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

Arts University Bournemouth
In Poole

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Poole
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Poole
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

On the course, you’ll prepare for professional practice (ARB/RIBA Part 1) and investigate the ways we live in the world, individually and collectively, through our spatial relationships with materials, to make places that make a difference. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of skills that will form the foundation of your career in Architecture, including: making, collaboration, designing and doing. You’ll develop an understanding of the practice and theory of architecture, grounded in making, along with critical thinking and a familiarity with the material nature of architectural ideas. You’ll explore the reflective practice of making thoughtful, tangible, inhabited places that mediate between the individual, the world we live in and the others we live with.

Where and when
Starts Location
Different dates available
Dorset, England
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Starts Different dates available
Dorset, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Who is it intended for?

Employers will want to see enthusiastic, self-motivated, creative students that demonstrate initiative and commitment in their work, as well as key skills and knowledge. However, employment in architecture is very competitive. An attention to developing a high quality portfolio throughout the course is essential. Some students may wish to proceed to employment outside the architectural profession, for which the BA (Hons) Architecture has excellent transferable skills. Staff can offer appropriate support and advice on progression.

What you'll learn on the course

Inhabited places

Course programme

Study is divided across taught hours, studio and/or work environment time, and independent study. Excellent professional and technical support is available and students are encouraged to experiment and work collaboratively on self-initiated projects. We expect students to spend an average of 40 hours per week on their studies, although it is likely that these hours will vary throughout the academic year.

Year 1

Units at this level provide you with a sound conceptual, knowledge and skill base for the study of the subject.

A programme of studio projects, lectures, seminars, visits, case studies, guided reading and tutorials will be used to disseminate information and concepts and to develop your understanding of the subject. Considerable importance is placed on learning through practical experience within studio-based projects.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will explore the issues of building in an urban context and future scenarios for architecture.

Year 3

Year 3 year begins with experimentation through research by making. Then you will explore the ways that these ideas can inform a single architectural challenge. You will consider role of the architect and your options in turning creativity into a career.

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