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Wednesday 7 March 2018 5.00 - 7.00pm, London
Friday 4 May 2018 10.00am - 12.00 noon, London
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School of Architecture offers an alternative practice-based route to becoming an architect with the RIBA Studio (formerly the RIBA Examination in Architecture for Office-based candidates RIBA OBE) for students working full-time in architectural practice in the EEA. The RIBA Studio is a unique programme for those wishing to obtain the RIBA Certificate in Architecture (Part 1) or the RIBA Diploma in Architecture (Part 2) qualifications while working full-time in an architectural office. Length of study is usually between 3-5 years. In order to accommodate students' lives, students may withdraw from study without penalty for up to 3 years.
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 t o 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 o f 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 programme 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:
Students are required to be mentored by an experienced architect who is registered where the student's place of work is based, and who has responsibility for the regular supervision and professional development of the student. Examples of workplace types include:
** Full-time employment is deemed to be met by working at least 1,250 hours per annum.
In addition to the requirements concerning employment, the support of an office mentor, and the appointment of a personal tutor, the following minimum requirements must also be met:
A minimum of 3 years' practical experience and similar educational qualifications to those required by schools of architecture (see below). Graduates from related construction industry disciplines are eligible to apply for entry to the RIBA Certificate if they have also gained a minimum of 3 years' certified working experience in architectural practice. Graduates with degrees in non-construction industry subjects are required to provide evidence of 3 years' certified post-graduate experience in an architect's office to enter the RIBA Certificate.
A minimum of 3 years' certified practical experience after gaining the Part 1 qualification in architecture at a school of architecture prescribed by the ARB, or validated by the RIBA, or through the ARB Prescribed Examination at Part 1. The 3 years of certified practical experience may be reduced, at the discretion of the Panel of Interviewers, if practical experience was acquired while gaining the Part 1 qualification through a part-time course at a recognised school of architecture, or through Part 1 of the RIBA Studio.
Students who will have reached the minimum practical experience by the start of the course's year in March may be considered for interview in the previous year. They will need to demonstrate that they are sufficiently established and supported by their employers to have the potential to succeed through this route.
Admission to the Programme comprises three stages. We will announce further details at the end of March/beginning of April.
In addition, all applicants must supply:
If called to interview, digital and hard copies of the following may be required:
Applicants whose first language is not English may need to provide evidence that their English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in their studies by providing one of the following: A-level English, an IELTS score of 6.5+ including a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an UCLES Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade B or above. This also includes those applicants who may have a degree from the UK.
The annual registration fee is charged each academic year the student is on the course and is irrespective of the number of assignments chosen to be completed by the student. Annual registration fees are non-returnable nor may they be transferred to another academic year. The fee for 2018-19 will be £2,468.55.
A nominal fee is charged to students who are unable to undertake any assignments during the year but who wish to remain registered on the RIBA Studio.
Students are advised to enter into a professional agreement with their personal tutor. As a general guidance, we recommend students pay their tutors an hourly rate of £45. It is expected that students would meet their tutors about twice a month.
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.
The Induction Session and Awards Ceremony are held at the RIBA in London.
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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