BUILDING WITH PEOPLE IN FOREGROUND

BA(Hons)

Architecture and Planning

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
KK14
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
136
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years
Delivery:
Full-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Jonathan Bassindale and Mike Devereux
Key fact:
This degree is unique because it's accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study architecture and planning?

Applying architectural design to city planning creates more humane and sustainable environments.

A new kind of designer is emerging one who understands planning and architecture, while responding to people, context and sustainability needs.

There is a high demand for highly creative architect-planners who are able to design from the scale of a door-handle to a city.

Why UWE Bristol? 

This degree is unique because it's accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

This is one of five courses that cover different specialisms in architecture.

Ranked 4th nationally for student satisfaction in our architecture courses (The Guardian University League Tables 2018), we produce sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings.

The degree will build your creativity and develop your talent for finding solutions to a full range of realistic briefs. It will show you how to integrate technology seamlessly into design ideas and give you the confidence and skills to work in top architecture and planning practices. 

Gain broad-based knowledge and skills in architecture and planning. Work on conceptual and practical projects across different themes.

Learn computer-assisted design (CAD), drawing, modelling and mapping. Assess urban design on day trips and residential field trips.

Study in Europe for a year on our established Erasmus programme and gain valuable real-world experience that increases your employability.

Apply your learning on a year-long project combining the masterplanning of a complex urban area with rigorous brief development and research, all leading to a final architectural design project.

Work on a six-week agency project in an architect's office, local planning authority, or other appropriate organisation. Collaborate with students across related disciplines in an approach reflecting industry.

Where can it take me?

With a joint professional qualification, you'll be sought after by employers in the UK and abroad.

As a graduate, you'll be ready for a career as an architect, architect-planner, urban designer, conservationist or town planner with a background in design.

Take a look at our online yearbook of student projects from our architecture and product design courses.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Making of Place
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities
  • Technical Studio 1
  • Studio 1.

Year two

You will study:

  • Future Places
  • Research and Design Strategies
  • IT for Designers
  • Studio 2
  • History of Architecture.

Year three

You will study:

  • Design Studio 3
  • Planning Theory
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Planning Global Cities
  • Dissertation.

Final year

You will study:

  • Design Studio 4
  • Theories of Architecture Design
  • Agency Project
  • Integrated Practice Studio.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This course is project-led and taught mainly in studios. Learn through lectures, seminars, laboratory work, tutorials and computer-based techniques. 

Work on a variety of conceptual and pragmatic projects, culminating with a year-long special study project in your final year. This combines rigorous research with a fully integrated architectural design project.

Explore techniques including computer-aided design (CAD), drawing, modelling and mapping.

Collaborate with undergraduates from other disciplines within the department. This encourages mutual respect and understanding of professionals you may work alongside in practice. It also develops your presentation, negotiation, communication and delegation skills.

Attend regular presentations from visiting practitioners and guest lecturers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Complete a project based in an architect's office, a local planning authority, or other appropriate organisation to learn about current practice in architecture and planning.

See our glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
144%56%0%100%
235%65%0%100%
338%62%0%100%
440%60%0%100%

Socialise and volunteer

Attend guest lectures, field-trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in the UWE Bristol Architecture Society and Engineers without Borders. There's also a new student-led Planning@UWE Bristol Group.

Become a student rep and sit on a range of committees at University and school level, where you can influence decisions that affect your learning experience.

Extra-curricular activities contribute greatly to your personal development and are viewed favourably by potential employers.

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show .

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr. In our online showcase and the Graduate Yearbook 2016-17.

Study time

When you start this course at UWE Bristol, you'll register for six years of full-time study so you can complete a full architectural education.

After four years you'll complete the BA(Hons) Architecture and Planning (RIBA Part 1) and then spend a year in an architectural practice.

You'll then go on to the BArch/MA (RIBA Part 2) course, which is two years full-time but can also be taken part-time.

Assessment

You should expect mix of coursework and exams, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers' value.

Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
112%88%0%100%
212%88%1%100%
30%94%6%100%
40%97%3%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

It's recognised by both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It gives exemptions from RIBA Part 1 exams.

It's accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to show it provides the academic qualifications you need to enter the planning profession. It's also accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia.

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

To give you a broader perspective on architecture and planning, there are opportunities to study overseas for one year on our well-established Erasmus programme.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

At the end of your fourth year, you'll complete a six-week agency project. You could be based in an architect's office, a local planning authority or another appropriate organisation.

You'll also gain experience and develop your portfolio with a series of live briefs, working with the community and Architecture Centre in Bristol.

Fieldwork

We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people that can inform your work. We also arrange residential field trips locally, nationally and internationally.

Study facilities

Learn in a modern, well-equipped department facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

Develop computer-aided design (CAD), model-making, design and drawing skills in collaborative workshops.

Create architectural models using laser cutters, computerised routers, artificial sky and wind tunnels, or in our wood, metal and concrete workshops.

Conduct spatial enquiries and analyse data using industry-standard geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical software in our computer labs.

Get support for photography, digital imaging, filming and sound recording from our audio-visual group.   

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

With accreditation from RIBA and RTPI, you'll graduate ready for a career as an architect, architect-planner, urban designer, conservationist or town planner.

If you choose to become an architect, you'll be able to draw on your knowledge of planning aims and techniques. This will give greater perspective and focus to your work.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in property and construction

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in architecture

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 136
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entrance requirements but have substantial relevant work experience, you should still apply. Especially if you feel your motivation and skills would enable you to succeed on this course.

You may be able to apply for Foundation Year entry into this or related degree courses.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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