Architecture is a fascinating subject involving wide-ranging academic, practical and vocational activities. It requires creativity and imagination as well as the inventive employment of environmental and technical knowledge. Architecture is normally studied with a view to becoming a professional architect, however, embracing the fields of art, history and science, it is also an excellent vehicle for further academic study at postgraduate level in different disciplines, and other forms of career development. At the heart of the course is a rich choice of different design studios in which students are taught in small groups by current practitioners – reflecting London’s dynamic architecture scene. There are also lecture courses in environmental and technical studies, history and theory of architecture, as well as numerous opportunities to engage with the architecture profession through construction site visits, internships, mentoring and a work placement. Field trips are offered in Year 2 and 3 and there are opportunities to study abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China. Architectural design is taught twice a week in small groups or studios led by a tutor, with a second tutor and (in Year 1) a post-graduate student in support. In second and third year, students can choose from a broad range of studios, each offering a particular approach to design or engagement in current issues. Studio teaching involves workshops, site and building visits and group research, with individual tutorials and 'crits' in which each student’s work is presented to their fellow students, tutors and guest critics and practitioners. The projects increase in scale and complexity through the course. In Year 1, students focus on learning fundamental design skills through on-site sketching, building visits, architectural drawing, modelling, photography, digital/CAD and fabrication lab investigation of materials. In Year 2, students’ design projects extend in ambition and detail, and engage with the environmental impact of architecture, and its response to it site and context. In Year 3, students’ studies culminate in a major design project, which is exhibited as part of the annual summer exhibition, and which forms the basis of a graduate’s portfolio for employment in an architectural practice as a 'Part 1 year-out' assistant, as well as further 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.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
In addition to the above, you should have: A strong personal statement demonstrating a commitment to studying architecture. Portfolio of creative work – After considering your application we may ask you to share an online portfolio of creative work. You may be invited for an online interview to discuss your application further. Applicants who have met the entry requirements above and are currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply; the entry requirement is Merit. We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.
English language requirements
|6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component
University of Westminster English Language Requirements
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