Introduces you to the complex world of architecture, aims to establish your identity as a designer and show the importance of fundamental design knowledge and skills. You will produce a coherent portfolio of work and gain the ability to create architectural designs which integrate social, aesthetic and technical requirements .
Ideal for students with strong academic and artistic skills who want to become architect
Gain exemption from Part 1 of RIBA and ARB professional qualifications
One of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK with a strong technical and design ethos that recognises the interdependence between academia and the profession
Extensive studio, workshop and digital facilities
A strong feature of the school is the studio culture, with the majority of the course being taught as a series of design projects in the design studio, complemented by a complex series of lectures, workshops and studio events.
After the course, most students who want to become architects spend 12 months working for an architectural practice before embarking on Part 2 of RIBA requirements. They also gain design experience through workshops offered in event weeks.
UCAS course code: K100
Duration: Three years full-time
Institution code: D26
A good portfolio and normally:
Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature and Maths or Science at grade C or above.
We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English and Maths or Science at grade C or above
UK applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work (please see our Architecture BA (Hons) portfolio advice| for full details).
international students portfolio page.|
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.
Teaching is based around the design studio and consists of:
Architecture staff are practising architects. A visiting lecturer series of internationally-known architects to the School, is also a key feature of the course.
Most graduates go on to qualify as professional architects. Many proceed to the next step in the three-part professional qualification. Graduates readily find employment and many work for leading practices. They also work as architectural assistants or in landscape, conservation, information technology, education and journalism.
UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: £11,250 per year
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You will benefit from multipurpose studio spaces with extensive CAD facilities, and have access to workshops to make concept and design models and construction details. The Architecture Hub| is a drop-in information centre where students can obtain advice on specialist architecture resources. The Hub provides access to online resources including e-journals, databases and archives of exemplary student work.
The Design Studio provides an office-like environment combining the latest computer equipment with manual drawing and design techniques. These include CAD and modelling software, animation and environmental simulation and access to the latest rapid prototyping machines and 2D printing. Specialist laboratories deal with environment design, materials analysis and structures.
International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.
For more information please contact:
Online enquiry form|
Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70
In the first year you begin to develop skills as an individual designer with an understanding of human nature, spatial experience and the integration of technology. A series of design projects of increasing scale allow for exploration of creativity, space and representation.
The second year allows you to further develop your design processes and critical thinking skills. These design skills are tested in two term-long building projects, one urban and based on a site chosen on an overseas study trip, and one in a rural context.
The third year has a strong identity as an advanced level of study, emphasising the relationship between contemporary theory and the design process. You will define your own theoretical position and test it within a building project of your choosing located in an urban setting.
You have the opportunity to enter competitions for national and international design awards throughout the course.
“Our new mentoring scheme with local architecture practice has allowed me to think about architecture in a more realistic commercial way, and focus on how materials can affect design.”
Philip Cooksey, BA (Hons) Architecture, selected to work on a unique architectural initiative to create an innovative experimental performance pavilion on campus, a project led by Czech architect Eva Jiricna, and Andrea Cusumano.
The Leicester School of Architecture is fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)| and the Architects Registration Board|.
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Portfolio advice for UK/EU applicants
International applicants should refer to our Leicester School of Architecture portfolio advice | |
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