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.
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.
Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.
Tariff information for 2021 entry†
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.
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 available for this subject|
|BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time||K100|
- architectural technology
- interior design
- landscape architecture
- urban design and master planning
- project management
- real estate
- product design
- graphic design
- lighting design
- set design
Associated professional accreditations
This course has been designed to comply with regulations and competency frameworks for accreditation with the Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA) and Architectural Registration Board (ARB) and we are currently invested in that process.
A multidisciplinary course
Unlike traditional built environment subject areas, our architecture students learn from and collaborate with other constructed environments students’ disciplines, such as quantity surveyors for example, from the start of their course - challenging the preconceived ideas of their disciplines, exploring strategies for constructing resilient futures, developing entrepreneurial business ideas and learning to work with others in the multi-disciplinary team.
Collaborate with students from different courses
Students studying this course will work on construction and design related collaborative projects with students from Interior Architecture, Quantity Surveying and Urban Planning disciplines, so that they can collaborate, design, innovate and learn from each, but also so that they understand the challenges that other disciplines face when working in others professional context. This enables individuals to develop a raft of transferable skills, and become considerate professionals and good negotiators.
Design, technology and sustainability
The course embeds design, technology and sustainability within the core of its structure, challenging students to be innovative, adaptable and responsible designers within our ‘real site, real client and real issue’ projects, adding value to a client’s proposal. We believe that students should be exposed to the challenges faced by professionals in their discipline from the word go, enabling them to graduate into their industry as confident aspiring professionals