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Successful completion of our BArch (Hons) Architecture course is the first step to becoming a qualified architect, fulfiling Part 1 for the RIBA.
Prescribed by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this hands-on, project-driven course is designed to help you develop your own design approach and style. You’ll study in a studio culture that reflects a modern architectural practice, preparing you for your graduate career from day one.
You’ll be exposed to diverse aspects of architectural design, linking sustainability and urban design with business practice. You’ll learn to creatively communicate your ideas through drawing, and explore spaces through model making and 3D visualisation, with project work providing opportunities to develop skills and experience.
Why study this course?
- Our course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB), recognising the relevance and quality of our course content.
- 93% of our BArch (Hons) Architecture students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE survey 2016/17).
- Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model-making studio, 3D printing and workshops for metal, timber and concrete.
- 90% of our BArch (Hons) Architecture students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2018).
- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
- Explore local and international architectural practice, with inspiring trips – both in the UK, and abroad to destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, Rotterdam, and Milan – included in your course fees.
- Take part in live design projects, with briefs from real clients. Students recently worked with the UK house builder Davidsons on a project exploring ideas for future homes, RIBA East Midlands on a temporary architectural installation in a local space, and Nottingham-based charity Growin’ Spaces on an inexpensive eco-friendly build.
- Graduate with confidence by taking advantage of our final year mentoring programme, working alongside the RIBA.
- Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Shows, attended by industry experts and prospective employers.
- Hear visiting industry experts talk about their work. Previous visitors have included Cadval y Sola-Morales (Barcelona), Evans Vettori and Zaha Hadid Architects.
- Network with industry professionals and display your work at our annual Architecture Exchange employability event.
Trips and projects
Our Architecture course takes a global perspective; you’ll gain design inspiration on study trips both in the UK and abroad, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Recent study trip destinations have included Venice, Milan, Rotterdam and Barcelona.
Careers and employability
93% of our BArch (Hons) Architecture students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE survey 2016/17).
Our BArch (Hons) Architecture course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the architecture industry. Through working on real projects from industry, fieldwork, and regularly updated course content, you’ll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.
You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies, to expose you to professional practice, and you’ll be supported in your development with a final year mentoring programme, working alongside RIBA.
Where do Architecture graduates from NTU work?
Recent graduate roles include architects, architectural assistants and design team members at companies such as Foster + Partners, Atelier (New York), Terry Farrell and Partners, Dixon Jones, Benoy, and Balfour Beatty.
Becoming an architect
The course has full Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescription, so after completion of your degree, you’ll be ready to complete your first year of experience before starting Part 2, on route to becoming a qualified architect. Take a look at the ARB Student Handbook for a guide to becoming an architect.