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London Metropolitan University

Architecture (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: K102

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

You will be required to have English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Architecture

**Why study this course?**

Our Architecture (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is designed to offer an alternative route into higher education if you can’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard three-year degree. It’s also the ideal choice if you’d like to practise your skills before embarking on the bachelor's part of your degree to explore your potential within multiple creative practices.

On completion of this four-year degree you’ll receive exemption from RIBA Part 1 and you’ll be prepared to continue working towards Parts 2 and 3 to register as an architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

**More about this course**

The foundation year on this bachelor's course in architecture is an intensive year that will equip you with studio and workshop skills to help you progress on to more in-depth study of architecture in the subsequent three years of your degree. You’ll learn how to make informed decisions about your own work, become a creative practitioner and gain confidence to present and defend your work.

The foundation year will be shared with others studying a degree with a foundation year at The Cass, so the subjects you’ll study will not be directly linked to architecture but you’ll get to explore different creative practices. There is an emphasis on engagement with materials, forms and processes to develop your practical skills in all creative practices within the School. You’ll also attend lectures and seminars that will introduce you to of historical, contemporary and cultural contexts within a range of creative practices.

Following the foundation year you’ll join students studying the standard three-year degree and graduate with the same award and title as them. To find out more about the subsequent three years of your degree visit our Architecture BA (Hons) course page.

If you find that another discipline in The Cass will be more suited to your interests and abilities, there will be flexibility to allow you to change your specialism at the end of your foundation year.

Modules

Year 0 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies: Foundation
Formats
Project
Techniques
Year 1 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Architecture)
Design Project 1.2
Design Skills 1.1
Technology 1
Year 2 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Architecture)
Design Project 2.2
Design Skills 2.1
Technology 2
Year 3 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Architecture)
Design Project Development 3.1
Design Project Resolution 3.2: Comprehensive Design Project
Integrated Design Audit

Assessment methods

During the foundation year your assessments will be based on a design portfolio of A1 sheets relating to design projects, showing your development in making and representation skills. You’ll also be assessed by coursework, which will take the form of an annotated workbook that evidences your work processes.

Following the foundation year you’ll be assessed according to the criteria set out by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Project work will make up 50% of your mark and you’ll be assessed primarily on your demonstration of competence and the quality of the work in your portfolio.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aldgate

Department:

The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

TEF rating:
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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.

80%
med
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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

59%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

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.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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

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

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

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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