About the Architecture Postgraduate course
This is a creative, studio-focused course with a strong commitment to design research and meets the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 requirements. The design studio will take centre stage during your studies as you are challenged to develop solutions to a series of architectural design problems.
Your course will explore different approaches to architecture, its theories, techniques and forms of agency, and will address the key themes of integrated sustainability and post-industrial urbanism.
You will study architectural agency and its forms of social engagement, and the use of computational techniques to produce architectural solutions within material and social systems. You will also explore the innovative use of film and other media in the process of architectural and urban design.
You will explore your personal interests in relation to city, regional, national and global perspectives and forge an individual approach to architecture.
As part of your studies, you will visit exemplary buildings and complex urban contexts that challenge the role of architecture in the city. Studying this course will also give you exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA Part 2 examinations.
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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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Mature ApplicantsOur 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.
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MODULES & LEARNING
A studio-based introduction to the specific issues and research agenda of an elected design studio. You will develop the skills you need to advance design methodologies through a range of tools and techniques.
Examine the professional aspects of architectural practice, including the construction industry, role and responsibilities of the profession, development controls, construction law, regulation, design costs and project and practice management.
These two modules develop integrative thinking regarding the technical requirements and production issues of detailed building design.
Develop your design studio specialisms and approaches to architecture through a contextual architecture project. You will test the design methodologies and skills you developed during Design Studio 1.
An introduction to the history and theory of architecture, you will explore the current architectural theory and the historical context in which it has developed. You will be encouraged to think critically about these theoretical concepts and to integrate them into your work.
Produce a thesis design project, with particular emphasis on the design development and production of a complex and comprehensive integrated building.
This is the final part of your design thesis, where you will develop the integrated building project started in Design Studio 3, as a detailed piece of work. You will complete your end of year portfolio and prepare for the end of year show.
This course offers high quality, creative design education as a basis for qualification and practice as an architect while fulfilling Part 2 requirements for Architects Registration Board Prescription, Royal Institute of British Architects Validation and the QAA Architecture Subject Benchmark for final award programmes.
You will have access to an excellent learning environment in Broadcasting Place which provides studio space for individual and group projects. Its facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, 3D printers and laser cutters.
Simon Warren Simon WarrenSenior Lecturer -Simon is interested in how the role of the architect can make a difference to people's lives. Simon, who worked on built projects across the north of England from 1992 to 2008, contributed to the book 'How to be a Happy Architect' by Bauman Lyons Architects which considers the dilemmas of architectural practice.
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FacilitiesArchitecture 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.
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, City Campus
An amazing place to spend your days
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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Leeds is brimming with cultural interest, a vibrant and varied nightlife and some of the best shopping in the north of England.
Leeds lies at the heart of the UK with excellent transport links to most major cities. It was also voted best UK University Destination and is home to 200,000 students.
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