Architecture BA (Hons)


Overview


Reasons to study Architecture BA (Hons) at De Montfort University:

  • 100% of our Architecture graduates
    from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Our course is accredited by the RIBAARB and LAM
    recognising our course content meets and exceeds the criteria set out by both UK professional bodies and provides students with exemption from RIBA and ARB Part I examinations. Whilst accreditation by LAM allows our students to pursue a professional qualification in Malaysia upon graduation
  • Work on live projects overseas
    as part of your course, our students have been building homes in India with DMU’s #Squaremileindia and designing projects in Berlin in collaboration with AEDES as part of #DMUglobal
  • Award-winning students
    the LSA is only one of five Schools of Architecture worldwide, that have won more than three RIBA part II design awards at the RIBA president’s medals in the past five years, such as Danielle Fountain
  • Heatherwick, Make and Shigeru Ban
    are some of the best architectural practices in the UK and overseas employing recent DMU architecture graduates
  • Present your work on an international stage
    through DMU’s partnership with the Hong Kong Great Festival of Innovation, student Tom Cox presented his work on this world stage
  • Employability is embedded throughout the course
    such as student mentoring and mock interviews are offered by architectural practices in collaboration with the RIBA as part of #DMUWorks
  • Award-winning teaching staff
    who are published authors, academic specialists and career architectural educators meaning students are taught by practicing architects
  • Leicester School of Architecture (LSA)
    was established in 1897 making it one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK, with a strong sense of community and peer support
  • International opportunities and field trips
    to study key architecture projects through #DMUglobal. Trips are significantly subsidised to destinations such as New York, Rome, Berlin and Abu Dhabi
  • Sustainable Development Goals
    are embedded in the course curriculum so you’ll learn about the most important issues facing the world today. There are opportunities for students to visit the United Nations headquarters in New York to work with institutions from across the globe on solutions to achieve the goals.
  • The award-winning Vijay Patel building
    has been designed to provide studio-based and state-of-the-art technical facilities to support your development – find out more
  • Core workshop materials available at no cost
    to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
  • Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300 for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*

Typically, you will undertake design projects in a range of spatial, social and topographical settings, from the smallest residences and objects to complex megacities and events. The majority of the course is taught as a series of design projects in the design studio. This is complemented by lectures, workshops and studio events on the philosophy and history of architecture and design. You will also look at technical, practical and professional practices in relation to ethical architecture in the commercial world.



Structure and assessment


Course modules

First year

  • Architectural Studio 1
  • Architectural Studio 2
  • Architectural Communication 1
  • Building Performance and Technology 1
  • Architectural History and Philosophy

Second year

  • Architectural Studio 3
  • Architectural Studio 4
  • Architectural Communication 2
  • Building Performance and Technology 2
  • Building Performance and Technology 3
  • Architectural Theories
  • Urban Studies

Third year

  • Architectural Studio 5
  • Architectural Studio 6
  • Dissertation
  • Cultural and Contextual Studies
  • Technology and Environmental Studies
  • Practice, Profession and Ethics

 

Teaching and assessments

Overview

The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) emphasises learning through modelling and making, both manually and digitally, making it an important feature of the course. We encourage and support you to become a productive student by focusing on the design studio as your key learning environment.

In the design studio you will:

  • Work and collaborate with peers and tutors in drawing, digital drawing and fabrication, model making, discussion and debate
  • Meet regularly with design tutors for small group learning, individual advice and guidance, assessment and feedback
  • Engage in instructional/guidance lectures and workshops to develop key manual and digital techniques
  • Have design work reviewed by guest architects and critics

A programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops support your learning in the four key strands of the curriculum:

  • Architectural design – project-based learning and assessment
  • Architectural communication – project-based learning and assessment around key skill sets including CAD, BIM, digital modelling and fabrication
  • Technology and environment – project-based learning and assessment combined with testing your knowledge of key principles
  • History and theories of architecture – assessment based on online tests and short written assignments, culminating in a written dissertation, or equivalent, in the final year

In the final year there is an additional focus on

  • Professional practice and ethics – project-based learning and assessment

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 21 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Student work from the DMU Architecture BA (Hons) degree course


Facilities and features


Architecture facilities

You will have access to studio spaces with CAD facilities and workshops offering a broad range of fabrication. Facilities are available from casting, metal working and woodworking to digital printing and water-jet cutting, printing and photography equipment. You will also benefit from resources and support in the Architecture Resource Centre, our online learning space.

You will learn in large multipurpose studio spaces supported by visualisation and craft facilities. The LSA has a wide range of CAD stations where you can learn drafting, 2D, 3D, NURBS/Spline, environmental and building performance modelling, rendering, animation, imaging and publishing software. These are linked to a variety of output devices such as HD screens, large format printers and 3D-printers. You will learn how to use manual/ mechanised/digitally-controlled workshops offering metal, wood, plastics, timber, fabric and glass craft and fabrication capabilities. You will also have access to the latest rapid prototyping machines and 2D/3D printing, including laser, water-jet cutting and CNC multi-axis milling.

Library

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.



Opportunities and careers


Employment and placements

Many of our students aim to follow the conventional route to qualification and registration as an Architect. This involves a monitored, paid placement in an architectural practice, commonly called the ‘Year-Out’ which is undertaken following graduation from the degree programme. You will then return to complete the MArch programme o gain exemption from the RIBA/ARB Part 2 examinations.

The final year of professional experience is gained following graduation from the MArch programme. Both periods of professional experience in a practice, contribute to the RIBA/ARB minimum requirements for practical training. At DMU, professional experience is monitored and recorded through the online PEDR which is an assessed component of the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice. This is the last stage of architectural education leading to exemption from the RIBA/ARB Part 3 Examinations and subsequent registration as an Architect in the UK.

The School provides excellent support to students during their professional training in practice, such as the Architecture and Design Resource Centre, with its excellent links to architectural practices and its ’text-alert’ service advertising new positions. The school offers final year mock-interviews, engagement with the RIBA East Midlands Mentoring programme and the opportunity of involvement with the Leicester Atelier which provides links with industry as part of your undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Graduate careers

Many graduates continue their architectural education to qualify and register as an architect. Some of our graduates have gone onto careers with leading architectural practices in the UK and overseas, including Heatherwick, Make and Shigeru Ban.

Graduates use their degree to launch careers in related fields such as architectural conservation, urban design, research, planning and project management. Other graduates have gone onto other fields such as journalism, heritage and history, film, web design, lifestyle design, game design, event design and digital animation, strategic management and political advocacy.

Upon completion of the Architecture BA (Hons), you may continue in the professional pathway and progress onto the Architecture MArch course. Further information visit our how to become a RIBA accredited architect webpage.


 

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