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Architecture

Entry requirements


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

UCAS Tariff

136

- From at least 2 A Levels - Art and Design Foundation accepted - Five GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English Language or Literature and Maths or Science

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Architecture

Studying Architecture offers you the opportunity to pursue a career in an exciting, creative and fast-paced industry which hugely influences the world around us. On this course you’ll discover how to bring your visions and designs to life, with successful graduates progressing into rewarding careers which have the potential to improve and enhance the lives of countless people. With the knowledge gained as part of this degree, can witness your work turn into tangible creations that serve the communities around you.

You will learn about the history of architecture and design, alongside completing technical, practical and professional exercises relating to ethical architecture in the commercial world. You’ll have opportunities to undertake design projects in a range of spatial, social and topographical settings, from the smallest of residences and objects through to complex megacities and events.

This course is a professionally validated undergraduate degree which prepares students for a postgraduate degree in Architecture, which most graduates will progress to. Graduates pursue successful careers in non-professional pathways using their skills in creative design, strategic thinking, leadership and organisation. The course is on the Commonwealth Association of Architects’ approved courses list.

**Key Features**
* This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), ensuring the content you study meets and exceeds the criteria set out by these professional bodies, with students also exempt from RIBA and ARB Part I examinations.

* This course benefits from global opportunities thanks to its accreditation with Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM), the Board of Architects Malaysia, which allows graduates to pursue a professional qualification in Malaysia. It is also approved by the Commonwealth Association of Architects, a membership organisation representing architects in Commonwealth countries, which provides access to an international network of schools for further study and better employment prospects.

* DMU’s Leicester School of Architecture - is only one of five schools of architecture in the world to win more than three RIBA Part II design awards in the past five years. It’s also one of the oldest architecture schools in the UK, established in 1897, allowing you to draw on a wealth of experience and expertise.

* Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken students overseas to work on live projects in Berlin in collaboration with Aedas, a leading international architecture and design practice. Students have also travelled to destinations such as Ahmedabad, India, where they designed and built homes to help those living in disadvantaged communities.

* Architecture at DMU is in the top 10 for ‘Graduate Prospects’ in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide 2021, many of our graduates have gone on to work for some of the best architectural practices in the UK and worldwide, including Heatherwick Studio, Make Architects and Shigeru Ban Architects.

* Benefit from the very latest facilities – dedicated multipurpose studios, CAD labs, workshops offering metal working and woodworking to digital printing and water-jet cutting and prototype workshops. Our award-winning Vijay Patel Building provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking and explore your design potential.

* We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Modules

First year
• Studio 1
• Studio 2
• Architectural Communication 1
• Building Performance and Technology 1
• Architectural History and Philosophy

Second year
• Studio 3
• Studio 4
• Architectural Communication 2
• Building Performance and Technology 2
• Building Performance and Technology 3
• Architectural Theories
• Urban Studies

Third year
• Studio 5
• Dissertation: Cultural and Contextual Studies
• Technology and Environmental Studies
• Practice, Profession and Ethics

Assessment methods

• Overview:
The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) emphasises learning through modelling and making, both manually and digitally, making it an important feature of the course. We encourage and support you to become a productive student by focusing on the design studio as your key learning environment.

In the design studio you will:

• Work and collaborate with peers and tutors in drawing, digital drawing and fabrication, model making, discussion and debate
• Meet regularly with design tutors for small group learning, individual advice and guidance, assessment and feedback
• Engage in instructional/guidance lectures and workshops to develop key manual and digital techniques
• Have design work reviewed by guest architects and critics

A programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops support your learning in the four key strands of the curriculum:

• Architectural design – project-based learning and assessment
• Architectural communication – project-based learning and assessment around key skill sets including CAD, BIM, digital modelling and fabrication
• Technology and environment – project-based learning and assessment combined with testing your knowledge of key principles
• History and theories of architecture – assessment based on online tests and short written assignments, culminating in a written dissertation, or equivalent, in the final year

In the final year there is an additional focus on:
• Professional practice and ethics – project-based learning and assessment

• Contact hours:
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 21 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Arts, Design and Humanities

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
37%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
24%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
10%
Design occupations

Architecture had a difficult time a few years back during the great recession, but those days are over and the degree is in demand as house building and infrastructure have increased in importance. Most working architects secure jobs in the architecture industry, more usually starting as assistants rather than full-blown architects or chartered technicians. Some, however, move into management, design or marketing roles, where they find their planning, design and project management skills are very welcome. Nearly half the architecture-related jobs last year were in London or the South-East, and this group are rather more likely than average to find their jobs through personal contacts, so polish your networking skills, or see if you can get work experience if you want to succeed as an architect.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architecture, building and planning

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£27k

£27k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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