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Architecture at NTU: Which course is right for you?

This handy guide highlights the differences between our undergraduate Architecture courses, to help you choose the right route for you.

What is Architecture?

Architecture is the art, science and practice of building. It provides us with a sense of place, and helps bring the natural and designed worlds together. Our creative studio culture reflects industry and prepares you for it – we’re committed to developing emerging talent, and renowned for producing graduates who succeed in the sector, both at home and abroad.

What is the difference between our courses?

BArch (Hons) Architecture is the course to study if you want to become a qualified architect. The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and is designed to help you develop your own approach and style.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design is a course that explores the design and development of internal environments in relation to their overall architectural composition. It's the perfect first step for a graduate career in architectural design, interior decoration and interior design.

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology is a course focuses on the link between concept and reality. You’ll learn to identify, assess and translate plans into effective, practical and sustainable building solutions.

Entry requirements differ for each course and you might need to submit a portfolio or attend an interview for our Architecture and Interior Architecture and Design courses. You won't need to submit a portfolio for the Architectural Technology course.

Our Interior Architecture and Design and Architectural Technology courses have the option for a sandwich placement year in industry.

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

Course length:

Three years full-time

Entry requirements:

  • 120 - 128 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent).
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.
  • A digital portfolio

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Examples of modules:

  • Design Studio
  • Technology and Environment in Architecture
  • Architecture in Context
  • Architectural Communication and Representation
  • Professional Practice

Professional progression

This course is accredited by RIBA and ARB (Architects Registration Board). 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.

Visit our course page to find out more.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Course length:

Three years full-time, or four years with a sandwich year.

Entry requirements

  • 112 - 120 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent).
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.
  • A digital portfolio*

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

*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-level Art or a UAL Extended Diploma.

Examples of modules:

  • Design Studio
  • Design Communication
  • Technical Studies
  • Interior Architecture in Context
  • Research Project

Sandwich year:

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement.

This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

Recent placement destinations have included Benoy, KSS Architects, FITCH, The Body Shop, and Dalziel & Pow, working in roles such as junior designer, assistant designer, interior architectural assistant, and more.

Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

Professional progression:

The course is accredited by the CSD (Chartered Society of Designers).

We frequently work on live projects with our wide range of industry contacts to give you a taste of real life working projects. Recent live projects have included a brief from Re-Fashion to create a one-of-a-kind concept charity shop, and a brief from Gedling Borough Council to redesign the front of house space at their headquarters.

Visit our course page to find out more.

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Course length:

Three years full-time or four years with a sandwich year.

Entry requirements:

  • 112 - 120 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent)
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Key modules:

  • Architecture in Context
  • Construction Technology
  • Technology and Design Studio
  • Integrated Design Communication
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Research Project

Sandwich year:

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement.

By choosing our sandwich (four year) route, you’ll have the opportunity to gain real experience in industry. The majority of our placement students receive a salary. Recent placements have included companies such as Benoy, Foster + Partners and Gensler.

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise

Professional progression:

This course is accredited by RICS, CIOB and CIAT.  Studying on a CIAT Accredited course makes you part of a worldwide network of professionals and supports you in progressing to Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) status.

Visit our course page to find out more.

What are the similarities between our courses?

  • All our courses are accredited
  • All courses have great industry links and offer the multiple opportunities to work on live projects
  • All courses are 100% coursework based throughout your three taught years – no exams!
  • All courses allocate a lot of time to independent study and allow you to focus on your specific area of interest
  • All of these courses allow you exhibit your work in your final year showcase
  • They are all based on our City Campus in the heart of Nottingham
  • All give you access to our world-class facilities

What are the options after I graduate?

All of our courses have a great track record in terms careers and employability. Our graduates have gone on to work in companies such as Benoy, Balfour Beatty and FITCH. We have a dedicated employability team to help you along the way!

We also have a number of postgraduate courses linking on from each of our undergraduate courses.

 

An introduction to Architecture at NTU

Principal Lecturer, Bhavna Crossley, talk you through our courses.

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

"Not only are the facilities incredible, the staff are so helpful. I especially am grateful to the technicians in workshop for always helping and coming up with ideas to make our projects a reality."

Bee Leighton, BArch (Hons) Architecture

"I have learned a number of skills, including being able to use a variety of software to enhance my drawing capabilities. I now feel that I stand a strong chance in any field that’s related to my course."

Fope Bakare, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

"My course allows me to be logical and creative at the same time. Critical thinking and creativity are two essential attributes that NTU students are encouraged to develop throughout their studies."

Evanthia Lerodiakonou, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Take a look at our students' work…

  • K.F. Folly by BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student, Izzi Anderton.
    Izzi Anderton
    K.F. Folly by BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student, Izzi Anderton. K.F. Folly is a design that focuses of sustainability, It showcases the importance of being biodynamic, self-sustaining and organic.
  • The English Wine Centre by BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student, Cameron Kiddle
    Cameron Kiddle
    The English Wine Centre by BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student, Cameron Kiddle. This centre will be the HUB for the English wine industry, it will provide a space to promote English wine to the masses and to help educate regarding the history and future of the wine industry.
  • Sustainable Farming Education by BArch (Hons) Architecture student, Zana Kentish Brade
    Zana Kentish Brade
    Sustainable Farming Education by BArch (Hons) Architecture student, Zana Kentish Brade. Zana's proposal for the Old Mecca building site on St. Ann’s Well Road encourages community engagement and interaction with a diverse range of learners.
  • Studio Bestir by BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student, Olivia Witcomb.
    Olivia Witcomb
    Olivia Witcomb, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design The Studio Bestir proposal curates the hybridisation of independent business’ Allan Buxton Animating Studio and Blend Coffee shop
  • Oxford Street Library, Swansea by BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student, Gareth Thomas.
    Gareth Thomas
    Oxford Street Library, Swansea by BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student, Gareth Thomas. The design concept for this project was creating a library that is people-centred, not collection-centred.
  • The Una Centre by BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student, Jessica Balm.
    Jessica Balm
    The Una Centre by BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student, Jessica Balm. The Una Centre, aimed to be a hub for the people of Nottingham, will house the city's kayaking club.
  • Eco-Quarter: Sustainability Hub, Nottingham by BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student, Craig Gregory.
    Craig Gregory
    Eco-Quarter: Sustainability Hub, Nottingham by BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student, Craig Gregory. The “Eco-Quarter” proposal is to create, develop and establish the East Midlands very first Vertical Farming Facility as a part of a flagship initiative
  • A Place to Grow by BArch (Hons) Architecture student, Maddie Rutherford-Browne
    Maddie Rutherford-Browne
    A Place to Grow by BArch (Hons) Architecture student, Maddie Rutherford-Browne. A Place to Grow provides a home for the community to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and nutritionally, all through the vehicle of nature.