PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: HOWARD GRIFFIN
10 is the optimal number this year. With 10 students (MAAVers) from across the world, joining the course in its 10th year, 2019-20 has not transpired in the way we imagined at the beginning in September. The inevitable changes to teaching delivery and students learning experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic has, of course, changed the nature of the programme for both staff and students. However, with the course content being primarily digital in nature, this transition from campus to online classes has been both fruitful and rewarding. And the quality of work has not been unduly affected by this new way of working, with students producing work to professional standard.
In this momentous year, students have focused on the past, the present and the future. Students have engaged with the past through heritage visualisations, the present with augmented reality projections in the public arena and their photographic work, and the future, creating realistic renderings of speculative, unbuilt designs.