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Course summary

Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this creative, project-driven course is designed to help you develop your own design approach and style. You’ll be exposed to diverse aspects of architectural design, linking sustainability and urban design with business practice. This course will equip you with skills and knowledge to tackle contemporary issues related to the built environment, exploring the design, human, professional and technical influences needed to pursue a successful career in architecture. Reflecting modern architectural practice, our studio culture encourages you to work collaboratively, share experiences and experiment with ideas. You’ll learn the art of creative communication through drawing, model-making and 3D visualisation in our industry-standard design studios and materials workshops. Key Features Accredited Route | Successful completion of this course is the first step to becoming a qualified architect, satisfying the educational requirements needed for your RIBA Part 1 qualification. Dedicated Creative Spaces | Benefit from the latest facilities in our multipurpose studios where you'll work with equipment including bandsaws and sanders, 2D and 3D hot-wire cutting and vacuum forming machinery, milling machines, lathes, drills and more to develop your conceptual, sketch and presentation models. Real Briefs | You'll take part in live design projects, with creative briefs from real clients. Students have previously worked with RIBA East Midlands, Flo Skatepark and local charity Growin' Spaces on design briefs and installations. Exhibitions and Degree Shows | Exhibit your work at our annual final year degree show and Architecture Exchange event, attended by architecture professionals, industry experts and potential employers. Mentoring Opportunities | Take advantage of our final year mentoring programme. Recently our students have worked alongside the RIBA and local practices such as Leonard Design Architects, Buckenham & Co and Franklin Ellis Architects. Top 10 Ranking | NTU is ranked Top 10 in the UK for Architecture graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times University Guide, 2023)


Year One

  • Design Studio (60 credits)
  • Technology and Environment in Architecture 1 (20 credits)
  • Architecture in Context 1 (20 credits)
  • Architectural Communication and Representation (20 credits)
Year Two
  • Integrated Design Studio (60 credits)
  • Technology and Environment in Architecture 2 (20 credits)
  • Architecture in Context 2 (20 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary Design Studies (20 credits)
Year Three
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Comprehensive Design Studio (60 credits)
  • Architecture in Context 3 (20 credits)
  • Technology and Environment in Architecture 3 (20 credits)
  • Degree Show exhibition
In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows. The events are an opportunity for all final year students studying across NTU's Art and Design-based courses to showcase their work to our network of industry professionals and prospective employers, invited specifically for this purpose.

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and practical work. Coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and consists of group and individual projects, reports, presentations and a portfolio. Year One Coursework 100% Year Two Coursework 100% Year Three Coursework 100%

Professional bodies

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

  • Architects Royal Institute of British
  • Architects Registration Board

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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