Architecture, BArch (Hons)

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Our course places an emphasis on the development of architectural design projects. Combining a hands-on, project-driven approach with a strong studio culture. We cover all the important aspects of Architecture, linking urban design and sustainability with theory and business practice. Why choose this course?

83% of students who graduated in Architecture in 2012 were satisfied with the course and teaching methods (Student Satisfaction Survey 2012).

This course has been developed and enhanced over a number of years so industry relevant learning is delivered through group projects, study trips, live briefs from industry, and competitions. This will give you the complete package of skills, kn…

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Our course places an emphasis on the development of architectural design projects. Combining a hands-on, project-driven approach with a strong studio culture. We cover all the important aspects of Architecture, linking urban design and sustainability with theory and business practice. Why choose this course?

83% of students who graduated in Architecture in 2012 were satisfied with the course and teaching methods (Student Satisfaction Survey 2012).

This course has been developed and enhanced over a number of years so industry relevant learning is delivered through group projects, study trips, live briefs from industry, and competitions. This will give you the complete package of skills, knowledge and experience to develop your career.

Prescribed by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this course you will give you the opportunity to:

  • Work on live briefs set by real clients.
  • Join a teaching and learning culture allied to that of professional architecture practice.
  • Have the opportunity to go on trips to the UK and abroad.
  • Work in professional-standard facilities and studios alongside a dedicated model making studio.
  • Meet guest speakers from industry.
Did you know?

As the course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) you will be exempt from the Part 1 examinations.

Becoming an Architect

To become a qualified Architect you will have to complete the Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 examinations through the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). You can find out more information on what this means on the RIBA website. You can complete the Part 2 at NTU by studying our MArch Architecture course.

Open Lecture Series

Our open lecture series runs throughout the first two terms of the academic year. The sessions are delivered by staff as well as invited guests addressing topics to stimulate wider architectural debate. The lectures range from critique to contentious, and the historic to contemporary. Whatever your area of interest, the open lecture series is designed to get you thinking and talking about your passion for Architecture.

What our students say

"With the tutors coming from different countries and backgrounds, you get a real knowledge base to learn from. The course doesn't just focus on design, but also looks at the economic and technical side, which are really important areas of expertise to add to my CV."

Christina Kleanthous, BArch (Hons) Architecture

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Open days

Our open days are designed to help you find out about our courses and the University. You'll meet our lecturers and current students, and get to see some of the fantastic facilities we have. Find out the dates of our next open day.

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We know it's not always possible to come along to one of our open events, particularly if you don't live in the UK. Throughout the year we will be running a series of live chat sessions, where you can log on and talk to us remotely.
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How many places are available on this course?

There are 70 places available in total.

When does the course start?

Take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

What will I study?

A series of practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social and cultural situations. The purpose of these projects is to align architectural concepts, thinking and values with current architectural thought and practice.

Projects involve strategic thinking and creative imagination, attention to detail, traditional and digital forms or representation, public presentation and reviews.

Year One

  • Design Studio
  • Technology and Environment in Architecture One
  • Architecture in Context One
  • Architectural Communication and Representation

Year Two

  • Integrated Design Studio
  • Technology and Environment in Architecture Two
  • Architecture in Context Two
  • Interdisciplinary Design Studies

Final year

  • Comprehensive Design Studio
  • Architecture in Context Three
  • Technology and Environment in Architecture Three
  • Professional Practice
Course content and module description

See a full description of each module and further detail about what is covered in each year.

Degree Shows

In your final year, you will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Shows at the University. The Degree shows include all final year students across NTU’s Art and Design-based courses, and are a great platform for you to celebrate your studies and showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

How will I study?

Based on 40 hour weeks during term time, you will spend approximately 12 hours per week in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

The course is supported by external professional practitioners ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real world perspective in the newest and fastest growing degree subjects within the built environment sector.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, eTests and practical methods.

The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, essays and a portfolio.

Is the course professionally accredited?

Yes, the course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB).

The validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) provides exemption from the Part One examinations. The course is prescribed by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

Learn from expert staff

Our Architectural Technology team is made up of experienced academics and staff who have recently joined from industry. These, together with regular visiting experts, provide a rounded, up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

What do the course fees cover?

You can find details of what is included in your fees.
All trips, site visits and personal protective equipment (PPE) costs are included in your fees.

Where will I study?

You will study on the City site. Most of your lectures will be taught in the recently renovated Newton and Arkwright buildings. You will also work in the Maudslay building for some of the practical sessions, such as the model making studio.

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The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton and Arkwright buildings. These buildings have recently undergone a major renovation making it a great environment to study in.

Model making studio

You will also benefit from model making studios in the Maudslay building. With on hand technical supervision this space allows you to develop your skills in a dedicated studio space.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters, desk space together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications. This study centre is open from 8am until 8pm.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our library and learning resources will provide you with to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library’s OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist Architecture subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Boningtons Art Shop

Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experience and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials.

The shop responds to the requirements of our students, and the stock on offer grows each year to support the courses offered.

Bonington Colour Bureau

Located in the Bonington building, our Colour Bureau provides a range of in-house printing for NTU students and staff.

Specialising in graphic arts printing, the Colour Bureau offers high quality prints on a non-standard range of media in any size up to B0. It also operates a drop-off service so you won't have to queue and aims to offer A4/A3 prints for same-day collection, where possible.

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