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Solent University (Southampton)

Architectural Design and Visualisation

UCAS Code: AD01

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Architectural design

Architectural visuals are an essential part of the architectural design process. Visualisations are regularly used to convey design ideas when presenting work to clients, submitting planning applications or taking part in competitions. Clients, contractors, architects, architectural technologists, and design teams are all in need of well-trained professionals to produce accurate and high-quality visualisations.
Our architecture courses are ranked 22nd, out of 55 institutions in the Sunday Times League Table 2019.

To help you to fill this industry need, Solent’s new architectural design and visualisation programme explores two connected areas of architecture: concept design - as a creative process - and visualisation - as the means of turning concepts into photorealistic images.

The design curriculum will help you to grasp the fundamentals of architectural design and covers essential principles of design process; aesthetics; architectural composition; scale; proportions; space planning and history. Visualisation units explore various methods of visualisation including freehand drawing, physical model making, computer generated imagery (CGI), computer modelling and 3D walkthroughs.

This course is unique in its approach - specialist architectural visualisation courses are not currently available at undergraduate level anywhere else in the UK. It is also unique in its inclusion of architectural design study alongside visualisation training. This knowledge of design processes will help you to play an active role in design teams in addition to leading visualisation projects.

You’ll also benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links. These links have been built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, mentoring sessions and site visits.

Graduates from this course will typically work on a freelance basis or set up their own practice, offering their services to architectural businesses.

Alternatively, graduates can join existing architectural and/or visualisation companies, working as part of a larger team.

This course is ideal for students who want to build a professional portfolio and learn essential skills before taking their first steps into architectural visualisation and design. Candidates may come from a range of academic backgrounds, but should be passionate about design, architecture and visualisation.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Architectural Design Principles
Introduction to Architectural Technology
Introduction to Model Making
Introduction to Architectural Illustration
Introduction to Creative Digital Media

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Architectural Photography
Advanced Architectural Illustration
Architectural Design
Architectural Visualisation Studio
Innovative Technologies and Applications
Ergonomics for Interior Design

YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year)
Advanced Model Making
Advanced Architectural Illustration
Freelancing at Solent Creatives

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Digital and Futuristic Architecture Studio
Professional Practice
Major Project

Assessment methods

Students on this course are assessed by a blend of practical exams, coursework and independent research projects. There is one written exam in the first year of study.

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Art, Design and Fashion School

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Architecture

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
A

After graduation


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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.

£21,000
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Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
40%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
4%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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.

Architectural design

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

£23k

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£29k

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£35k

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