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

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

K100

About the course

The architecture degree at Huddersfield has a highly distinctive approach to the subject based upon the exploration of places and cultures around the world. You will have the opportunity to explore different cultural regions and design your own innovative, beautiful, humane and sustainable architecture in response.

Huddersfield is a multi-cultural town and the international student population of the University is large and diverse. Architecture in particular attracts applicants from all over the world. This is a real strength of the course, as you will study alongside others from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds. The social nature of the course means that you will experience ideas and influences that are as diverse as they are creative. There are two strands to the course, Architecture and Architecture (International). Both will give you an opportunity to explore the complex regional, cultural, ethical and environmental issues that will underpin your development as an architect.

  • The International option provides an opportunity to travel to a non-European location, to study architecture and culture first hand before designing buildings that are truly responsive to people and place. Recent visits have included Vietnam, Malaysia, India and China.*
  • When you graduate from the course you will be able to work in a very wide range of architectural practices and will be sought after for your practical ability and creative flair. You will be well prepared to work in a professional environment in readiness for progression to the next stage of your architectural career.
  • If you do choose to take the international option in your final year, the extended field trip is compulsory and you’ll have to fund your own place. Just to give you an idea, the average cost of the trip in the past few years has been around £1,400 per student.
  • The course is recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the body that regulates the architects’ profession in the UK. That’s good news if you’re hoping to continue on to be an architect, as you have to register with the ARB to be able to practise using the title ‘architect’ in the UK.

It’s also validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In fact, if you graduate you will then gain exemption from RIBA’s Part 1 Professional Examinations. That’s the first of three examinations you need to pass to qualify and register as an architect, all of which you can undertake here at Huddersfield. So you could be well on the way towards your chosen profession.

  • See 'Additional Costs' under 'Fees and Finance' section

During my time studying architecture at the University of Huddersfield I have learnt so much about my subject and myself as an individual. Meeting lifelong friends and travelling around the world filled my time at university with so many amazing experiences. Architecture is a tough subject and Huddersfield allowed me to feel as comfortable as possible. Late nights in studio or the library are a given on this course, however if you surround yourself with the right colleagues and tutors you can always push yourself to be better.

Architecture 2019 graduate Lara Miller

Lara Miller, 2019 graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology

This module introduces three parallel strands of Architectural Technology: Structures Through an exploration of structural equilibrium and the assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements, the module will discuss the properties of building materials and the implications for element design. Buildings Fabric Design Common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound and aesthetic constructions will be explained and exemplified. Common failures in materials and assemblies will be highlighted. Environmental Design A building’s fabric and services combine to create an internal environment that the occupants find comfortable and pleasurable. This extends to physiological (and psychological), thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. You will consider how responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised to provide the internal conditions necessary for comfort. All of the above topics will be considered in relation to sustainable design necessary for protecting internal, local and global environments for both current and future generations. On-line multi choice test of one hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%

History and Theory 1: Spatial and Visual Culture

This module has two parallel strands: - An historical overview of Western, Islamic and Oriental architecture from the beginnings of civilisation to the start of the Renaissance. - An introduction to theoretical issues that relate to the manipulation of architectural space and form. Whilst providing background knowledge it seeks to inculcate the idea that history is not a mere catalogue of styles, and that a study of the subject is essential to the designer. Assessment: - Comparative Analysis of Architecture from different historical periods (equivalent in scope to 2,000 words) 50%. - Illustrated analysis of architectural precedent exploring theoretical issues (equivalent in scope to 2,000 words) 50%. To pass the module each piece of coursework must achieve at least a 40% pass mark.

Personal Development 1: An Introduction to Communication Skills

This module is concerned with your personal development as a designer with a specific focus on the introduction and development of basic 2D and 3D drawing, modelling, CAD and graphic techniques. You will be introduced to a range of architectural design and visualisation skills including the use of manual graphic and modelling techniques, the use of CAD and other digital media and the facilities and resources available within the School. The importance of developing good communication skills will be explained. As your skills develop you will be introduced to the notions of active learning and personal development planning. Assessment: - Integrated design development portfolio that demonstrates your ability to explore and present ideas and information (from this and adjacent modules) using a broad range of media and techniques. 60%. - Reflective learning journal that collates development work and other information and resources. 40%.

Design Studio 1: Basic Principles of Design

The module introduces basic principles of architectural composition. The module has particular focus on the relationship between people and space(s). It provides you with a vehicle to explore the process of design and to develop an understanding of its nature, components and effects. The module is delivered across the first 12 teaching weeks of the first year of study and is intended to introduce you to design as an integrative process through the realisation of architectural spaces and forms that satisfy specific and predetermined user requirements. You will develop a body of work in response to projects. This is defined and structured by Module Tutors to promote an exploration of the fundamental elements of architectural components and assemblies. You will be encouraged to apply practical, technical and theoretical skills from adjacent modules. The module will facilitate the development of presentation skills in all forms from spoken presentation at reviews and tutorials to the various and many modes of visual presentation, conceptualisation, prototyping and production. Assessment: The production of a body of work, in the form of physical drawings and models, that demonstrates the manipulation and expression of architectural space and form at an elementary level. 100% Portfolio.

Design Studio 2: Theory and Form

The module explores the basic principles of architectural composition and the relationship between people, space and place. It provides you with a vehicle to explore the process of design and to develop an understanding of its nature, components and effects. The module is delivered across the second 12 teaching weeks of the first year of study and is intended to introduce you to design as an integrative process through the realisation of architectural spaces and forms that satisfy specific and predetermined user requirements. The module takes a broad holistic approach that encompasses diverse and interdependent areas of practice and provides a framework on which you can base your design work in future. In particular the module introduces practical exploration of structural, constructional and environmental technologies and the expression of architectural ideas in relation to human requirements. You will develop a body of work in response to projects. This is defined and structured by Module Tutors to promote an exploration of the fundamental elements of architectural components and assemblies. You will be encouraged to apply practical, technical and theoretical skills from adjacent modules. The module will facilitate the development of presentation skills in all forms from spoken presentation at reviews and tutorials to the various and many modes of visual presentation, conceptualisation, prototyping and production. Assessment: The production of a body of work, in the form of physical drawings and models that explore the principles of architectural composition and the relationship between people, space and place. (word count equivalent to 7000 words) - 100% Portfolio.

29.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops etc.

The course is delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and a series of design studio projects. Studio-based design is central to this course, for which you'll have access to high quality resources in computing and modelling, professional support and tuition. You'll learn through design projects and assignments. All modules in Years 2 and 3 count towards final Honours classification.

You'll be assessed on a combination of your portfolios of design work, written assignments, seminar presentations and classroom tests, individually and in groups.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

The Barbara Hepworth Building


The new Barbara Hepworth Building at the University of Huddersfield brings together our Art, Design and Architecture programmes under one roof. A beacon of innovation, the open studio environment empowers students through the co-location of disciplines with the same learning spaces.

Designed for experimentation, students will have the opportunity to develop, curate and exhibit their work in innovative spaces, utilising fully extensive and leading workshop facilities such as 3D printers for rapid prototyping and modelling, laser cutters, Wacom drawing tablets, virtual reality and motion tracking sensors, print and dye, maker library, photography studios, advanced 3D technologies, digital print centre, specialist studios and software and the ability to get access to all facilities and much more.

Named after the famous West Yorkshire born sculptor, the building's main frontage overlooks the picturesque Huddersfield Narrow Canal that runs through the heart of the University's campus.

For more information, visit: hud.ac/edm

Placements


If you intend to follow the route to become a qualified architect then, upon successful completion of the degree, through which you’ll attain the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 professional qualification, you’ll need to undertake a year working in professional practice before continuing to RIBA Part 2.

We have excellent links with architectural practices around the world and our students have found employment in a wide range of practices, from the smallest architectural firms to the largest, working on a huge variety of projects at home and overseas.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student Work

A gallery of work by our Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 1) BA(Hons) students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career


If you intend to follow the route to become a qualified architect then, upon successful completion** of the BA(Hons) degree, through which you’ll attain the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 professional qualification, you would be eligible for admission to our Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 2) MArch course. The first year of this course is a ‘year out’ which would be spent working in a professional practice, before continuing to full time study at the University in the subsequent 2 years.

Alternatively, you may choose to specialise in other areas after the course, such as sustainability, 3D computer applications, management, or a range of other disciplines including journalism.

 

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**Successful completion is classed as passing Architecture/Architecture (International) BA(Hons) with First-Class Honours (1st), Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1), Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) or Third-Class Honours (3rd).

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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