Our Architecture BA Honours degree is your first step towards qualification as a professional architect.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA
IB: 36 points
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This design-based degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and provides exemption from the RIBA Part I examination.
You will work on design projects that involve manual and computer-aided drawing and model making and we encourage you to develop your own design style. You'll also develop the knowledge to understand the implications of your design decisions.
You will benefit from a strong design culture, with access to studios 24/7. You'll also benefit from field trips in the UK and Europe and community projects in the UK and Africa.
We are consistently highly ranked in major university league tables, and offer all qualifications required to become an architect, meaning you can complete your full training in Newcastle.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Newcastle is ranked in the top ten in the UK for architecture in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
Architecture ranks in the top 100 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This degree is professionally accredited and prescribed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
Successful completion of this degree satisfies ARB requirements and provides exemption from the RIBA Part 1. This is the first step towards qualifying as an architect.
Following on from this degree, Newcastle University offers further professional qualifications that give unconditional exemption from the RIBA and ARB examinations, taking you to qualification as a registered architect. This means you would not need to change institutions if you choose to continue your architectural education.
See The Route to becoming a Registered Architect below.
What you will studyWhat you will study
You will work with and learn from leading professionals, who will teach you how to think, not what to think.
You are introduced to the design process through a series of study visits and design projects, gradually developing your architectural thinking, skills and knowledge.
These projects increase in complexity during the degree, giving you the opportunity to showcase your growing skills.
During the degree, you will:
- work on design projects that involve a lot of manual and computer-aided drawing and model-making in our well-equipped design studio
- undertake library-based research and hands-on construction
- study topics that explore the cultural, historical and technological context of architectural design
- be inspired by leading practitioners, who deliver our 'Conversations with Practice' lecture series
- take part in study visits in the UK and abroad
You also visit another European city in Stage 2 to explore and record architectural design in another country.
Take a look at some of the recent work created by our stage 3 students.
Fully staffed model-making workshop
Our model-making workshop offers:
- a range of cutting-edge machinery
- three powerful laser cutters, CNC routers, ZCorp and Makerbot 3D printers
- advice and instruction provided by expert technical staff
Our design studios include CAD facilities and drawing boards. We have dedicated AUP Studio Space with limited access however you will have access to studio space 24/7 elsewhere in the School.
You will also benefit from:
- print facilities, including A0 and A1 plotting and an A0 scanner
- student-Run Kofi bar providing a social space for you to meet with staff and fellow students
- social study spaces with areas for work and relaxation
School of Architecture, Planning and LandscapeSchool of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
About the School
As an architecture student at Newcastle, you will join one of the largest and most dynamic Schools of its kind in Europe.
We are one of the few academic schools in the UK focusing exclusively on the built environment. Our expertise spans architecture, planning, urban design, digital architecture, urban conservation and landscape architecture, bringing breadth and depth to your study programme.
The School is located in the Quadrangle, the oldest part of the University campus.
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