Students in an architecture studio

School of Architecture

Interested in studying architecture at ARU? Find out more about preparing your portfolio and how to apply for one of our degree courses.

Welcome to the School of Architecture. Our architecture, architectural technology and town planning students graduate with industry-driven skills that will help shape the built environment of the future.

Both our Architecture and Architectural Technology courses give you the chance to go on site visits and study trips. You can also choose to take a placement year in industry.

Every year we hold a Summer Exhibition in Chelmsford to showcase final-year students' work. We invite industry professionals and employers along, and it's also open to the public.

Meanwhile, our MSc Town Planning is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. You can progress to full Chartered status two years after you graduate.

This page will tell you more about applying to study at ARU, including tips on preparing your portfolio.


I'm interested in studying Architecture. Do I need to prepare a portfolio?
Yes, for our BA (Hons) Architecture degree we'll ask you to prepare a portfolio of about seven images.

Take a look at the images on this page to gather some inspiration.

Do I need a portfolio for Architectural Technology or Town Planning?
You don't need to submit a portfolio for our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology or MSc Town Planning.

How to apply

Visit our course pages to find out more about how to apply and entry requirements.

If you have any questions about building your portfolio or the next steps in your application, email for information.