BA (Hons) Architecture

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Architecture is the design, planning and construction of new buildings. This course combines art, philosophy, technology and ecology with an experimental approach to solve problems connected to the places where we live, work and relax.

This course will give you an understanding of both the practical and theoretical aspects of architecture. You will study the design of buildings and the technical aspects of construction alongside how architecture relates to the notions of live, work and relax.

You will learn through a mixture of problem-based outcomes, design studio tutoring, workshops and traditional teaching. To prepare you for the profession, we put an emphasis on cross-disciplinary working with other departments and completing briefs as part of a team. Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring further industry perspectives to the course.

Architects are most often employed in the design of quality environments. There are many different specialties but you could work in architectural and urban design, environmental research, building conservation, heritage matters or community development.

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Course details



3 years full time

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Validating body
University of the Arts London (UAL)

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

Tuition fee information

Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk

What your course will look like


You will be continually assessed through the completion of practical and written work including essays, analysis, individual and group presentations, critical self- and peer evaluation, practical and technical tests, and the completion of individual and team projects.

Year 1

You will build skills in architectural computer graphics, basic principles of structure and design and basic research skills. You will begin to think about professional enterprise and angles on problems of the built environment. We encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research.

Year 2

You will gain greater understanding of urban design, branded environments, rehabilitation projects, and the history of the city. This will allow you to enhance your practice and develop your approach to your design work. We set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a design team.

Year 3

You will bring your learning together in a final negotiated major project, where you will investigate and make architectural design decisions. You will carry out a negotiated project which takes the form of a live brief. We ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. You will leave with a portfolio that shows your skills in areas in entry-level architecture.


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Environment Design.

Detailed course specification

Key Information Sets

6 reasons to apply for this course

Reason 1

Unparalleled opportunities in a design specialist institution

Reason 2

State of the art facilities in an award winning building

Reason 3

Outstanding teaching from senior industry experts, with direct contacts to the professions and industry

Reason 4

An ambitious nurturing environment with an excellent employment rate

Reason 5

Challenging creative projects, that are contemporary and future facing

Reason 6

International Profile, a renowned history of success, a top 10 world academic institution in its subject areas, based in London a dynamic world city.

Key study topics

  • Future facing creative architectural design, experiment and exploration in new architectural form making
  • Architectural study tours abroad, looking at contemporary design
  • Opportunities to take part in international events and competitions
  • Live project opportunities
  • Parametric and computer generated design at the cutting edge
  • Latest 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
I always enjoy coming to Ravensbourne's degree show at their new state-of-the-art RIBA award-winning building at Greenwich Peninsula... it is a real gem for anyone who wants to talent spot and see what the future holds. Alan Philips, Alan Philips Architects

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