BA (Hons) Architecture

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.

ARB Part I prescribed (or exempted) and RIBA Part I candidate
ARB Part I prescribed (or exempted) and RIBA Part I candidate
Affiliation with RIBA Association of Architects (East & Herts)
Affiliation with RIBA Association of Architects (East & Herts)
Gain experience with award-winning architectural offices
Gain experience with award-winning architectural offices

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

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 in 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 industry.  You can benefit from mentoring schemes and work placement opportunities with the Royal Institute of British Architects and 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 a 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 (CAD), 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, CAD 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 the pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. You can take the free shuttle bus to our other campus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study?

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Student Blogs

Neofytos - My week at a glance

My week at a glance.

My week starts by attending to my studio space, which it is a corner made up of three big whiteboards, a locker to secure my belongings and a table to work on. I personally love that space! It always makes me feel good! Having this area to work and do research for projects that I have been given, make me feel focused and productive.

On Tuesdays I have a lecture which is about two or two and a half hours, depending on how much we need to cover.  In our lecture, we talk about theories that could be beneficial to our artistic perspective, but we also use this time to talk about anything that involves group assignments and projects.

Wednesdays for me only consist of an hour of optional art talks. During these talks, we have the chance to attend a seminar where artists are presenting their work to us! That's an amazing way to be provided with an insight into how the industry works and be prepared for our working lives after graduation.

Lastly, we have our optional life drawing sessions which run every Thursday's afternoon is a great chance to have a little break from spending most of your time in your studio space working on your projects. Going to the life drawing session I have the great chance to see the human figure, as well as being given the fantastic opportunity to draw models.

As for Friday, I have nothing booked on, so I can spend most of my time in my studio space working on my projects without getting distracted!

I love my routine at university, it gives me both the time to work on my projects thus attend and organise sessions and group works.

Student Blogs

Neofytos - Why I love my Course

What I love most about my course.

For years I have been drawing, painting and sculpting - prompting me to study Fine Art BA(Hons). And as a result, I have expanded my knowledge and learned more about fine art in greater depth about what I love.

The facilities at the Art and Design building are just amazing! That is what I love the most about my course. As a Fine Art student at this university, I have the great chance to take part and work in different workshops such as printmaking, ceramics, textile, welding, life drawing and so many more. For me, that is the most beneficial factor, because in this way the University allows me to explore and learn more about my artistic direction by trying different mediums and methods. Therefore, by having the freedom to attend to different workshops, I have the great chance to meet people from different courses, make new friends with similar interests and even more have the chance to collaborate with some of them!

As I said I love my course because it allows me and supporting me to try expanding horizons and find my artistic voice in an extremely healthy way.

Student Blogs

Neofytos - Why I chose Herts

Why I chose Herts.

I am an international student studying at the University of Hertfordshire, which has been a blessing!

I chose Herts because the University itself is such a wonderful place to study! The facilities and the two beautifully designed campuses that the University has made my studies here amazing! For instance, there are two huge Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) on both campuses at the university where it really helps the students with their assignments. Moreover, all the buildings where we have classes at are very new and that proves that the university cares about its appearance and invest a lot of money for the students to have a great environment to study within.

However, except for the excellent facilities that the university has, the University has a great spot for socialising. Cafes, restaurants, common rooms, gyms, and a big University club are factors that make Herts a great place to be. All of them are found near to each other which is very convenient for us as students to socialise easily.

Speaking of location, the University is not far from London which is an amazing thing since London is such a beautiful and diverse city!

All these were the factors that made me choose Herts and I have never regretted my choice!

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.