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University for the Creative Arts

Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

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

Entry requirements


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128
69%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Architecture

Studying BA (Hons) Architecture at UCA Canterbury is a lively, progressive and creative experience that will enable you to learn from a group of highly successful and dedicated architects, designers and engineers.

Ranked 11th out of all 52 Architecture courses in The Guardian Good University Guide 2019, the course will allow you to experiment with all elements of architecture – from drawing and modelling, to full-size project making and creating exhibitions in public spaces.

You’ll develop digital skills through the use of industry-standard technology and software. Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescribed and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validated, this degree course will also offer you a thorough introduction to architectural management, practice and law.

Through the use of high-calibre technology and software, you’ll gain advanced digital skills with tools such as our Tracklab – a dedicated virtual reality studio with spatial tracking.

You’ll work with a range of cultural institutions and businesses, as well as the Canterbury School of Architecture’s overseas partners. Our exciting projects will involve you in contemporary issues, and live projects will provide you with invaluable industry experience.

Studying in large, light and airy dedicated architecture studios, you’ll have the freedom to embrace and debate the future and develop new ways of thinking on this highly practical course.

An industry mentoring scheme is also available and our excellent student-to-staff ratio will help you to build your portfolio and CV, ready for the professional workplace.

Our BA (Hons) Architecture course also offers progression to a fully-validated UCA Master of Architecture (MArch) course.

Our alumni have secured rewarding careers nationally and internationally for more than 60 years – many of our graduates typically progress to one-year paid placements at architects’ offices before continuing their studies at Masters level.

Recent employment opportunities have included work at the offices of Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Will Alsop, and Sauerbruch Hutton, as well as local architects’ practices such as Clague Architects and Lee Evans Partnership, both of which are located in Canterbury.

Similar courses that we offer:

Interior Architecture and Design - UCA Farnham
Interior Architecture and Design - UCA Canterbury

Modules

In Year 1 you'll be introduced to the main teaching and learning methods used across the course and the facilities available on campus. You'll gain the knowledge to complete and present a simple design programme, and draw on a variety of cultural and technical influences and various techniques of communication. In Year 2, you'll increase your confidence and engagement with the course and its facilities. You'll develop the knowledge to address a reasonably complex design programme with elements of self selection. And the potential for specialised learning and the implications of different choices of direction will become clearer, with personal preferences emerging. In Year 3 you'll gain the depth of knowledge to resolve a complex design programme, and with a substantial amount of self-determined direction, establishing preferences and viewpoints expressed in verbal and written design discourse, within each subject area, and relating subject areas to design. You'll study some topics more generally related to architecture in detail. And you'll also build an appreciation of how architecture can become more significant in today's world. Your communication skills will be enhanced, so that a project can be presented coherently to the public or external professionals.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Canterbury

Department:

Architecture and Interior Design

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.

83%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

81%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

74%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
17%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
9%
Design occupations
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.

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

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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