Ewch i’r prif gynnwys

Dulliau Cyfrifiadurol mewn Pensaernïaeth (MSc) Rhan-amser

Mae’r cwrs yn mynd i’r afael â’r angen i weithwyr proffesiynol gyda sgiliau TG, sgiliau ffugio digidol, sgiliau efelychu meddalwedd, neu’r gallu i ddylunio offer datblygu meddalwedd personol i ddatrys problemau dylunio unigryw.

This course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems. Our multidisciplinary approach will provide students with the knowledge and skills to discover innovative computational methods for use in the creative and design industries. In particular, we will look at form-finding using parametric and generative methods, preparing digital information for further rigorous analysis, and integrating the logic of digital fabrication into the early stages of design.

You will be taught by experts across the subjects of architecture, computer science and engineering, which will give you a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to looking at design.

The ethos of the course is based on the concept of rigorous creativity where algorithmic thinking, systematic parametric design, analytic methods, creative intuition and tectonic sensibilities are integrated into a more innovative design outcome than traditional methods currently allow.

During the course, you will be able to develop and specialise in areas of interest to you through a range of optional modules and your choice of dissertation topic. Topics you may specialise in include algorithmic thinking in parametric design and form-finding, performance-based design and analysis, or design for digital fabrication.

Nodweddion unigryw

  • Study in one of the top Schools of Architecture in the UK
  • Learn innovative algorithmic design methods in architecture.
  • Build your own digital tools through visual programming and scripting.
  • Gain practical experience with our in-house advanced digital fabrication equipment, including a large industrial robotic arm.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teamwork that mirrors professional practice.
  • Benefit from multi-disciplinary expertise from research staff across the schools of architecture, computer science and engineering.
  • Tailor your learning to your own interests and needs and develop specific expertise through optional modules and a student-led research project.

Ffeithiau allweddol

Nifer Myfyrwyr newydd nesafMedi 2020
Hyd2 blwyddyn
Ffyrdd eraill i astudio cwrs hwn

Meini prawf derbyn

This programme is suitable for graduates in architecture, the built environment, civil engineering, architectural engineering, computer science, or for professionals who wish to develop a specialisation in computational methods in architecture. Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree. Students would be expected to show understanding of the field of computational methods in architecture and some initial experience in the use of digital tools, developing software-based solutions, or organising engineering information with digital tools.

Applicants should apply through the University’s online application system.

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. The UK Border Agency requires minimum sub-scores of IELTS 5.5 across the four competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

If your offer to study at Cardiff University is conditional on IELTS, we recommend that you take the ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test at an approved centre. This will give you greater flexibility regarding how to meet the English Language conditions of your offer. Please note that ‘IELTS for UKVI’ is the only test outside the UK that can be accepted for entry to Pre-sessional English Language programmes.

The University’s English language centre offers 10- and 8-week Pre-sessional Courses and a longer Bridge Programme and provides on-going support for international students.


Rhagor o wybodaeth am ofynion Iaith Saesneg.

Mae'n rhaid i ymgeiswyr sydd angen fisa Haen 4 i astudio yn y DU gyflwyno cymhwyster iaith Saesneg derbyniol er mwyn bodloni gofynion UKVI (Fisâu a Mewnfudo y DU).

This will be a 2 year part-time programme where you will develop a project-based dissertation, supported by regular tutorials. Some module content will be delivered as intensive workshops during block weeks while other module content will be delivered weekly. The course will include core modules that present fundamental concepts and a series of more advanced modules and electives that will allow you to specialise in one or more of the advertised topics. Work will be a combination of individual and group work. The course will culminate in a student-led dissertation accompanied by a reflective essay.

Mae'r modiwlau a ddangosir yn esiampl o'r cwricwlwm arferol. Byddant yn cael eu hadolygu cyn blwyddyn academaidd 2020/21. Bydd y modiwlau terfynol yn cael eu cyhoeddi erbyn mis Medi 2020.

Blwyddyn un

In year 1 you will sit a total of 60 credits.

Blwyddyn dau

In year 2 you will sit a total of 60 credits, followed by the dissertation from June to December. (60 credits)

The student-led dissertation offers a unique and exciting opportunity for you to develop and pursue your own research agenda; discovering new knowledge and integrating several methods into new and innovative workflows. Working with a supervisor, your dissertation will comprise a computationally-based investigation that can have various deliverables including, but not limited to any combination of: visual presentations, computer code and scripts, digitally manufactured artefacts, video and animations, multi-media performances, or responsive environments and mechanisms. It will be accompanied by a reflective essay that explains the background, the thinking behind the project, the methodology, chronicles your investigation, and presents the main findings and conclusions of the research project. The reflective essay and the research project deliverables will be assessed by a panel of assessors. The total number of credits over two years is 180 credits.

Mae'r Brifysgol wedi ymrwymo i ddarparu amrywiaeth eang o opsiynau modiwl lle’n bosibl. Ond byddwch yn ymwybodol er y byddwn yn gwneud pob ymdrech i gynnig dewis, gall hyn gael ei gyfyngu mewn rhai amgylchiadau. Y rheswm am hyn yw'r ffaith mai dim ond nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd sydd ar gael ar rai modiwlau, a gaiff eu dyrannu ar sail y cyntaf i'r felin. Mae'n ofynnol i fodiwlau eraill sicrhau isafswm nifer o fyfyrwyr cyn gallu eu cynnal, er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr y gellir cyflwyno addysg o ansawdd priodol. Gall modiwlau gael eu cyfyngu oherwydd gwrthdaro yn yr amserlen hefyd, ac er bod y Brifysgol yn ymdrechu i amharu cyn lleied â phosibl ar eich dewis, byddai'n syniad da i chi ofyn am gyngor gan yr Ysgol berthnasol am y dewisiadau modiwl sydd ar gael.
Our in-house robotic arm

Sut y caf fy addysgu?

We aim to provide an exceptional environment for computational methods in architecture education and reflect our current research strengths and interests. This programme has been carefully designed to enable you to realise your maximum potential. We aim to deliver expert teaching, and comprehensive pastoral care.

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, and one-on-one and group tutorials. Lectures will explain overall concepts, seminars and workshops will guide you through the technical aspects of the module, and one-on-one and group tutorials will answer questions and help you with your project. Teaching also includes the provision of online learning materials as appropriate to the module.

The dissertation element of the programme is conducted through the process of design, continuing on from your taught modules completed in the first part of the course. We advise that you continue to meet with your tutor on a weekly basis. This is usually followed by a period of reflection and writing where you will work independently under the guidance of your tutor and under the supervision of the programme leader or another member of the academic staff.

Sut y caf fy nghefnogi?

The Course Coordinator is assigned as your Personal Tutor and will be able to provide you with advice, whilst maintaining an overview of your learning and educational experiences. If you are experiencing difficulties, your Personal Tutor will be there to listen and where possible provide professional guidance or else direct you to the appropriate source of support. At a minimum, Personal Tutor meetings will take place at least once per semester. This meeting can also serve as an opportunity for the discussion of your career goals, employability and professional development.

All of the academic staff in the Welsh School of Architecture are experienced researchers in their respective fields and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with students.

The primary interaction with academic staff will be during lectures, workshops or small-group tutorials.

Lecturing staff are contactable at teaching sessions or by email, and operate either an ‘open door’ policy for students who have specific queries about course material, or a system of booking meeting times. Our Teaching Office is located in the Bute Building with friendly and experienced professional staff who can answer most administrative queries.


Feedback on your study, work, and progress will take many forms, from formal written comments on your submitted work to more informal conversations and advice during classes and practicals, or from your Personal Tutor. Throughout the course, we will provide detailed feedback on all assessed coursework. This is normally provided online through the ‘Feedback Studio’ system, allowing you to conveniently access your feedback via a computer or tablet device. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your academic and personal development progress with your Personal Tutor, and to discuss your work in order to improve your performance. During the research project, you will receive additional regular feedback from the supervising academic.

Sut y caf fy asesu?

The modules are normally assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework assessments may take the form of written practical reports, structured reports, class tests, structured answer tests, group work, poster and oral presentations and computing problem-solving exercises. Assessments may be summative and count towards the final module mark, or formative, helping you to learn and practice key skills and knowledge through feedback. Final examinations at the end of each module may comprise a structured answer section (assessing breadth of knowledge) and/or a written answer section (assessing depth of knowledge in specific topics). Your dissertation project is assessed by a supervisor’s evaluation and a written report.

Pa sgiliau y byddaf yn eu hymarfer a’u datblygu?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Understand and critically evaluate theories of computing and computational methods.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the role of computational methods in the design process.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the role of computational methods in the digital fabrication process.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the role of computational methods in the construction process.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Think algorithmically, systematically and creatively about integrating computational methods in the design process.
  • Think algorithmically, systematically and creatively about integrating computational methods in the digital fabrication process.
  • Think algorithmically, systematically and creatively about integrating computational methods in the construction process.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Master practical methods in software development.
  • Master use of software for computational methods in design, digital fabrication, and building construction.
  • Effectively and creatively present abstract computational processes and their integration into a larger context.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Lead and work in teams efficiently.
  • Set learning goals and identify resources for learning in a process of lifelong learning.
  • Identify and critically review relevant literature.
  • Recognise and respond to opportunities for innovation.
  • Develop and critically advance an individual research agenda to be concluded and presented in an original, academic work – written and/or design.

Ffioedd dysgu

Myfyrwyr y DU ac UE (2020/21)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendalNodiadau

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ffioedd dysgu a blaendaliadau, gan gynnwys ar gyfer myfyrwyr rhan-amser a pharhaus.

Bydd myfyrwyr yr UE sy'n dechrau yn 2020/21 yn talu'r un ffioedd dysgu â myfyrwyr y DU drwy gydol eu cyrsiau. Gallai ffioedd godi'n flynyddol yn unol â chwyddiant. Nid oes penderfyniadau wedi’u gwneud eto ynglŷn â ffioedd a benthyciadau i fyfyrwyr yr UE sy'n dechrau yn 2020/21. Caiff y rhain eu gwneud yn rhan o drafodaethau'r DU ynglŷn â’' haelodaeth o'r UE, a byddwn yn rhoi rhagor o fanylion i chi cyn gynted ag y bo modd.

Myfyrwyr tu allan i'r UE (2020/21)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendalNodiadau

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ffioedd dysgu a blaendaliadau, gan gynnwys ar gyfer myfyrwyr rhan-amser a pharhaus.

Costau ychwanegol

The University will cover any additional costs that are essential for you to pass the programme.  For this reason you will be provided with a small financial allocation as required. The details of this will be provided by your Programme Lead throughout the academic year.

A fydd angen unrhyw gyfarpar penodol arnaf I astudio’r cwrs hwn?

This master’s is an intensive programme that relies heavily on computational tools and methods. You should therefore have some existing knowledge or interest in computational methods in architecture (e.g. parametric design, digital fabrication, visual programming methods). It is highly recommended that you possess an up-to-date laptop capable of handling complex 3D graphics. If you do not have a laptop, the school has an IT lab with several workstations that you may use for your work. Most software will need to be run using the Microsoft Windows operating system. However, Mac laptops can run Windows software through emulation. The software essential for this programme is available with a free student license or provided by the School. The following is a minimal initial list of software that is needed:

  • Rhinoceros 3D + Grasshopper 3D
  • Autodesk Revit + Dynamo
  • Autodesk 3ds Max

We will provide students with student licenses for additional specialist software (e.g. energy simulation etc) we use on the course, however we can currently only guarantee that these work on computers with a Windows operating system. Other software downloads will be given to you by your module leader.

You will have access to a suite of PC computers running the necessary software and use large-format plotters, a digital laser cutter, CNC router, large industrial robotic arm and a well-equipped workshop. We will provide any additional equipment that is essential to the course.

Whilst many of our graduates may choose to undertake a career within architecture or other built environment professions (e.g. engineering and construction, landscape, interior design), the programme provides a large number of transferable skills which will be of benefit across a wide range of professions.

The knowledge and skills gained in computational methods such as 3D modelling, rendering, animation, parametric design, digital fabrication, and building information modelling (BIM) are highly desired by employers from various industries who are seeking experts with IT skills. Examples include: furniture designers, jewellery design firms, graphic design firms, computer game development firms, and even movie and theatre set design firms. These companies regularly need IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems.

The focus on independent, project based learning as well as the ability to solve complex problems individually and in groups is often welcomed by employers in that it provides graduates with skills in creative thinking, conceptual organisation, critical reflection and taking initiative.