The fine details

The BA (Hons) Architecture course gives students a strong understanding of both the practical and theoretical aspects of architecture. It combines the likes of art, philosophy and technology to bring an experimental approach to solving problems. Students will study the design of buildings and the technical aspects of construction, as well as the way architecture relates to all aspects of our lives.

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3 years full time
Start date
September 2022
Validating body
Ravensbourne University London

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.

Qualifications accepted:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above

Selection criteria

Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work which shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.

We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.

Please note: direct entry into year 3 is not available for this course.

Course structure


Students will be continually assessed through the completion of practical and written work.

Work will include the likes of essays, analysis, individual and group presentations, critical self- and peer evaluation, practical and technical tests. It will also include the completion of individual and team projects.

Key study topics

Students will learn through a mixture of problem-based outcomes, design studio tutoring, workshops and traditional teaching.

The course has an emphasis on working across disciplines, and involves collaboration with other departments, as well as completing briefs as part of a team. 

Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring further industry perspectives to the course.

Key study topics include: 

  • Experiment and explore architectural form making
  • Parametric and computer generated design
  • Techniques for designing structures and rapid prototyping
  • Architectural history, theory and context
  • Business enterprise for design and regulatory frameworks
  • New developments in urban design
  • New developments in architecture/design projects around the world

Top reasons to apply

  1. Outstanding teaching from senior industry experts, with direct contacts to industry
  2. State of the art facilities in an award winning building
  3. Unparalleled opportunities in a design specialist institution
  4. An ambitious nurturing environment with an excellent employment rate
  5. Challenging creative projects, that are contemporary and future-facing


Students who graduate from this course have gone on to become architectural designers, set designers, virtual environment designers, visualisers, design managers and urban public realm designer.

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