Make your mark on landscapes of the future with our Chelmsford-based Architecture BA (Hons) degree course. You’ll gain the creative and technical skills you’ll need to produce architectural drawings and to analyse, research and develop briefs. You’ll develop design concepts in our model making studios, and have the chance to display your work in our Summer Exhibition and take a placement year. With this Architects Registration Board Part 1 prescribed course you’ll be taking your first step towards a career as an architect.
From the design of a family home to an entire city, architects shape the world in which we live. Our BA (Hons) Architecture degree course delivers the creative and technical skills you’ll need to help transform our built environment and succeed in architectural practice.
While studying your Architecture degree at ARU, we’ll help you to consider the cultural, environmental, technological, social, legal, economic and regulatory contexts of architecture. You’ll learn about its history, and explore the design of buildings as well as the technical and managerial skills needed to turn them into reality. You’ll consider ‘buildability’, sustainability and how to meet human needs in building design. You’ll learn how to produce architectural drawings, and to analyse, research and develop briefs.
Architects have to switch effectively between being an artist, designer, planner, communicator, manager and leader. We’ll make sure you learn to reason logically, communicate clearly and read critically. You’ll become a creative problem-solver who can work independently and as a team member.
In preparation for a career in professional practice, you’ll cover business and management as well as inter-relationships in the construction industry. You’ll be well prepared to contribute to the running of a successful practice.
At our end-of-year Summer Exhibition, you’ll have the chance to display your work to the public.
Each year the School of Architecture organises a European study trip. There is a cost associated with participating in the study visit, which typically lasts for five days. During the visit, students and staff experience another culture and see how this is represented through both historic and contemporary architecture and in the city's urban planning. Recent study visits have included trips to Lisbon, Venice, Rome, Vienna, and the Netherlands.
Our course has been Prescribed (Part 1) by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This means that when you complete our course you'll have fulfilled the first part of the three-part process required to become a registered architect in the United Kingdom.
Foundation year option
You have the option to study this course as a four-year degree with foundation year. In your first year you'll study with our partner, ARU College on our Cambridge campus. After that:
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
The demand for skilled architecture graduates is expected to grow rapidly over the next ten years.
Our course prepares you for a career in architectural practice. You could also choose to work in associated areas such as town planning, surveying, engineering, property, and building conservation. You’ll have gained creative and practical skills, such as computer-aided design, which will make you stand out from the crowd.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies afterwards, we offer a wide range of related full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Town Planning
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. These will include design projects, presentations, timed assignments, exams and coursework.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Additional study information
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement between years 2 and 3. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement, using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Small model making tools, modelling materials and printing - £150+
Large format printing and stationary - £150+
Contribution to field trip to a European city (subsidised) - £250
Building Site Safety boots - £30-50 (must be boots that cover the ankle)
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
Entry requirements for foundation year study at ARU College:
ARU students who start the BSc (Hons) Architecture with Foundation Year are taught by ARU College for the first year (level 3) of the course. On successful completion of level 3 students continue onto the second year of the BSc (Hons) Architecture course. Students may be able to transfer from that on to the BA (Hons) Architecture following successful completion of ALL level 4 modules. To transfer, you must achieve a minimum mark of 40% for each element of each module. Students who are not eligible for transfer may remain on the BSc (Hons) Architecture course.
You’ll need to provide a portfolio of your work to show us that you have the creative abilities needed to become a successful architect. You should give consideration to layout and presentation, and include images that demonstrate your ability to draw, paint, design, make models, take photographs, sculpt and compose.
We’ll be looking at your ability to draw accurately and to ‘think through drawing’. We’ll want to see you using a variety of media creatively, showing your design sensibility. We’ll be looking for your ability to make accurate models, show a critical eye, create in 3D, and curate your work into a portfolio.
You’ll need to demonstrate your interest in the world around you, particularly related to buildings and architecture. We’ll also want evidence that you’ve visited and sketched examples of both historic and contemporary architecture, providing a short sentence on why you chose to visit that particular building, or what you find inspiring about it.
All documentary images should be good quality, and convey your abilities as well as possible.
Digital portfolios should be formatted as a single PDF, with multiple images and supporting information or text to explain the work. If this is problematic, a series of single jpeg images can be sent, although the size of each file must not exceed 2MB. Images should be numbered, with supporting information giving the title, medium, date, scale and dimensions as appropriate.
If you're submitting a hard-copy portfolio, it should include up to 30 items (original work where possible) and preferably be A2 size (depending on the nature of the work). Include good-quality, well-presented supporting information and include sketchbooks, notebooks and preparatory studies.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, full-time with placement undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
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