Five great university courses for budding architects

If you want to be an architect, then you may already have done some research and realised that the crucial first step in your training will involve taking an architecture degree course at undergraduate level.

Your degree could be either a BSc or a BA, depending on where you study. Here are five excellent courses you should consider:

1. Cambridge University: BA in Architecture

Cambridge offers an undergraduate course lasting for three years. The course is academic in nature, focusing on architecture as a cultural subject, as well as one that is technological. Cambridge itself boasts a wealth of architectural styles, with buildings hailing from the Middle Ages onwards.

2. University of Bath: Architecture BSc

At Bath, the architecture degree course lasts for four years, with a full-time first year and work placements during the second and third years. In the third year, students can take part in a European exchange programme, enabling them to study at leading architecture schools in Europe. The final year includes joint projects with engineering students.

3. Birmingham City University: Architecture BA (Hons)

The degree course at Birmingham is three years full-time or four years part-time. Students are taught to consider architecture from the point of view of themes such as mobility, production and habitation, and there is an emphasis on environmental conditions, cities, neighbourhoods, and networks.

4. University of Edinburgh: Architecture BA/MA

Edinburgh’s architectural degree lasts for four years. Students can choose to complete just three years of the programme, gaining the BA, or continue to acquire the MA. Students are taught through seminars, lectures, field trips, studio projects, and practical experience.

5. University of Sheffield: BA (Hons) Architecture

This three-year course combines lectures with creative studio practice. The teaching focuses on communication, technology, and the history and theories of architecture. Students are given larger and more involved projects to tackle as the course progresses, culminating in a major third-year design project.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
August 1, 2014

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