UK Architecture Courses
Introduction to Architecture
Architecture is the design and mechanics behind the construction of buildings. When becoming a professional architect, the lead designer must focus in not only making the structure look impressive, but also incorporate practicality, functionality, safety and sustainability.
Many UK universities who focus on the study of Architecture, focus not only on the technological and design side of the subject, but also the cultural and historical. Lectures on history and theory will take place alongside art and 3D design to give students the best approach to learning about every element of the profession.
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To become an Architecture graduate, students must complete a combination of five years study and two years practical work experience before completing final exams. Students will become members of the RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, after their initial three-year undergraduate degree, before enrolling on a BArch, Diploma or March degree. Many Architecture programmes will follow a similar path to the below:
- BSc (Hons) Architecture
- One year paid practical experience
- March Master of Architecture
- Minimum one year paid practical experience
- Final qualification in professional practice
Careers in Architecture
After a minimum of five years study, Architect graduates will be ready to move into a range of roles including Architect, Architect Technologist and Interior Design. Factoring in issues such as budget, safety, building regulations and planning law, jobs including building surveying, historical building conservation officer, structural engineer, town planning, landscape architect and much more will be available.
Architecture Entry Requirements
English language, art and design and mathematics are all preferable subjects to have studied before applying to an Architecture programme, and you should also enjoy drawing freehand and have an interest in design and producing 3D work. At many UK universities, a portfolio of work is crucial in being offered a place.
- Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: Minimum 32 points.
- Typical A-levels requirements: AAB, with a balance of art, sciences and writing ability.
- Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.
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Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
Where can I study Architecture in the UK?
To learn more about the best Architecture courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Architecture universities in the Guardian 2016 University Guide below:
- University College London
- Cardiff University
- University of Kent
- University of Bath
- University of Huddersfield
- University of Sheffield
- University for the Creative Arts
- Coventry University
- Queen’s University Belfast
- Northumbria University
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