Take inspiration from art, philosophy and technology to explore the spaces and places we inhabit. With access to gold-standard facilities and the highest-calibre teaching, students will develop their own creative vision by looking at the role architecture plays in shaping our society and influences the very way in which we live.
Whether students are aspiring architects or building conservationists, the BA (Hons) Architecture degree course will give a strong understanding of both the practical and theoretical aspects of architecture. It combines the likes of art, philosophy and technology to bring an experimental approach to solving problems. Students will study the design of buildings and the technical aspects of construction, as well as how architecture relates to all aspects of our lives.
What can this course do for me?
With strong industry links and opportunities to work on real briefs, the course will provide students with an exceptional portfolio of work that showcases their breadth of skill and their readiness for the industry.
“One of the main things that appealed to me about Ravensbourne was the collaboration and the opportunity to learn multiple disciplines whilst on the course. Ravensbourne was different as the architecture course gave us a vast range of topics to study under, from master planning, interior, product design and live projects.”—Oshane Woodhouse , Architecture BA (Hons) graduate
Top reasons to apply
Outstanding teaching from senior industry experts, with direct contacts to the industry.
State of the art facilities in an award-winning building.
Unparalleled opportunities in a design specialist institution.
An ambitious nurturing environment with an excellent employment rate.
Challenging creative projects, that are contemporary and future-facing.
Students will be continually assessed through the completion of practical and written work.
Work will include the likes of essays, analysis, individual and group presentations, critical self- and peer evaluation, practical and technical tests. It will also include the completion of individual and team projects.
Students will build skills in architectural computer graphics, basic principles of structure and design and basic research skills.
They will begin to think about professional enterprise and angles on problems of the built environment.
We encourage students to start thinking about their contextual studies research.
Students will gain a greater understanding of urban design, branded environments, rehabilitation projects, and the history of the city.
This will allow them to enhance their practice and develop their approach to design work.
We set briefs that encourage students to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a design team.
Students will bring their learning together in a final negotiated major project, where you will investigate and make architectural design decisions.
They will carry out a negotiated project which takes the form of a live brief.
We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long-form dissertation.
Students will leave with a portfolio that shows their skills in areas in entry-level architecture.
Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in Master of Architecture (MArch).
Key study topics
Over the three-year course, students will learn through a mix of problem-based outcomes, design studio tutoring, workshops and traditional lecture.
Delivered by people who have worked at the cutting-edge of contemporary architecture, students will develop a broad understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of architecture.
Key study topics include:
Experiment and explore architectural form-making.
Parametric and computer-generated design.
Techniques for designing structures and rapid prototyping.
Architectural history, theory and context.
Business enterprise for design and regulatory frameworks.
New developments in urban design.
New developments in architecture/design projects around the world.
The course will provide students with multi-disciplinary knowledge and vital transferable skills.
It will prepare them for a career within the many aspects of architecture such as urban design, housing and office design, planning, building conservation, architectural heritage, community development.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
English Language Entry Requirements
Ability in the English language is essential for successful engagement with and completion of Ravensbourne’s courses. All applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide recent evidence that they have a command of English sufficient to successfully undertake their course of study.
For Undergraduate (UG) courses Ravensbourne requires IELTS 5.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each component: reading, writing, speaking, listening, or equivalent.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work that shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Please note: direct entry into year 3 is not available for this course.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.