The course provides an opportunity for you to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to embark upon a career in architectural practice, and begin the period of office based experience that is required for RIBA Part 3 examination.
You will select one of the architecture studio options - usually three options will be offered. The architecture studio module accounts for 50% (60 credits) of the credits in the first year of the course.
You will take three other modules totalling 60 credits in the first year, covering professional practice, environmental design and an optional module selected from the wide range offered by the Faculty, in areas such as urban design, sustainability, and urban regeneration.
A final design project is the main focus (60 credits) of the second year of the course, within the architecture studio module. It is an integrative design-based project that involves you in the exploration of complex architectural issues and the subsequent production of a detailed design scheme. You will be required to explain and justify your design scheme in both written and verbal presentations, including technical reports which explore the structural, environmental and procurement aspects of the final design.
In parallel with design project work, you will complete the sequence of management studies in a second professional practice module, and take a graduate level module chosen from those offered by the Faculty. You gain a grounding in research techniques applicable in professional practice, which also form an introduction to the dissertation for those who choose to pursue the MA Architecture degree.