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MS ARCH in Media & Fabrication

The Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Media and Fabrication [MS ARCH in Media + Fabrication] is a post-professional degree focused on contemporary technology and architecture.  It provides an integrative way of looking at new media, digital technologies and advanced fabrication methods to innovate their integrative application to architecture and design. This program is dedicated to cutting edge research and experimentation, and seeks to explore in a highly innovative fashion the cultural and technological landscapes of Houston. With a highly flexible curriculum, the degree allows for maximum individuation within both the graduate topic studios and an open selection of elective courses. The degree provides for an intensive yearlong (two semester) degree track with highly individuated curation of content allowing for a deep and focused inquiry. Culminating in an individual yearlong Master Degree Project, the post-professional students have an opportunity to examine diverse issues confronting contemporary practice through critical design inquiry.

The MS ARCH in Media + Fabrication is at the forefront of digital design exploration, fostering the integrative advancement of a variety of media, digital technologies and advanced fabrication. Focused on developing the ability to fluidly navigate and integrate the expansive landscape of media technologies, this degree investigates virtual applications, design media, and digital fabrication technologies and their opportunities to inform and engage architecture.

PROGRAM

The MS ARCH in Media + Fabrication provides opportunity for deep inquiry into technologies emergent from the tools and digital processes of advanced media in search of application to the needs and opportunities of architectural inquiry.

Using the newly formed Advanced Media Technology Lab alongside the landmark Keeland Design Exploration Lab, these facilities are home to a variety of applied research investigations including: materials research, building envelope investigations, social design, and prototyping for mass production. Specific knowledge areas include but are not limited to:

Advanced Computation and Parametric Design
Digital Fabrication and Robotics
3D printing / Additive Manufacturing
Interactive Technologies and Responsive Systems
Building Information Modeling [BIM]
Advanced Visulatization and Simulation
History and Theory of Digital Design
Experimental and Emerging Technologies

Applicants will develop an individual presence within the diverse options and the range of complex digital capabilities available within the College. Through their Master’s Project, students will work on independent inquiries challenging the potential of traditional methodologies and processes with advanced digital tools engaging both spatial ideas and their corresponding physical components with great clarity, efficiency and innovative modes of application. This degree intensively focuses on the emergent opportunities of computational tools to lead and expand architectural design, theory, and practice.

MS ARCH in Media + Fabrication Degree Plan

The Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Media + Fabrication degree is a design-based program centered on the studio, for students already possessing a professional degree in architecture, urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, or related design fields. It integrates advanced technologies with architecture, to challenge both the means and the product of design. Individual flexibility to the technologies engaged are provided for through the diverse and flexible curricular offerings

The program prepares students for design-based research and professional practice at the cutting edge of media design and fabrication. The two semester program consists of 36 academic credits in consecutive Fall and Spring sessions.

SAMPLE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE WITH A CONCENTRATION IN MEDIA + FABRICATION CURRICULUM

Semester 1 — Fall Core

 

Topical Design Studio (7600)   

6 Units

Master Project Prep (6393)​​​

3 Units

Elective​​​​           

​​​​3 Units

Elective​​​​           

3 Units

Elective​​​​           

3 Units

Fall Total:

 18 Units

Semester 2 — Spring Core

 

Advanced Master Project Studio

6 Units

Elective​​​​           

3 Units

Elective​​​​           

​​​​3 Units

Elective​​​​           

3 Units

Elective​​​​           

3 Units

 Fall Total:

 18 Units

Total Degree Requirements:​​​    

36 Units