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Architecture BA (Hons)

Our graduates have a confidence in their architectural skillset to change the world and the habitats of the future with their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking, humanistic and ethical understanding.


Reasons to study Architecture BA (Hons) at De Montfort University:

  • A UK top 30 Architecture course
    according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016
  • Heatherwick, Make and Shigeru Ban
    are some of the best architectural practices in the UK and overseas employing recent DMU graduates 
  • Develop employable and transferable skills
    on this course which is specifically designed to meet the skills required by industry and beyond 
  • Leicester School of Architecture (LSA)
    was established in 1897 making it one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK
  • Award-winning practicing architects
    are included amongst our staff team who are also published authors, academic specialists and career architectural educators
  • Gain a professionally recognised qualification
    and exemption from Part 1 of RIBA and ARB 
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Typically, you will undertake design projects in a range of spatial, social and topographical settings, from the smallest residences and objects to complex megacities and events. The majority of the course is taught as a series of design projects in the design studio. This is complemented by lectures, workshops and studio events on the philosophy and history of architecture and design, technical and practical studies and professional practice studies on the role of the ethical architect in the commercial world. 

The course is on the Commonwealth Association of Architects’ approved courses list.

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At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)
Architecture MArch (Part 2)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: K100

Duration: Three years full-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 136 points from at least 2 A'levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 32+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature and Maths or Science at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 30 level 3 credits at Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) and Maths or Science at grade C

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English and Maths or Science at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Architecture BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Architectural Studio 1
  • Architectural Studio 2
  • Architectural Communication 1
  • Building Performance and Technology 1
  • Architectural History and Philosophy

Second year

  • Architectural Studio 3
  • Architectural Studio 4
  • Architectural Communication 2
  • Building Performance and Technology 2
  • Building Performance and Technology 3
  • Architectural Theories
  • Urban Studies

Third year

  • Architectural Studio 5
  • Architectural Studio 6
  • Dissertation
  • Cultural and Contextual Studies
  • Technology and Environmental Studies
  • Practice, Profession and Ethics


The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) emphasises learning through modelling and making, both manually and digitally, making it an important feature of the course. We encourage and support you to become a productive student by focusing on the design studio as your key learning environment.

In the design studio you will:

  • Work and collaborate with peers and tutors in drawing, digital drawing and fabrication, model making, discussion and debate
  • Meet regularly with design tutors for small group learning, individual advice and guidance, assessment and feedback
  • Engage in instructional/guidance lectures and workshops to develop key manual and digital techniques
  • Have design work reviewed by guest architects and critics

A programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops support your learning in the four key strands of the curriculum:

  • Architectural design – project-based learning and assessment
  • Architectural communication – project-based learning and assessment around key skill sets including CAD, BIM, digital modelling and fabrication
  • Technology and environment – project-based learning and assessment combined with testing your knowledge of key principles
  • History and theories of architecture – assessment based on online tests and short written assignments, culminating in a written dissertation, or equivalent, in the final year

In the final year there is an additional focus on

  • Professional practice and ethics – project-based learning and assessment

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 21 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.




The Leicester School of Architecture is fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board

Commonwealth Association of Architects


The course is on the Commonwealth Association of Architects’ approved courses list

Facilities and features

Architecture facilities

You will have access to studio spaces with CAD facilities, workshops offering a broad range of fabrication from casting, metal working and woodworking to digital printing and water-jet cutting, printing and photography equipment. You will also benefit from resources and support in the Architecture Resource Centre, our online learning space.

You will learn in large multipurpose studio spaces supported by visualisation and craft facilities. The LSA has a wide range of CAD stations where you learn drafting, 2D, 3D, NURBS/Spline, environmental and building performance modelling, rendering, animation, imaging and publishing software, linked to a variety of output devices such as HD screens, large format printers and 3D-printers. You will learn how to use manual/ mechanised/digitally-controlled workshops offering metal, wood, plastics, timber, fabric and glass craft and fabrication capabilities, the latest rapid prototyping machines and 2D/3D printing, including laser, water-jet cutting and CNC multi-axis milling. 


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations. 



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Many graduates continue their architectural education to qualify and register as an architect. Some of our graduates have gone onto careers with leading architectural practices in the UK and overseas, including Heatherwick, Make and Shigeru Ban. Others use their degree to launch careers in related fields such as architectural conservation, urban design, research, planning and project management, or go into other fields such as journalism, heritage and history, film, web design, lifestyle design, game design, event design and digital animation, strategic management and political advocacy. 

Upon completion of the Architecture BA (Hons), you may continue in the professional pathway and progress onto the Architecture MArch course. Further information visit our how to become a RIBA accredited architect webpage.

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