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Architecture
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Architecture

International Scholarships available

Overview

Architecture is a dynamic subject involving a wide range of activities, from studio design and model-making, to the study of art, history and culture. It requires imagination alongside practical and technical skills.

Central to this course will be the time you will spend in the design studio. You will have access to our extensive studio facilities - including workshop and computer-modelling software - in the award-winning Broadcasting Place, to design and build your projects.

This qualification provides exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA Part I examination.

The Leeds School of Architecture offers a Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) Monitoring Service for graduates with BA (Hons) Architecture, Master of Architecture (MArch) or similar degree. The PEDR is an electronic record of your professional experience, development and competency in the practice of architecture and will offer support on the pathway to registration or licensure, primarily with the ARB. For more information, please click here.

You can also see examples of our students' work on our website or by having a look at our end of year show publication.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

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You are encouraged to design and make models in our design studio, and to use our computing facilities to design and build your projects. You will learn technical skills in workshops alongside students from our Interior Architecture & Design and Landscape Architecture courses.

Throughout the course there are external events organised by staff, including lectures and workshops, as well as the opportunity for overseas visits, to cities such as Rome, Barcelona, Venice and Amsterdam.

To become a fully-qualified architect takes seven years and we offer the professional body recognition allowing you to continue to further study in this field. You will need to complete a MArch (Master of Architecture) giving exemption from Part II of the RIBA Examination in Architecture. You will then complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice, giving exemption from Part III.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Louise Hartley

Careers

Louise Hartley
Architect The Harris Partnership

BA (Hons) Architecture, MArch Architecture & PG Dip Architectural Professional Practice

“My passion for architecture was sparked while I was at school. Going on to study at Leeds Beckett was perfect for me. I had access to industry-standard facilities, dedicated support from expert teaching staff and the social perks of living in a buzzing city. My course gave me the confidence to go out and get the industry experience I needed, and I'm now a fully qualified architect.

Teaching and learning

You will develop and explore values, knowledge, skills and techniques appropriate to the development of creative, responsive professional architects. The course will also provide a basis for further postgraduate study in architecture leading to future qualification as an architect, or for further academic study in architecture or a career in an alternate discipline. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
You will be introduced to the history and theory of art and architecture, exploring the influences that have made an impact on industry. You will also gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of design and will learn to use appropriate tools and techniques to develop and communicate architectural design ideas.
Overall workload
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305 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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895 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

We will introduce you to the history and theory of art and architecture, investigating how cultural influences have impacted upon the industry.

A broad foundation of architectural histories, including key architectural movements and architects, which will provide the framework for you to analyse, evaluate, observe, speculate and anticipate how historical developments have catalysed design.

Gain an insight into the key principles of sustainability, structure, construction and environmental science in order to understand the fundamental elements of building.

Explore the constraints and possibilities presented by constructional, environmental and structural issues related to making through investigation.

We will encourage you to think creatively about design. You will do this through a series of research, investigative and practical projects.

An introduction to the architectural design of more complex spaces, including buildings. This module will allow you to describe architectural space and understand ways in which space may be created.

Using a broad toolkit of techniques and approaches, you will develop the skills necessary for the detailed exploration and communication of architectural design ideas.

Develop skills in independent working and planning through a series of open-ended design briefs. You will examine and justify complex situations using robust methodologies and you will be encouraged to develop your own emerging interests within the design studios.
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230 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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970 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

An opportunity build your knowledge of architectural history and theory issues related to urban planning, community and the city.

Explore the history of cities in their multiple states of development. You will gain an insight into real situations which cities have to face, such as competitions, threats, disasters, wars, expansions, divisions, migrations, dilemmas, controversies and demises.

Study modern technologies used in different types of buildings. The aim is to record, analyse and appraise technological strategies relevant to work undertaken in design studio.

Demonstrate your understanding of technological issues and establish strategies that you will use in your AD2.2 design project. You will also continue to develop your knowledge of architectural technologies as well as skills in research and visual presentation.

Examine the principles and precedents of structure, enclosure and materiality through a series of short, design-led research projects, supported by study visits to examples of contemporary architecture. You will develop a larger scale architectural proposition as part of an urban intervention strategy. Your innovative proposal should engage with the art, culture, social aspects, technology and materiality of place.

Develop an architectural proposition (at a larger scale than in AD2.1) as part of an urban intervention strategy, with particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking and narrative. You will progress your proposals as you creatively engage with the art, culture, social aspects, technology and materiality of place.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Using research, evaluation and the application of key theories across a number of extended modules, you will work independently to create an integrated thesis that clearly defines your critical approach to architecture.
Overall workload
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270 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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930 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

This is an opportunity to focus your studies on a particular area of architecture that interests you. You will benefit from a range of lectures by speakers whose work is related to design studio themes.

Build on the knowledge you have gained in your first and second years as you focus on the movement from synthesis to practical application. The work you do will inform your design studio project.

Reinforce your knowledge of industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and understand how cost control is an integral part of design.

Develop a comprehensive building design by resolving a proposal that explores technological and professional issues. You will enhance your drawing and making skills through workshops in casting, rendering, detailed large-scale model-making, digital design and photographic techniques.

Dr Claire Hannibal
Dr Claire Hannibal
Course Director
Claire's research interests include digital design tools, collaborative design approaches, visual communication and technology enhanced learning.
We work closely with our students to foster creative individuals who can think critically and independently to produce high quality designs.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including parallel motion boards and flip-top drawing boards, plus the latest software and printers
  • Access to the Project Office, our in-house architectural consultancy
  • Student membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Stationery / materials
    (Approximately £50-£100)
  • Design studio site visits
    (Estimated to cost from £5-30 per semester. Cost varies depending upon location of your project. Staff try to keep these costs as low as possible by setting project briefs locally)
  • Printing
    (Printing is likely to cost between £20 and £50 and is optional for tutorials, but compulsory for design portfolio submissions. Some tutorials may be digitally-based depending on specified design project. Submissions for many modules are also digital)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Overseas (European) study trip
    (Approximate cost £150)

  • Work experience in an architectural practice
    (Approximate cost of travel £20 maximum – dependent on location. You will be given the opportunity to participate in work experience at local practices at the end of semester one)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the Library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including parallel motion boards and flip-top drawing boards, plus the latest software and printers
  • Access to the Project Office, our in-house architectural consultancy
  • Student membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Stationery / materials
    (Approximately £50-£100)
  • Design studio site visits
    (Estimated to cost from £5-30 per semester. Cost varies depending upon location of your project. Staff try to keep these costs as low as possible by setting project briefs locally)
  • Printing
    (Printing is likely to cost between £20 and £50 and is optional for tutorials, but compulsory for design portfolio submissions. Some tutorials may be digitally-based depending on specified design project. Submissions for many modules are also digital)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Overseas (European) study trip
    (Approximate cost £150)

  • Work experience in an architectural practice
    (Approximate cost of travel £20 maximum – dependent on location. You will be given the opportunity to participate in work experience at local practices at the end of semester one)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the Library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Architecture and art studios
    Architecture and art studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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