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Architecture

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

K100

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: normally 4-5 years

Department

School of Architecture

Accreditation(s)

Confers exemption from Part 1 of the Examination in Architecture of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This course is also accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM).

UCAS Tariff Points

136

  • Architects Registration Board
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Malaysian board of Architects

Overview


Oxford Brookes is one of the oldest and well regarded schools of architecture in the UK.

On this course you will investigate:

  • the relationship between people and spaces, buildings and their context
  • contemporary and future architectural practice.

You'll learn to:

  • draw
  • model
  • think, discuss and write about architecture
  • and realise your design concepts using technology.  

We have dedicated, purpose-designed studios and workshop facilities. You'll work on live design projects for real clients and visit outstanding examples of architecture. And you'll have extensive contact time with tutors, including two design studio days per week.

You'll graduate with transferable skills in design, digital making and representation, team-working and problem-solving. And a portfolio of work key to gaining employment.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for OMA, Foster + Partners, Kengo Kuma Architects and Thomas Heatherwick Studio.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 136

A Level: AAB

IB Points: 33

BTEC: DDD

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

We strongly recommend that one of your A-level or A-level equivalent subjects is Art, Design, or Design and Technology.

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants will need to provide a portfolio (eg sketches, freehand/technical drawings, life drawings, 3D models, paintings, photographs). Please read our portfolio guidance notes.

On application you will be given instructions on how to upload a digital version of your portfolio. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to bring the original portfolio with you.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. The interviewer will look for evidence of motivation, general creativity and breadth of interest, and will expect to be shown work which demonstrates creative ability of some kind. Any such work may be presented, including art work where no formal course has been followed.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in reading and writing). 

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

As an architecture student you will produce many drawings and models, which can be quite expensive so you are encouraged to recycle used materials where possible, particularly for sketch models. Some students tend to work digitally, spending more on printing and some by hand, spending more on materials so these costs vary widely between students.

You should expect to spend approximately £500 - £700 on materials in your first year. You will be expected to keep a sketchbook, produce specific drawings, make models, mostly out of recycled and inexpensive materials, but consumables such as glue, knives etc will be needed. As you progress into your 2nd and 3rd year you will be expected to produce more finished presentation models using more expensive materials. You can expect to spend approximately £500 - £1500 on materials in years 2 and 3.

You will also produce drawings and models using a variety of media, including computer drawing software. The cost of materials and computer print-outs are kept as low as possible by the university. Printing is charged at no profit and there is no charge for laser cutting beyond your own material costs. You can expect to spend approximately £300 - £500 on printing in year 1 and approximately £500 - £1500 in years 2 and 3.

PCs with the programmes needed for your course are available in the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some students choose to buy a lap top and software when they begin to draw digitally but this is not mandatory and free student licences are available for much of the software. An optional laptop and software would cost approximately £500-£1200.

There are no compulsory books to purchase because the library is very well stocked and the direction of your reading is very individual due to the diverse nature of the course. Some students choose to purchase specific books to support their interests so you can expect to spend £25 - £150 on books each year.

The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. 

Learning and assessment


During Year 1 you will work on design projects. You’ll learn to design in 3D, in context and to scale while you develop an architectural brief. These will include "live projects" for real clients. You’ll learn representational techniques such as architectural drawing and model making.

You’ll be introduced to architectural history and theory, and to the principles of technology. You will also learn about the architect's role in society.  

In Years 2 and 3 you will undertake more complicated projects. Design is taught in units. Each unit has its own distinctive approach, determined by the practice and research specialisms of the unit's teaching staff.

History and theory of architecture and building technology modules will provide you with a wider understanding and integrate with your design project work.

In Year 3 you will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. You’ll also learn more about architectural practice in preparation for your work experience placement.

Student working on a project

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Architectural Design 1

Introduction to Architectural Design 2

Architectural Representation

Architecture and Society

Introduction to Architectural History

Introduction to Technology

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Architectural Technology 1

Architectural Design 1

Architectural Design 2

Architectural Design 3

Architectural Design 4

Digital Culture

Cities, Culture and Society

Issues in Architectural History and Theory

Advanced Technology

Management, Practice and Law

Dissertation

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes place in the design studio. You’ll study:

  • technology
  • practice
  • digital culture
  • and the histories and theories of architecture and design.

Teaching methods include:

  • group and individual tutorials
  • group and individual presentations
  • workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures and seminars
  • a dissertation in your final year.

Our lecturers are practising architects and research what they teach. So you’ll have access to the latest insights and knowledge in the field.

It’s important to learn from each other and that’s at the heart of how we organise our teaching. We have an open studio culture so you can watch as projects are developed. You'll enjoy the opportunity to take part in ‘live’ projects, so you’ll gain experience of real projects within the community.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 27%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 73%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 25%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 75%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 19%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 81%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Field trips

Field trips abroad are offered each year in addition to site and factory visits. Recent field trips have visited places such as Hungary, Bosnia, Portugal and Iceland. Field trips are a very popular option because they offer the opportunity to experience architecture first hand with your tutors.

Field trips, site visits and factory visits are optional and an additional cost to the course fees. Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Typical costs of overseas field trips range from £300 to £600. Local and UK field trips, site visits and factory visits typically cost between £1 and £300. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact Us') if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

This course is 100% coursework. Assessment methods include:

  • group and individual presentations
  • portfolios
  • journals
  • reports
  • and a written dissertation in the final year.
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Students from the school figure regularly in national and international prizes and awards and go on to work for many of the best-known practices in the country, such as Andrew Chard, winner of the prestigious RIBA Sergeant Drawing Prize.

Recent graduates have worked for large internationally renowned architectural practices such as Rogers Stirk Harbour, Grimshaw Architects, Thomas Heatherwick and Foster and Partners as well as cutting-edge, up-and-coming practices such as Make, Kengo Kuma and Raumlabor.

Successful completion of the honours degree RIBA / ARB Part 1 programme is the prerequisite qualification for progression through a total of five years' study and two years' practice which lead to registration as an architect in the UK.

Most students, having achieved the honours degree in Architecture, go on to a placement year in practice before returning for a further two years of postgraduate study. Others use their highly sought after design skills to work in related disciplines such as digital design, urban design, product design, journalism, set design, planning, academia, disaster and emergency practice. Oxford Brookes graduates and founder directors of animation-architecture studio, Factory 15 use their architectural and digital modelling skills to create original work for the film industry.

The study of architecture at degree level can also be seen as a good grounding for other careers. You acquire a wide range of transferable skills:

  • skills in design, communication and high-level digital representation
  • teamworking, leadership and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to apply technology to design
  • an awareness of the construction industry and different forms of practice
  • critical reading and writing skills in relation to the wider social, cultural, political and economic contexts which underpin the practice of architecture.

Further study

Students wishing to go into architectural practice will need to gain practical experience, usually by spending a year working in an architectural firm. They will then go on to complete a two-year Masters in Architecture. During the Masters, students may specialise or opt for postgraduate research. Careers then open up in any aspect of architecture, which is a diverse and dynamic profession.

Our Staff


Philip Baker

Philip is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, where he teaches on the cultural context modules across the BA programme.

Read more about Philip

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