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Work towards your Part 2 qualification whilst working full-time in practice.
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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 your Part 2 qualification whilst working full-time, under the direct supervision of an architect.
If you already have a Part 1 qualification and want to complete your 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 through this route are then eligible to take the UK Part 3 which leads to:
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:
The annual fee for the 2021-22 academic year has been confirmed at £2,858.
The RIBA Studio is a unique system of practice-based study, in which formally assessed academic work is supported by learning through experience in the student's place of employment, with the academic syllabus sequence mirroring the development and realisation of design projects in architectural practice.
The dissertation is a key element of the diploma, enabling you to raise your cultural, technological or professional understanding of architecture and encouraging a culture of research based work. You will sit a formal written examination in Management, Practice and Law. You will reinterpret critically the final design project brief for your chosen context.
There are four subjects covered across each course, three of which require the digital submission of course work, while the design subject work is assessed in person through design examinations. There are no lectures or seminars, but there are specific assignments and a series of reading lists to guide you on preliminary resources. The work is developed in conjunction with a personal tutor who you will meet with on a one-to-one basis very regularly.
Students are required to apply online and provide a series of documents including an extract of their personal portfolio before being eligible for an interview. The application process consists of three stages:
Students are in full time practice while on the courses so we often find that they have progressed within their practices becoming Project Architects, Associates and often creating their own Architectural practices. The blended learning means that they put into practice the confidence, knowledge and skills they are developing through their academic studies which helps advance both their potential in practice as well as their growth within academia.
Applicants should be aware that in order to register as an architect in the UK, they will typically need to hold all of the following: