If you want to pursue a design specialism within architecture, this post-professional, studio-based course will help you develop an expert approach to architectural thinking and design execution. It offers architectural design studies in relation to public space and the question of civic design.
You will explore international perspectives within design, and you will be encouraged to develop exciting design-led propositions that address themes such as the history of cities and city design, environmental sustainability, urban geography, philosophies of political space and the impact of current and future economies.
You will complete introductory and then advanced projects on your chosen theme, and you will have the opportunity to exhibit or publish your thesis work at the end of your course.
You can see examples of our students' work on our Leeds School of Arts website.
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.
The School of Art, Architecture & Design is well recognised. We have world-renowned practitioners and academics in sustainable urbanism who have won international design competitions and have worked with and for leading design firms, such as Bauman Lyons Architects and MacCreanor Lavington.
The facade design tutorial team have worked on innovative designs for firms such as Foster, Atelier One, HOK, Ian Simpson, and Zaha Hadid. The architectural interiors team consists of practitioners, academics and designers, who specialise in themes such as building reuse and museum and exhibition design. Many of the students undertake live projects or competitions.
You will have access to an excellent learning environment which includes multimedia studios equipped with flip-top drawing boards, parallel motion boards, and model-making facilities, a 24/7 library and specialist workshops.
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.
To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.
Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.
Teaching and learning
We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from September 2019.
Our course will give you skills in architecture that will be recognised around the world. The creative practice of design is central to our course, giving you a great insight into conception, elaboration and production of the spaces, buildings, cities and landscapes that make up the built environment.
Fees & funding
This course doesn't currently have any active start dates.
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.