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Course summary

OVERVIEW BA (Hons) Architecture is prescribed by the UK Architectural Registration Board (ARB Part I) and is the first step towards a successful career as a registered architect or in a related profession. The programme is organised in four streams: • Design studio • Technology and environment • Cultural context • Professional studies. The first year focuses on ‘Creation and Imagination’ (Arch1a), followed by ‘Building, Dwelling, Thinking’ (Arch 1b). The second year focuses on ‘Architecture and Strategy’ (Arch 2a), which is then critically and intellectually developed in ‘Architecture and Ideology’ (Arch2b). The third year widens it scope to ‘Architecture and The Public Realm’ (Arch 3a), to produce the ‘Integrated Architectural Project’ (Arch3b) in the second part of the year. KEY FEATURES

  • Develop your ability to perceive, conceive, and make architecture through a series of carefully designed and sequenced projects/studies
  • Discover how tangible and intangible aspects of architecture are visually and verbally studied, recognised, communicated, appreciated and critically appraised
  • Explore creativity freely while acquiring the skillsets to function as an independent architectural designer
  • Design objects, settings and space, enabled by technical and environmental design and supported by consideration of factors and forces that have significance and impact
  • Engage with notions of space and place, question the architectural object and explore architecture as ordered space through design projects
  • Integrate tangible with intangible design qualities and demonstrate an ability to holistically integrate the various discrete skills
  • Design collaboratively in a technical/environmental design project, to develop shared skills, learning and approaches to climatic technical design
  • Explore networks in design, the humanities, professional studies and technical/environmental studies and consider the frameworks and paradigms that determine architectural output
  • Create a Research Report that engages critically with current architectural and cultural theory
  • Produce a collaborative project culminating in a creative proposition for an urban sector or city
  • Complete an integrated design project that addresses overlapping agendas and issues present in the contemporary metropolis
YOUR FUTURE By the end of your degree, you will have gained a set of transposable skills to meet or exceed the assessed benchmark for exemption from ARB Part I examinations, and achieve a readiness for professional, or other pathways. Our close links to the profession will give you an opportunity to meet and learn from our regional partners, including Feilden+Mawson, Purcell, LSI Architects, Hamson Barron Smith and Hudson Architects. Architecture graduates have been selected for RIBA East Awards, the TRADA University Challenge and the Design and Craftsmanship Awards. OUR STUDENTS’ WORK Explore our online Graduate Showcase – celebrating the very best Norwich University of the Arts work. Scroll each reel to explore at


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Assessment method

The University assesses you through the coursework you produce as you complete each unit. Each unit will require you to present a portfolio of work which may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. You can find out more information about our assessment methods at

Professional bodies

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

  • 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
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

For Year 2 entry you will need 120 credits at Level 4 from an ARB prescribed course. For Year 3 entry you will need 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 from an ARB prescribed course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Norwich welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying. If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer. If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications.

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Additional entry requirements


Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Architecture at Norwich, we will ask you to prepare a portfolio. This will be used to assess your suitability for the course. Your portfolio should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity. For more information please visit our website at

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £18000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

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