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.
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.
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.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have one of the following:
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.
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.
If you are coming in person to your interview we strongly suggest bringing a physical portfolio of work.
Things to bring:
If you are submitting an online application, please follow these guidelines.
Things to include:
Example modules include:
"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
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.
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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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.
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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1 June 2019
Cass hosts event for London Festival of Architecture in collaboration with Lithuanian Art and Culture
Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6pm
Inaugural professorial lecture by Dr. Jos Boys.
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
Thursday 4 April 1pm-6pm
Cass Architecture students host 'megacrit' event around the theme of housing
Practice who co-lead Architecture Unit 15 at The Cass to design new gallery for world famous museum
Architecture students explore materials and technology at Mudchute Farm workshop sponsored by Södra Wood
21 February 6.30pm
Cass Architecture Professor Peter St John to deliver his inaugural professorial lecture during School's Celebration Week
Marie Henriette's dissertation ‘The Whole-body Seer: Blindness as Narrative, Subject and a Way of Seeing’ challenges the industry to think about things from a new perspective.
An Architecture graduate from London Met has been appointed the new technical editor of professional regular journal.
The Public Practice scheme, which gives local authorities access to the expertise of architects like Cass Architecture (BA) lecturer Alpa Depani, recognised by ‘industry bible’.
Studio leads David Leech Architects win prestigious international prize.
12th December 2018
Annual performance by architectural choir/ research group based at The Cass will form part of the London Contemporary Music Festival
Cass architecture tutor Takero Shimazaki chairs jury for prestigious annual award featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs
Thursday 13 December at 6.30pm
Special Cass Research Seminar with Peter St John, Marcus Taylor, Venice Fellows and the British Council reflects on Island, the British Pavilion at this year's La Biennale De Venezia.