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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:
- 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.
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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.
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.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
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
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.
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.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.