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With extensive input from professionals and the chance to work on authentic projects across a diverse range of sites, this course is designed to give you the full range of skills you’ll need for a career in architecture.

You will cover the five themes of architectural design; communications, history and theory, technology and environment, and practice management and law. You'll have the opportunity to take part in a European field trip which will help you to assess historical and contemporary influences on architectural design. You'll complete two major projects, one rural and one urban in context, allowing you to develop a personal approach to architectural design. You'll also learn about environment and systems integration, constructional, structural design, environmental and sustainable design, and cultural context.

 

  • Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification.
  • Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body.
  • Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 1 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

With extensive input from professionals and the chance to work on authentic projects across a diverse range of sites, this course is designed to give you the full range of skills you’ll need for a career in architecture.

You will cover the five themes of architectural design; communications, history and theory, technology and environment, and practice management and law. You'll have the opportunity to take part in a European field trip which will help you to assess historical and contemporary influences on architectural design. You'll complete two major projects, one rural and one urban in context, allowing you to develop a personal approach to architectural design. You'll also learn about environment and systems integration, constructional, structural design, environmental and sustainable design, and cultural context.

 

  • Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification.
  • Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body.
  • Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 1 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Course Information

UCAS Code
K100

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

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At Northumbria you will become part of a close-knit community. You will share dedicated studio space with students from all three year groups to ensure you learn as much from each other as you do from the highly experienced staff.

Architecture is a design-led discipline, and at least half of your study time will be focused upon the development of key architectural design skills through their application to real world studio design projects. Our assessment methods reflect authentic architectural practice; design is assessed via the use of comprehensive architectural design portfolios, which display your design proposals by means of 2D (plans, sections, elevations) and 3D (analogue and digital models) methods. You will be assessed through reflective journals, academic writing and technical reports and examinations.

91% of Architecture students say that they are satisfied with the teaching on their course and 93% agree that Northumbria staff make the subject interesting (National Student Survey, 2016).

Student Profiles / Architecture BA (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Architechture BA (Hons) from our current students.

Architecture Portfolios and Student Showcases

Architecture attracts a lot of applicants; we receive seven applications for each place. Your portfolio will be a collection of your creative work which may be showcased at a number of Northumbria events.

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An acclaimed teaching team, comprising architects who have designed and built award-winning projects nationally and internationally, as well as specialists in architectural education who have taught and published research extensively, will provide guidance throughout the course. This unique team will provide authentic, critical and supportive guidance in helping you to follow your career path in the profession of architecture and beyond.

The research-informed teaching methods in architectural studies at Northumbria have been recognised as outstanding by national and international authorities and professional bodies, leading to exceptional levels of student satisfaction and employability.

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A studio design culture has been established to support your learning as part of an academic community, sharing knowledge, precedents and techniques with your peers, replicating architectural practice. Unleash your creativity in our dedicated workshops, IT laboratories and studios, accessible to Architecture and Interior Architecture students from all year groups, to promote learning from other students. With dedicated spaces and student work all around you, the studios have a great community feel.

Similarly, the use of authentic design projects, often in collaboration with local clients, enables you to engage imaginatively with social, entrepreneurial and environmental opportunities.

Architecture Facilities

Whatever your aspirations in Architecture, you'll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios.

Virtual Tour

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

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The structure of the programme is designed to effectively equip you with the skills you need to be a critical scholar as well as a graduate architect. The curriculum systematically moves from teaching-centred content delivery towards self-directed inquiry. Consequently, the ownership of learning increasingly belongs to you, with staff members supporting your personal and academic development towards self-directed goals and aspirations.

Architecture and Built Environment is a top 30 research department with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA16).

Research / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and the Built Environment is an essential part of the modern world. Our research combines pioneering technology and unique industry partnerships while addressing issues with international impact.

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We will arm you with the contemporary knowledge and skills applicable to the industry, underpinned by regular and authentic learning experiences. You will acquire key problem solving and divergent thinking skills, applicable to the wider creative industries and built environment professions. You will apply your learning to real world projects and scenarios, thereby enhancing your employability with respect to communicating ideas in written, drawn and verbal forms.

The curriculum has been designed with a vocational emphasis, informed directly by the industrial expertise of staff, external examiners, and the programme’s strong relationships with local and national practitioners. The quality of our graduates leads major national and international architectural practices to repeatedly employ our students, who have consequently found employment in Europe, North America, and Asia, as well as in the United Kingdom.

Northumbria ranks top in the North East for sustained employment of Architecture graduates one and three years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

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The skills developed through the architecture degree not only reflect and support the attributes expected of a graduate of architecture, but are also transferrable into a wide selection of alternative professional and academic pathways. The context-focused approach of our teaching is reinforced by linking the use of regional sites with relevant international field study visits to the major architectural capitals of Europe. This validates the transferability of your knowledge and skills to the world arena.

Most graduates from Northumbria have secured key roles in architectural practices locally, nationally and internationally. Others have transferred their skills to a range of professions including construction, property development, visualisation, games design, urban design and manufacturing.

Within six months of graduating, 95% of Northumbria’s Architecture students go on to further study or into a professional or managerial job in a wide range of industries, far exceeding the industry average (Unistats 2014).

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one Cover the foundations of Architecture, including Architecture Engineering and Construction, Architectural Technologies and complete a design project.

Year 2

Year two You'll go on a European field trip which will help you assess historical and contemporary influences on architectural design. You'll complete design projects and look at technical applications.

Year 3

Year three A major project makes up half of this year, allowing you to explore an area of personal interest in more depth. You'll also learn about environment and systems integration, and constructional and structural design.

Who would this Course suit?

Do you dream of designing your own buildings? This course will suit anyone who enjoys using their creativity to solve problems and has an enthusiasm for the built environment.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

136-144 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

ABBBB at Higher level, BBB at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

AAAAB

IB Diploma:

136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 45 credits at Distinction

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4000 -

Space and Design Investigations (Core, 30 Credits)

In this module you will experience the fundamental practices and processes of design through appreciating existing settings and producing appropriate narrative and space based proposals. You will develop knowledge in the diversity and richness of contemporary ideas and be able to respond effectively as an individual or as part of a team to given narrative and design based scenarios to help you understand design language. You will interpret set design briefs for generating small scale grouped spaces to test and evaluation atmosphere, language, space and form, whilst being introduced to the appropriate two and three-dimensional representation skills to explore your ideas.
Within this module you will participate in the following design related activities:

• Research and analysis
• Site analysis and context studies
• Precedence research
• Narrative studies
• Spatial diagramming
• Concept modelling
• Design development and modelling
• Communication and presentation

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KA4002 -

Introduction to Architectural Communications (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the basic skills of two and three dimensional visual communication used within architecture to explain design ideas. The emphasis of this introductory module is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills to allow you to communicate site characteristics and your design ideas with clarity. You will understand and employ manual techniques to develop an appreciation of the formal language of design communication and architectural drawing conventions, before moving onto digital methods of drawing production, including:

Two dimensional representation:
• Sketching and diagramming as tools for analysis and design development
• Orthographic set: Site plan, plan, section, interior elevation
Three dimensional representation:
• Projections, internal perspectives
• Model making, studio and workshop practice
Computer based techniques:
• An introduction to two dimensional computer representation
• An introduction to digital drawing conventions
• Manipulation of visual images and multimedia techniques

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KA4003 -

Architectural Design Projects 1 (Core, 30 Credits)

This studio-based module focuses on the development and understanding of the processes involved within architectural design. It provides an opportunity for you to experience the challenges and rigours of designing to authentic design briefs. The module focuses on the three key elements of architecture, firmness, commodity and delight, which are synthesized in the design and construction of small scale environments. Your future design projects will build upon these principles, elements that are common throughout architectural design. Most of the design work will be undertaken in studio, working in small teams and individually to create solutions to set briefs. You will develop a working application of the following activities:

• Site analysis and research
• Research into architectural typologies and precedents
• Generating design proposals and testing alternative solutions
• Developing design processes that synthesize aesthetics, construction and function
• Responding to client and end-user needs
• Communicating design proposals via a selection of appropriate communications methods
• Integrating technical and environmental considerations into architectural design

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KA4025 -

An Introduction to Architectural History & Theory (Core, 20 Credits)

Through this module you will be introduced to the historical categories and theoretical stances which govern the disciplines of Architecture and Interior Architecture. The chronological exposure to the main phenomena of the Architecture of the Past will be paired with its main theoretical positions. Key works across from the Pre Greeks civilisation until the Industrial Revolution (more than thirty centuries) will be displayed, discussed and interpreted not as a mere sequence of ‘styles’ rather as a ‘continuum’ of experiences. An exciting journey through the developments, failures and great achievements and of both Architecture (as the principal discipline that relates to the creation of buildings) and Interior Architecture (as the disciplines which relates to its internal spaces). This module will be a great support, and a source of references for your Design projects.

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KA4028 -

Introduction to Environmental and Constructional Design (Core, 20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles of environmental and constructional design that are applicable to architecture and interior architecture design studio projects. Such principles may be used to satisfy issues of aesthetics, ergonomics, environmental control, ecology, sustainability, structure, and regulations, all of which influence key design decisions. This module will introduce you to the concept of buildings and interiors as environmental modifiers, enabling you to identify, compare and appraise the variety of methods and technologies employed to satisfy the end-user experience. Through research and analysis of precedents, directed presentations, and building visits, you will develop relevant skills and knowledge of environmental and constructional design. Case studies of completed buildings and interior spaces will be used to contextualise your learning, with a focus on the relevance of your learning in its application to your studio design projects.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5002 -

Architectural Design Projects 2 (NC, 30 Credits)

Within this module you will advance your creative enquiry and design knowledge within set design projects. These will allow you to analyse and apply the principles of architecture within an existing context that contribute to a sense of place and give specific consideration to the human scale. You will have opportunities to develop concepts and research towards meaningful integrated design proposals with increasing complexity as you progress. Through design project work, you will demonstrate your understanding of the application of design, technology and client requirements within a small to medium scale solution and improve your verbal and graphical communication skills, both traditional and contemporary. In particular, you will develop and advancing appreciation of;

- ergonomics
- site research and analysis
- context and narrative studies
- spatial diagramming and planning
- concept modelling
- design development
- sketch design proposition
- advancing communication

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KA5004 -

Historical and Contemporary Influences on Architectural Design (NC, 20 Credits)

Within this module, you will be presented with the histories and theories of architecture emerging from the industrial revolution, and progressing through the various manifestations of Modernism, culminating in the modern day. Key case study buildings, architects and movements presented, discussed and evaluated in terms of their influence and approaches. The recent histories of Architecture and Interior Architecture will be considered through built examples, as well as by visionary projects and the theoretical concepts, theories and paradigms emerging from this era. The scope of this module will extend to fine arts, urban design, and technological advances emerging during this period. Learning will be contextualised through practical application to studio design projects, as well as through experiential learning through the second year field study visit to a European or National city.

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KA5006 -

Architectural Design Projects 3 (NC, 30 Credits)

Within this module you will further advance your creative enquiry and design knowledge through a set design project. This brief will allow you to analyse the site context in its variety of aspects, and to apply imaginative principles of architecture that contribute to a sense of place and creatively respond to a more complex typology. You will be expected to develop imaginative concepts, based primarily upon self-directed research into relevant themes, coupled with your engagement with technological and managerial learning from associated modules. Through design project work, you will demonstrate your ability to synthesise design, technology and management within a small to medium scale solution, as well as to develop and apply verbal and graphical communication skills, both traditional and contemporary. In particular, you will develop and advancing appreciation of;

- ergonomics
- site research and analysis
- context and narrative studies
- spatial diagramming and planning
- concept modelling
- design development
- sketch design proposition
- advancing communication

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KA5009 -

Technology and Environmental Applications (NC, 20 Credits)

Within this module, you will advance your knowledge and understanding of structural, constructional, environmental and finishes technologies related to the structure, envelope and detailing of medium scale buildings. The thematic lecture programme will introduce and explain key technologies, typologies and principles. A supporting series of seminars will provide you with the opportunities to directly apply this knowledge to studio based project work. Your communications and research skills will be advanced in order to successfully articulate and argue for the technological and environmental choices you will make in the design of studio projects. You will be encouraged in individual and group work to carry out independent learning to reinforce core concepts of technological and environmental design, and to develop a personal knowledge base applicable to academic and professional practice. In particular, you will develop an appreciation of:

- Structural principles
- Passive environmental design
- Building regulations
- Daylighting of spaces
- Building envelopes

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KA5033 -

Communicating Architecture (NC, 10 Credits)

Within this module, you will have opportunity to develop your appreciation and use of more advanced digital communication to articulate your ideas and the broader concept narratives that have informed a design proposal. You will use and develop ownership of a wide variety of software packages, including but not limited to: Adobe InDesign. Adobe Photoshop, Google Sketch Up, Autodesk CAD, Autodesk 3DsMax, and Autodesk Revit. You will expand upon an initial outline of each package, the necessary workflows to communicate an Interior Architecture scheme and how such methods are utilised in Interior Architecture practice, into a self-directed approach. As such, your learning will include;

Communication theory
3D Modelling
Render and post production
Diagramming
Narrative communication
Layout and compositional arrangement
Semiotics and information hierarchy

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KA5034 -

Management Principles and Practice (NC, 10 Credits)

Within this module you will develop your knowledge of the wider professional and regulatory context of architecture and interior architecture practice. The taught content will also discuss aspects of business and management as related to design professionals. You will acquire an overview of the interrelated functions, professions and practices which professional designers must engage with in the realisation of their projects. The production of a management report which links to your studio design project enables the practical application of taught content to your learning. You will develop an appreciation of:

- the Construction Industry and its Professional Roles & Functions
- Professional Institutions within the Construction Industry and their functions – eg ARB, RIBA, RICS, CIOB
- the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the many aspects of design and development
- the challenges and opportunities in the developing role of the architect and interior architect
- procurement routes and the workstages of construction projects (including the RIBA Outline Plan of Work)
- concepts of professionalism
- ethical practice (including sustainability, practice, and health and safety)
- organisational structures and management
- consents, contracts and law

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA6002 -

Architectural Design (NC, 60 Credits)

This module requires you to synthesize and apply your creative design skills and accumulated knowledge to systematically develop, test and propose solutions for complex architectural projects. Set projects will propose a range and mix of contexts and typologies, requiring you to propose meaningful architectural propositions through the critical investigation and evaluation of context, narrative and an attitude towards abstract ideas and concepts. Your design process will address authentic complexity and demonstrate an understanding and application of technology and environmental requirements. You will work in a variety of graphical and modelling 2D and 3D media to develop and communicate architectural solutions, and you will be communicate your proposals by means of a summative exhibition to demonstrate skills of communications, editing, story-telling and self-management. Your inquiries and activities will include:

- Comprehensive site analysis (environmental historical, cultural , social, political, geographical, etc.)
- Comprehensive brief analysis (data collection, selection of themes, precedent analysis, functional requirements)
- Concept development, modelling, testing and evaluation
- Analytical diagramming (parti, massing, geometry, proportion, adjacencies, etc.)
- Design development, planning and evaluation
- Technological, structural and material choices
- Environmental tempering and sustainability strategies
- Communication of process and outputs
- Self-directed inquiry and self-managed scholarship

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KA6003 -

Constructional Structural and Environmental Design (NC, 20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a deeper understanding of the principles of architectural technologies, building upon the content taught in previous years. The critical justification, and imaginative synthesis, of constructional, energy and environmental choices will be encouraged, through the analysis of case studies which practically apply a variety of technologies and principles to built projects. Structural, constructional and environmental performance criteria will be considered, allowing comparative analysis of current and possible solutions; you will consequently be required to propose solutions for your studio design project that can be rigorously justified in their application to factors such as structural performance; fire strategies; accessibility; environmental performance; fabrication and assembly. Similarly, environmental consideration of daylighting; acoustic performance, ventilation, heating and cooling will demand your justified argument for the design choices you will make. Consideration of sustainable and ecological approaches will be encouraged in recognition of the social, ethical and environmental responsibilities of the architect. You will make critical choices based upon a comprehensive overview of current technologies and regulations, and apply these to successfully meet the aesthetic, functional and structural demands of your studio project.

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KA6017 -

Contemporary Influences on Architecture (NC, 20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a deeper understanding of contemporary theories of architecture, building upon the content taught in previous years. Elaborating on your background on architectural history and theories developed in level 4 and level 5, you will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to architecture and learn to think independently. Hence you will develop analytical and critical skills that will aid you in the formulation of judgments. This formulation will be founded on knowledge of theory as well as on personal observation and experience. This module will present and introduce you to the different trends that sustain contemporary practices in architecture. You will be able to build a personal critical framework to help you reflect on your own design work and the work of others.

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KA6037 -

Architectural and Design Project Management (NC, 20 Credits)

This module prepares you for entry into professional practice. You will critically appraise aspects of management on the procurement of design projects, with consideration of the wider professional and regulatory context of the construction industry. Presentations will also discuss the varieties of practice management and business models. The production of a management report which links to your studio design project encourages the critical application of taught content to your learning. The production of an employability portfolio bridges the link from the academy to professional practice, and demands your active consideration of potential areas of employment. You will develop an appreciation of:

- funding mechanisms and procurement methods
- the regulatory roles of professional bodies within the Construction Industry
- wider opportunities in the developing role of the architect and interior architect
- principles of the workstages of traditional construction projects (RIBA Outline Plan of Work, etc.)
- ethical practice (including sustainability, practice, and health and safety)
- business models and types of practice
- consents, contracts and law
- employability, marketing and promotion
- critical evaluation of current practices, models and sectors

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