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Architecture BA (Hons)

About the course

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Did you know that Architecture at DMU is one of the top 10 courses in the UK? - Sunday Times University Guide 2015

At the Leicester School of Architecture we equip our students with a fearless approach to unforeseeable problems in the built environment. Or 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, environmental knowledge and technical ability. Our course responds to the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures in a globalised world where there are modernising threats to traditional cultures, complexities in generating sustainable environments and constant change in technological aspects of modern life. 

This programme is unique in offering specially crafted integrated studies that develop emerging architectural designers; we orientate their informed creative design abilities with the design studio as the locus of this training. This is investigated through a series of carefully considered projects set in a range of spatial, social and topographical situations from the smallest of dwellings and artefacts to complex megacities and events. The integrated design studios are further supported by relevant theoretical studies in the philosophy and history of architecture and design; technical and practical studies in the material, structural and constructional realms, and professional practice studies on the role of the ethical architect in the commercial world.


Reasons to choose Architecture at DMU:

  • 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.

Key facts

UCAS course code:  K100

Duration:  Three years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 320 points with a minimum of 180 points from 2 full A levels or
  • National Diploma DDM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 30+ Points

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).

Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our 

international students portfolio page.|

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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is based around the design studio and consists of:

  • Design process lectures covering typologies and methodologies, reflective making, precedents and reflective thinking
  • Design studio
  • Studio skills workshops
  • Visualisation workshops
  • Technology lectures
  • History and theory lectures
  • Professional studies lectures (third year only)
  • Event weeks
  • Overseas study trips

Course modules

Year one

  • Design Studio 1
  • History and Theory 1
  • Technology 1

Year two

  • Design Studio 2
  • History and Theory 2
  • Technology 2

Year three

  • Design Studio 3
  • History and Theory 3
  • Technology 3
  • Professional Studies
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Academic expertise

Architecture staff are practising architects. A visiting lecturer series of internationally-known architects to the School, is also a key feature of the course.

Work experience and placements

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.

Graduate careers

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.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: £11,250 per year

Learn more about fees and funding information 2015|


Learn more about our Undergraduate scholarships and awards| information.


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.

Art and Design Facilities

How to apply

UK and EU students are advised to apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com|

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form|
Telephone enquiries:  +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Course details

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.

Awards and competitions

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.

Related courses


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

 Architects Registration Board

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

Art and Design at De Montfort University|

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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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