Architecture - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
This undergraduate architecture degree is your first step towards a professional career in architecture as you’ll complete the course with exemption from RIBA Part 1. Through our combination of practical design work, formal teaching and field work, you’ll gain the skills and experience necessary to continue on to complete your RIBA part 2 and 3.
This degree course offers a multifaceted design-based education that, on successful completion, provides exemption from RIBA 1 – the first stage of a professional qualification in architecture. Typically, graduates go on to RIBA Part 2 and 3 at London Metropolitan University.
Our course is centred on three key themes: the idea and practice of making, an architect’s professional duty of care, and social and environmental responsibility.
You'll take classes in our well-resourced design studios, where you’ll have the chance to work with high-end analogue and digital printing facilities. You’ll also get access to our textile, ceramic, furniture-making and photography workshops.
We complement formal teaching and field work with practical design exploration. The staff is made up of renowned practitioners who bring a wealth of technical expertise to the table and who provide insight into industry best practices within a constantly evolving arena.
With their combined knowledge of traditional and contemporary practices, and of basic principles and new innovations, they're well equipped to help you work towards your own developmental goals and to explore potential career paths.
Project work makes up 50% of your final mark in each year, and you'll be assessed primarily on your achievements, demonstration of competence and the quality of the work in your portfolio.
The course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB). Students who are awarded BA (Hons) Architecture are exempted from RIBA Part 1.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBB in three A levels, one of which comes from a relevant subject area such as Art, Humanities or the Social Sciences (or a minimum of 120 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in an art related subject)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)
- potential in spatial design, a creative imagination and visual or constructive aptitude
- a portfolio review
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS at level 6.0, with no individual component of less than 5.5. For more information about English qualifications, please see our English language requirements.
Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).
We normally ask candidates to attend a portfolio interview to talk about the process and ideas of their portfolio work. Please be aware that digital portfolios can't be viewed at the interview. The interview day includes a general introduction, a tour and the chance to meet a variety of staff and students.
If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 modules include:
- Design Skills 1.1
- Design Project 1.2
- Cultural and Contextual Studies 1 (Architecture)
- Technology 1
Year 2 modules include:
- Design Skills 2.1
- Design Project 2.2
- Cultural and Contextual Studies 2 (Architecture)
- Technology 2
Year 3 modules include:
- Design Development 3.1
- Critical and Contextual Studies: Dissertation (Architecture)
- Technology 3: Integrated Design Audit
"Tutors are very enthusiastic and they try to help as much as possible."
"Design studios are excellent. The teaching staff are passionate about the subject."
Student appraisal to the RIBA, 2012
Following successful completion of the course, most graduates go on to complete their RIBA Part 2 and 3, and gain a professional qualification in architecture. Previous alumni have worked for companies such as Caruso St John, David Chipperfield Architects, Macreanor Lavington, Tony Fretton Architects and SANAA in Tokyo.
Graduating with this degree provides you with the core knowledge and skills needed to work in fields such as interior design, urban design and planning. You'll leave with a high-quality portfolio of work, an understanding of relevant cultural and social issues, and the research, design, making and presentation skills valued in many design-related professions.
In year 1 you'll go on a field trip within Europe, and in year 2 and year 3 you'll join a field trip related to your chosen studio subject.
Previous field trip destinations have included Iceland, India, Texas and Turkey, and many of our links are part of a long-term commitment to social engagement in these countries.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
Fees and key information
Get to know our studios
Series of stone carvings with markings entitled Maquette by Eduardo Paolozzi and Nigel Henderson
An exhibition space at Betts Gallery showing tall building artworks and table display
Italian refugee centre photo by James Rubio showing people seeing a wall of hand-drawn faces
Paris street with French graffiti slogan "Sous les paves, la plage!", as used by protestors
Plans of the St Peter's Basilica in Rome by Bramante, Michelangelo and Maderno
Photograph of a historic ruined building for sale covered with graffiti [Robert Barnes]
People in an exhibition space with revolutionary banners hanging from the ceiling
Ruined Fracking Mine: Regional Parliament Chamber
Axonometric pencil drawing of St. Benedictusberg Abbey, Mamelis in Vaals (1956–1968)
News and success stories: Architecture
orange and black logo for AYA awards 2018
Two architectural practices who teach at The Cass have been shortlisted for the prestigious national awards.
The Cass annual festival of employability and entrepreneurship.
Image of a statue with a santa hat on his head and surrounded by snowflakes.
Thursday, 14 December, 3-8pm
The twelfth annual open studios at Calcutta House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design have started a three-year regeneration collaboration with Belmonte, Italy.
Students studying the urban development of cities in the Midlands recently had the opportunity to present their work to the Mayor of Leicester.
A group of Diploma Architecture students are working with the 15th Fulham Scout Group to create a live construction project.
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
Fergus Feilden and Edmund Fowles, who lead undergraduate Architecture Studio 11 on The Cass’s BA Architecture, have won a prestigious design competition.
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
Cass Technology staff have received a commendation in Excellence in Structural Engineering Education for their Mudchute Making Workshop.
Art courses ranked second best in London again for student satisfaction, while the School of Computing and Digital Media's Maths course scores 10/10 for ‘Value Added’.
A new exhibition featuring work from award-winning architects who teach at The Cass explores the relationship between teaching and practice.
Assemble, a collective which includes staff and alumni from The Cass, have been shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
Image of the exhibition, Archietettura Invisibile
A new exhibition curated by Cass student, Rita Elvira Adamo, explores the similarities and differences between Japanese and Italian avant-garde architecture.
Image of a landscape of the city
Three students have won awards at the prestigious RIBA President’s Medals 2016 for their innovative work in architecture.
Meet the team
Ektoras ArkomanisEktoras Arkomanis
Robert BarnesImage of rooftop
Zoë BermanZoë Berman profile image
Pascal BronnerPascal Bronner. Silhouette of buildings
Aleks CatinaTwo people sitting at at a stone sculpture
Sandra Denicke-PolcherSandra Denicke-Polcher
Fred GatleyFred Gatley
Nina GeradaRepresentation of Cristina Gerada
Thomas HillierThomas Hillier profile image: The Emperor’s Castle
Frances HollissPhotograph of Frances Holliss
Torange KhonsariTorange Khonsari profile image
Dr Tania Lopez-WinklerPhoto of female tutor Tania Lopez-Winkler
Anna MillAnna Mill
Angie PascoePhotograph of Angie Pascoe
Date 2 May 2018 Time 1:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
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