Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This new course encompasses the ‘artistic’ and the ‘scientific’ to create a new generation of architects who are not only architecturally competent and environmentally aware, but also able to explore the spatial poetics with an evidence informed approach, selectively evaluate the design options and quantify building performance, environmental benefits and impact of their designs.

You will develop your creative space and form making, environmental design, technical and analytical skills, as well as your critical thinking and awareness of the wider architectural context. This course will give you professional skills which can be used both in architectural practice and in environmental design consultancy.

Half of your time on the course will be spent on studio-based design activities and half on bioclimatic, historical, cultural, socio-economic and professional studies. All modules have a strong interdisciplinary approach that highlights the added value environmental architects bring to the building industry and to society.

The course is currently pending RIBA validation, though an application for validation has been submitted. The University is confident of gaining successful validation at which point all students who have successfully completed the course will be awarded a RIBA (Part 1) validated qualification required for Professional Registration.

Course structure

Sensing the Environment

In the first year you will gain knowledge of architectural design and environmental principles which drive and enhance architectural thinking, and learn the evidence informed approach and the quantification skills enabling you to conduct spatial, environmental and energy performance evaluation of design proposals. You will acquire fundamental skills (technical, design and representation skills) through your personal experience of architectural space.

Typical subject areas covered will include:

  • Architectural and Environmental Design 1
  • History and Theory of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Environmental Design and Principles of Building Physics

Transformation and Application

You will consolidate and apply the architectural and environmental principles and skills acquired in Year 1 to a wider context, moving from the personal space to the remit of the building and its surroundings.

Typical subject areas covered will include:

  • Architectural and Environmental Design
  • Architecture, Climate, Environment and Energy
  • History and Theory of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Zero-plus Energy Building Design

Stepping out and Making

In your year-long thesis project you will focus on the design of an architectural proposition, making and testing of prototype/component, preparing you to step out into practice with confidence in architectural and environmental design and the use of various advanced building performance prediction and testing tools.

Typical subject areas will include:

  • Design and Research Brief
  • Final Thesis Project
  • Building Performance Analysis
  • Prototype fabrication and testing
  • Environmental and Energy Performance Assessment
  • Professional Practice

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – AAB with at least one A-Level at Grade B or above in Physics or Mathematics

  • International Baccalaureate – 35 points

  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – DDM

Plus, at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English, Mathematics and Science).

Plus, a good standard of numeracy and written and spoken English. Students whose secondary education has been in a language other than English, should have attained IELTS 6.5 or a Westminster-recognised equivalent.

Plus a portfolio of your own work. The portfolio of work should illustrate your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, photos, drawings, collages, modelling and 3d work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work illustrating the observation, design and making process as well as final pieces (CAD drawings or software photo manipulations need not be included). You may be asked to attend interview and present your portfolio or to submit work online.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 35 points

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Careers

Graduates of the Architecture and Environmental Design BSc will have wide career choices, which include:

  • fully qualified architect with environmental design expertise (RIBA)

  • environmental design consultant

  • a combined career as an architect (RIBA) and environmental design consultant

This course has strong links with the building industry and potential internships during the course will be provided.

High-profile architectural practice, environmental engineering and design consultancy. Architecture and Environmental Design BSc graduates can work as architectural assistants, environmental design consultant or both after graduation, and then they can become architects after the successful completion of RIBA Part 2 studies and Part 3 training. They can choose the career paths either as environmental design consultant or practice as both architect and environmental design consultant.

Recent graduates from our architecture courses have gone on to work for prestigious practices including:

  • Wilkinson Eyre

  • Foster and Partners

  • Grimshaw Architects

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  • 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

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Student work

See work from our Architecture and Interiors students in the catalogue for our end-of-year exhibitions.

OPEN 2016 catalogue

OPEN 2016 catalogue

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Architecture and Interiors

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Meet the academic

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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

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (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

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Facilities

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.

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