The Architecture degree is your first step towards a professional career in Architecture (RIBA Part I). We offer a broad-based design degree that typically leads graduates on to RIBA Part II and III within the Faculty. The course aims to provide you with a dynamic, challenging and supportive environment in which to develop your architectural ability whilst nurturing strong pedagogic and practical links with practice.
You will work on a wide range of design projects. You are encouraged to investigate and develop your ideas through drawing, photography,printmaking, film, video, CAD and computer-based explorations. You will have extensive opportunities to develop the design exploration process through installations and ‘making' projects using the University's extensive workshop fabrication facilities, including digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping technologies at Metropolitan Works, our creative industries centre.
As you progress through this course you will develop your own individual enquiry, creative approach, critical thinking and deepen your understanding of design processes. We encourage you to combine intellectual and creative ambition with detailed resolution of your work and to test how to communicate your ideas effectively to your peers and in the wider world. You will explore the history, theory and technological ideas of architecture and have extensive contact with architects through weekly lectures.
Architecture and Spacial Design
Course contents**Course structure
Three levels, each of 120 credits.
Level 1 topics include:
Design 1Design 1.2Technology 1Critical and Cultural Practice 1Level 2 topics include:
Design 2Design 2.2Technology 2Critical and Cultural Practice 2Level 3 topics include:
Design 3Design 3.2Technology 3critical and cultural practiceAssessment
You are assessed via your portfolio presentations, illustrated documents, a dissertation, essays, seminar papers and tests.
** Subject to validation
The course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB). Students who are awarded BA (Hons) Architecture are exempted from RIBA Part 1.
Collaborative and international links
The department has links with architectural and design schools in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Ukraine and the USA.
Special features: Study visits UK and abroad
Students are encouraged to explore the Architectural culture in the UK and abroad. Each year our students go on field trip within Europe (year 0+1) and join a studio field trip in second and third year related to the studio subject. Field trips ranging from Iceland, Turkey, India etc.
Most graduates go on to take RIBA Part II (Professional Diploma in Architecture) and gain a professional qualification. The course also introduces you to wider cultural and social issues that equip you with research, design, making and presentation skills, which are valued in many design-related professions. Recent graduates have found work with companies such as David Chipperfield Architects, Tony Fretton Architects, Macreanor Lavington, Caruso St John, and Saana, Tokyo.
Student profilesWhat our students say
'Tutors are very enthusiastic and they try to help as much as possible. Design studios are excellent. The department is passionate about the subject. Some teachers were very inspiring and pushed us to do our best. Most staff are approachable and keen to help you with your studies and career progression. London Met is a very rich experience of studies due to the variety of students' background, ages and experiences. Is a very large university with many great facilities and very helpful staff. The overall look for this institution in my opinion is great!'
National Student Survey 2010
Applying and entrySept full-time: apply through UCAS
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, applicants should have 300 points at A-level or equivalent but we also admit students with relevant academic or professional experience, including equivalent overseas qualifications. We look for potential in spatial design, creative imagination and visual or constructive aptitude, together with motivation and ability to complete the course. Preferable Art as subject in A levels.
We normally ask candidates to attend a portfolio interview and applicants talk about the process and ideas of their portfolio work. Please be aware that digital portfolios cannot be viewed at the interview. The interview day includes a general introduction a tour of spring house and the applicant has the chance to meet a variety of staff and meet and talk to students.