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School of Architecture offers an alternative practice-based route to professional architectural qualifications with the RIBA Studio (formerly the RIBA Examination in Architecture for Office-based candidates RIBA OBE). The Certificate and Diploma courses are specifically for students working full-time under the direct supervision of an architect in architectural practice and based in the EEA, Switzerland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
Applications are now closed for March 2019 entry.
From March 2020, the current 3-year Certificate course will be replaced by a 4-year course of assessment, thereby removing the need for applicants to have 3-years pre-entry supervised architectural experience. In addition to the minimum academic requirements (found under Admission Procedure), applicants with minimal architectural experience are invited to apply.
Prior-entry experience requirements have been relaxed for entry to the Diploma. Applicants who have successfully completed Part 1, either by way of an RIBA validated course, or an ARB prescribed qualification with minimal architectural experience are invited to apply.
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The RIBA Studio is a unique system in which formally assessed academic work is supported by learning through experience in the student's place of employment, with the sequence mirroring the development and realisation of design projects in architectural practice.
Because the RIBA Studio is offered as an alternative route to qualification for those unable to benefit from full-time or part-time courses, it is operated flexibly, within prescribed limits, in order to accommodate fluctuations in students' circumstances. This is managed through a system of annual learning contracts and formal deferrals.
Individual study for the both courses must be supported by day-to-day learning and experience of architectural practice. To facilitate this, each student appoints a registered architect from their practice to be their mentor. The mentor ensures that the practice experience is wide ranging and contributes to learning.
Tutors are appointed by students for the duration of the course and must be completely independent of the student’s office. They should be experienced design tutors in architectural education, and ideally architects registered in the country where the student is working.
Students who qualify through this route, are then eligible to take the UK Part 3 which leads to:
All written and design examinations take place in Oxford, so travel expenses need to be considered. Students may wish to book overnight accommodation prior to assessment days. Normally, students will not be expected to travel to Oxford or London more than five days each year. Whilst it is a matter for negotiation between students and their offices, it is expected that study leave would be granted without affecting annual leave.
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