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Architectural visuals are an essential part of the architectural design process. Visualisations are regularly used to convey design ideas when presenting work to clients, submitting planning applications or taking part in competitions. Clients, contractors, architects, architectural technologists, and design teams are all in need of well-trained professionals to produce accurate and high-quality visualisations. Our architecture courses are ranked 22nd, out of 55 institutions in the Sunday Times League Table 2019. To help you to fill this industry need, Solent’s new architectural design and visualisation programme explores two connected areas of architecture: concept design - as a creative process - and visualisation - as the means of turning concepts into photorealistic images. The design curriculum will help you to grasp the fundamentals of architectural design and covers essential principles of design process; aesthetics; architectural composition; scale; proportions; space planning and history. Visualisation units explore various methods of visualisation including freehand drawing, physical model making, computer generated imagery (CGI), computer modelling and 3D walkthroughs. This course is unique in its approach - specialist architectural visualisation courses are not currently available at undergraduate level anywhere else in the UK. It is also unique in its inclusion of architectural design study alongside visualisation training. This knowledge of design processes will help you to play an active role in design teams in addition to leading visualisation projects. You’ll also benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links. These links have been built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, mentoring sessions and site visits. Graduates from this course will typically work on a freelance basis or set up their own practice, offering their services to architectural businesses. Alternatively, graduates can join existing architectural and/or visualisation companies, working as part of a larger team. This course is ideal for students who want to build a professional portfolio and learn essential skills before taking their first steps into architectural visualisation and design. Candidates may come from a range of academic backgrounds, but should be passionate about design, architecture and visualisation.
YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Architectural Design Principles Introduction to Architectural Technology Introduction to Model Making Introduction to Architectural Illustration Introduction to Creative Digital Media YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Architectural Photography Advanced Architectural Illustration Architectural Design Architectural Visualisation Studio Innovative Technologies and Applications Ergonomics for Interior Design YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Advanced Model Making Advanced Architectural Illustration Freelancing at Solent Creatives YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Digital and Futuristic Architecture Studio Professional Practice Major Project
Students on this course are assessed by a blend of practical exams, coursework and independent research projects. There is one written exam in the first year of study.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
Additional entry requirements
Submit an eportfolio
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||80 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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