Learn through making on this RIBA and ARB accredited course. Working on live briefs in a studio environment, you’ll hone your skills designing and building real architectural projects. While supported by practising professionals, you’ll define your own agenda within a broad architectural context.
You'll discover how to design specifically for unique places. As you work, you'll gain valuable industry skills and learn to design in harmony with challenging locations.
Learn in a collaborative, studio-based environment that reflects practice.
Have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through a three-week professional placement.
Work on socially engaged live-build projects for clients like the Eden Project and the National Trust.
Attend guest lectures from specialists across the industry.
Access excellent technical facilities to explore your design projects through a range of analogue and digital fabrication processes.
Benefit from strong connections with professional practice, learning from experienced practitioners.
The course is ARB part 1 prescribed and RIBA part 1 validated.
What you'll learn
This industry-focused architecture course is taught through integrated design projects where knowledge is discussed and shared in a professional studio environment. Projects range from small-scale, fast-paced challenges to comprehensive design projects, which will allow you to showcase your wide-ranging skills as they develop over the three years of the degree.
You'll apply drawing, 2D and 3D CAD design, model-making, design process and writing to architectural projects, as you develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. On top of sharing your ideas in active debates, you'll learn collaborative and organisational skills with group design projects.
Throughout the course, we'll prepare you for professional practice; you'll learn the principles of participatory design, allowing you to begin to navigate the complex issues you'll face working in architecture.
Upon completion of your Architecture degree, you'll have the ability to define and create critically strategic projects as well as the ability to challenge existing briefs to create architecture that excels in its inclusivity and relevance to the issues that face society today and in the future.
You'll explore the craft of architecture, understand the tectonics of materials and their relationship with each other, and develop a critical understanding of architecture's response to place.
Ultimately, you'll leave us with a set of skills and knowledge that allows you to become a provocateur: entrepreneurial in your thinking and critically reflective in your work
How you'll learn
From our studio-based learning environment to placements, industry visits and competition briefs, your project work will connect you with local, national and international issues.
You'll take part in active debates and group design projects, and visit local building sites, stonemasons, shipyards and sculptors. You'll even engage in design and build construction as you develop a practical understanding that will support your future career.
No formal exams, all work is assessed through coursework.
Verbal and visual presentations to core teaching staff, visiting critics and your peers.
Formative feedback is continuous throughout the studio-based modules whilst summative assessment takes place to provide you with structured feedback to help your work develop.
Final-year projects and dissertation.
You’ll be taught by qualified architects alongside practitioners from fields like structures, services, conservation, law, planning, landscape, business, and management. With industry and academic experience, they ensure compliance with the latest regulatory frameworks and practice.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.