Make your mark on the landscape and learn how to succeed in architectural practice, with our Architects Registration Board prescribed degree course.
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) Architecture at ARU, you’ll gain the theoretical, technical and design skills to do this – and to work as a professional architect.
Our course has been recommended for Part 1 Candidate Course Status, subject to ratification by the RIBA Education Committee.
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.
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.
Give your imagination free rein. Master different media, tools and skills as you create original pieces of work.
WORK AS A TEAM
Strengthen your creative work – and your teamworking skills – through peer-to-peer learning in our studios.
TEST YOUR IDEAS
Hands-on learning is at the heart of our course. Let your work grow, change and take shape as ideas emerge.
EXHIBIT YOUR WORK
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.
Professor of Architecture
Lecturer Practitioner in Architecture
Lecturer Practitioner in Architecture
Course Group Leader for Architectural Technology, Senior Lecturer
Course Leader for Town Planning, Faculty Director of Research Students
Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology
Deputy Head of School: Architecture and Planning
Senior Research Fellow, Future Cities
Senior Lecturer and course leader for 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.
Whichever path interests you most, you can be sure that you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, who help us review what we teach and how we teach it – offering hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
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.
"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."
BA (Hons) Architecture student and founder of the ARU Architecture SocietyMegan's story
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