Skip to content

Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) BArch (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): K100
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three years, full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
    More information

Introduction:

Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this creative, project driven course is designed to help you develop your own design approach and style.

You’ll be exposed to diverse aspects of architectural design, linking sustainability and urban design with business practice. This course will equip you with skills and knowledge to tackle contemporary issues related to the built environment, exploring the design, human, professional and technical influences needed to pursue a successful career in architecture.

Reflecting modern architectural practice, our studio culture encourages you to work collaboratively, share experiences and experiment with ideas. You’ll learn the art of creative communication through drawing, model-making and 3D visualisation in our industry-standard studios and workshops.

Why study this course?

  • Accredited route | Successful completion of this course is the first step to becoming a qualified architect, satisfying the educational requirements needed for your RIBA Part 1 qualification.
  • Dedicated creative spaces | Study in our inspiring Grade II* listed studio and benefit from our multipurpose facilities and workshops. You'll work with equipment including bandsaws and sanders, 2D and 3D hot-wire cutting and vacuum forming machinery, milling machines, lathes, drills and more to develop your conceptual, sketch and presentation models.
  • Real briefs | You'll take part in live design projects, with creative briefs from real clients. Students recently worked with RIBA East Midlands on a temporary installation in a local space, Flo Skatepark in Nottingham on a new skatepark design, and Nottingham-based charity Growin' Spaces on an inexpensive eco-friendly build.
  • Exhibitions and Degree Shows | Exhibit your work at our annual final year degree show and Architecture Exchange event, attended by architecture professionals, industry experts and potential employers.
  • Mentoring opportunities | Take advantage of our final year mentoring programme. Recently some of our students have worked alongside the RIBA and local practices such as Leonard Design Architects, Buckenham & Co and Franklin Ellis Architects.

Visit our Architecture Student Showcase, an online exhibition celebrating the work of our Class of 2021 graduates.

Keep up-to-date with what our BArch students are up to by following them on Instagram @ntubarch!

What you’ll study

Over three years, you'll develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed for a successful graduate career. You'll develop a solid foundation of design skills, theory and terminology in Year One, building on this each year by working on complex and demanding projects.

Design Studio (60 credits)

  • This module will introduce you to small-scale design project work, exploring the three-dimensional qualities of space.
  • You'll look at the range of factors that influence architectural design, and develop the skills to critically appraise design proposals.
  • Some of the projects included in this module are set within the context of specific cultural communities and social groups, enabling you to put together design proposals that respond to social, cultural and aesthetic needs.

Technology and Environment in Architecture 1 (20 credits)

  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of technical, practical and environmental considerations involved in the making of domestic-scale architecture.
  • You'll look at the load-bearing capabilities, cost and performance of materials in order to understand the suitability of different construction materials. The module will focus on the means of achieving thermal, ventilation, sound and light control in buildings through design and construction. You'll also look at sustainable design and consider health and safety in construction.
  • The module content will provide a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings. You'll learn about UK regulations, financial considerations, and sustainability – knowledge to help underpin successful architectural design.

Architecture in Context 1 (20 credits)

  • This module looks at how wider social issues, such as politics, the economy and technology influence architecture, both throughout history and in current times.
  • You'll learn to recognise and engage with architectural responses to these influences by studying a variety of historical and cultural themes within an architectural framework.

Architectural Communication and Representation (20 credits)

  • This lecture and studio-based module will introduce you to a range of visualisation techniques using traditional and digital media. You'll learn how to convey your design ideas using 2D and 3D methods and techniques, including orthographic drawing by hand, using digital media, model making, and presentation.
  • You'll learn about the professional conventions and standards used for the communication of a design idea, from inception through to construction.

Integrated Design Studio (60 credits)

  • Building and on the skills you'll have developed in Year One, this module offers a variety of different projects relating to medium-scale buildings and spaces.
  • To demonstrate your growing knowledge of materials and design principles, you'll be challenged to develop creative responses to a variety of different urban, physical, technical, economic, social, ethical and cultural settings.
  • You'll work on your ideas from conception through to modelling, developing an understanding of the consequences of design decisions, culminating in a presentation of your designs through visual, verbal, written or electronic presentations.

Technology and Environment in Architecture 2 (20 credits)

  • The overall aim of this module is to give you the understanding and knowledge to make technical recommendations, communicating effectively with clients and stakeholders throughout the design process.
  • You'll develop your knowledge of the appropriate technical design options for a variety of medium-sized building types, enabling you to choose appropriate solutions to satisfy a variety of factors affecting an architectural project, such as financial constraints and both human and legal demands.
  • You'll look at issues surrounding environmental sustainability and develop an awareness of construction processes and workmanship.

Architecture in Context 2 (20 credits)

  • The module aims to develop your understanding of contemporary and emerging debates in architecture, the arts and urban design – both locally and globally.
  • You'll explore issues of cultural diversity and the impact this has on the built environment, identifying the needs, perceptions and values of specific cultural communities.

Interdisciplinary Design Studies (20 credits)

  • This module will widen your understanding of design, looking at a range of creative disciplines beyond building construction.
  • The module aims to situate your understanding of architecture within the wider context of how humans understand and interact with space.

Professional Practice (20 credits)

  • This module will specifically prepare you for your graduate career, focusing on key skills, qualities and attributes that employers will expect from an architecture graduate.
  • These include professionalism and ethics, personal organisation and time management, practice management, entrepreneurship, and business management. You'll be fully prepared in all elements of project management, from procurement to health and safety, and from presentation skills to understanding statutory regulations.

Comprehensive Design Studio (60 credits)

  • Building on your developments in Year Two, this module will focus on larger-scale or more complex projects, designed to extend your ability to demonstrate awareness of context, external factors and constraints, as well as your ability to communicate your ideas in different forms.
  • You'll be stretched to design in a variety of different situations, ranging from urban design to smaller exploratory projects, responding creatively to thematic challenges.

Architecture in Context 3 (20 credits)

  • You'll build on your understanding of architectural theory by undertaking an individual piece of extended research, enriching your understanding of architecture's potential as a useful and meaningful cultural activity.
  • Your chosen topic will focus on key issues or major contemporary debates in architectural thought, exploring historical, cultural or philosophical contexts through which architecture may be analysed, criticised, debated and understood. Your research project will be self-directed, with support from your academic team.

Technology and Environment in Architecture 3 (20 credits)

  • This module will further your ability to incorporate technical innovation in your designs, through the development of acoustic, lighting, structural and material studies.
  • You'll be set projects within a studio environment, and tasked with investigating material possibilities by designing and building physical and digital models in simulated conditions. You'll use your findings to define and justify your technical design proposals, with a consideration of cost, environmental factors, and the lifespan of materials.

Degree Show exhibition

In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows. The events are an opportunity for all final year students studying across NTU's Art and Design-based courses to showcase their work to our network of industry professionals and prospective employers, invited specifically for this purpose.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Bee Leighton, BArch (Hons) Architecture

Bee shares her experience of studying at NTU, how the spaces around campus and a feeling of belonging helped her choose to study here, and how being encouraged to explore her own individual approach to design and architecture has inspired her best work.

Video Icon
 

Hear from our students themselves

How you’re taught

  • Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, you will spend approximately 16 hours per week in scheduled learning. Course content is delivered through lectures, studio projects and live briefs from both industry and competitions. You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
  • The course is supported by external professional practitioners, ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real-world perspective. This includes our guest lecture series, where an industry expert is invited to deliver a talk to expose our students to the work currently happening in architecture practices. You'll also have the opportunity to get involved with our RIBA student mentoring scheme in your final year, working alongside local firms, to develop your skills and knowledge.

Study trips

Field trips and study visits are an important part of your learning. Trips may include site visits and visits to practices, museums, exhibitions and events. Where a trip is mandatory it will be aligned to your modules and inform project work, and substantive costs – including travel and accommodation – will be paid for by the school. Optional trips may also be organised which can provide additional opportunities to enhance your knowledge and experience. Optional trips may incur a cost to the student. A valid passport and any associated visas will be required for trips outside of the UK.

Contact hours

Year One Lectures/seminars/workshops 32% Independent study 68%
Year Two Lectures/seminars/workshops 31% Independent study 69%
Year Three Lectures/seminars/workshops 28% Independent study 72%

Staff Profiles

Guillermo Garma Montiel

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Guillermo is module leader of the Interior/Architecture in Context for level one and two and a tutor in the architecture design studio. He is a member of the Architectural Design

Lois Woods

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Dr. Lois Woods is Course Leader for the BArch (Hons) Architecture degree programme at Nottingham Trent University. Lois is a qualified Architect, working for both Leonard Design Architects and Franklin

Tom Hughes

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Tom brings his professional and academic background to the fore through his teaching across the spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Architecture subject group. He particularly contributes his

Lindsay Purssord

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Lindsay is currently module leader for Architecture in Context 1 and Interdisciplinary Design Studies (BArch Architecture years 1 & 2 respectively) and the Research Project for final year BA Interior…

How you’re assessed

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and practical work. Coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and consists of group and individual projects, reports, presentations and a portfolio.

Year One Coursework 100%
Year Two Coursework 100%
Year Three Coursework 100%

Careers and employability

We've got a great track record of producing skilled, industry-ready graduates. Our BArch (Hons) Architecture course is designed to prepare you to take your first step in the architecture industry. Through working on real projects from industry, fieldwork, and creative briefs from industry clients, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies, to expose you to professional practice and give you hands-on experience of it. You'll also be supported in your development with a final year mentoring programme, working alongside RIBA and local practices including Leonard Design Architects, Buckenham & Co and Franklin Ellis Architects.

Where do Architecture graduates from NTU work?

Recent graduate roles include architects, architectural assistants and design team members at leading companies such as:

  • Benoy
  • Foster + Partners
  • Atelier New York
  • Terry Farrell and Partners
  • Dixon Jones
  • Balfour Beatty

Becoming an Architect

The course has full Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescription, so on completion of your degree, you’ll be ready to complete your first year of experience before starting Part 2, on your way to becoming a qualified architect. Take a look at the ARB Student Handbook for a guide to becoming an architect.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. This includes our annual Architecture Exchange event which brings together current students and prospective employers for an evening of presentations, round table discussions and networking opportunities. We also run a Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise graduate roles to our final year students.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Architecture facilities

From the creative studios to the workshops to the study centre, there is space and resource for everyone to work, learn and develop designs and projects. Take a look at all facilities available to architecture students.

Dedicated studio space

As an Architecture student you'll have full access to our dedicated studio space, based in our Grade II* listed Gothic Revival Style Arkwright building. This is where you'll spend the majority of your time studying, supported by our expert team of academic and technical staff.

Our studio is a perfect space for you to develop your skills in sketching, physical model-making and computer software as part of the design process. You'll be introduced to various programmes throughout the course including Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, AutoCAD, Sketchup, REVIT and VRay to complete your work.

Architecture studio, Arkwright building

Model-making studio

In our model-making studio you'll work with equipment including bandsaws and sanders, 2D and 3D hot-wire cutting and vacuum forming machinery, milling machines, lathes, drills and more to develop your conceptual, sketch and presentation models.

You'll have the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials including timber and timber-based sheet materials, plastics, polyurethane foams, 'chemi-wood' and other modelling foams on this machinery, trained and supported by our expert team of specialist technicians.

Students in Maudslay model making studio

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Architecture. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Bonington Art Shop

Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to support your project work.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other requirements

*If you're studying a relevant creative qualification and predicted a Grade B or above in that subject, you won't be required to submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Accepted creative subjects include Art, Fine Art, 3D Design, Graphic Design,  Product Design, Critical and Contextual Studies, a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design, and UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for Year One entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into Year Two. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

Other requirements

Foundation courses

If you need to complete a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language requirements page. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our international students page and our application guide for international students, which includes advice on how to apply to the University and visa information.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Fees and funding

You'll find the course fees for your year of entry on our tuition fee page.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that’s why we’re here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

However you should be aware that students on this course may incur some additional costs as follows:

  • Level 4: Drawing equipment £250 (estimate), printing £100 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year One to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.
  • Level 5: Printing £200 (estimate) and model making resources £150 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year Two to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.
  • Level 6:  Printing £300 (estimate) and model making resources £250 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in your Final Year to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.

All other mandatory costs for the course are paid for by the University. Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Work experience

If you're undertaking any work experience alongside your studies or during holiday periods, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst doing so.

Degree Show

In Final Year, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue, exhibition printing and set-up costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that’s why we’re here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

However you should be aware that students on this course may incur some additional costs as follows:

  • Level 4: Drawing equipment £250 (estimate), printing £100 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year One to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.
  • Level 5: Printing £200 (estimate) and model making resources £150 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year Two to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.
  • Level 6:  Printing £300 (estimate) and model making resources £250 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in your Final Year to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.

All other mandatory costs for the course are paid for by the University. Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Work experience

If you're undertaking any work experience alongside your studies or during holiday periods, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst doing so.

Degree Show

In Final Year, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue, exhibition printing and set-up costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

If your initial application is successful, we’ll then ask you to submit a digital portfolio*.

Your portfolio is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your potential as an architect. Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

*If you're studying a relevant creative qualification and predicted a Grade B or above in that subject, you won't be required to submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Accepted creative subjects in this instance include A-levels in Art, Design or Graphic Design, a UAL Extended Diploma, or a BTEC in Art and Design.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU Applicant Portal if you're not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

If successful, you'll be asked to submit a digital portfolio*. Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

*If you're studying A-levels – or an equivalent UK qualification – and predicted a Grade B in an accepted creative subject then you won't be required to submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Accepted creative subjects in this instance include A-levels in Art, Design or Graphic Design, a UAL Extended Diploma, or a BTEC in Art and Design.

If you're studying an international qualification then we'll need to see your digital portfolio to assess your suitability for the course.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our international students pages and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.