University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Architecture

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Course summary

Overview Take your first step to becoming a registered architect on our BA (Hons) Architecture degree course – accredited by Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). With client-driven projects and professional placements, you'll learn from the best in architecture and how to shape cities and communities for the better. Our teaching team of professional architects and focus on sustainability ensure your practice is future-proof and industry-standard. After graduation, you’ll have the theoretical and practical foundations to pursue Master’s study and advance in your registration. You can also begin a career in the architecture, sustainability and construction industries, such as landscape architecture, interior design and historic building conservation. Course highlights

  • Fast-track your architect registration by completing this degree and getting Part 1 qualification – an ARB requirement
  • Broaden your professional experience by working with actual clients in our in-house Architecture Project Office
  • Experience a professional design studio by working in our dedicated studio spaces, developing your individual and team skills
  • Get a taste of working in the architecture industry by taking an optional one-year placement
  • Impress future employers by showcasing your work at our annual Graduate Show
  • Enrich your theoretical understanding by going on site visits to major international cities – past trips include Helsinki, Barcelona, New York and Berlin
  • Advance your abilities in key software used widely in the industries – including Building Information Modelling (BIM), advanced parametric modelling, environment evaluation software, and 3D scanning and printing tools
Careers and opportunities Many graduates on this course continue their architect training with paid, mentored professional experience in a practice, before studying at postgraduate level for a Master of Architecture degree. You can use your skills in areas such as design practice, planning and historic building conservation. Graduate jobs Jobs our graduates have taken on include:
  • Architectural designer
  • Interior designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Urban designer
  • Planner
  • Architectural technologist
  • Product designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Set designer
Graduate destinations Companies graduates have worked for include:
  • Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
  • Make
  • Re-Format
  • Grimshaw
  • PAD Studio
  • Hawkins Brown
  • Design Engine
  • Architecture plb
  • Hampshire County Architects
  • Squire & Partners
  • Allies & Morrison
  • Penoyre & Prasad
Past students, having completed their registration, have gone on to run their own practices. For example, Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop, DMWA and PCA.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Communication: Fundamentals
  • Design: Architectural Application
  • Design: Exploration
  • Design: Interpretation
  • Histories, Theories and Matters of Concern
  • Technology and Environment: Exploration
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Communication: Creative Practice
  • Design: Architectural Investigation
  • Design: Architectural Narratives
  • History and Theory of Modern Architecture
  • Technology and Environment: Design Practice
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Thematic Design
Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Communication : Professional Practice
  • Design: Major Project
  • Design Major Project Reflective Synthesis
  • History and Theory: Dissertation
  • Technology and Environment: Discovery
There are no optional modules in this year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through coursework and presentation. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed 100% by coursework in all years.

Professional bodies

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

  • Architects Royal Institute of British
  • Architects Registration Board

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
K100
Institution code:
P80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

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)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Interview

UK applicants will be invited to an interview.

Portfolio

Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio or sample of creative work to support their application


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
70%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

**Undergraduate fees for 2023 entry will be available shortly.** For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees
Architecture at University of Portsmouth - UCAS