Architecture (BA)

During Induction week, make sure you follow your course induction schedule below, this must take priority over any other events. Most of these induction events will be on campus but there may be additional online events that you will need to attend or watch.

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Induction schedule

Please read the live version of your schedule below and make sure to check back here for any updates.

Monday 19 September

Time Event details Location
On Demand

Unit Manifestos

All Year 2, Year 3 and Exchange Architecture Student

Link available on Moodle

Please note: you will need to complete online enrolment before accessing this content.

10:00am - 11:00am

Year 2 Forum

AB3.01, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

11:00am - 12:00pm

Year 3 Forum

AB3.01, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Unit Presentations

All Year 2, Year 3 and Exchange Architecture Students

JHB 1.08, Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Q+A with Unit Leaders

All Year 2, Year 3 and Exchange Architecture Students

AB3.03 and AB4.03, Year 2 and 3 AR Studios, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus 

Tuesday 20 September

Time Event details Location
10:00am - 12:00pm

Student Mentor Event

All Undergraduate Architecture and Interior Architecture Students

AB3.01, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

10:00am

Deadline to submit unit preference form (Year 2 and 3 students)

Google Form. Link available on Moodle

Please note: you will need to complete online enrolment before accessing this content.

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Meeting for Year 2 Direct Entry Students with Jane Anderson, Programme Lead

AB3.12, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Welcome Meeting for all New Students

AB3.01, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

5:00pm

List available on Moodle

Please note: you will need to complete online enrolment before accessing this content.

List available on Moodle

Please note: you will need to complete online enrolment before accessing this content.
 

Thursday 22 September

Time Event details Location
10:00am - 1:00pm

Year 1 Studio Introduction

AB3.01, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Year 1 Group Work

AB3.01, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

Key contacts

Job title Name Contact details
Student Support Coordinator (s) Fiona Hodgson and Marta Solsona studentsupport-Arch-BE@brookes.ac.uk
Head of School Christina Godiksen cgodiksen@brookes.ac.uk
Programme Lead Jane Anderson j.anderson@brookes.ac.uk
Interior Subject Coordinator Andrea Placidi  aplacidi@brookes.ac.uk
Year 1 Coordinator Ralph Saull r.saull@brookes.ac.uk
Programme Administrator Andressa Rebelo a.rebelo@brookes.ac.uk
Academic Liaison Librarian Geoff Morgan  g.morgan@brookes.ac.uk

Additional information

Preparation for starting the programme

The most useful way to prepare for the course is to spend lots of time sketching.

Cultural activities such as films, exhibitions, concerts, building visits, reading and travel are all very useful (and enjoyable!) forms of preparation.

Book list

We don't issue a general reading list in advance of the semester because there are no compulsory books to purchase for semester 1. Each module has a suggested reading list. An excellent range of books is available in the library to support this. Students can choose to buy books that are relevant to their work as they see fit. Here is a suggestion for a good read before joining Brookes:

§  Awan, N., Schneider, T. and Till, J, Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture 7 June 2011

In your first year of study students from the BA Architecture programme and the BA Interior Architecture programme will take the same Year 1 modules. You will develop ideas and design proposals through group and individual tutorials, presentations and discussions. 

Equipment

Please refer to the Year 1 Equipment list and IT Guide.

Further details

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 laptop or PC 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. 

Due to Covid-19 field trips are currently limited to UK destinations only. A 3-day residential UK field trip is likely to cost £200-400 depending on duration and destination. You will be required to pay the costs for any short field or day trips. For those who cannot attend the field trips, an equivalent programme of work, which can be carried out locally, will be provided. For guidance only: prior to Covid-19 restrictions, field trips were organised as an optional activity to a European destination. Overseas field trips usually cost between £300 and £600.

New Arrivals Exhibition:

In the first few weeks of the semester we will exhibit the diverse artistic talents that were on display in your application portfolios. Please bring one selected 'piece' to display in the studio. If you don't have access to an original copy of the work please bring a printed reproduction.

Connections with Oxford School of Architecture

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