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Studying Architecture at AUB is the first step towards becoming a creative architect.
On this unique and exciting course, you’ll work within the context of a studio-based arts university, where everyone shares an interest in different forms of making. BA Architecture (Part 1) is accredited by ARB and RIBA, so on the course you’ll prepare for professional practice. This professional validation means that upon graduating, students will have fulfilled the first of a three-part process required to become a registered architect in the United Kingdom.
What you will study
You will investigate the ways we live in the world, individually and collectively, through our spatial relationships with materials, to make places that make a difference. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of skills that will form the foundation of your career in Architecture, including: making, collaboration, designing and doing. You’ll develop an understanding of the practice and theory of architecture, grounded in making, along with critical thinking and a familiarity with the material nature of architectural ideas. You’ll explore the reflective practice of making thoughtful, tangible, inhabited places that mediate between the individual, the world we live in and the others we live with.
Through a process of ‘making and thinking’ you’ll come to understand works of architecture as places that house our lives and challenge our expectations. As well as architectural design, you’ll experiment with drawing, photography, printmaking, modelmaking, video and electronic media. You’ll learn the importance of collaboration with other disciplines by working with students from art, design, media and performance. To bring theory alive you’ll travel to see examples of excellence in architectural design in Britain and beyond. Likewise, you’ll be given insights to innovative professional practice through lectures, visits and studio projects led by practising architects, engineers, and designers.
Approximately 45% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. The remainder of your time studying will be independently. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.
By the end of the course you will be able to...
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of architectural concepts, techniques and processes in integrated application in architectural design propositions.
Demonstrate understanding of methods of initiating, structuring and realising architectural propositions.
Demonstrate understanding for the social context, interdisciplinary and regulatory framework within which architectural practice operates.
Demonstrate an understanding of how historical, contextual and theoretical issues inform architectural design.
Apply to your work an understanding of the relationship between architectural and urban design theory, history and practice.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the related specialisms of technology and environment and how these inform integrated architectural design; ability to exploit a range of methods, materials and technologies available for the expression of original architectural propositions.
Demonstrate research skills and the ability to think analytically and conceptually.
Apply individual solutions to the creative resolution of architectural propositions.
Demonstrate good communication skills through appropriate (oral, written, visual) formats.
- Work well as part of a team and demonstrate good interdisciplinary working relationships in preparation for professional practice.
Studios and resources
Our Architecture studios mirror industry, with students working together in a high-energy environment. You’ll share your experiences with others in a supportive environment and have access to 3D workshops with manual and digital manufacturing equipment.
Coursework and practical work
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|UCAS Tariff||128 points||This must include at least one Level 3 qualification in a relevant creative subject.|
|A level||ABB||This must include at least one A Level in a relevant creative subject.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||This must be in a relevant creative subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Access to HE course - 60 credits, including 45 at Level 3.|
|Scottish Higher||CCCCC||This must include at least one Scottish Higher in a relevant creative subject. We also accept Scottish Advanced Higher's.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points||International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5 is acceptable to meet English language requirements.|
We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification.
Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications.
Additional entry requirements
This course does not expect you to attend an interview or provide a portfolio. Instead we will make a decision on your application based on the information in your UCAS application. You will be invited to an Applicant Day; these are designed exclusively for undergraduate applicants holding offers at AUB. The event will give you the opportunity to find out more about the course, meet staff and have a tour of the AUB campus.
However please note in the event we are unable to make a decision based on your application we may request additional information from you, such as a digital portfolio, or may invite you to attend an interview. If this is the case we will contact you to advise you.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||Overall score of 200|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|PTE Academic||54.0||A minimum of 51 in each component|
AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.
English language requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|