Colleen Laurent - Architecture BA
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.
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:
Our graduates work in professionally respected architectural practices across the world, and have also followed careers in professions related to design, graphics and visualisation.
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:
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.
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.
Please also see our general entry requirements.
Mathematics grade C
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.
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.
34 points overall or 16 at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL
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: https://www.kent.ac.uk/architecture-planning/undergraduate/portfolio-advice
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.
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.
Find out more about what it's like to study Architecture from the people who know.
Lecturers are really approachable. I wouldn’t hesitate to email them or ask if I could meet them.
Colleen Laurent - Architecture BA
The curriculum is certified by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), so you know without question that you’re on the right track.
Prinka Anandawardhani - Architecture BA
The studio culture is essentially a melting pot of creativity – that’s how I’d describe it.
Edward Powe - Architecture BA
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The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
The following course-related costs are not included in your tuition fees:
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The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, studio-based work and field study trips. You also attend tutorials, seminars, small group discussions and one-to-one design sessions, giving you a range of feedback opportunities to improve their skills.
Our dedicated student workshop is run by experienced model makers and is equipped with a CNC router as well as a comprehensive collection of workshop equipment, laser-cutting facilities and access to an electronics workshop.
You also have the exclusive use of our digital workshop which enables you to explore aspects of 3D scanning, printing and modelling; using cutting-edge technology; from point-cloud 3D capture to fused deposition modelling 3D prototypes. We hold seven hobbyist 3D printers and three high-end 3D scanners, to enhance our experimental approach throughout the process and development of an architectural design brief.
You spend approximately 1,200 hours each academic year studying for your degree. On average, 60% of your time is spent in an activity led by an academic. The rest of your time is for independent study. Typically, this will involve design project work, reading, essay writing, technology and environment coursework.
Your independent study is supported by excellent facilities including the library, architecture studios, architecture workshop, digital workshop and digital crit space.
We offer a mentoring scheme in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as well as practical involvement with local architects and projects. You also have access to academic advisors, academic peer mentoring, drop-in sessions, skills workshops and software specific workshops and training.
The University’s learning advisory service offers support and guidance to enhance your study skills. Our student support service helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities or learning difficulties.
Our School has an enthusiastic team of academic staff with many years of teaching experience at degree level, and strengths in historical, environmental, technical and digital aspects of the subject. Our lecturers are respected practitioners within the field and many are active researchers contributing to contemporary debates through their publications. Learn more by visiting our staff profiles.
Assessment is by a portfolio of work, which includes design project coursework, written assignments and examinations, alongside research papers and technical reports. We place particular emphasis on sketchbooks and notebooks assembled over the academic year, which contribute to your own personal development plan.
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. Typical assessment breakdown:
Stage 1 assessments do not contribute to your final degree. Stage 2 counts towards 20% of your final degree and Stage 3 counts towards 80% of your final degree classification.
Find out more about how undergraduate courses work.
You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. In design-based modules, feedback is given throughout the year in design tutorials.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
Architecture at Kent was ranked 16th in The Complete University Guide 2021 and The Times Good University Guide 2021.
Architecture at Kent was ranked 16th in The Times Good University Guide 2021 and 7th for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
Architecture at Kent was ranked 1st for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2021.
Many of our graduates go on to work in well-known architectural practices, such as:
Our graduates have also followed careers in professions related to design, graphics and visualisation.
Kent School of Architecture and Planning has links to professional practices and this network is very useful to students when looking for work in an architectural practice. You are encouraged to network at our events, and we run special sessions to help you with writing your CV.
The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
To qualify as a professional architect requires a specific route of study and work experience.
You graduate with an excellent grounding in architectural knowledge and a range of professional skills in:
To help you to appeal to employers, you also develop key transferable skills in:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
The BA (Hons) Architecture (Part 1) and MArch (Part 2) programmes are fully prescribed by the ARB and have been validated by RIBA for the maximum period.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.
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