BA (Hons) Architecture

  • ARB Part I accredited
  • Benefit from our network of industry partners
  • Learn in a professional studio-based environment
  • Over 95% of students said they were satisfied with the teaching and assessment and feedback on the course (NSS 2019)

About the course

This course has been developed in accordance with industry guidelines to give you a professionally grounded, challenging and creative education, focusing on architecture, principles of urbanism, landscape and building construction. You’ll work within a professional, studio-based architectural environment on a variety of industry projects, including houses, shops, museums, public buildings, squares, cities and civic centres.You’ll also visit and analyse places and engage with the social, political and economic factors that influence architecture and society. By working individually and in multidisciplinary teams, you’ll gain an understanding of cultural and urban conditions, learn how to improve the built environment and develop a sharp commercial awareness of the architecture industry.

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Architecture award will provide graduates with a professional network to facilitate early career development after graduation.

The School of Creative Arts prides itself on providing our students with a strong technical and professional design education, and we place significant value on the preparation of our students for the world of work.  

The Architecture programme has a range of world-class industry partners who engage with us in teaching and learning and in providing current and future thinking on contemporary practice.

We place our students in a unique position to understand, explore, and intervene in the changing landscape as it evolves from the ideal social settlement of the Garden Cities of the early twentieth century to the post-war New Towns and future cities.

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What will I study?

The course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of how to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic, functional and technical requirements, whilst at the same time exploring the profession of architecture and the role of the architect in society. The understanding of the individual building as a unit by which to measure and design towns, cities and regions is central to our design philosophy.

Students will be working within a professional studio-based environment on a variety of projects drawing on domestic, public and commercial types of buildings and spaces including houses, civic centres, shops, museums, squares, cities and landscapes.

Architecture students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of relevant international and national perspectives on the built environment which remain relevant to being an architect and designer today. Architecture students will consider the complexities surrounding the mechanics of the global architectural industry, as well as the cultural, functional and material aspects which are taken into development of independent, innovative and responsible designers with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to existing and new buildings and place-making.

The course combines theoretical studies and design practice, where the studio-based design projects are supported by Critical and Cultural Studies. This structure enables students to understand and produce designs through a consistent process of investigation and analysis, ideas exploration, experimentation, testing and development, realisation and communication.

As course progresses from Levels 4 to 6, students will develop their own ideas through an independent approach to learning. Students will become increasingly aware of the key historical and contemporary questions and debates surrounding architecture. This includes knowledge and understanding of sustainability, energy efficiency, gentrification, urban sprawl, densification and the use of public space. Students will also tackle cultural issues such as gender, politics, economics related to architecture and the city.

Professional Accreditations

The ARB (Architects Registration Board) has officially prescribed our Architecture course for Part I, based on its course content (including education aims, learning outcomes and assessment criteria); and evidence that the University has adequate resources in place to maintain and increase the achievement of pupils to standards required.

The following degrees – BA (Hons) Architecture; BA (Hons) Architecture (Sandwich); and BA (Hons) Architecture with Year Abroad – are currently prescribed, subject to period review, for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.


As an architecture graduate you can opt to continue  to the second stage of the architectural education (ARB/RIBA part 2), as well as decide to work within an architectural or interior architecture practice, or as part of a multi-disciplinary design consultancy. You may also move into areas such as urban design, real estate and retail design.

The course offers an excellent network of industry partners. You will work closely with architectural practices both nationally and internationally on a variety of projects and collaborations. Visiting lectures from the some of the most prestigious architectural practices contribute to the teaching and learning. In addition, we draw on exemplars from regional, national and international architecture to inform the teaching.

During the course of study, students produce a series of projects which result in a professional portfolio representing a high degree of spatial and technical resolution that shows the development of a clear design approach and provides evidence of their employability relevant to their preferred career ambitions.

What job can I get?

As an architecture graduate you can continue to the second stage of architectural education (ARB / RIBA part 2). You can also start your career within an architectural or interior architecture practice, or join a multidisciplinary design consultancy. You could also move into areas such as urban design, real estate and retail design.