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BA (Hons) Architecture

BA (Hons) Architecture

BA (Hons) 3 Years Lincoln School of Architecture Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 320 Points K100 BA (Hons) 3 Years Lincoln School of Architecture Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 320 points K100

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University of Lincoln Excels in Architecture

The University of Lincoln’s Architecture course is in the top 20  in the UK for graduate prospects, according to The Times and Sunday Times  Good University Guide 2014.

Introduction

Design is at the heart of the BA (Hons) Architecture degree.

We are designers working in design studios to create imaginative and practical building designs. History, theory, construction and environment studios are largely integrated with design projects in the studio. The studio is a co-operative and productive environment for sharing ideas, techniques and experience which supports students in discovering their own approach to design.

The aim is to help students acquire a complete tool kit of skills for architectural design and production. From the outset, students learn to apply drawing techniques to the investigation and communication of architectural design, alongside computer-aided design and hands-on modelling and construction. Our excellent workshop facilities have laser-cutting and rapid-prototyping equipment for exploratory work supported by highly-skilled technical staff.

Our diverse teaching staff encompasses individuals with a range of international qualifications, research and experience devoted to practise-based and research-engaged teaching. The School is committed to socially and environmentally sustainable development, both locally and globally, and we aim to equip our graduates with the analytical and design skills to match up to the challenges of future architectural practice. As a setting the City of Lincoln presents the opportunity to explore design issues facing contemporary cities as well as the rural landscape.

Accreditations

All professional courses in Architecture at Lincoln are currently validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

How You Study

Level One

Level One is designed to release creative potential, explore design processes and lay a foundation of cultural and technical knowledge. Skills in drawing, computer-aided design, model-making and exhibition are developed through a series of small-scale design projects. Practical explorations of materials and construction techniques lead to adventurous designs resolved in some detail.

Level Two

Level Two develops students’ creative range, depth of knowledge, armoury of skills and professional portfolio. It addresses social, theoretical and contextual issues of living in the contemporary city. Design projects aim to build confidence in responding with imagination, humanity and concern for the environment.

Level Three

Level Three provides students with the opportunity to research, experiment and find their own voice as designers in a range of studios, each offering different themes, theories or working methods. The degree course culminates in a major project that integrates design, theoretical, technical and professional studies. Students demonstrate the synthesis of imagination and practical resolution by applying their own architectural language to a building design resolved in detail. The wide range of individual approaches is celebrated in the Final Year Degree Show.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is through design projects and associated assignments developed in small studio groups under the guidance of a tutor. There is continuous assessment throughout the course via assignments/projects in all modules.

What We Look For In Your Application

Students will be asked to submit a digital portfolio.

Why a digital portfolio?

The portfolio will give students an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and interests to us. At the same time, it will enable us to advise students on how best to prepare themselves for architectural studies at the Lincoln School of Architecture.

What to include?

The portfolio should be a personal expression of creativity, individuality, versatility and visual communication skills. We would like students to put together a portfolio of five digital images of their work.

Students should not feel limited by school curriculum or by what they think ought to appear in an architectural portfolio. They may include photography, drawings, paintings, CAD or photographs of physical models, sculpture, things they have made, constructions or work in progress. Students should select their best and most distinctive work and aim to demonstrate a range of different media or techniques.

Portfolio Tips - Select a range of work to show in the portfolio and select the best examples of each type of work.

Students should aim to demonstrate that they:

Have practical skills like pencil drawing techniques, computer-aided design drawing, photography, model-making, use of colour, perspective drawing or technical drawing.
Have developed specifically architectural interest, for instance, in a sketchbook or an album of photos of visits to cities, buildings and interiors.

Are able to take the initiative to develop interests outside of architecture. Perhaps they make things or they are a member of a band or they collect Art deco. Evidence that they can initiate and carry through projects on their own initiative is a good way to impress an interviewer. Interviewers will be as interested in what students have to say about their work as they are in the work itself. It is useful to rehearse what they are going to say. If a student cannot attend an interview and they are posting their portfolio, then it is very useful to supply a written commentary on the work.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 320 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of two A Levels (or the equivalent). In addition to the minimum of two A Levels, other qualifications such as AS Levels, the Extended Project and the ASDAN CoPE for example, will be counted towards the 320 point requirement.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English Language and Maths.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website http://lncn.eu/cdez

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Applications are welcomed from mature students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required. We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Buildable, Habitable Design

Students will develop an understanding of the principles of construction related to human habitation. This includes construction methods, material properties, legislation, climate and human comfort.

Contextual Design Projects

Students record preliminary ideas, sketches, analysis, design development, and technical research in their portfolios for discussion at tutorials and presentations. Selected elements of the design are developed in detail.

Design Process and Communication

This module helps students to understand the processes that are commonly used to organise and support study, research, analysis and studio design projects in architecture. It will also equip the student with a core of communication skills appropriate for a career in architecture.

History and Theory of Architecture and Design

This Module covers the development of architecture, art and design from ancient times through to the present. Visual research, analysis and presentation techniques are developed alongside text-based academic techniques.

Level 2

Architectural Design Projects

Students undertake design projects set by the tutor to explore principles, theories, methodologies and concepts. Appropriate working methods are introduced and guided by the tutor. The module is delivered using independent or linked design projects, one of which, because of the level of detail required, may be relatively small in scale. Projects may include housing, landscape, public buildings or the conversion of existing buildings. Defined products are required at intermediate stages and at the end of each project.

Design and Society

This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.

Integrated Design Project

This module is the culmination of the second level architectural design studies. It acknowledges a number of different approaches within architectural design. Students are required to complete a medium-scale design project that demonstrates an integrated approach to design, technology and communication. This provides a vehicle for preparing a professional CV and portfolio of work.

Sustainable Design

Students develop awareness of the principles and practise of sustainable development and environmental design. This includes understanding materials, technology, energy usage and social factors.

Level 3

Architecture Research Projects

Students demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are required to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they become more knowledgeable.

Comprehensive Design Project - Detailed Design

Students are required to develop an outline design into a fully resolved and detailed design for exhibition in the School’s Degree Show.

Comprehensive Design Project - Outline Design

The module builds on previous investigations, both formal and abstract, in brief-making and other social, political, technical, or cultural research. It encourages the student to formulate a coherent design resolution at an appropriate level of ambition and complexity. The project framework developed in this module forms the basis for a medium to large scale building or a number of medium to small scale buildings, carried through to outline design stage.

Comprehensive Design Project - Technical Studies

This module prepare the student with the relevant technical knowledge and skills expected of a graduate taking up their first post in practice. Students will develop a holistic understanding of how technology integrates with architectural design and how this relates within a comprehensive design project.

Professional Context

In today’s ever changing and highly competitive business environment, if an architectural practice is to survive, it is essential that architects have an understanding of the construction industry and the value its contribution can make to the UK economy. Architectural practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient manner. This can only be achieved by being conversant with contemporary business management strategies, coupled with an understanding of project management within the UK construction industry.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. [http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/]

Facilities

The School of Architecture is located in an award-winning building designed by Rick Mather. The School offers a quality, dynamic, multidisciplinary, 3-D design environment, founded on the research and consultancy interests of its staff.

The School also offers extensive CAD (Computer Aided Design) facilities and a well equipped model making workshop which are used widely for design projects.

Career Opportunities

The course lays the foundation for further academic or professional qualifications and is the first stage of an integrated programme of study recognised by RIBA and the ARB.

Opportunities exist in both public and private practice in areas including architecture, planning, housing and other environmental and design professions.

Careers Service

While you are at the University of Lincoln, you will have different services at your disposal that will help you best prepare for your future career.

The University's Careers & Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world. It advertises a range of graduate positions around the country.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/studentcareersservice/]

What's Included?

Printing costs: £80
Materials: £85
Portfolios/materials: £75
Portable storage: £20

At the University of Lincoln, we provide access to excellent teaching and learning facilities, library materials, laboratories, laboratory equipment, consumables and IT equipment that you would expect to find included in your tuition fee.

In addition, we cover other necessary costs associated with modules which are a compulsory part of your course. These compulsory items are included in your tuition fee.

Introduction

Design is at the heart of the University of Lincoln’s Architecture course, with activity centred on the studio where students develop a comprehensive toolkit of skills and explore architectural design processes and products.

We are designers working to create imaginative and practical building designs. Our School of Architecture is a cooperative, multidisciplinary environment for sharing ideas, which supports students in discovering their own design approach.

This academically rigorous degree places a strong emphasis on design and creativity to prepare you for a global career in architecture and related disciplines. You study the underlying concepts of architectural design and the ways in which buildings can meet the needs of occupants and of society. You learn to apply drawing techniques to the investigation and communication of architectural design, alongside computer-aided design and hands-on modelling and construction.

Accreditations

This course is the first stage of an integrated programme of study offered by the University of Lincoln that is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from part one, two and three examinations to register as an architect in the UK.

How You Study

The course is designed to release creative potential, explore design processes and lay a foundation of cultural and technical knowledge. Skills in drawing, computer-aided design, model-making and exhibition are developed through a series of design projects. Practical explorations of materials and construction techniques lead to adventurous designs resolved in some detail.

The curriculum addresses social, theoretical and contextual issues of living in the contemporary city. Design projects aim to build confidence in responding with imagination, humanity and concern for the environment.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is through design projects and associated assignments developed in small studio groups under the guidance of a tutor. There is continuous assessment throughout the course via assignments/projects in all modules.

What We Look For In Your Application

Students will be asked to submit a digital portfolio along with their application. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and interests and, at the same time, it will enable us to advise students on how best to prepare themselves for architectural studies at the Lincoln School of Architecture.

The portfolio should comprise five digital images of your work, creating a personal expression of creativity, individuality, versatility and visual communication skills.

Your portfolio may include photography, drawings, paintings, computer-aided design or photographs of physical models, sculpture, constructions or work in progress. You should select the best and most distinctive work and aim to demonstrate a range of different media and techniques.

Your portfolio should demonstrate that you have practical skills like pencil drawing, computer-aided design drawing, photography, model-making, use of colour, perspective drawing or technical drawing. It should also show some interest in architecture, for instance with sketches or photos of visits to cities, buildings and interiors.

Your portfolio may also demonstrate your willingness to take initiative, and you interests outside of architecture. Perhaps you make things, or are a member of a band, or collect something unusual. This could all be evidence that you can carry through projects independently.

At interview, we will be as interested in what you have to say about your work as in the work itself. If you cannot attend an interview and are posting the portfolio, then it is very useful to supply a written commentary on the work.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 320 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A Levels (or the equivalent). In addition to the minimum of two A Levels, other qualifications such as AS Levels, the Extended Project and the ASDAN CoPE for example, will be counted towards the 320 point requirement.

All applicants will be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language.

The University of Lincoln accepts a wide range of qualifications, including A Levels, AS Levels, the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website http://lncn.eu/cdez

Applications from mature students with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Buildable, Habitable Design

Students will develop an understanding of the principles of construction related to human habitation. This includes construction methods, material properties, legislation, climate and human comfort.

Contextual Design Projects

Students record preliminary ideas, sketches, analysis, design development, and technical research in their portfolios for discussion at tutorials and presentations. Selected elements of the design are developed in detail.

Design Process and Communication

This module helps students to understand the processes that are commonly used to organise and support study, research, analysis and studio design projects in architecture. It will also equip the student with a core of communication skills appropriate for a career in architecture.

History and Theory of Architecture and Design

This Module covers the development of architecture, art and design from ancient times through to the present. Visual research, analysis and presentation techniques are developed alongside text-based academic techniques.

Level 2

Architectural Design Projects

Students undertake design projects set by the tutor to explore principles, theories, methodologies and concepts. Appropriate working methods are introduced and guided by the tutor. The module is delivered using independent or linked design projects, one of which, because of the level of detail required, may be relatively small in scale. Projects may include housing, landscape, public buildings or the conversion of existing buildings. Defined products are required at intermediate stages and at the end of each project.

Design and Society

This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.

Integrated Design Project

This module is the culmination of the second level architectural design studies. It acknowledges a number of different approaches within architectural design. Students are required to complete a medium-scale design project that demonstrates an integrated approach to design, technology and communication. This provides a vehicle for preparing a professional CV and portfolio of work.

Sustainable Design

Students develop awareness of the principles and practise of sustainable development and environmental design. This includes understanding materials, technology, energy usage and social factors.

Level 3

Architecture Research Projects

Students demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are required to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they become more knowledgeable.

Comprehensive Design Project - Detailed Design

Students are required to develop an outline design into a fully resolved and detailed design for exhibition in the School’s Degree Show.

Comprehensive Design Project - Outline Design

The module builds on previous investigations, both formal and abstract, in brief-making and other social, political, technical, or cultural research. It encourages the student to formulate a coherent design resolution at an appropriate level of ambition and complexity. The project framework developed in this module forms the basis for a medium to large scale building or a number of medium to small scale buildings, carried through to outline design stage.

Comprehensive Design Project - Technical Studies

This module prepare the student with the relevant technical knowledge and skills expected of a graduate taking up their first post in practice. Students will develop a holistic understanding of how technology integrates with architectural design and how this relates within a comprehensive design project.

Professional Context

In today’s ever changing and highly competitive business environment, if an architectural practice is to survive, it is essential that architects have an understanding of the construction industry and the value its contribution can make to the UK economy. Architectural practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient manner. This can only be achieved by being conversant with contemporary business management strategies, coupled with an understanding of project management within the UK construction industry.

Special Features & Research Highlights

Researchers from the School are leading advances in the field of sustainable architecture, changing the way buildings are designed and constructed. Architecture staff and students, in collaboration with colleagues across the University, designed and built an interactive show garden, controlled by Twitter, which won a Gold Medal at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Competitions

Our students regularly enter and win design competitions. One student recently won the Berkeley prize, an international competition in architecture. She featured in the Eye Line
drawing competition and in the awards at the Isover
international competition for energy-efficient design.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. [http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/]

Facilities

Our award-winning Architecture Building was designed by the internationally renowned architect Rick Mather. Teaching takes place in modern studios, information technology suites and extensive workshops equipped with a range of professional resources, including rapid prototyping and laser cutting equipment.

The building design is founded on the research and consultancy interests of its staff and students. The School offers extensive CAD (Computer Aided Design) facilities, three-dimensional design environments and a well equipped model-making workshop.

Career Opportunities

This course is the first stage of an integrated programme of study offered by the University of Lincoln that is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board for exemption from part one, two and three examinations to register as an architect in the UK.

It is a launchpad for careers in architectural practice and further academic study. Our graduates can be found working all over the world in public and private practice in planning, housing and other design-based professions.

Careers Service

While you are at the University of Lincoln, you will have different services at your disposal that will help you best prepare for your future career.

The University's Careers & Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world. It advertises a range of graduate positions around the country.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/studentcareersservice/]

What's Included?

Printing costs: £80
Materials: £85
Portfolios/materials: £75
Portable storage: £20

At the University of Lincoln, we provide access to excellent teaching and learning facilities, library materials, laboratories, laboratory equipment, consumables and IT equipment that you would expect to find included in your tuition fee.

In addition, we cover other necessary costs associated with modules which are a compulsory part of your course. These compulsory items are included in your tuition fee.

Fees

2014 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £13,648 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point £114 per credit point
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2015 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,522 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point £121 per credit point
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/internationalscholarships/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.


Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.