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Kingston University

Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

128

Points to include at least two A-levels or recognised equivalent Subjects: Not subject specific but an art and design portfolio will be required. General Studies and Key Skills points not accepted in tariff. Plus GCSE (A*–C): five subjects including English, Maths and preferably a Science subject (Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Maths) (or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings). Offers will be made on the basis of your UCAS form, predicted points, portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants. Portfolio You will be asked to show a portfolio of work during your interview.

69%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Architecture

**Reasons to choose Kingston:**

- This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Graduation gives you IBA Part 1 exemption – the first step towards becoming an architect.

– This course received more than 91 per cent for teaching student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018).
– Kingston students often feature in prestigious national and international awards, such as the AJ Student Prize and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medals. Most recently, Yousuf Khalil was awarded the Architect's Journal Student Prize (2018).

**About this course**

Studio design projects are key to this degree, forming at least 50 per cent of the course. They will give you the skills and knowledge to tackle design issues in the built environment and you’ll be encouraged to experiment creatively. Student projects are often set by outside companies, so you’ll gain real experience of working for a professional client.

Workshops will teach you skills such as casting, pencil and charcoal rendering, detailed large scale model-making, computer-based graphics and CAD drawing. You’ll study theoretical, cultural, historical, social, sustainable, material and technical issues in architecture.

Through design studio work, a thesis and dissertation, you’ll have opportunities to develop and express your individual interests.

You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom run their own architectural practices or work in practice alongside their teaching. This ensures that what you're taught and the projects you work on are relevant to industry and practice. It also means that design studios are well placed to take advantage of the myriad of professional networks which staff bring with them.

**Applying for this course**

We are interested in your creative ability as well as your academic achievement. You will be asked to show a portfolio of work during your interview for this course and you can view guidance on what you should include here:
https://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/architecture/

**Kingston's purpose-designed facilities**

You'll study in brand new, purpose-designed top floor architecture studios, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects, Haworth Tompkins; these studios form part of an incredible refurbishment at Kingston School of Art, which includes state of the art workshops, studios and creative spaces, aimed at supporting and nurturing your innovative, artistic and imaginative endeavours. Find out more: https://www.kingston.ac.uk/faculties/kingston-school-of-art/

Modules

Examples of modules: Please note that is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1
- The Principles of Reading Architecture
- The Principles of Designing Architecture
- The Principles of Representing Architecture
- The Principles of Making Architecture

Year 2
- The Processes of Reading Architecture
- The Processes of Designing Architecture
- The Processes of Representing Architecture
- The Processes of Making Architecture

Year 3
- The Practice of Reading Architecture
- The Practice of Designing Architecture
- The Practice of Representing Architecture
- The Practice of Making Architecture

Assessment methods

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Architecture and Landscape

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
55%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

58%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Architecture had a difficult time a few years back during the great recession, but those days are over and the degree is in demand as house building and infrastructure have increased in importance. Most working architects secure jobs in the architecture industry, more usually starting as assistants rather than full-blown architects or chartered technicians. Some, however, move into management, design or marketing roles, where they find their planning, design and project management skills are very welcome. Nearly half the architecture-related jobs last year were in London or the South-East, and this group are rather more likely than average to find their jobs through personal contacts, so polish your networking skills, or see if you can get work experience if you want to succeed as an architect.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architecture

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£34k

£34k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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