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BA (Hons)Architecture

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Are you fascinated by the buildings and landscapes that make up the world around us? If you ask yourself why they are there, how they were created, and what the future might hold, then this is the programme for you. We encourage a creative and individual approach to the future, knowing that more career paths are opening up each moment, and knowing that understanding design is crucial to the 21st century. RIBA Part I is awarded on completion of the degree.

‌‌Each year contains core modules in History of Architecture and Planning; Building Technology and Structures; and Environmental Science and Design. In addition you will have the opportunity to take modules in Design Computing and Sustainable Environment. Students combine these modules with Studio Design. The Design Studio is the dominant focus, taking up 50% of the module load in each year.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Core modules

Studio Design
Studio design is the core of architectural education and one which encourages personal development through the exploration and presentation of design schemes. These start in the first year with small-scale designs which grow in scale and complexity through the subsequent years.

History of Architecture
This pathway will appeal to those fascinated by the role of ideas and history in Architecture. Texts in Architectural History are examined to develop critical reading and writing techniques. Taught modules include modules in Architectural History, and Theory, together with a Short Special Study.

Structural Design
Structural design examines not just how and why buildings stand up, but also how structural technologies can be usefully integrated into the design process. From consideration of the basic principles and influential factors, the subject develops to show how structural design and associated technologies have acted as key driving forces in the design of certain key buildings of the past 30 years.

Environmental Science
We study how acoustics, heating, lighting, and airflow all affect the internal environment in the buildings that we design and how they impinge on the broader global environment.

Programme Year Two

Students have the option to transfer to the new non-professional Design Studies BA (Hons) programme in Year Two. Students will specialise in the analysis and evaluation of ‘design’ understood as a complex historical and contemporary concept related to practices in architecture, planning, product manufacture, and the visual arts. Flexible yet intellectually coherent and developmental, Design Studies equips students for a wide range of vocational options in the construction industry, design and planning agencies, and related fields in public policy and education. Students who elect to follow this route will graduate with a Design Studies BA (Hons).

Programme Year Three

In Year Three modules will include a mix of core and elective modules.

Career opportunities

Architecture graduates can go into traditional practice or extend their skills in all other areas of the construction industry and elsewhere. Recent graduates work for major international architects, in publishing, the Arts Council and multidisciplinary think tanks. Pop music, games design and the fashion industry claim recent graduates too, as do other areas of the construction industry and property development.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States