School of Architecture

  • RIBA Studio

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  • RIBA Studio

    Courses in Architecture for students working in practice

    The RIBA Studio is for students working in practice, who would like to work towards qualifying as an architect whilst remaining in employment. Unlike any studio and lecture based programme in architecture, you will work towards either your Part 1 or Part 2 qualification whilst working full-time, under the direct supervision of an architect.

    If you’re already working in an architectural practice, or in the architectural department of a multi-disciplinary practice, and want to complete your Part 1 or Part 2, the RIBA Studio programme will allow you to work at your own pace whilst investing your time in practice, earning a salary. You’ll benefit from choosing your own tutor to fit your learning style who will help guide you to get the most out of the course. You will graduate with an RIBA qualification upon completing your studies.

    Students who qualify to Diploma through this route are then eligible to take the UK Part 3 which leads to:

    • Full chartered membership of the RIBA.
    • Recognition by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for UK architects' registration.

    Entry Requirements

    All applicants must be working at least 24-hours per week in suitable architectural practice in the EU or EEA and be directly supervised by a registered architect, employed in the same practice, and meet the following academic qualifications:

    RIBA Certificate:

    • 3 O-level/GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics;
    • 2 A-level passes or equivalent qualifications, e.g. HNC

    RIBA Diploma:

    • Part 1 qualification in architecture prescribed by the ARB or validated by the RIBA
    • ARB Prescribed Examination at Part 1

    Selection Process

    The important difference between the RIBA Studio and a taught programme of study at university, is that you are required to be employed and remain working full-time** in a suitable position in architecture for the duration of the course. You are required to be mentored by an experienced registered architect at your place of work, who will be responsible for your regular supervision and professional development. Examples of workplace types include:

    • Architects’ practices
    • An architects’ section of a multi-disciplinary practice
    • Local authorities

    **Full-time employment is deemed to be met by working at least 1,250 hours per annum or 24 hours a week.

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  • Practice-based study

    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.

    Flexibly operated

    The RIBA Studio is offered as an alternative route to qualification for those that may not be looking for traditional full-time or part-time degree courses. Operated flexibly to accommodate fluctuations in students' circumstances, the programme is managed through a system of annual learning contracts and formal deferrals.

    Office mentors

    Individual study for 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.

    Personal tutors

    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.

    Professional qualification

    Students who qualify through this route are then eligible to take the UK Part 3 which leads to:

    • Full chartered membership of the RIBA.
    • Recognition by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for UK architects' registration.
    • Recognition throughout Europe under the European Union (EU) Professional Qualifications Directive.
  • Travel

    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.

    Contact us

    Sam Hughes

    School of Architecture
    Oxford Brookes University
    Headington Campus
    Gipsy Lane
    Oxford UK
    OX3 0BP

    Tel: +44 (0)1865 483413