Architecture

Bachelor's degree

In Sheffield

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Description

  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location

    Sheffield

  • Duration

    3 Years

Facilities

Location

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Sheffield (South Yorkshire)
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University Of Sheffield, S10 1FL

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To take into account

Entry requirements for the BA in Architecture, and the BA in Architecture and Landscape are: * AAA at A Level * Or the equivalent in other examinations such as Scottish Highers (AAAA) or International Baccalaureate (37 points). There are no specific subject requirements. Candidates are, however, expected to show evidence of artistic ability, either by passing Art at GCSE or A Level, or else by submission of a small portfolio of work (the portfolio does not form part of your UCAS application).

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Course programme

Introduction

The BA Architecture is a three-year honours degree that brings together a balanced university education with a professionally orientated course. It combines lecture-based courses with a creative studio culture. The lectures develop a broad knowledge base ranging across the sciences and humanities; this knowledge is then brought to the studio where it is tested and developed through a sequence of design projects. The lecture courses are delivered by staff who are all at the forefront of their own field of research, thereby ensuring that the information imparted is up-to-date and relevant. Within the studio, full time members of staff are joined by practising architects, who bring with them topical ideas and skills from the world of architecture. It is this combination of a rigorous academic base and a creative professional direction that exemplifies architecture at Sheffield.

Course Outcomes


The majority of BA Architecture students follow the professionally accredited route that leads to exemption from RIBA Part 1. Students on this route will generally then take a year out in professional practice before returning to a two year MArch in Architecture course either at Sheffield or another school, before returning to practice and completing their final professional examinations to qualify as an architect. Students graduating from the BA at Sheffield have in the past had a good record in obtaining jobs, the course being recognised in the profession as providing well-educated and adaptable students. It is also possible after the second year for students to follow a route that is not professionally accredited, the BA Architectural Studies On this route studio courses are replaced with other modules. The aim of this latter route is to provide an education in a broad architectural context, within which students can develop their own specialisms and interests. Students graduating from this route are well placed to pursue a career in the built environment, or else to progress onto more specialised Masters courses.

Course Structure

All three years of the degree course are divided approximately equally between lecture courses and studio based courses. The first year studio course acts as a foundation year which aims to bring together students from a range of academic backgrounds. After the first year, projects develop in scale and complexity, until the major design project at the end of third year which addresses the full range of cultural, technological, conceptual and representational ideas. Whilst the scale and content of projects vary from year to year, all are characterised by the belief that architectural design is both an innovative and rigorous act which questions preconceptions. The studio thus acts as a laboratory for the testing of creative and critical ideas, whilst at the same time developing fundamental architectural skills. In most cases we draw on Sheffield and its immediate surroundings for sites and briefs, in the belief that an immediate context develops relevant and topical solutions. Local projects are supplemented by more conceptual projects which have broader educational aims.

The lecture courses develop knowledge and skills in three areas of architecture - humanities, technology and communication. The humanities course covers the history and theory of architecture. In history, a broad overview of the cultural context of architecture is followed in second year by more focused case studies. The theory course introduces social aspects of architecture and methods of approaching design. These courses are supplemented by lectures in landscape and town planning, which give an overview of the broader contexts within which architecture is set. The technology courses introduce the structural, constructional and environmental concepts that underpin architectural production. The emphasis is on how these concepts may inform and contribute to design, so that by third year most of the technical courses are related to the studio projects. The technology courses draw on the expertise in sustainable approaches to design that the academic staff are developing in their research. The communication courses develop representational techniques for architecture, with an increasing emphasis on computer techniques. In the third year, students undertake a major dissertation, a piece of academic work that encourages an in-depth study of an architectural subject.

Mode of Attendance : Full-time

Architecture

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