School of Art, Design and Architecture

MA Smart Urban Futures

Smart urban futures is a unique and innovative new MA programme that will equip you to address design challenges at the boundaries between smart technologies and urban design and planning. You will gain skills in IoT, smart technologies, open data, 3D fabrication, augmented reality and virtual reality complimented by core teaching in urban design, planning and placemaking.

Through a design lab approach, you will develop digital prototyping and place-making projects that respond to the opportunities and needs of digital living, transport, health, mobility, governance and sustainability in a holistic approach to smart urban futures.

Key features

  • Unique programme in emerging field of smart urban futures.
  • Digital and spatial skillset that synthesises digital and smart programming and urban design and planning skills.
  • Addressing real urban challenges through a design lab approach.
  • Co-design working within multi-disciplinary teams with external partners.
  • Delivering innovation through social responsible approach.
  • Focus on entrepreneurship and innovation delivered in conjunction with Future Entrepreneurship Centre at Plymouth Business School.
  • Embedded within research excellence of smart cities and digital art and technology with internationally recognised academics.
  • Career development and employability integral to the course through partnerships with industry and public sector partners.
  • State of the art equipment including immersive visualisation and fabrication lab.
  • Course details

    • Year 1
    • Based in a lively well-supported studio environment, the programme will develop skills in digital and urban design. This will be set within a critical framework to appraise the application of these technologies to urban contexts. There will be a close cooperation and link with industry, the public and the third sector and the focus of your work will be on real-world problems and scenarios.

      Semester 1

      DAT Urban Dataplay (30 credits): Core theory and skills in digital technology and design. In the programme students will use a range of software and technologies such as Unity3D, online data, mobile phones, IoT sensors, streaming media, Ardunio, Lilypad, Raspberry Pi, Processing, projection mapping, 3 D fabrication etc to explore and innovate in the field of smart technologies, interfaces and IoT. 

      Semester 2

      Design Studio 2 (30 credits): Studio projects designed around students working to a series of briefs on projects within a ‘real world’ context.

    • Final year
    • Semester 1 

      Design Studio 1 (30 credits): Studio projects designed around students working to a series of briefs on projects within a ‘real world’ context. Group and individual work.  

      Semester 2

      Futures Entrepreneurship (30 credits): Developing and understanding for entrepreneurship in design fields. Students will be expected to identify the exploitation and innovation potential of their work in a collaborative manner and explore how this can catalyse an entrepreneurial journey. The module will also offer a programme of mentorship and networking with key practitioners and innovators. This module is run in conjunction with the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, Faculty of Business.  

      Semester 3

      Research project (60 credits): This module enables students to develop work from the design lab with a level of depth and breadth and addressing a real world issue. The research project allows students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, to act entrepreneurially in planning and implementing a project working with a range of partners. The research project will enable students to move directly into their chosen area of work, whether this be research, employment, a startup or consultancy. 

    Entry requirements

    Normally a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent and evidence of a sustained engagement with the field. But we will consider students below 2:1 if they can demonstrate a strong academic portfolio or a record of professional experience. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required for overseas students.

    Applicants will be required to submit an outline of their experience together with a 500 word contextualisation statement. (If required, applicants may also be asked to attend an interview either in person or through a remote link up if international students).

    The University also has substantial experience in supporting mature students and welcomes applicants in this category. Applicants with APL will be considered on an individual basis according to the University Regulations Framework. Students interested in transferring postgraduate credits will be considered on merit and current University regulations regarding transfer of credits from other institutions will apply.  

    How to apply

    Applying for postgraduate taught study

    The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

    If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

    Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

    Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


    Submitting an application

    Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

    Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

    Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

     

    Applying for postgraduate research study

    The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

    If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

    Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

    Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


    Submitting an application

    Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

    Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

    Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

    People

    Institute of Digital Art and Technology (iDAT) 

    i-DAT is an Open Research Lab for playful experimentation with creative technology.
    We co-create and share technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. Our main focus is on making ‘data’ tangible, playable and readily available as a material, to generate new meaning and inform participation, audience engagement and innovation in the arts.

    Futures Entrepreneurship Centre

    A place where you can change the world of business

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