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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Allies & Morisons
  • Andrea Caputo
  • Faulkner Browns
  • Hall Black Douglas Architects
  • McGarry Moon
  • Office Metropolitan Architecture
  • White Ink Architects

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Intern
  • Building Control Assistant
  • Site agent
  • Trainee architect

Overview

Architecture : spatial, material and intellectual craft.

Summary

Study Architecture at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The BA Hons in Architecture is a studio-based, full-time course delivered over three academic years. There is an exit qualification of an Associated Bachelors (AB) after two academic years, with a further one academic year for BA Hons completion.

The course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board. Successful completion of the course offers exception from RIBA Part 1 examinations.

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About this course

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About

The BA Hons in Architecture at Ulster engages in the complex and changing context of architecture, urbanism and landscape and the transformations taking place in society. Important aspects of this engagement are with the wider issues facing the profession and the provision of a creative context to investigate, challenge preconceptions, explore and fully engage the role of the architect in society.

In order to qualify and practice as an architect it is necessary to acquire the core group of skills that are necessary for a professional working life. In addition, in order to be awarded the university degree of BA (Hons) Architecture, it is necessary for you to demonstrate the intellectual skills and the knowledge, judgement and understanding expected at bachelor degree level.

The undergraduate architecture course is based on a modular structure across two semesters and the three-year course leads to the degree of BA (Hons) Architecture. The course curriculum leads to professional recognition and is guided by the Criteria for Validation set down by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Prescription of Qualifications established by the Architects Registration Board. These criteria set out the minimum levels of awareness, knowledge, understanding and ability of architecture that you must acquire at key stages for RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption in the process of qualifying as an architect.

The BA Hons Architecture degree at Ulster gives exemption from the RIBA/ARB Part 1 Examination.

Associate awards

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

The BA Hons in Architecture is offered in full time mode over three academic years.

Students will usually be expected on campus three days per week:

Two days in the design studio, which will include individual tutorial time, reviews, workshops and independent study.

One day in lectures, seminars and practicals.

As the course offers an individual workspace to every student, many students choose to make the studio their base throughout the academic year.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include 2 A Levels at minimum grades BB.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

BTEC

The BTEC Extended Diploma requirement for this course is an overall BTEC award profile of DDM to include 9 Distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is based on an overall profile of H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 and English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade O4 or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.

GCSE

GCSE profile to include minimum grade C in English Language, Mathematics, Art or Art & Design, Physics or Double Award Science (at minimum grade CC). Technology & Design would not be acceptable as an alternative to Art or Art & Design at GCSE level for this course.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

Teaching and learning assessment

Intellectual skills are developed throughout the architecture course. Group projects, tutorials, course work assignments and design exercises present the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in a practical context. Individual and group research activities in design projects, oral presentations and written essays encourage you to find your own responsive position, and are supported by a variety of tutorial support and feedback sessions. These teaching methods are built upon when you embark on the student led independent design and technology projects and thesis in the final year.

Continual assessment through evaluation reports, verbal presentations, special studies related to project work, places emphasis on your ability to demonstrate your intellectual skills.

Exemptions and transferability

The BA Hons Architecture course will accept advanced entry to Year 2 in exceptional circumstances:

  • Mature students with considerable experience in related practice

All students applying to be considered for entry to Year 2 will be required to submit a portfolio. If unsuccessful they will be considered automatically under the general entry criteria for entry to Year 1.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Allies & Morisons
  • Andrea Caputo
  • Faulkner Browns
  • Hall Black Douglas Architects
  • McGarry Moon
  • Office Metropolitan Architecture
  • White Ink Architects

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Intern
  • Building Control Assistant
  • Site agent
  • Trainee architect

Career options

Architects are not only involved in constructing new buildings and renovating existing ones but also collaborate on the design and planning of public spaces, rural developments and new cities. Architects work with clients, members of the broader public, local government and statutory agencies as well as many parallel disciplines engaged in the built environment; including surveyors, project managers, construction and civil engineers and building services engineers as well as landscape architects and artists.

At Ulster you will be taught to understand architecture as a response to complex social, cultural and built contexts and have the design skills to improve those situations. We equip you with traditional design skills but also ways of understanding and approaching problems.

Architecture crosses the traditional boundaries between art and science, which means that you are equipped to enter a wide range of careers. Studying architecture is an excellent way of broadening your education. After achieving the award of BA Hons Architecture, graduates can continue on to complete a further period in professional practice and a further period of full-time study at Ulster to become fully qualified architects recognised and licensed by UK professional bodies.

Professional recognition

Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 1 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Mike McQueen

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7365

E:m.mcqueen@ulster.ac.ukW: www.ulster.ac.uk

Student Services Centre

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7202

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk