Architecture (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This is a top-up version of our Architecture BA (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.

Advanced Level 6 entry to this course offers you a multifaceted design-based education that, on successful completion (120 credits on either full-time or part-time course), provides exemption from Royal British Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 1 – the first stage of a professional qualification in architecture. Typically, graduates go on to RIBA part 2 and RIBA part 3 at London Metropolitan University.

You must complete a total of 120 credits, studying either on a full-time of part-time basis, to be eligible for RIBA/ARB part 1.

More about this course

In our well-equipped design studios you’ll have access to professional analogue and digital printing facilities. You'll also have access to the furniture, ceramic, textile and photography workshops.

You'll be encouraged to experiment and find your own style as you go about your field work. Practical tasks are complemented by formal teaching within our studios.

The tutors on this course are renowned practitioners who will provide you with technical expertise and insight into industry best practice within a constantly evolving arena. You'll learn a combination of traditional and contemporary practices as well as basic principles and new innovations. This degree will help you achieve your developmental goals and explore potential career paths.

Assessment

The Architects' Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) set out general criteria for assessment within the Prescription of Qualifications.

Project work makes up 50% of your final mark and you'll be assessed primarily on your achievements, demonstration of competence and the quality of the work in your portfolio.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code K101
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have one of the following:

  • 240 credits from a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA/ FdSc) or equivalent international qualification in a relevant subject
  • 240 credits from years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject at a different institution
  • a portfolio interview

Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Portfolios and interviews

Your portfolio should be selective but have enough work to show the range of your interests and talents. We're interested in seeing how you develop a project from beginning to end, not only finished work.

Physical portfolio

If you are coming in person to your interview we strongly suggest bringing a physical portfolio of work.

Things to bring:

  • Sketchbooks – we love to see your sketchbooks with ideas and notes, even if they are messy
  • Examples of the development of a project from start to finish and the final outcome
  • Some work that you are really proud of and want to talk about
  • Some work that shows you experimenting with different processes

Digital Portfolio

If you are submitting an online application, please follow these guidelines.

Things to include:

  • Scans or photographs demonstrating items from the list above
  • Storyboarding for motion-based work
  • Scans of sketchbook pages showing development
  • Be sure to check the resolution and overall quality of your image to ensure submissions are not pixelated

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Dissertation (Architecture)
  • Design Project Development
  • Design Project Resolution
  • Comprehensive Design Project
  • Integrated Design Audit

What our students say

"We did real life projects, went to real places. We were fully immersed in what we were doing. I could call on my tutors whenever I needed their help or advice. I felt very supported. My staff comment on how knowledgeable and skilled I am because a lot of what I learned in architecture at London Met I still use today."

Demi Owoseje, Architecture graduate

"The architecture degree allowed me to present documents at a level that’s not usual in the corporate or tech world – there were definitely aspects that I took from architecture and the course and the lecturers that helped with the business.”

Nathan Maalo, Architecture graduate

After the course

Following successful completion of the course, most graduates go on to complete their Royal Institute of British Architects (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.

Additional costs

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.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

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.

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