Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Architecture is a fascinating subject involving wide-ranging academic, practical and vocational activities. It requires creativity and imagination as well as the inventive employment of environmental and technical knowledge. Architecture is normally studied with a view to becoming a professional architect, however, embracing the fields of art, history and science, it is also an excellent vehicle for further academic study at postgraduate level in different disciplines, and other forms of career development.

At the heart of the course is a rich choice of different design studios in which students are taught in small groups by current practitioners – reflecting London’s dynamic architecture scene. There are also lecture courses in environmental and technical studies, history and theory of architecture, as well as numerous opportunities to engage with the architecture profession through construction site visits, internships, mentoring and a work placement. Field trips are offered in Year 2 and 3 and there are opportunities to study abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.

Design Studio

Architectural design is taught twice a week in small groups or studios led by a tutor, with a second tutor and (in Year 1) a post-graduate student in support. In second and third year, students can choose from a broad range of studios, each offering a particular approach to design or engagement in current issues. Studio teaching involves workshops, site and building visits and group research, with individual tutorials and 'crits' in which each student’s work is presented to their fellow students, tutors and guest critics and practitioners.

The projects increase in scale and complexity through the course. In Year 1, students focus on learning fundamental design skills through on-site sketching, building visits, architectural drawing, modelling, photography, digital/CAD and fabrication lab investigation of materials. In Year 2, students’ design projects extend in ambition and detail, and engage with the environmental impact of architecture, and its response to it site and context. In Year 3, students’ studies culminate in a major design project, which is exhibited as part of the annual summer exhibition, and which forms the basis of a graduate’s portfolio for employment in an architectural practice as a 'Part 1 year-out' assistant, as well as further study.

Technical Studies

Year 1 students are introduced to structural and environmental principles underpinning architectural design, fabrication processes, building components and assembly techniques. In Year 2, students develop their understanding of environmental issues by applying them in their design studio projects, and examine the application of technology through a series of building case studies. The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. hey also follow progress on a construction site by making regular visits and attending construction team meetings.

Year 3 students investigate an area of particular environmental or technical interest, and integrate the research into their final Major Design Project. As well as design projects, environment & technology teaching includes lectures, seminars and tutorials by professional consultants (typically architects and consulting engineers).

History and Theory

Year 1 students study a range of European and non-western histories of architecture, and undertake walks around London as well as visits to specific buildings. Drawing and photography is as important as writing in the study of these places. Year 2 students explore architectural theory and contemporary issues in architecture and urbanism and identify a subject they would like to investigate further. In Year 3, students are then offered the opportunity to research this through an extended essay. History and Theory teaching includes lectures and guided sketching walks around London, seminars, and tutorials.

Preparation for Professional Practice

Year 2 students are introduced to architectural practice through following the live progress of a construction site (Site Diary module). Year 3 students attend CV workshops, practice lectures and undertake two weeks of supervised work experience in an architect’s practice.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • A History of Architecture
  • Design, Materials and Fabrication
  • Introduction to Design and Skills
  • Introduction to Technical Studies

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Architectural History and Theory
  • Design and Detail
  • Design and the Environment
  • Site Diary

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Design and Technical Exploration
  • Illustrated Research Essay
  • Major Design Project
  • Preparing for Practice

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), providing exemption from RIBA Part 1.

The usual pattern of academic and professional development involves full-time study at undergraduate level for three years (Part 1), followed by a year of practical training. Two further years of full-time postgraduate study (Part 2) are then undertaken, followed by another year of practical training and a period of part-time study, culminating in a final examination (Part 3) to qualify for registration as an architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Course Team

Over 50 members of staff teach on the course, including full-time lecturers, visiting architects and other practising professionals, academic specialists and historians. The course is run by Julian Williams, with year leaders overseeing each level.

Natalie Newey runs the first year, coordinating the six studio group teaching teams, with Sarah Milne leading the History module and Pete Silver the Introduction to Technical Studies.

Elantha Evans leads second year and its six design studio teams, with Victoria Watson running History and Theory, and Scott Batty the Site Diary module.

Jane Tankard leads third year, coordinating its seven design studio teaching teams and running the Preparation for Practice module, with Will McLean leading Technical Exploration and its integration in the Major Project. Ben Stringer runs the Research Essay module, coordinating its team of 14 tutors.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A levels – AAB (Art, Design or Design and Technology is preferred as one of the choices, together with subjects from other fields) plus at least five GCSEs with grades A*-C (including English, Mathematics and a double award in science, or two separate sciences).

  • International Baccalaureate – 32 points or more, including Visual Arts to a higher level.

  • Pearson BTEC level 3 Extended National Diploma in Art and Design – DDM, plus at least five GCSEs with grades A*- C (including English, Mathematics and a double award in science, or two separate sciences).

  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at level 3 with a minimum of 42 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  •  GCSEs - minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

Applicants currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply. You should prepare a portfolio of your own work which illustrates your skills, talents and interests; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling, 3D work and painting. We want to see evidence of your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work as well as final pieces. You may be asked to attend an interview and present your portfolio or to submit the work online with interview by Skype.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 32 points or more, including Visual Arts to a higher level.

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Careers

Our graduates find employment with established world-class architects such as Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, BDP, Grimshaw, Make and Martha Schwartz Partners. Others seek out dynamic, design-led practices including Fletcher Priest, Levitt Bernstein, Andrzej Blonski Architects and Piercy and Company.

Alternative career paths can include experience in multi-disciplinary practice in interior and urban design and planning, or on the client side of architecture for a contractor, developer or housing provider. Graduates also progress to further study or research in technological and environmental subjects related to building design, and project or construction management.

Our graduates are well-prepared for professional practice. We organise paid internship opportunities for second-year students and provide every student with a work experience placement in their third year. Through collaboration with the RIBA we also offer all our third-year students the opportunity to be mentored by a practising architect. The course also offers dedicated careers support, CV workshops and advice, and advertises job opportunities.

As they enter the world of architectural practice after graduation, our students are given support through our Professional Experience in Architecture Year Out short course.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

What our students say

Architecture student Ming Zhong Song

Song Ming Zhong

Westminster will help me to pursue my dream of being an architect. Westminster trains students in independent study skills and group collaboration. The students’ high level of achievement, often listed in the RIBA President's Medals student awards, are based on Westminster’s strong links with the architecture profession.

Architecture student Preet Panesar

Preet Panesar

At Westminster I worked with fantastic tutors, including RIBA award winner Peter Barber, and met incredibly talented like-minded people in a friendly environment. Most tutors are architects themselves and provide you with the well-rounded skills you need to work in practice. The resources are fantastic, with plenty of space to work.

Student work

See our end-of-year exhibition catalogues and watch our end-of-year exhibition video below. Students have also won an extraordinary number of international awards.

Exhibition video – OPEN 2016

OPEN 2016 exhibition catalogue

OPEN 2015 exhibition catalogue

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Architecture and Interiors at Westminster

Watch this video to find out more about studying Architecture and Interiors with us.

Portfolio and interview guidance

Watch our video for advice on producing a portfolio as well as interview tips.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

Download course fee information to check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course.

International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

Download course fee information to check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course.

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Architecture short courses

Summer school

students building a model during architecture summer school

The Architecture and Interiors Summer School is a three-day course giving you a taste of what it is like to be an architectural student.

Find out more about the Architecture and Interiors Summer School.

Architecture Year Out short course

If you intend to register as an architect you need to undertake your first year of practical training experience in an architect's office (or related discipline).

We offer a short course during this time, will help you get the most out of your post RIBA Part I Year Out by combining practical work experience with the knowledge and guidance of a professional studies advisor.

Find out more about our Architecture Year Out short course.

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