 15 credit modules in concepts, methods and techniques of parametric modelling, computational design, and building information modelling (BIM).
The Studio Project and the Dissertation Project are for students to apply their digital design knowledge, skills and interests creatively in a studio setting guided by tutors and dissertation supervisors. Students engage with critical applications of digital techniques and technologies in the design and research of innovative built environments. A study field trip is organised each year as part of the Studio Project, feeding into both group and personal digital design projects.
Our flexible modular teaching encourages students to explore their particular areas of interest through a rich array of elective modules.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of changes the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
Teaching on this programme is delivered by world-leading experts and researchers in the field of digital design. In 2018-2019 the course is led by:
Each year we attract excellent national and international postgraduate students to this School who all contribute to a socially vibrant and academically challenging environment. Our students produce work of the highest quality. Here they share their experiences of studying at the Sheffield School of Architecture.
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