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Architecture

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant QAA accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

-English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 -Maths at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

128

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. We accept General Studies. For example: ABB at A Level. DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and General Studies. We make you a lower offer after reviewing your portfolio at a selection event.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Architecture

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**
- Study a pioneering course in the field of sustainable architecture and design.

- Realise your creative potential to evolve environmental and sustainable architecture for the 21st Century.

- Explore social and political issues of architecture through design projects set within a broad range of rural and urban contexts.

- Study the culture, history and theory of architecture to inform your design projects.

- Learn digital modelling and CAD to the most up-to-date industry standards.

**How you learn:**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You will learn to conceptualise, analyse and develop your creative imagination, applying this to design problems which increase in complexity throughout the course. Design projects simulate the real-world skills used in architectural practice.

Year 1 has a small-scale and domestic focus with an emphasis on environmental principles and three-dimensional investigation through making and drawing.

Year 2 has a larger urban scale and international focus and is designed to expand knowledge, imagination, confidence and skills. The year is centred on a European field trip.

Year 3 has a strong social and environmental focus with design projects located in the UK.

You learn through:

- weekly studio-based design tutorials

- lectures and seminars

- practical workshops

- field trips within the UK and Europe

- digital classes

- visits to important architecture and places

- visits to current architectural practices

- lectures and talks from practicing architects

- specialist consultants from industry

**Applied learning - Project-based learning**

The course seeks to train architects who care about people and the environment, and who appreciate how architecture can have a positive impact on society. Modules in the history and theory of architecture look deep into social and cultural issues, and help to explain how architecture is connected to them. Design projects then apply this knowledge and understanding.

A range of software is used for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM), which together allow exploration of the design and the creation of a data-rich environment.

**Environmental emphasis**

The curriculum specialises in environmental design and introduces fundamental knowledge of environmental science and low-energy design across all three years.

We use software that allows the environmental quality and energy performance of buildings to be simulated and tested — this is then used to inform studio design projects. Environmental simulation tools are also used to test 3D proposals in a variety of ways.

**Field trips**

Field study trips within the UK and Europe broaden your understanding of architecture within contemporary contexts, and prepare you for a variety of scenarios which you will find in practice.

Extracurricular activities, organised with our active architecture student society (SHarc), include hands-on workshops and a guest lecture series where students invite practitioners to discuss current issues and concerns.

**Networking opportunities**

Employers and practitioners are invited as studio tutors or visiting lecturers to engage with students.

We have strong connections with regional and national practices, which allow for excellent employment opportunities. This is aided by industry employer events, such as our end of year exhibition preview, and is aided further by a dedicated employability team.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
**Year 1**
**Compulsory modules**
Architectural Design Studio 1 40
Architecture Studio One 20
Communication 20
Cultural Context 1 20
Environment And Technology 1 20

**Year 2**
**Compulsory modules**
Architecture Studio 2 60
Construction Technology 20
Cultural Context 2 20
Environment And Technology 2 20

**Final year**
**Compulsory modules**
Architecture Studio 3A 20
Architecture Studio 3B 40
Cultural Context 3 20
Environment And Technology 3 20
Professional Practice 20

Assessment methods

Coursework

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
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Social Sciences and Arts

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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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

55%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
49%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
C

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
94%
med
Employed or in further education
34%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
23%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
11%
Other elementary services 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.

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

£36k

£36k

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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