London South Bank University


Building a great future

Our accredited highly creative degree offers students a wide foundation of architectural knowledge. You will learn to draw, model, write, and, above all, define and solve problems that have a genuine social purpose, and directly improve people’s lives. Studying in detail exploration of design; review of the histories and theories of architecture; investigation into structures, construction, and design for sustainability; and an introduction to the necessary skills for professional practice.

The first year welcomes everyone into a large studio space, which is then divided into groups working on principles of architectural design and creative practices. Year 01 design studio focuses on sketching, model-making, drawing, site, and building visits.  Once you have completed your first year of study, you’ll have a wide choice of design studios to choose from where you learn about the many different approaches to architecture and design, whilst working with your peers and independently.

In year 2 you will work on three architectural design projects throughout the year, each with specific themes and context for you to research and explore. In year 03, you will engage with more complex design studio projects, with more time to resolve detailed design solutions, linked to technology and structures.

LSBU architecture is about allowing you as a student to determine your interests and find your voice. When you graduate, you’ll receive your RIBA Part I and be ready to start the first stage of professional practical experience in an office before progressing to RIBA part 2 postgraduate study.

Why Architecture at LSBU?

  • Our central London location is a great place from which to build professional networks – opportunities are concentrated in London and sosoutheastngland.
  • Our roots the in London Council School of Building (1904) and Brixton School of Building (1940) mean that LSBU has been offering architectural education for over 100 years.
  • Professional accreditation – the course is fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBC


  • BTEC National Diploma DDM


  • Access to HE qualifications with 15 Distinctions 30 Merits


  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points (must include an art or design subject)
  • We require a portfolio of work to be submitted.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0




    Cambridge Proficiency




    Advanced Grade C.

Career Prospects

LSBU offers a range of services to help students prepare for a successful career. These include free employability workshops, an online board, Job Shop advisers, and a Careers Hub. Additionally, the Student Enterprise team can help students start their own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills. Architecture offers more varied skills and employability than almost any other professional subject, and our central London location is the perfect place to find inspiration, build professional networks and take advantage of work experience opportunities.

Course Details

This creative course provides a design-focused education that emphasises considered design of our environment through engagement with contemporary material, social, and environmental issues. It focuses on developing individual design creativity and imagination through live projects, field trips, site and building visits, and digital fabrication facilities. Students will be required to participate in design studio crits, reviews, lectures, workshops, seminars, and 1:1 tutorials. They will be encouraged to engage in staff practice and research interests and work in teams that include practitioners, specialists, visiting architects, and critics from a range of related disciplines. Our strong links with professional practice are supported by our Architecture Advisory Board, apprenticeship programmes, and our LSBU Architecture Open Lecture Series.

Year 1

Design 101
Design 102
Design 103
Cultural context 1
Technology 1
Communication 1: drawing and digital media

Year 2

Design 201: experimental media
Design 202
Design 203
Cultural context 2
Technology 2
Communication 2: digital design

Year 3

Design 301
Design 302
Design 303: integrated design project
Cultural context 3
Technology 3
Professional practice
Key subject areas
Technology and environment
Cultural context
Professional practice

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