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Lauris Svarups, BA (Hons) Architecture, UCA Canterbury

BA (Hons) Architecture

Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) BA (Hons)

Canterbury

Course overview

Your journey to becoming a qualified architect begins here on our fully validated and accredited BA (Hons) Architecture course, taught at UCA Canterbury.

We provide a lively, progressive and creative experience - from the outset you’ll be designing new buildings and considering the world around you.

Throughout the course, we'll challenge you to become highly skilled in technical drawing and design. You’ll also be encouraged to consider how architecture can have a wider impact on everything, from its immediate surroundings and social contexts, right through to the human body.

You will also benefit from dedicated studios, master a wealth of industry-grade technology and apparatus, and have the use of our Tracklab virtual reality studio.

 

Our standard three year undergraduate degree for those who meet the entry requirements for higher education.

UCAS Code for 3 year/standard: K100

A four year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year: K10A

A four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year: K10C

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Course details

Course Details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

UCA’s Integrated Foundation Year is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and more.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Foundation Year, based at UCA Farnham to bring students from around the world to one hub of creativity.

This year of preparatory study is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and the English speaking and writing skills you’ll need to succeed.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

Launch
Launch Week is the first week of your academic journey at UCA - it is an intensive week spent gearing up for your study objectives and getting to know your course staff, peer group and the School community in greater depth.

Projects 01
You’ll be introduced to fundamental issues, processes and skills that will be relevant throughout your studies, and gain understanding of the relationships between the body and the built environment through the design of a spatial enclosure. This enclosure must provide shelter, and accommodate the basic needs of at least one occupant, serving to protect them from changing climatic conditions.

Constructing for Equity 01
In this unit, you will be introduced to the technological principles, civil regulations, and societal challenges that inform contemporary building construction. We will outline two key challenges to structure your thinking - social justice and equitable space, and the climate crisis, and the diversity of approaches needed to tackle it.

Briefs and positions 01
You’ll prepare a basic set of briefing materials that will inform and guide your development of a small-scale design proposal in the subsequent design unit Design 02 – Iterate and Adapt. To achieve this we want you to engage in creative studio-based speculation, professional site or scenario analysis and culturally critical research.

Opportunity
As you start Term 2, Opportunity Week is an intensive week of activity conceived and undertaken in collaboration with external partners, with the aim of broadening knowledge and skills.

Projects 02
Building on the knowledge gained in Briefs and Positions 01, you’ll undertake a small building design project, using existing and new skills to produce your work. We want you to speculate and engage with design as an agent of social, political, economic, environmental, and ultimately architectural change. The project proposal will be to reuse or transform a small unused or underused building to become multi-use.

Critical Analysis 01
We want you to understand that the role of the architect is not always in isolation. This means seeing that objects, spaces, and systems can be designed and built by ‘constellations’ of different actors, in which the designer is situated. We’ll show you this through critical engagement with histories and theories of spatial and object design practice.

Material and digital practices
This unit introduces you to basic ideas around representation as a critical practice, and core theories of the design and production of small-scale objects in 2D print and 3D physical form. Working between the physical and virtual worlds, you’ll build the foundation on which you begin to develop your visual communication skills and technological competence.

ATOM activities
ATOM activities are tiny pieces of individual learning that facilitate interdisciplinary exposure across the university. Collectively they form a small fraction of your curriculum that is determined through your own personal choice and interest.

Launch
Launch Week for the second year will be spent gearing up for your study objectives and re-orientating after your first summer break.

Project 03
In this unit we want you to explore and interrogate a landscape and develop small scale architectural interventions within it, understanding the importance of the spaces between, how human settlements may have formed and deformed the landscapes around them, the ecologies that exist in these spaces, and strategies of care that act as cultural elements in the environment. You will explore the relationships between interior and exterior spaces and how the architectural interventions that we make may be experienced by those who inhabit them.

Constructing for Equity 02
In this unit, you will expand your knowledge of the technological principles, civil regulations, and societal challenges that inform contemporary building construction. You’ll look at how non-western perspectives, culturally diverse contexts and vernacular practices can inform low-carbon approaches to building.

Briefs & Positions 02
In this unit, you’ll prepare a developed set of briefing materials that will inform and guide your development of a medium-scale design proposal in the subsequent design unit Projects 04. You’ll do this through three processes - creative studio-based speculation, professional site or scenario analysis and culturally critical research.

Opportunity
The second term begins with Opportunity Week, an intensive week of activity conceived and undertaken in collaboration with external partners.

Projects 04
With the knowledge you’ve gained across the year you’ll be challenged to complete a medium-scale building design project, which interrogates a complex set of functional programs. You will do so in the context of the city and its people, the environment and climate; addressing contemporary social, aesthetic, and political concerns.

Pathways and Mentors
In this unit, we’ll challenge you to reflect on the design skills, knowledge and techniques you are acquiring and identify potential alternative career paths that you might not yet have considered. In the course of this unit, all students will have the opportunity to engage with a design professional in a structured series of engagement and mentoring sessions.

Critical Analysis 02
The unit, a progression from your first year of study, is primarily concerned with theory and represents a step-up in challenging you to interrogate ideas, designs and actions. Specifically, it asks you to use theory to develop understandings of the ways in which ideas are both contextual and connected to wider logics and world views.

ATOM Activities
ATOM activities are tiny pieces of individual learning that facilitate interdisciplinary exposure across the university. Collectively they form a small fraction of your curriculum that is determined through your own personal choice and interest.

 

Launch
For your final Launch Week, you’ll spend the week getting ready for your final year of study, and re-orientating after your first summer break.

Projects 05
This unit has two components – a portfolio and report, all pertaining to your detailed proposals for a housing scheme. The portfolio will focus on design of the masterplan down to the spatial design of an individual home, while your report will explore the legal and procedural characteristics of practicing as an architect in the UK in relation to your emerging design.

You will be introduced to the RIBA Professional Experience and Development Resource (PEDR) document submission and “Year Out” requirements.

Critical Analysis 03
You’ll produce a piece of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of your subject discipline. The subject matter will be informed by the specific interests that you have developed on your course to date.

Briefs and Positions 03
This unit is about preparing an advanced set of briefing materials to inform and guide your development of a medium-scale design proposal for the Final Major Project. You will consider a context at the scale of an expanded spatial or material network, through creative studio-based speculation, professional site or situation analysis and culturally critical research.

Opportunity
Opportunity Week is an intensive week of activity conceived and undertaken in collaboration with external partners.

Projects 06
Your final unit will see you complete a large building design project that establishes a sophisticated dialogue between topography, local, social and political issues, city scale structures, regional objectives and the way that these impact the lives of individuals.

 

This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

Tuition fees
2022 course fees for Year 1 entry and Integrated Foundation Year:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

Each year of the course has a dedicated open plan studio space for group tutorials and personal working. Facilities for the course include: laser cutters, 3D printers, virtual reality lab, 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics and fully-equipped computer studios with Macs and PCs programmed with industry-standard software for design and animation.

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Architecture studios, UCA Canterbury

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Architecture TraKLAB, UCA Canterbury

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Architecture studios, UCA Canterbury

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Fabrication Lab, UCA Canterbury

Course connections

Course connections

Our course enjoys excellent relationships with a number of high-profile organisations, which are listed below:

  • Architects Registration Board
  • Architectural Association of Ireland
  • Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
  • International Interior Design Association
  • Residential Interior Design
  • Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Royal Society of Ulster Architects
  • Royal Town Planning Institute.

 

Many of our graduates typically progress to one-year paid placements at architects’ offices, before continuing their studies at Master's level. Our alumni have secured rewarding careers internationally and nationally for more than 60 years.

Recent employment opportunities have included working at the offices of Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Will Alsop and Sauerbruch Hutton, as well as at local architects’ practices such as Clague Architects and Lee Evans Partnership (both in Canterbury). Our graduates have also established their own research collaborations and projects.

Qualification as an architect requires two years' further study, followed by a final year of paid placement, a short professional practice course and examination for Part 3.

We offer Part 2, a Master of Architecture course, to students who achieve a 2.1 or above at degree level. We also offer an MA in Architecture, which is added to your Part 2 qualification as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture – Part 3* (This course has received accreditation from ARB and is in the process of being accredited with RIBA).

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Connie Latham
Connie Latham

"The campus was really important to me as the facilities were excellent and the staff all seemed really helpful. After doing my foundation course, UCA was the only place I applied to for the Architecture degree, because I loved the atmosphere."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) course

The standard entry requirements* for this course are one of the following:

  • 128 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Merit at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Distinction, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 128 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 29-32 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 16 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including Mathematics and English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year

The standard entry requirements for these courses are one of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply. 

 


 

BA (Hons) with Integrated International Foundation Year

For this course you need to have completed 12 years* of schooling (with good grades) and show strong evidence of your ability to successfully complete the programme and progress onto your chosen degree.

 


 

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

Pre-sessional English courses

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

BA (Hons) course

For this course, we’ll need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

 


 

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Please use the following fields to help select the right application link for you:
  • UCAS Institution

    C93

  • UCAS Code for 3 year/standard

    K100

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year

    K10A

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year

    K10C

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