Architecture BA (Hons)

Overview

Take your first step to becoming a registered architect on our BA (Hons) Architecture degree course – accredited by Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

You’ll join a distinctive learning environment, with access to cutting-edge facilities, working on stimulating and client-driven design projects. You’ll master key design skills, from the scale of the body's interactions with materials and constructions, to the domains of cities and landscapes, engaging in social, cultural, political, aesthetic and environmental challenges of the world we're part of.

You'll focus, with our passionate and supportive community of professional architects, on the themes, values and methods relevant to architectural education and the profession to ensure your practice is future-proof and industry-standard.

After graduation, you'll have the theoretical and practical foundations to pursue Master’s study and advance in your registration. You can also begin a career in the architecture, sustainability and construction industries, such as architectural design, urban design, and landscape architecture.

What you'll experience

On this Architecture degree course, you’ll:

  • Fast-track your architect registration by completing this degree and getting Part 1 qualification – an ARB and RIBA requirement
  • Broaden your professional experience by working with actual clients in our in-house Architecture Project Office
  • Experience a professional design studio by working in our dedicated studio spaces, developing your individual and collaboration skills
  • Get a taste of working in the architecture industry by taking an optional one-year placement 
  • Impress future employers by showcasing your work at our annual Graduate Show
  • Enrich your experience and knowledge of architecture by going on site visits to major international cities – past trips include Rome, Venice, Barcelona, New York and Berlin
  • Master your communication skills, from hand drawings and models to using professional industry software – including Building Information Modelling (BIM), advanced parametric modelling, environment evaluation software, and 3D scanning and printing

Work experience and career planning

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.

After your second year, you can complete an optional work placement year to gain valuable work experience in a design practice or in the wider construction industry. It will hone your skills and build your knowledge for your final year.

You can either work for a studio or company or set up and run your own business, either with fellow students or on your own. Our Creative Careers team will help and support you no matter what path you choose.

Our in-faculty Creative Careers team has extensive recruitment experience and knows the creative sector well, making it easier for students to find placements within the creative industries.

They can guide you through every step of the application process, including:

  • Searching for the ideal job through their database of vacancies
  • Giving tips on how to write an interesting CV that will catch employers' attention, no matter the role
  • Organising mock interviews, so you can hone your technique and familiarise yourself with the recruitment environment
  • Writing your startup business proposal – if you're going down the self-employment route

The team will continue to give you support throughout your placement year.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Studio

Our studio teaching methods mean that you'll be tutored by academic staff and practicing professionals. You'll work alongside other architecture students and receive assistance from our postgraduates.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Coursework
  • Presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future

The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Years 1, 2 and 3 students: 100% by coursework

Student Destinations

Many graduates on this course continue their architect training with paid, mentored professional experience in a practice, before studying at postgraduate level for a Master of Architecture degree. 

You can use your skills in areas such as design practice, planning and historic building conservation.

Jobs our graduates have taken on include:

  • Architectural designer
  • Interior designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Urban designer
  • Planner
  • Architectural technologist
  • Product designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Set designer

Companies graduates have worked for include:

  • Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
  • Make
  • Re-Format
  • Grimshaw
  • PAD Studio
  • Hawkins Brown
  • Design Engine
  • Architecture plb
  • Hampshire County Architects
  • Squire & Partners
  • Allies & Morrison
  • Penoyre & Prasad

Past students, having completed their registration, have gone on to run their own practices. For example, Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop, DMWA and PCA.

BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

  • 136-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. UK applicants will be invited to an interview. Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio or sample of creative work to support their application
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

 

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