Define what architecture can do for a sustainable life on the planet, and learn how to succeed in architectural practice, with our RIBA accredited and Architects Registration Board prescribed degree course.
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From the design of a family home to an entire city, architects help to shape the world we live in.
You’re fascinated by the built environment, and have ambitions to create spaces that are innovative, meaningful and purposeful.
By studying BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Architecture at ARU, you’ll gain the theoretical, technical and design skills to do this – and to work as a professional architect.
Our architecture studios are exciting, creative places with industry-standard equipment. Here, our experts will deliver a learner-centred and research-led approach to architecture.
You’ll become skilled in developing design concepts, experimenting with different media, and representing your ideas through drawings, physical and digital models.
But you won’t be restricted to the studio. You’ll go on site visits so you can analyse the language and style of buildings, their construction, and see projects taking shape in real life. Together, we’ll explore building design, ‘buildability’ and sustainability.
There’s also an optional European field trip each year, to cities such as Lisbon, Venice, Rome and Vienna. It’s a great chance to explore how architecture contributes to shaping our urban life.
Your future career is important so you’ll learn about the construction business and project management. We have a network of visiting designers, artists, historians and theorists who deliver workshops, lectures and tutorials. You can also choose to take a placement as part of your BA (Hons) Architecture degree, and gain industry experience.
We make sure your course is relevant to the real world, by helping you to engage ethically, politically, and sustainably with the changing landscape of the built environment, better preparing you for the world of work.
At ARU, we believe it's important to recognise our students' hard work. That's why, at the end of each academic year, we showcase and celebrate your achievements with an End of Year Show.
When you complete your degree course, you will have fulfilled the first part of the three-part process to become a registered architect in the UK.
On our BA (Hons) route, you'll study Level 4, 5 and 6 modules over three years in Chelmsford. You have the option to take a foundation (Level 3) course at ARU College in Cambridge for a year before starting the main part of the course.
On our BSc (Hons) route, you'll take a Level 3 foundation year at ARU College in Cambridge, then transfer to Chelmsford where you'll take Level 4 modules in your second year. If you pass these modules, you'll be eligible to transfer to Year 2 (Level 5) of the BA course. If you are not eligible, you'll continue on the BSc, taking our Level 5 modules in your third year.
Our ARB prescribed Architecture course has also been awarded RIBA Part 1 Full Status, unconditionally. This is subject to ratification by the RIBA Education Committee. This gives further credibility to our degrees and offers greater career prospects to our students.
Give your imagination free rein. Master different media, tools and skills as you create original pieces of work.
Strengthen your creative work – and your teamworking skills – through peer-to-peer learning in our studios.
Hands-on learning is at the heart of our course. Let your work grow, change and take shape as ideas emerge.
Take pride in your creations: showcase your work to professionals through final reviews and end-of-year exhibitions.
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At ARU you’ll be based in our School of Architecture, with use of:
Our University is renowned for its medical engineering and specialist 3D printers are available to all students.
All our architecture students can take part in:
There’s also the chance to take an optional placement year as part of this course, and gain practical work experience.
Our proximity to London allows for numerous short study and site visits, and workshops. Most second and third-year sites are in London. Some of the History and Theory modules, and live drawing and photography classes, are taught via study visits to the capital, a valuable and intellectually significant experience.
Our BA (Hons) Architecture degree is prescribed (Part 1) by the Architects Registration Board. When you complete our course you'll fulfil the first part of the three-part process to become a registered architect in the UK.
Apart from our ARB prescription, our course has been awarded RIBA Part 1 Full Status, unconditionally. This gives further credibility to our degrees and offers greater career prospects to our students.
Professor of Architecture
Lecturer Practitioner in Architecture
Lecturer Practitioner in Architecture
Senior Lecturer; Course Leader, BA/BSc (Hons) Architecture
As a graduate recognised by the Architects Registration Board, you’ll be ready to work in a range of architectural roles.
Our course prepares you for a career in architectural practice, but you could also choose to work in areas such as town planning, surveying, engineering, property, and building conservation.
By studying architecture at ARU, you’ll have gained creative and practical skills, such as computer-aided design, which will help you stand out from the crowd.
Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us, of course. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees including our MSc Town Planning. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"So far, the journey into architecture has been incredibly varied from life drawings and model-making to technical construction and calculations. Studio and design work has been supported by one-to-one tutorials. It has been a great experience."Megan
BA (Hons) Architecture student and founder of the ARU Architecture SocietyMegan's story
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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