Architecture is a complex profession, with a wide variety of specialisations available for skilled graduates to move into. When studying architecture in the UK, students must complete a combination of five years study and two years practical work experience before completing final exams.
Are you interested in studying architecture in the UK? If so, you will likely need to submit a portfolio of work showcasing your creative, technical and professional ability during the application phase.
Learn more below about collating your architecture portfolio for a UK university application. If you wish to discuss studying in the UK further, arrange your free consultation with SI-UK London today.
Architecture Portfolio Tips and Advice
- What to include in your Architecture portfolio
Your architecture portfolio should consist of no more than 30 high quality images, with some sketch work to show how your ideas have developed. Make sure you can show evidence of variations in work, including colour and technique, with the displayed work clearly demonstrating creativity, imagination and technical ability. Some universities will also request written work.
Three of the key elements universities look for include observational skills, artistic thinking and analysis of colour and space.
- How to present your Architecture portfolio
In most circumstances you will be expected to upload your architecture portfolio as a digital file in PDF format, but some schools will wish to see your portfolio in person. Ensure the file includes:
- A cover page
- Your main body of work
- Any requested additional documents such as written work or CV
Your portfolio should be considered a creative personal statement as opposed to a written one. Ensure it stands out and will be well on your way to successfully studying an architecture programme in the UK.
Architecture UK Rankings 2021
Need help on deciding where to study architecture in the UK? The following are the top five UK universities for the study of architecture in the Guardian University Guide 2021.
1. University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge undergraduate architecture course provides students with their own dedicated design space, and “creativity, curiosity and strong intellectual grounding” are at the centre of what the University expect and provide.
2. University College London
The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London has been voted the UK's best by The Architect's Journal every year since 2001.
3. University of Bath
At the University of Bath you can apply your learning in a practical environment as you benefit from two seperate six-month placements between years 2 and 3.
4. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is home to the Welsh School of Architecture, a School that "provides a vibrant collaborative environment with staff and students from diverse national, cultural and professional backgrounds and a strong studio culture."
5. University of Nottingham
The School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Nottingham was voted a top 3 school for Architecture by Architects Journal 2020, with field trips to Europea an essential part of the BArch Architecture and MEng Architecture and Environmental Design courses.