BA (Hons) Architecture

One of the most important roles of architectural intervention is to enhance the quality of life of those whom it touches. We deal in the invention of new, hitherto unimagined environments, the resuscitation of existing buildings and urban settlements, and the careful enhancement of our towns, cities, rural environments and landscapes.

Kent teaches two architecture degree programmes:

  • This programme, Architecture BA (Hons), gives exemption from the Part 1 examinations required by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
  • Our Master of Architecture (MArch) programme gives you exemption from the Part 2 examinations required by the ARB and RIBA.

Both offer multidisciplinary learning experiences, studying areas such as regeneration and sustainability, landscape, community and the quality of urban life, which equips our students with the skills they need to practice in the profession.

Study abroad

On the Architecture BA, you have the opportunity to study abroad for a term or the whole year in Stage 2. In addition, field study tours are an embedded part of the programme. In recent years, students have visited Lille, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Rome, and Vienna, as well as San Francisco, Oakland, and Washington DC.

Kent School of Architecture has a reputation for tackling global issues at a local scale, with many projects set in the south-east region. Through this work, and our open lecture programmes and events, the School continues to build links with the profession and the wider community. The School is also committed to the development of sustainable design and this is taught at all stages of the curriculum.

Course structure

The course structure below gives a flavor of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customize your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1
Possible modules may include:

  • Form Finding
  • Building Design
  • Building Envelope
  • Modern House
  • Folio
  • Ancient and Medieval Architecture
  • Light and Structure

Stage 2
Possible modules may include:

  • Collective Dwelling
  • Climate
  • Forms and Structure
  • Nineteenth-Century Architecture
  • Architecture and Landscape
  • Renaissance to Neoclassicism

Year abroad
While the School encourages an active engagement with the local region, you also benefit from extensive opportunities to undertake study abroad, and field study tours are an embedded part of each programme. In recent years, our students have traveled to Lille, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Rome, and Vienna, as well as San Francisco CA, Oakland CA, Washington DC and Alexandria VA.

Stage 3
Possible modules may include:

  • Adapt and Extend
  • Modernisms
  • Dissertation
  • Urban

Teaching & Assessment

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, studio-based work, and field study trips. Students also attend tutorials, seminars, small group discussions, and one-to-one design sessions, giving them a range of feedback opportunities to improve their skills.

Assessment is by a portfolio of work, which includes design project coursework, written assignments, and examinations, alongside research papers and technical reports. We place particular emphasis on sketchbooks and notebooks assembled over the academic year, which contribute to the student’s own personal development plan.

Careers

Our two programmes prepare you for work at Part 1 (BA) and Part 2 (MArch) level. Having completed 24 months (minimum 12 months post-Part 2), you are eligible to be considered for Part 3 of the ARB/RIBA professional practice examination, leading to full professional registration as an architect.

However, our programmes are founded on transferable skills that prepare students for work in many other industries, such as the design, graphics and visualization professions.

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated September 11, 2018
This course is Campus based
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9,000 GBP
- UK/EU; £14860 - Overseas
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