UWE Bristol

BA Hons Architecture and Planning with Foundation Year

This degree is unique because it's accredited by both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), as well as the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Why study architecture and planning?

Applying architectural design to city planning creates more humane and sustainable environments.

A new kind of designer is emerging one who understands planning and architecture, while responding to people, context and sustainability needs.

There is a high demand for highly creative architect-planners who are able to design from the scale of a door-handle to a city.

Why UWE Bristol? 

BA(Hons) Architecture and Planning is unique because it's accredited by both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

This is one of five courses that cover different specialisms in architecture. We produce sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings.

The degree will build your creativity and develop your talent for finding solutions to a full range of realistic briefs. It will show you how to integrate technology seamlessly into design ideas and give you the confidence and skills to work in top architecture and planning practices. 

Gain broad-based knowledge and skills in architecture and planning. Work on conceptual and practical projects across different themes.

Learn computer-assisted design (CAD), drawing, modelling and mapping. Assess urban design on day trips and residential field trips.

Study in Europe for a year on our established Erasmus programme and gain valuable real-world experience that increases your employability.

Apply your learning on a year-long project combining the masterplanning of a complex urban area with rigorous brief development and research, all leading to a final architectural design project.

Work on a six-week agency project in an architect's office, local planning authority, or other appropriate organisation. Collaborate with students across related disciplines in an approach reflecting industry.

Where can it take me?

With a joint professional qualification, you'll be sought after by employers in the UK and abroad.

As a graduate, you'll be ready for a career as an architect, architect-planner, urban designer, conservationist or town planner with a background in design. Take a look at our online yearbook of student projects from our architecture and product design courses.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

With accreditation from RIBA and RTPI, you'll graduate ready for a career as an architect, architect-planner, urban designer, conservationist or town planner. 

If you choose to become an architect, you'll be able to draw on your knowledge of planning aims and techniques. This will give greater perspective and focus to your work.

Course Details

Year 0 Foundation Year

Foundation Design Studio
Foundation Design Communication
Context of Design and Development
Foundation Project in Sustainability
Foundation Engineering for Designers

Year 1

Making of Place
Healthy and Sustainable Communities
Design Studio 1.

Year 2

Future Places
Research and Design Strategies
Design Representation
Studio 2
History of Architecture.

Year 3

Planning Global Cities
Design Studio 3
Planning Theory
Collaborative Practice
Dissertation.

Final Year

Design Studio 4
Theories of Architecture Design
Agency Project
Integrated Practice Studio.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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