University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Undergraduate

Architecture / Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 1)

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Course summary

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Experiencing buildings rather than just looking at photographs in a lecture theatre gives you a better understanding of how space is used. So if you choose the international strand of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to go on an extended field study visit to a non-European location. We want to give you the skills to progress to the next stage of your architectural career. There are so many inspiring buildings and environments – not just in Europe, but across the world. This course takes a unique approach to architecture by enabling you to look at places and cultures on an international scale. On this course you can -

  • Look at different regions and the cultural context behind their architecture, and create your own designs in response.
  • Focus on helping you create designs that are sustainable, inspiring and humane. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills through the latest digital and computer aided technologies, such as 3D printing and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
  • Choose one of two strands - ‘Architecture’ explores the complex regional, cultural, ethical and environmental issues that underlie the built environment. And ‘Architecture (International)’ gives you a chance to put into practice what you’ve learned through an extended field trip to a location beyond Europe. Recent graduates have visited Vietnam, Malaysia, India and China. If you do choose to take the international option in your final year, the extended field trip is compulsory and you’ll have to fund your own place. Just to give you an idea, the average cost of the trip in the past few years has been around £1,400 per student.
  • Study on a course that is recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the body that regulates the architects’ profession in the UK. That’s good news if you’re hoping to continue on to be an architect, as you have to register with the ARB to be able to practise using the title ‘architect’ in the UK.
We're also validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In fact, if you graduate you will then gain exemption from RIBA’s Part 1 Professional Examinations. That’s the first of three examinations you need to pass to qualify and register as an architect, all of which you can undertake here at Huddersfield. So you could be well on the way towards your chosen profession.
  • See 'Additional Costs' under 'Fees and Finance' section

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology History and Theory 1: Spatial and Visual Culture Personal Development 1: An Introduction to Communication Skills Design Studio 1: Basic Principles of Design Design Studio 2: Theory and Form Year 2 Core modules: Technology 2: Integrated Technology History and Theory 2 : Place and Precedent Personal Development 2: Techniques of Representation Design Studio 3: Place and Architecture Design Studio 4: Integrated Design Final Year Core modules: Technology 3: Materials and Tectonics History and Theory 3: Architectural Dissertation Personal Development 3: Professional Studies Design Studio 5: Event Space Form Option modules: Choose either- Design Studio 6: Culture Context Place or Design Studio 6: Culture Context Place (International)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed on a combination of your portfolios of design work, written assignments, seminar presentations and classroom tests, individually and in groups. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Architects Registration Board
  • Architects Royal Institute of British

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC National qualifications, to total an equivalent of 136 UCAS tariff points. As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview. Your portfolio should contain 10 to 15 pieces of your work which demonstrate a range of creative skills, including 2D and 3D drawing and model making/sculpture. We like to see developmental and sketched material as well as final pieces. Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview - Applicants to Architecture courses can come from a very broad range of backgrounds, so other experiences or qualifications will be considered and are encouraged. If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages - Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Field Trips Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University. * If you opt for the optional European module in second year, the field trip to a European location will not be covered by the University and will be covered by the student. We estimate this to be in the region of £300/£350. For the international route of the course in the final year, an extended overseas field study trip is a compulsory component of the BA(Hons) Architecture (International) degree programme. This cost will be covered by the student and not covered by the University. Previous destinations and costs in recent years include: * Vietnam, 25 days, approx. £1,396 * China, 21 days, approx £1,451 per student Materials - You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include sketchbooks, drawing equipment, materials for producing models and printing. The approximate cost of these items in recent years has been £500 in year one, £375 in year two and £575 in the final year. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only. Fees may rise by RPI-X, which is set by the Government. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the exact amount of the 2020/21 tuition fees in the Spring of 2020 and will update these web pages accordingly. The University operates a fair fee policy which offers a guarantee about the costs of studying on your course. Please find out what's included in your tuition fee here - Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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