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A foundation year is a great way to take your first step to becoming a qualified Architect, this programme will help you develop your design skills, technical capability and portfolio in order to enrol on our Architecture BA and realise your ambition.
Architects imagine new environments and think about how people want to live in the 21st century. They consider how those environments can be created to achieve a sustainable future. If you have vision, enjoy challenging yourself and are looking to kick-start your career, study architecture at Kent.
Choose our RIBA and ARB-accredited course to explore the relationship between people and spaces on a degree that balances technical skills, 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.
We also have modern design studios, dedicated model workshops featuring laser-cutting facilities, a computer studio and labs.
of Kent Architecture graduates were in graduate-level jobs or further study 15 months after graduation. (The Guardian University Guide 2023).
Take the first step towards qualifying as an architect on our degree course accredited by RIBA and ARB.
The United Nations 17 sustainability goals inform all your project briefs at Kent, helping you to build a sustainable world.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact us for further advice.
Mathematics grade C
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
All candidates need to provide confirmation of i) observational skills ii) artistic, conceptual and creative thinking and iii) analyses of colour, form and space.
As part of your application to study at Kent, you will need to submit a portfolio. See further guidance regarding portfolio requirements.
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.
This module listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
The Foundation Year comprises three modules totalling 120 credits.
This module provides an introduction to research, ideas generation, experiment speculative thought, and the communication of ideas. It encourages dialogue; independent reflective & critical learning and fosters a studio culture. You’ll explore and think about different forms of creative thinking and practice. Through a series of short projects, you’ll develop key skills in observation, investigation, experimentation, interpretation, documentation, and communication, particularly within a chosen discipline.
This module offers the opportunity to try different disciplines. This part of the Foundation Year is about further interdisciplinary exploration and experimentation. You’ll explore and think about different forms and ways of creative thinking and practice. Through a series of short projects, you’ll develop key skills in observation, investigation, experimentation, interpretation, design thinking, documentation, and communication of your work. Some projects will align closely with your chosen specialist discipline, and some with other disciplines, to help you become a multi-skilled and versatile and critical creative practitioner. Key skills developed may include freehand drawing, the basic principles of construction of objects, making maquettes, and photography. Key output is a holistic portfolio that captures your process and product, and may also include within it, a manifesto, and a reflective journal.
The curation and exhibition of your combined Foundation ‘Art and Design Portfolio’ outputs from ‘Creative Exploration’ & ‘Developing Specialist Practice’ Modules (academic content of those other modules is assessed in those modules – the exhibition element of this module is about the editing, publication, and curation of an exhibition of your work independent of the marks in other modules), together with a reflective essay and professional practice journal (PPJ). Students will maintain a PPJ evidencing knowledge and awareness of Professional Practice and its relationship to the final submission of work (the exhibition). This will include evidence of the independent professional skills that are implemented in producing the show proposal, time & resource planning and other events and reflexive commentary on core ‘PPD’ skills. This can also include CVs, web sites, evidence of developing professional practice i.e.: ambassador, outreach, workshop and other related activities. The Reflective Essay is a personal theoretical critique of your foundation year that situates your work in the context of your chosen and other creative disciplines, and the work of other creative practitioners.
Our BA in Architecture is the first step towards qualifying as an architect. You study regeneration, sustainability, landscape, community and urban life and develop the practical design skills needed within the profession.
This module introduces the student to the 'design project' and how to interpret and analyse a brief. The project will investigate spatial concepts, and will examine various types of spatial enclose, scale and function.
Building on their experience gained in the autumn term this module deepens students' understanding of the design of interior and exterior space by the investigation and design of environments that confront the senses and where the integration of the sensory range is paramount. The potential of different materials within a design proposition is addressed. The module addresses the further awareness of the integration of function, aesthetics, technology and comfort within a design proposal. It also addresses the incorporation of vertical movement within a design proposal.
Aspects of the Technology & Environment curriculum covered in this module include the fundamentals of the external envelope, the thermal environment, human comfort, artificial light, and natural ventilation. An important aspect includes the weathering of materials, and an introduction to building services-plumbing, electrical, etc.
Students will explore these technical and environmental aspects in the context of a design project, providing students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the complexity of technical integration in architecture at a small scale. Moreover, students will experience the relationship between theory and practice and technical/environmental design.
The concept of building type is crucial in developing an understanding of the built environment as a coherent endeavour. Recurrent plan types are important in establishing order in architecture and interiors. Equally, divergence from the norm is important in rethinking established spatial types. The most ubiquitous building type is the house, and its analysis comprises the essence of this module. We shall be studying the house as an example of vernacular design, as a response to the particular environment of a region, as well as analysing key examples of the modern house. By this means, the key periods and events in the development of modernism may be charted. Students will gain an understanding of the modern house by reading relevant literature and architectural drawings and photographs, in addition to making scale models of particular houses, and writing illustrated essays.
This module introduces the principles and skills needed to communicate design aspirations throughout the design process. Developing the use of freehand drawing, modelmaking, draughting, digital representation and presentation skills, this module provides a communications foundation upon which subsequent design and theory modules rest.
Through the encouragement of experimentation and investigation, the acquisition of skills in recording, and engaging with, the observed environment through appropriate drawing, modelling, and a whole range of graphic systems will be tested. Emphasis is placed on the use of the sketch book and reflection in the learning process.
This course provides stage one students with an introduction into ancient and medieval architecture, predominantly Western. It will include a series of weekly lectures based on different key episodes in architectural history, supplying the students with both the historical information that will form the foundation for their future studies, as well as with a grasp of basic architectural concepts and ways of discussing and presenting them. Typical forms of historic building technologies will be discussed, together with their relevance to current technologies.
The key concepts of sustainable design are introduced. An awareness of the distinction between structural and non-structural elements in buildings is taught. Lectures and workshops on structures and basic constructional techniques are also introduced along with the study of the environmental factors of natural light, with reference to their impact upon building interiors. The palette of building materials is outlined, conveying both their sensory impact as well as their physical properties. An awareness of the prime means of placing and fixing different materials in addition to the aesthetic and technical aspects of joining materials.
Lecturers are really approachable. I wouldn’t hesitate to email them or ask if I could meet them.Colleen Laurent, Architecture BA
Explore the breadth of architecture and design within its historical, cultural and social context. You'll develop your ability to create and use physical models, computer and 3D drawings and gain an understanding of the influence of environmental design technology on the modern built environment.
This module introduces students to urban design, focussing on housing as a building type. It takes place in two stages, the first being to plan a group of buildings, possibly in an urban context, and the second to develop the design of one of the individual housing blocks comprising multiple units. Students will examine the various typologies of collective dwellings and investigate alternative ways in which these can be combined to form urban blocks. In preparation for this module students will explore some of the principles and theories of urban design and apply some of these in their projects. The principles of sustainability will be examined in the context of energy and environmental assessment methods, and the use of appropriate construction techniques will be explored. Students will develop both digital and hand-drawn presentation and communication techniques.
Students will explore passive means of environmental control to achieve comfort in different climates. Vernacular precedents of passive design will be examined and distinguished from the cultural influences on design in different cultures. The concept of exterior and interior climates will be critically investigated and students will develop a good understanding of the microclimate created by cities, landscapes, groups of building and individual structures. The influence of materials, form and construction on environmental performance will be examined with reference to precedents and benchmarks. Specific techniques and methodologies for climate analysis and environmental design will be learned and applied.
The assignment concerns the development of environmental design strategies that are to be integrated appropriately into the design work of the concurrent module Architecture and Landscape. Students will demonstrate how they have provided for fresh air to move through the main building of Architecture and Landscape, as well as how they have exploited passive resources for cooling, temperature control, solar gain and the control of solar gain, both in the summer and winter and for the daytime and night-time. The integration of these into the main building of Architecture and Landscape will take heed of the functions of the spaces and their disposition and be arranged for good efficacy. Students will concisely describe the rationale of the environmental strategies and explain the operation of any technology used in realizing these strategies and illustrate this with appropriate plans and cross-sections.
This module addresses the developments in architecture from the early fifteenth century to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The cultural context of the time will be studied by outlining the socio-economic conditions, the new attitudes to knowledge, arts, history and architecture. Architectural treatises of the early Renaissance and the related developments in the practices of painting and sculpture will be brought into the consideration in order to highlight specific innovation and dynamics of architecture. The underlying conditions of the movements known as Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo and Neo-classicism will be addressed and relevant buildings, objects of art, architectural texts and dominant narratives will be studied. Landscape design will be discussed through the comparative analysis between the formal landscape design and the phenomenon of the picturesque. The architecture of symbolism and utopianism is also considered. The eighteenth-century organization of life and labour, the emerging spaces of production, as well as the establishment of the academies, museums, and other institutions will be addressed, in order to highlight the way in which these phenomena contributed to the rise of the architectural profession and the building guilds. Typical forms of historic building technologies will be discussed, together with their relevance to current technologies..
This design module integrates concerns for structure, construction and form in the process of architectural design. The objective is to help and to encourage students to design with each of these subject areas simultaneously informing the others.
A series of lectures and seminar group exercises will introduce students to the principles of structural design including structural typologies; loads and forces; simple beam bending theory; mechanics of materials; and structural geometry. Students will be presented with strategies and qualitative methods of structural analysis which will support the activities of the module. Basic structural theory and the study of form and construction will be consistently related to real buildings, structures and materials.
This course will enable the student to learn through a series of detailed thematic and historical investigations how a number of specific important aspects and events in architectural history have changed the way in which we experience the built environment and, also, to appreciate the responsibility of all architects and designers towards the societies in which they live. Its focus is the nineteenth century. Students will be assessed in the form of an examination which will draw on material researched through guided casework study. Typical forms of historic building technologies will be discussed, together with their relevance to current technologies.
This course focuses upon the relationship of landscape and architectural, particularly through the siting of a building, site planning, and elementary planting design and landscape detailing. The design project is treated as a totality, with architecture and landscape fully integrated both spatially and conceptually. The building brief is of moderate complexity, following sustainable principles relating to the Climate module. The history and theory of landscape architecture is covered in a series of accompanying lectures. Lectures and workshops with landscape architects and others introduce students to the contemporary profession of landscape architecture, techniques of landscape representation, and to the dynamics of professional team work with related disciplines. Computer drawing, 2D and 3D, is also taught in this module, and students present aspects of their design scheme using these methods.
Our partner university choices are subject to change year to year in response to student feedback and innovation.
The year abroad is a fantastic opportunity for architecture students. Studying abroad can help to expand your perspective on design and enhance your employability. In previous years, students have studied at Virginia Tech in the US and École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille.
The Year in Computing is a free-standing, self-contained year and can be taken after stage two or three (that is, between your second and final year), or after your final year. You can take a Year in Computing if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Kent, studying another non-computing degree programme.
You can only apply for the Year in Computing once you are a student at Kent.
In your final year, you bring together your knowledge and experience in a final major design project, exploring your architectural interests through a dissertation or artefact project.
This module engages students with the professional practice of architecture. Assignments will review and analyse a design project from the perspective of professional practice. A series of lecture and seminars introduce students to the subjects of professional ethics, planning and building law, practice management, and building information modelling (BIM).
This module explores the application of sustainability theory to the practice of urban design. Engaging students in the redesign of an existing urban locality, the module provides an opportunity to investigate sustainable design strategies that address today's environmental, social, and economic challenges. The project starts with a critical analysis of the structure, organisation, and function of the chosen locality, as well as the current design of its streets, squares and urban blocks. This analysis serves as a basis for urban design proposals for the redevelopment of the chosen locality.
Explore the potential of adaptive, mixed-use developments, urban infill, and the creation of new urban spaces, these proposals will tackle sustainability goals including the mitigation of the effects of climate change, the reduction of energy use through the promotion of walkability, the optimisation of the urban microclimate, the enhancement of social equity, the economic use of land, the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, and the respect of existing cultural heritage. Relevant models and strategies will be explored through a series of lectures, seminars, and tutorials, which will provide an overview of place-making theories, introducing distinctive contemporary urban plans, analysing their historical provenance, regulatory, historical, theoretical, ergonomic, and aesthetic principles.
Workshops and tutorials will also cover the technical and environmental specification of sustainable urban design at various scales, focusing on detailed landscaping proposals with an emphasis on sustainable urban drainage, planting and greenery, material specifications, vehicular and traffic management and public space and pedestrian use. Linking sustainability theory to urban design practice, this module cultivates a holistic understanding of the role of contemporary sustainability agendas in reshaping modern cities.
This module focuses on the detailed design of a significant new piece of architecture that responds to the existing urban fabric and aligns with sustainable urban development goals. The module assesses a student's capabilities, skills, knowledge and understanding of the relationships and intersections between new building work and a broader urban and cultural context. Three key design skills will be demonstrated: the integration of the conflicting demands surrounding a proposal that successfully balances the requirements of client, user and the public with the social and environmental pressures encountered; a sensitive integration of a new building within an existing urban fabric, and the successful integration of technical and environmental design aspects with formal and functional propositions. This architectural design project addresses sustainability, regulatory, historical, theoretical, ergonomic, spatial, formal and aesthetic principles of architectural design.
This module offers students the scope to learn and investigate topics at the centre of the architectural debate over the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Students will be introduced to key themes and relevant cultural and theoretical contexts. The geographic scope is worldwide, the historical scope is not limited to the 20th & 21st centuries, and topics can be wide and varied, to be agreed with individual Advisors.
This module will run in parallel with Module ARCH5580 Architectural Design and focuses on the various technological and environmental aspects associated with the comprehensive design project. The module explores contemporary construction techniques and structural systems together with environmental strategies and current Building Regulation requirements.
Delivery will be via a series of weekly lecture followed up by practical seminar sessions where students will be encouraged to critically appraise their technical and environmental design approach with regards to aesthetic, performance and sustainability.
Demonstration of understand will be assessed via the production of a building report that illustrates their T&E response to the technical site analysis; adoption of an appropriate structural system and its construction; appropriate specification of construction materials; and conformity of their design proposal to the Building Regulations with regards to accessibility (Part M), fire safety (Part B) and environmental matters (Part L).
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.
For course aims and learning outcomes please see the course specification.
As a Kent Architecture graduate, you’ll have learnt how to be an architect through our creative studio culture. You’ll also make important connections thanks to our links with architectural industry bodies and professional practices such as:
The creative, planning and technical skills you develop at Kent prepare you for a role in an architectural practice or in a career related to planning, design, graphics or visualisation.
The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course 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 undergraduate students are £1,850.
Fees for undergraduate students 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:
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
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.
This gallery showcases the wide range of architectural and design work produced by our students.
You’ve got all the year groups mixing together in the studio, you can hear other people’s opinions and see what they’re doing and how it relates to your own work. It’s a real community.
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
We welcome applications from students all around the world with a wide range of international qualifications.
Kent is ranked top 50 in the The Complete University Guide 2023 and The Times Good University Guide 2023.
Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.