Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

TEF Bronze

Kingston University has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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Reasons to choose Kingston:

  • This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Graduation gives you IBA Part 1 exemption – the first step towards becoming an architect.
– This course received more than 91 per cent for teaching student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018). – Kingston students often feature in prestigious national and international awards, such as the AJ Student Prize and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medals. Most recently, Yousuf Khalil was awarded the Architect's Journal Student Prize (2018). About this course Studio design projects are key to this degree, forming at least 50 per cent of the course. They will give you the skills and knowledge to tackle design issues in the built environment and you’ll be encouraged to experiment creatively. Student projects are often set by outside companies, so you’ll gain real experience of working for a professional client. Workshops will teach you skills such as casting, pencil and charcoal rendering, detailed large scale model-making, computer-based graphics and CAD drawing. You’ll study theoretical, cultural, historical, social, sustainable, material and technical issues in architecture. Through design studio work, a thesis and dissertation, you’ll have opportunities to develop and express your individual interests. You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom run their own architectural practices or work in practice alongside their teaching. This ensures that what you're taught and the projects you work on are relevant to industry and practice. It also means that design studios are well placed to take advantage of the myriad of professional networks which staff bring with them. Kingston's purpose-designed facilities You'll study in brand new, purpose-designed top floor architecture studios, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects, Haworth Tompkins; these studios form part of an incredible refurbishment at Kingston School of Art, which includes state of the art workshops, studios and creative spaces, aimed at supporting and nurturing your innovative, artistic and imaginative endeavours. Find out more: Applying for this course We are interested in your creative ability as well as your academic achievement. You will be asked to show a portfolio of work during your interview for this course and you can view guidance on what you should include here:

Course details


Examples of modules: Please note that is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Year 1

  • The Principles of Reading Architecture
  • The Principles of Designing Architecture
  • The Principles of Representing Architecture
  • The Principles of Making Architecture
Year 2
  • The Processes of Reading Architecture
  • The Processes of Designing Architecture
  • The Processes of Representing Architecture
  • The Processes of Making Architecture
Year 3
  • The Practice of Reading Architecture
  • The Practice of Designing Architecture
  • The Practice of Representing Architecture
- The Practice of Making Architecture

Assessment method

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeK100
Institution code K84
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 128 points Points to include at least two A-levels or recognised equivalent Subjects: Not subject specific but an art and design portfolio will be required. General Studies and Key Skills points not accepted in tariff. Plus GCSE (A*–C): five subjects including English, Maths and preferably a Science subject (Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Maths) (or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings). Offers will be made on the basis of your UCAS form, predicted points, portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants. Portfolio You will be asked to show a portfolio of work during your interview.

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Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2020 and beyond. For foundation year and international fees, please visit: Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs
Architecture at Kingston University - UCAS