Architecture and interior design professionals can enjoy challenging, enjoyable and influential roles within industry. Equipped with technical skill, creativity and the expertise to succeed, professionals can take on rewarding projects across a variety of sectors - from retail leisure, exhibitions, events, graphic and online design, to public buildings, theatres, shopping centres, offices and conferences, cruise ships, transportation and more.
UCA offers a number of highly-regarded architecture-based courses. And with over 60 years’ experience in delivering architecture education, we also offer an Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validated BA (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) course - along with the opportunity to complete the full qualification with a Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2).
Our students produce a fantastic range of work using our extensive technical resources, including modelling, prototyping, casting, printmaking, drawing, films and animations. Their efforts are individually focused and owned, not following a formula or house style - so no two UCA projects look the same.
And our supportive environment enables students to complete projects between studio areas, workshops and internal and external public spaces for exhibition and engagement. We’ll encourage you to develop your skills by working with a range of communities and organisations. Our teaching exposes you to the dynamics of the modern profession of architecture, associated construction and development industries, and the arts and culture sectors.
Employers comment on the breadth of skills that UCA graduates offer. You’ll develop a great balance of rigour and expertise with optimism and imagination: being able to critically evaluate and learn the secret to great architecture and design.
Architecture & Interior Design courses are available at the following locations:
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Our graduates are equipped to pursue a host of design roles, and many of our alumni work for global design and architecture firms. Our graduates typically progress to one-year paid placements at architects’ offices, before continuing their studies at Masters level. Many of our graduates have also established their own research collaborations and projects.
Our alumni have been securing rewarding careers internationally and nationally for more than 60 years, including positions at:
You’ll be fully immersed in the architecture and design industries through live projects. You’ll also have the opportunity to enter industry competitions, including the Student Design Charrette - organised by the London Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and thre Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award.
You’ll also benefit from the latest industry insight through our open lecture series, Multistory, which is a long-established alumni and student-led programme. This highly acclaimed series is one of the most successful in the world, and brings innovative approaches to practice into the school every Thursday evening in term time.
Our course enjoys excellent relationships with a number of high-profile organisations and projects, including:
Find out what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"I enjoyed everything about the course; the creative freedom, the studio life, the intensity, the reviews, the midnight candles. The course is a very rewarding experience because of the confidence you gain from it at the end. The course pushes you throughout the three years and there is an empowering feeling about being able to say I completed a degree in architecture."
"I think that we're very lucky with the facilities that we have at UCA. I've had the opportunity to work with many different mediums, including clay, woodwork shop, laser cutter and 3D printing. I really like the support network that is created by the university environment, and attending a specialist creative arts university means you're able to work with like-minded creative individuals. "