You will have access to industry-standard facilities, giving you the opportunity to study and research across a wide range of disciplines and styles.
This vocational programme aims to provide a high-quality education for aspiring architects. The programme is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
This course encourages critical reflection on personal aims, achievements and design philosophy within a framework of structured theoretical debate and individual research. It provides the freedom to tailor your learning within a framework that satisfies the requirements of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Architects Registration Board Part 2.
There is an emphasis on developing professional skills through individual study, group work, and studio activities. You will have the opportunity to focus on the aspects of architecture that interest you most and those that align with your career aspirations.
How You Study
This programme utilizes a range of teaching methods, which can include project-based learning, seminars and group work.
- Introductory Design Project
- Design Project A: Cities
- Design Project B: Building
- Research: Methods and Project
At Level One, research and design are tackled in parallel, and you can choose your research and design topics from a range of studios with varied and distinct agendas and specialism.
- Critical Theory
- Comprehensive Design: Concept
- Comprehensive Design: Brief and Context
- Comprehensive Design: Project
- Technical Appraisal
- Professional Practice
Level Two deals with aspects of professional practice and the production of a final comprehensive design project, integrating aspects of technology, sustainability, research and cultural awareness in the design process.
Students on this programme should expect 16 hours per week of contact time.
How To Apply
All other students (regardless of grades) will need to submit a portfolio for review (PDF or online) and/or attend an interview.
Portfolios should demonstrate a range of practical skills, such as pencil drawing techniques, computer-aided design drawing, photography, model making, perspective drawing or technical drawing. The portfolio should include final level degree work showing the full development of projects, including the brief, site analysis, research or precedent studies, conceptual development, design resolution, plans, elevations, and sections. If you include professional projects please indicate your contribution to each scheme. Please contact us for further information.
Workshops and Demonstrations
There are extensive model-making workshops throughout the course, offering you the opportunity of making both full-size and scale developmental and presentational models using traditional workshop techniques as well as digital fabrication facilities. This is complemented by a wide range of computer programmes and access to video and photography facilities for exploring spatial qualities and advancing technical competence in the representation of your work.
Study visits are organized by the studios and may include project site visits, excursions to exhibitions, lectures, debates, cultural events, or meetings with professionals. At least one visit is organized each year within the School which is open to all courses and stages.
In recent years, groups have traveled around the UK, to Cambridge and Edinburgh, to European destinations including Brussels, Venice, Barcelona, and Paris, as well as further afield to India and Sri Lanka. In one study trip, students spent a week in Poland studying urban housing problems alongside a group from the Wroclaw University of Technology.
Entry Requirements 2018-19
International Students will require the English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.
Career and Personal Development
After successful completion of the programme, you may choose to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3) to pursue becoming a registered architect.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information, and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice, and interview preparation to help you maximize your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
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Last updated March 29, 2018