The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Architecture

Why choose this course?

The aim of this course is to challenge you to explore your creative design capabilities whilst exploiting traditional and modern technologies and materials for the development of the current and future Built Environment. Throughout your study, you will explore how architecture can shape national and international communities and culture, including developing a deep understanding of the responsibility to create sustainable solutions.

Each level of the course is centred on the design studio and this gives you the opportunity to engage with real world projects and put theory into practice. In total, half of the course is based around design projects, where assessment is undertaken through the submission of design portfolios. Working within a studio environment will allow you to develop vocational architectural skills and develop your intellectual capabilities to explore theory and critically evaluate your work and that of others.

Our rich heritage with emerging technologies will equip you for the modern construction industry. Our expertise in the field of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and visualisation techniques along with their integration into the curriculum, will position you to exploit this exciting new approach to the worldwide construction sector.

Our strong international links will provide you with the opportunity to develop design skills that draw from a range of cultures and identities. Study trips will support this element of your learning and assist you in relating culture to theory and how these can be included in your design projects.

What happens on the course?

Year 1, Level 4

In the first year students are asked to explore the human scale of Architecture. Starting from their experience they are guided to improving their knowledge. History, communication and technological skills are provided to deliver their first designs.

Modules:

Architectural Communication (20 credits)

Design Studio Principles of Architectural Design (20 credits)

Materials Construction and Structure (20 credits)

History & Theories of Architecture (20 credits)

Design Studio Designing for an individual client (40 credits)

Year 2, Level 5

In the second year the exploration moves to the urban scale of Architecture. The investigation of architecture is now led through the relation between human being, Architecture and the City through theory and design. Sustainability and technological aspects are explored to improve design viability.

Modules:

City & urbanism (20 credits)

Designing for climate and building science (20 credits)

Advanced Materials Construction & Structure (20 credits)

Design Studio Integrating Technology (20 credits)

Design Studio Integrating Urban Design (40 credits)

Year 3, Level 6

In the third year students put their knowledge together with a holistic approach. Sustainability and re-development are explored to give them a wider Architecture experience. Final dissertation and final design are the platforms to express the gained knowledge. Architectural practice and management studies are delivered to prepare them for the placement year.

Modules:

Special Studies Dissertation (20 credits)

Professional practice & management (20 credits)

Design Studio Sustainable/zero carbon design (20 credits)

Design Studio Integrating Comprehensive Design (20 credits)

Design Studio Major Project (20 credits)

During the whole course a vertical studio approach fosters student to lean for their peers. In this studio environment critical approach to architectural theory and IT skills are supported through specific sessions. 55% of all assessed work is undertaken as design studio projects.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course builds on the rich heritage of Wolverhampton and its unique geographic position within the Black Country region of the UK, seen by many as the birthplace of the industrial revolution.

The course provides you with a fully engaging design based education and will allow you to explore your architectural design abilities through studio-based learning. In addition to developing your creative capabilities, this course will draw on our rich technological history to allow you to integrate design with the latest emerging technology for the development of buildings that excite the user and shape the local, national and international urban environment. Sustainability features heavily in all aspects of the course and this underlying ethos will feature throughout your studies, ensuring that you design for a built environment that leaves a positive legacy.

Our proven track record of research and industry engagement in the field of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and advanced visualisation/modelling technologies is embedded into the course. As you develop your knowledge of the design process, the use of these tools will position you at the cutting edge of today’s global construction industry, enabling you to model and manage the full spectrum of design information

Career path

Subject to anticipated full validation by the RIBA and the award of an honours degree students should be able to commence the post part one work experience (with logbook) prior to commencing their Part 2 studies in Architecture.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to;

Through analysis of user requirements and current knowledge, you will have the ability to generate and effectively communicate comprehensive architectural designs through a range of media, taking into account aesthetics, technical building requirements and environmental impact

You will evaluate and articulate the cultural histories and aesthetic theories of architecture, including how the arts can influence and inform architectural design. You will then implement this knowledge in the development of design concepts.

You will understand the role of the architect as a professional within the construction industry, including their legal responsibilities to operate within standards and codes, the requirement to maintain professional development and their relationship to others within the sector.

You will develop a systematic understanding of how to develop comprehensive design briefs and manage projects to meet complex client/user requirements, ensuring that financial, environmental, social, and economic sustainability techniques are applied to the overall project

You will critically evaluate the role of architecture within the broader domain of urban design, understanding the relationship between people, buildings and communities and how current legislation impacts on the development of the built environment in a national and global context

You will demonstrate the ability to synergise aesthetic form with engineering and material constraints surrounding structure, including critically analysing alternative systems to specify safe, sustainable and cost effective solutions.

Who accredits this course?

This course is ARB (Architects Registration Board) Part 1 prescribed and RIBA Validation being sought.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4. No equivalences are accepted.

PLUS EITHER

  • A minimum of grade ABB or AAC from A level
  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM
  • Level 4 HNC in a relevant subject discipline with minimum Merit
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

All applicants will be required to attend an interview, where a portfolio of your work will be reviewed and you will have the opportunity to visit our excellent facilities. More information on what we expect from a portfolio can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/school-of-architecture-and-built-environment/portfolio-tips/

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

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