Architecture (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Are you inspired by design and fascinated by buildings, architecture, urban and landscape spaces that make up the world around us? Do you question what inspires their creation, their purpose, who designs them, how they’re created, and what might happen to them in the future? If so, then this BA (Hons) Architecture programme is designed for you.

This course will enable you to take the first step to becoming an architect, studying an exciting career pathway that influences a fast paced industry in a rapidly changing world. The course will encourage you to bring your imagination to life and inspire you to challenge perceptions and become a future focused design creative, exploring ways to improve and enhance the lives of other people.

You’ll explore the history of art and architecture, visual and spatial design, materiality, construction, ethics, economics and digital communication. You’ll collaborate with others, or work on individual projects in a range of social, economic, cultural and environmental contexts, on a wide range of projects from micro architectural objects through to complex resilient super cities, using up-to-date communication techniques, knowledge of constructional and environmental techniques and making the most appropriate use of the built and natural environments.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of specialist practice and research-active lecturers, who provide a rich and stimulating environment in which to study architecture. Explore, collaborate and design alongside your peers in dedicated studio space, wrking with the latest digital software, BIM, 3d scanning and printing as well as dedicated model making workshop. Keep abreast of contemporary architectural practice by work with visiting professional studio practitioners on specialist projects and showcase your work and ability to potential employers at our degree show.

What's more, you'll be inspired by the town of Cheltenham, world famous for its festivals, and vibrant, contemporary and innovative scene. The course resides in specialist studio facilities, within a Gothic architectural campus in Cheltenham. The city of Gloucester is a showcase for recent regeneration within historic contexts. Studying Architecture in Gloucestershire offers a unique settings to explore contrasts in historic and contemporary architecture precedents, in closely located urban and rural contexts. Allowing students an opportunity to explore and be creatively influenced by historic and contemporary architecture, interiors and vibrant external urban city spaces, as well as engage with a thriving creative and commercial community amidst exciting festival environments.

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Study style

This course is aimed towards a professional career pathway in architecture, which demands knowledge of a broad range of interconnected disciplines and technical knowledge and this is reflected in the methods of taught delivery through a variety of modules, which enable you to study individually and or collaboratively and experience design alongside interrelated supportive disciplines such as construction, digital software, arts and historical theory, urban studies, sustainability and professional studies.

An especially strong focus of the course is on interdisciplinary collaborative projects which focus on outcomes with a real client, real site and real issues project work, and, where students from the undergraduate course work with quantity surveyors, interior architects, urban planners, construction project managers and landscape architects on group projects which mimic professional practice working within multidisciplinary teams.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

136 tariff points

Typical offers

Art and Design Foundation, 136 UCAS points, BTEC Extended Diploma (DDM) or 32+ points from the international Baccalaureate.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

You must have a minimum of 5 subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeK100