"Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details."
Why choose this course?
Gain practical skills alongside theory
This course empowers you to satisfy the requirements of a brief and re-energise our environment. You’ll learn the technical knowledge to inspire your professional portfolio. We’ll teach you how to analyse, develop, test, and communicate your ideas.  You’ll be working on drawings and models for domestic, public, and commercial projects, such as houses, museums, and cityscapes.  Be creative. Spend time in our fantastic studios and workshops. We have woodworking, metalworking, and casting workshops to help you develop real-world skills. Try your hand at ceramics (for building facades), printmaking, and life-drawing classes to enhance your sketching skills. Use our specialist computer software suites and even download software onto your personal laptop. With 3D printers, laser cutters, a welding booth , and studio space at your fingertips, we’ll help you bring your idea to life.
Discover the history that has influenced architecture.  From garden cities, new towns built after WW2, to today’s contemporary cities.  How do the needs of society motivate design?  You’ll learn to be an innovative and responsible architect.  To evaluate a building’s purpose, the impact of materials, and the cultural factors which underpin design.  You’ll gain insights into the international and national perspectives of the built environment. We’ll encourage you to question the role of technology, gender, politics, and economics in design.  You’ll debate the issues confronting architects, including sustainability, urban sprawl, and gentrification. By analysing theory and practice you’ll become confident in the founding principles of design philosophy.
Every step of the way, you’ll be inspired by our expert teaching team including researchers, authors, and acclaimed architects. We have excellent links to the industry. You can benefit from mentoring schemes and work placement opportunities with the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Hertfordshire Association of Architects. We’re awarded TEF Gold for our standard of teaching. This means that you’ll be studying at one of the best Universities in the UK for teaching and support.
Do you want Professional Accreditation?
To become a registered architect, you need to complete Part 1, 2, and 3 of your studies.  This degree programme is Part 1 prescribed by the Architects Registration Board.  Upon successful completion, you don’t need to take any extra exams when you graduate.  You can progress straight to your Part 2.  We also have RIBA candidacy status. This means that our professional standards have been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
What's the course about?
In the first year, you’ll learn skills in sketching, drawing, and Computer-Aided Design, as well as model making and 3D representation.  We’ll teach you 2D and 3D analogue and digital technologies so you can visualise your design ideas.  You’ll produce technical drawings to multiple scales.  You’ll take part in demonstrations and workshop-based activities to understand how engineering and technology inform practice.  We’ll teach you skills in problem-solving, research and analysis, as you explore the relationship between culture and design.
In the second year, you’ll grow as a critical thinker.  Your knowledge of culture and theory will fuel your creativity.  Explore the fascinating relationship between buildings, people, and the environment.  Design a public building and public space.  You’ll learn to integrate hand drawing with digital editing, Computer-Aided Design, and 3D Modelling in your proposals.  We’ll help you improve your skills with 2D and 3D printing, CNC routers , and laser cutters.  You’ll learn technologies to map and analyse cities and infrastructures. Discover how design can complement the world around us.  Be curious.  How can architecture be functional and expressive?  Through reflection and debate, you’ll feel confident about your understanding of contemporary architecture and your place within it.
In the third year, you’ll write your dissertation, a 6000-word essay on a topic that interests you.  We’ll help you develop a professional portfolio as you work on real-life projects and pitch your ideas in a competitive environment.  This is your chance to inspire.  The pinnacle of your studies is a major project.  You’ll investigate the use of space and analyse how architecture impacts a city and its population.  You’ll use your expert design and technology skills to innovate.  This is your chance to prove you’re ready for professional practice or postgraduate study.
Your main campus is College Lane
This is where the creative arts, science, and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists, and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What if I need support?
You’ll get a personal tutor to guide you through your course, all the way to graduation.
You might also want or need extra support during your time with us. Rest assured, no matter what you study, we’ve got you covered. For help with study skills, including referencing, essay writing, and presentations, you’ll have access to our academic support services. You can attend workshops, 1-to-1 sessions, and online tutorials. Both our Learning Resources Centres's run drop-in study skills sessions. And the best thing is, it’s all free.
In the School of Creative Arts, we also have a dedicated Student Liaison Officer. So you can access academic support with someone who understands the requirements of creative arts courses. Plus, there’s additional support if you have dyslexia. For international students, we also have a Creative Arts International Support Officer. The Creative Arts Toolkit is a fantastic resource, where you can find lots of information about facilities, equipment, and study skills. You can feel confident that we’ll support you for all your educational, wellbeing, and disability needs.
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