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Expanded Spatial Practices MA

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Spatial Design

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

Spatial practice is often approached from within tight disciplinary and professional boundaries. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach by integrating knowledge and methods from multiple fields. You’ll draw on architecture, interior, and landscape, as well as: art, performance, choreography, history, public policy, criminology, health, and creative technology, to critically interrogate the ways in which space is thought, represented, produced, and used.

Aimed at students with a design background, we also welcome students from other disciplines or experiences looking to expand their practice or enter a new career.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Propose new areas for investigation and critical enquiry by expanding your engagement with contemporary social, cultural, political, and ecological issues, debates, and public policies
  • Embrace interdisciplinary methodological approaches to spatial practice with a view to contributing to both theory- and practice-led research in the field
  • Expertly organise expanded spatial practices, and proficiently realise and communicate high-quality projects including the documentation and dissemination of outputs
  • Develop a high level of collaborative competency as well as your effectiveness and efficiency in leading and working with multi-disciplinary teams and complex organisations

Career Prospects

As a graduate of this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of established and emerging employment markets. You’ll be ready to work across a variety of social, governmental, and commercial sectors in a range of fields including but not limited to:

  • Public practice
  • Regeneration and spatial policy
  • Experiential design
  • User experience design
  • City branding and marketing
  • Wayfinding
  • Museology and curation
  • Heritage interpretation
  • Tourism and events


This module will introduce you to the key ideas and issues in the changing debates on space and spatial practice. You’ll use case studies to examine a range of contemporary and historical examples which integrate knowledge and methods from other fields. You’ll critically examine practices which adopt cross-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary approaches, including artistic, architectural, urban, performative, and curatorial practice. This module will also encourage you to explore written work and examples of other practices which take collaborative and participatory approaches. You’ll understand how to identify ways of expanding spatial practice beyond disciplinary boundaries in preparation for further study on this course. You’ll also propose, develop, and implement your research project.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least an upper second-class honours degree (2.1) in the cognate subjects of architecture, interiors, curatorship, public engagement, participation design, event design, policy, regeneration, performance, choreography, filmmaking or social history, at least a second-class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.