BA (Hons) Architecture

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Program Description

Course details

Architecture is a dynamic subject involving a wide range of activities, from studio design and model-making to the study of art, history, and culture. It requires imagination alongside practical and technical skills.

Central to this course will be the time you will spend in the design studio. You will have access to our extensive studio facilities - including workshop and computer-modeling software - in the award-winning Broadcasting Place, to design and build your projects.

This qualification provides an exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA Part I examination.

The Leeds School of Architecture offers a Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) Monitoring Service for graduates with BA (Hons) Architecture, Master of Architecture (MArch) or similar degree. The PEDR is an electronic record of your professional experience, development, and competency in the practice of architecture and will offer support on the pathway to registration or licensure, primarily with the ARB.

Course Benefits

You are encouraged to design and make models in our design studio and to use our computing facilities to design and build your projects. You will learn technical skills in workshops alongside students from our Interior Architecture & Design and Landscape Architecture courses.

Throughout the course, there are external events organized by staff, including lectures and workshops, as well as the opportunity for overseas visits, to cities such as Rome, Barcelona, Venice, and Amsterdam.

To become a fully-qualified architect takes seven years and we offer the professional body recognition allowing you to continue to further study in this field. You will need to complete a MArch (Master of Architecture) giving exemption from Part II of the RIBA Examination in Architecture. You will then complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice, giving exemption from Part III.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff Points 128 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements:

GCSEs:

GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

ACCESS TO THE DIPLOMA:

Pass overall with a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points.

SCOTTISH AWARDS:

Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.

IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE:

Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

INTERVIEW & PORTFOLIO:

We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At the interview, you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Architecture.

International Baccalaureate: 27 Points

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

MATURE APPLICANTS

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

This course provides the first step in becoming an architect and also offers an excellent grounding in design. As well as progressing yo further studies in architecture, graduates have taken up a variety of careers, from virtual games design, product design, and psychology to project management. To become a fully-qualified architect takes seven years and we offer the professional body recognition that will enable you to advance your studies and progress to professional accreditation. In order to fully qualify as an architect, you will need to complete a MArch (Master of Architecture), giving exemption from Part 2 of the RIBA Examination in Architecture. You will then complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice, giving exemption from Part 3.

  • Architect
  • Architectural Technologist
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Building Surveyor

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Year 1 core modules

Architectural Context 1 & 2

We will introduce you to the history and theory of art and architecture, investigating how cultural influences have impacted upon the industry.

Architectural Technology 1 & 2

Gain an insight into the key principles of sustainability, structure, construction and environmental science in order to understand the fundamental elements of a building.

Architectural Design 1 & 2

We will encourage you to think creatively about design. You will do this through a series of research, investigative and practical projects.

Design Communication 1

Year 2 core modules

Architectural Context 3 & 4

An opportunity build your knowledge of architectural history and theory issues related to urban planning, community, and the city.

Architectural Technology 3 & 4

Study modern technologies used in different types of buildings. The aim is to record, analyze and appraise technological strategies relevant to work undertaken in a design studio.

Architectural Design 3 & 4

Examine the principles and precedents of structure, enclosure, and materiality through a series of short, design-led research projects, supported by study visits to examples of contemporary architecture. You will Develop a larger scale architectural proposition as part of an urban intervention strategy. Your innovative proposal should engage with the art, culture, social aspects, technology, and materiality of place.

Year 3 core modules

Architectural Context 5

This is an opportunity to focus your studies on a particular area of architecture that interests you. You will benefit from a range of lectures by speakers whose work is related to design studio themes.

Architectural Technology 5

Build on the knowledge you have gained in your first and second years as you focus on the movement from synthesis to practical application. The work you do will inform your design studio project.

Professional Studies

Reinforce your knowledge of industries, organizations, regulations, and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and understand how cost control is an integral part of the design.

Architectural Design 5

Develop a comprehensive building design by resolving a proposal that explores technological and professional issues. You will enhance your drawing and making skills through workshops in casting, rendering, detailed large-scale model-making, digital design and photographic techniques.

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

Architecture and art studios

Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

Design Studios

Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modeling.

Library

Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Broadcasting Place

A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

Gym and Sports Facilities

Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Last updated February 2018

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