Architecture - BA (Hons) - ARB/RIBA Part 1

Architects imagine new environments and breathe new life into existing buildings. Architecture helps to build communities and improve our surroundings; it has the capacity to change lives.


Explore the relationship between people and spaces, and focus on how people want to live, work and relax in the 21st century. Our course provides a balance of theory, design work and professional experience. It’s not just about creating beautiful buildings; you'll lead on projects, solve complex problems and learn to communicate your ideas.

Your course

The BA in Architecture is the first step towards qualifying as an architect. Studying regeneration, sustainability, landscape, community, and urban life, you’ll develop the practical design skills needed within the profession.

Our specialist studio spaces act as a hub for you to develop your creative and critical ideas, as well as important architectural skills. You are encouraged to be creative and experiment through models, drawings and digital representation - gaining confidence through your project work. You'll share ideas, review other students' work, and begin to develop your personality as a designer.

With a mixture of teaching through lectures, seminars, workshops and design tutorials, our course gives you the skills that industry looks for. You’ll benefit from practical involvement with local architects and projects, engaging with real-world ideas, and you have the chance to take part in a mentoring scheme with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

As one of the most successful schools of architecture in the UK, we have strong connections with construction industry bodies and professional practice, including:

  • Farrells
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Purcell
  • Guy Hollaway
  • Arup

Our graduates work in professionally respected architectural practices across the world, and have also followed careers in professions related to design, graphics and visualisation.

Specialist facilities

Based on our campus in the historical and architecturally diverse city of Canterbury, you will have access to excellent facilities to support your studies and research. Our open-plan studios are at the creative heart of our teaching. They are a place where you can work on projects, share ideas and inspire each other.

The Digital Crit Space provides a formal and interactive environment for sharing work and getting feedback. It is also used to present finished work.

Our specialist facilities include:

  • modern design workshops
  • dedicated model workshops
  • laser-cutting facilities
  • computer studio and labs
  • digital hub
  • Digital Crit Space for presenting designs, including 75” Clevertouch screens
  • an excellent library collection of books, journals and electronic resources.

Superb student experience

Our optional field study tours complement your studies. In recent years, students have visited Europe, India and the USA (note that field trips can involve extra costs not covered by your tuition fees). You might also opt to study abroad for a term in your second year.

Our School is a vibrant and forward-thinking community and we encourage debate through a range of events including guest lectures, research seminars, exhibitions, conferences and symposia, which our students attend.

Many of our students join the Kent Architectural Students Association (KASA). It is run by students and organises social events, design competitions, and contributes to the School’s weekly guest lecture series inviting renowned industry practitioners from around the world.

Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level


  • medal-empty GCSE

    Mathematics grade C

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.

  • medal-empty International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall or 16 at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Design/Art and Design module (plus 50% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 4/C or equivalent ).

All candidates need to provide confirmation of i) observational skills ii) artistic, conceptual and creative thinking and iii) analyses of colour, form and space.

All applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio as part of their application. For further guidance regarding portfolio requirements, please see:

The ideal applicant will have a record that reflects a broad academic aptitude. Although not compulsory, an art qualification (eg A Level in Fine Art or IB in Visual Art) would be extremely useful. GCSE Mathematics Grade C is also required.

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.