Make your mark on landscapes of the future with our Chelmsford-based degree. You’ll gain the creative and technical skills you’ll need to produce architectural drawings and to analyse, research and develop briefs. You’ll develop design concepts in our model making studios, and have the chance to display your work in our Summer Exhibition and take up a placement year. With this Architects Registration Board Part 1 prescribed course you’ll be taking your first step towards a career as an architect.
From the design of a family home to an entire city, architects shape the world in which we live. Our course delivers the creative and technical skills you’ll need to help transform our built environment and succeed in architectural practice.
We’ll help you to consider the cultural, environmental, technological, social, legal, economic and regulatory contexts of architecture. You’ll learn about its history, and explore the design of buildings as well as the technical and managerial skills needed to turn them into reality. You’ll consider ‘buildability’, sustainability and how to meet human needs in building design. You’ll learn how to produce architectural drawings, and to analyse, research and develop briefs.
Architects have to switch effectively between being an artist, designer, planner, communicator, manager and leader. We’ll make sure you learn to reason logically, communicate clearly and read critically. You’ll become a creative problem-solver who can work independently and as a team member.
In preparation for a career in professional practice, you’ll cover business and management as well as inter-relationships in the construction industry. You’ll be well prepared to contribute to the running of a successful practice.
At our end-of-year Summer Exhibition, you’ll have the chance to display your work to the public.
Each year the School of Architecture organises a European study trip. There is a cost associated with participating in the study visit, which typically lasts 5 days. During the visit, students and staff experience another culture and see how this is represented through both historic and contemporary architecture and in the city’s urban planning. Recent study visits have included trips to Lisbon, Venice, Rome, Vienna, and the Netherlands.
Our course has been Prescribed (Part 1) by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This means that when you complete our course you’ll have fulfilled the first part of the three-part process required to become a registered architect in the United Kingdom.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
The demand for skilled architecture graduates is expected to grow rapidly over the next ten years.
Our course prepares you for a career in architectural practice. You could also choose to work in associated areas such as town planning, surveying, engineering, property, and building conservation. You’ll have gained creative and practical skills, such as computer-aided design, which will make you stand out from the crowd.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies afterwards, we offer a wide range of related full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Town Planning
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
History and Theory of Architecture (Introduction)
Essential Skills for Architecture
Architecture and Planning Design Studio A
Architecture and Planning Design Studio B
Elements of Construction Design
Year two, core modules
Advanced Construction Technology
Environmental Building Performance
Site Studies and Planning
Architectural Design Studies 1
Architectural Design Studies 2
Modernism and Beyond
Site Studies and Design
Year two, optional modules
Modelling Sustainable Architecture
Year three, core modules
Construction Technology and Innovation
Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
Professionalism, Values and Ethics
Architectural Design Studies 3
Architectural Design Studies 4 (Dissertation)
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. These will include design projects, presentations, timed assignments, exams and coursework.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.