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BA (Hons) Architecture

Minh Le Pham
College
Central Saint Martins
Start date
September 2022
Course length
Three years full-time (90 weeks)
UCAS code
K101

BA Architecture explores the spaces, places and buildings we inhabit.

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course.

Focusing on the relationships between the built environment, social interaction and material culture, we examine the role architects play in contemporary society. This course is part of the Spatial Practices programme.

BA (Hons) Architecture at Central Saint Martins is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). For further details relating to the prescription please refer directly to the ARB website.

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Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

  • Innovative practice: The course rethinks the architectural profession and imagines roles beyond traditional disciplinary limits.
  • Live projects: You will work actively with clients and commercial organisations. Recent clients have included Argent, Bloomberg, Bouygues, the Cally Festival, Camden Council, Crisis, Croydon Council, IKEA, LVMH, Peabody Thamesmead, Rapha, SPACE10 and Yamamay.
  • Validated by RIBA: Upon graduating, you will achieve Part 1 of the professional qualification required for practicing architects. This will allow you to progress to postgraduate Part 2 courses.
  • Successful alumni: BA Architecture alumni have gone on to some of the top postgraduate courses in London and beyond. Others have taken up roles in successful architectural practices. These include 5th Studio, Bjarke Ingels Group, DK-CM, Hawkins\Brown, publica, Space Syntax, Stanton Williams, Urban Projects Bureau and Zaha Hadid Architects among others.

Open days

The next open day for this course will take place on Saturday 22 October. Book now

Virtual tours:

You might be interested in checking out the College’s facilities and technical spaces through our virtual tours.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Graduate Showcase

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Graduate Showcase

  • Clear the Air
    Clear the Air, Michelle Hedemann Løvstad Mortensen, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The Weather Station
    The Weather Station, Thea Brooman, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The School of Ruinous Construction
    The School of Ruinous Construction, Sofia Caccamo, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The Biomechanical Park
    The Biomechanical Park, Jeevan Chahal, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • INTERIM - The Ephemerality of Permanence
    INTERIM - The Ephemerality of Permanence, Jose Tomas Ayerbe Lombardi, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Roller Coaster Garden: Parasitising Rooftops
    Roller Coaster Garden: Parasitising Rooftops, Szofia Bohoszlovec, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The Green Revival of Bromley Hall School
    The Green Revival of Bromley Hall School, Julia Radzisz, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • REWILDING THE COMMONS
    REWILDING THE COMMONS, Hugo Hale, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • 'Taxonomy of Living'
    'Taxonomy of Living', Saamia Makharia, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The Cranbrook Wellness Garden
    The Cranbrook Wellness Garden, Timea Kadar, 2021 BA (Hons) Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL

Course publications

Architecture stories

  • Class of 2022: Futures at Work
    Jingyi Yu, MA Performance Design and Practice

    Class of 2022: Futures at Work

    On Central Saint Martins: URL you'll find Futures at Work, a collection of graduating work that presents reflections and propositions for work.

  • Class of 2022: Food
    Seowon Park, MA Narrative Environments

    Class of 2022: Food

    On Central Saint Martins: URL you'll find a collection of projects that look at food in a myriad of ways. Here, we pause on handful of that work by graduating students, from spatial design that connects community to its local food system to an

  • Winners of the MullenLowe NOVA Awards 2022 announced
    Malu Luecking, MA Biodesign

    Winners of the MullenLowe NOVA Awards 2022 announced

    Last night, the winners of the 2022 MullenLowe NOVA Awards were announced. The celebrated work spans disciplines, from spatial practice for climate emergency to films that reframe the perceptions of tower blocks.

  • Central Saint Martins Shows 2022
    Central Saint Martins Shows 2022 (photo: Martim Miguel)

    Central Saint Martins Shows 2022

    After two years without end-of-year shows at the College, we opened our doors to celebrate the people and place that make up our community.

Facilities

  • A large machine which has a wooden box on top of it
    Credit: Image courtesy of Central Saint Martins Image courtesy of Central Saint Martins, 3D Large Wood workshop at Central Saint Martins
  • A white shell shaped object on a worktop
    Image courtesy of Central Saint Martins,
  • Two long desks each with rows of Mac computers.
    Image courtesy of Central Saint Martins, CAD Facility at Central Saint Martins

Course overview

Architecture is about people and how we interact with our environments. This course embeds racial, social and environmental justice through a curriculum that centres on care, climate, cooperation and agency. BA Architecture will equip you with the real-world skills and understanding to develop new forms of architectural practice. 

Our vision is framed by a culture of critical care. We promote responsibility beyond the client and understanding the consequences of actions for people and planet. We locate ethical values beyond the personal into local and global contexts.

The climate and bio-diversity crises present significant challenges to which architecture and spatial practice must respond. We see the tensions and inequalities surrounding the built environment and environmental conflict. We foreground regenerative design, systems thinking and climate literacy to shift from doing less damage to making a positive and regenerative impact on planetary health.

The practice of architecture has always been collaborative. Our course goes further than this, to promote co-operation above competition. You will have the opportunity to explore making together as a social act. The course re-imagines professional roles beyond disciplinary limits because architects are increasingly called upon to design across a broad range of practices: from arts to urban development, landscape design to engineering; and working with ecologists, scientists, activists and more.

Rapidly changing modes of representation and production, and a changing work environment are our new constants. BA Architecture encourages you to embrace change as a value. We aim for you to become a proactive and agile self-learner as these are valuable workplace skills of the future. This demands both resilience and an openness to new and other forms of knowledge and skills that support invention, originality and diversity. The course integrates both digital and traditional knowledge, skills and technologies. We encourage you to engage in new forms of communicating, learning and making.

The relationship between making and thinking is central to understanding how architecture can engage with a range of scales and practices. As an architecture course based in an arts school, we will support you to explore of a broad range of ideas and knowledges to open alternative forms of space making. We will encourage you to develop your own critical and situated approach to architectural design and practice.

The course collaborates with external partners including social initiatives, cultural institutions, public and private sector bodies. There will also be opportunities to engage with other disciplines in the College. This creates a rich interdisciplinary learning experience, with opportunity to work on live projects, engaging with communities and clients. This will allow you to gain an understanding of spatial practice and your role as designer within it.

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Course units

The increasing complexity of contemporary socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues requires architects to develop a broad skill set. This may be described as context-led – seeking relevant and appropriate solutions that address local issues arising from global agendas.

Architects must move beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to find innovative and sustainable design solutions. There is a growing need for contemporary spatial design which focuses not only on “hard”, but also “softer”, infrastructure. That is, not only buildings, construction, transport and engineering, but also systems of social networks, cultural practices, human interaction, and health and well-being.

BA Architecture shifts the focus of design from buildings as objects to the processes that bring them about and their impact upon social, cultural and ecological environments. This provides greater opportunity for holistic learning and the shift towards regenerative practices. 

The course provides a rich learning environment and set of experiences for you to develop as a spatial practitioner. It will introduce you to a range of cognitive and practical skills, critical theories, ethical considerations and creative experiences. 

Stage 1 

Unit 1: Ethics and Care (Professional Studies 1) – Introduction to Study in Higher Education (ISHE)  
Unit 2: Sites for Collective Action (Design Studio 1.1) 
Unit 3: Materials, Environments and Structures (Technical Studies 1) 
Unit 4: Collective Spaces (Design Studio 1.2) 
Unit 5: Fundamental Agencies (Contextual Studies 1) 

Stage 1 introduces you to core skills and concepts. These will allow you to develop a critical understanding of spatial practice. You will focus on studio-based projects, both independent and co-operative, supported by workshops and lectures. You will approach design for human and non-human environments, exploring and representing different scales and typologies of spaces, buildings and places. You will gain an understanding of climate literacy and consider the role of the architect and their duty of care. 

Stage 2 

Unit 6: Design Concept and Testing (Design Studio 2.1) 
Unit 7: Critical Agencies (Contextual Studies 2) 
Unit 8: Design Detail and Resolution (Design Studio 2.2) 
Unit 9: Technical and Environmental Integration (Technical Studies 2) 
Unit 10: Creative Unions: Socially Engaged Practices for an Ethical World (Professional Studies 2)
 

Stage 2 provides further development of your conceptual thinking, interpretive and design skills. Material experimentation, technical skills, ethical understanding, legislative knowledge, critical writing and presentation skills will enable greater resolution in your designs. You will engage in a major College-wide collaborative project, understanding how working with other disciplines can transform practice.

Stage 2 also focuses on your personal responses to design issues, the challenges of the climate and bio-diversity crises and the development of your unique voice as a spatial designer within these broader contexts.  

Stage 3 

Unit 11: Design Thesis (Design Studio 3.1) 
Unit 12: Accounts of Agency (Contextual Studies 3 – Dissertation) 
Unit 13: Design Synthesis (Design Studio 3.2) 
Unit 14: Strategic Experimentation and Resolution (Technical Studies 3) 
Unit 15: Ethics and Practice (Professional Studies 3)
 

Stage 3 brings together your skills, concepts, and knowledge into critically engaged, integrated design projects that synthesise social, cultural, ecological and environmentally sustainable strategies. This stage offers you the opportunity to reflect on your previous experience, develop professional skills and explore potential directions for your future career through a self-directed project and written dissertation. 

The Working Week 

The College buildings and Spatial Practices studios are vibrant and busy working environments where students learn together by being active and giving time to their studies. The course team will offer structured teaching and informal learning through events and projects. Students learn the best and are most productive when they are fully committed to their practice and to each other. You should expect to spend 40 hours per week on independent and collaborative practice and in teaching events such as workshops and discussions.

Exchange opportunities

Students enrolled on the course have the opportunity to spend time studying outside of the UK at a partner institution. Studying overseas allows you to experience a new culture, an alternative perspective on the course’s subject discipline and different learning and teaching methods.

The course is actively engaged in the University’s Study Abroad scheme, with the incoming international students bringing an important additional dynamic to the course. 

Mode of study

BA Architecture runs for 90 weeks in full-time mode. It is divided into three stages over three academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.

Credit and award requirements

The course is credit rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each stage (level).  

On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons degree).  

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the stages for a BA are: Stage 1 (Level 4), Stage 2 (Level 5) and Stage 3 (Level 6). In order to progress to the next stage, all units of the preceding stage must normally be passed: 120 credits must be achieved in each stage. The classification of the award will be derived from the marks of units in Stages 2 and 3 or only Stage 3, using a dual algorithm.  

If you are unable to continue on the course, a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4 (or 120 credits), or a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) following the successful completion of level 5 (or 240 credits). 

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies

BA Architecture is professionally validated by the RIBA. Successful completion of the course provides RIBA Part 1 qualification, the first of three stages of RIBA professional registration.  

Please note that as a result of course specific regulations, unit compensation as detailed in UAL Course Regulations, is not available to students on this course. 

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods devised for this course include: 

  • Unit and project briefings 
  • Set and self-initiated project briefs  
  • Inductions and orientation sessions 
  • Workshops, lectures, seminars and debates 
  • Collaborative working  
  • Tutor groups 
  • Individual, group and personal tutorials  
  • Peer learning  
  • Self and peer assessment  
  • Staff presentations and guest speakers  
  • Group discussions, reviews and critiques  
  • Working with clients on live projects  
  • Independent study
  • Guided walks 
  • Facilitation for cross-disciplinary working 
  • Symposia and student-led events 

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes: 

  • Portfolio and project presentations 
  • Portfolios 
  • Essays and reports 
  • Technical reports 
  • Professional studies reports 
  • Dissertation 
  • Research, reflective and project journals 

Formative assessment takes place during the unit. It may take the form of a group review, peer feedback, formative presentation, or submission. 

Summative assessment takes place at the end of the unit. All units are assessed holistically. 

Stage 3 Vertical Studio Co-lead and Lecturer: Gaia Crocella
Studio Leader: Roland Reema
Technical and Environmental Studies Co-ordinator:
Ciaran Malik
Senior Lecturer in Ethical Practice: tbc

Associate Lecturers

Shade AbdulRoberto Boettger, Albane Duvilliez, Tumpa Fellows, Gonzalo Herrero Delicado, Annelie Kops, Kleanthis Kyriakou, Laura Linsi, Richard Mayo, Donald McCrory, Joseph Mercer, Dejan MrdjaMaurizio Mucciola, Rohit Nanda, Fernanda Palmieri, Amar Sall, Patricia Santos Vidal, Kuljeet Sibia, Lina Villuma

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

136 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full Level 3 qualifications:

  • Three A Levels at grades AAB
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Distinction at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Equivalent EU/international qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma (35 points)

And five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*–C) including English Language, Mathematics and a double award at Science, or two separate sciences such as Physics or Chemistry, and one other subject (Art and Design or Design Technology are recommended).

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio. A very high proportion of successful applicants complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference.

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

This course believes that the people who design the built environment should be as diverse a group as those who use it. As such, we welcome submissions from applicants from diverse backgrounds.

We select degree applicants according to your potential and current ability to:

Work imaginatively and creatively in architecture and design:

  • Engage with experimentation and invention
  • Show imagination and ambition in proposals for your work.

Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities:

  • Demonstrate an engagement with 3D and architecture/spatial design
  • Demonstrate a basic ability to draw and model objects and spaces
  • Demonstrate a basic ability to discuss ideas verbally and through written work.

Provide evidence of intellectual enquiry within your work:

  • Demonstrate relevant research
  • Reflect critically on your learning.

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your work:

  • Identify historical and contemporary architecture and architects
  • Identify social and/or cultural influences on your work.

Articulate and communicate intentions clearly:

  • Discuss your work in group situations
  • Present your work appropriately and effectively.

Demonstrate commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course:

  • Develop your own ideas and address project briefs
  • Show willingness to collaborate
  • Reflect your knowledge of this course.

What we are looking for

We don't just look for a passion for architecture. We're also seeking people who are open to new ideas, informed risk taking and challenge, and who are willing to get involved in the different disciplines and practices of architectural design during their degree.

Making your application

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

You should apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and you will need the following information:

University code: U65
UCAS Code: K101

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry).  Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Deferred entry

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL. Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

There are two ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Central Saint Martins:

You can only apply to the same course once per year.

When applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

University code:          U65
UCAS Code:                 K101

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry).  Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Visas

Read our visit our immigration and visa advice page to find out whether you need a visa to study.

Deferred entry

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Immigration history check

You will be asked to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  We will not be able to proceed with your application until you have submitted your completed Immigration History Form.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

After you apply

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you do, you will be invited to submit a portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Digital portfolio

Your portfolio should be no more than 15 pages. It should be made up of your best work, showing your sensitivity to 3D design, your skills and thinking.  You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards).

It should include:

  • Pages from your sketchbooks
  • Drawing
  • Ideas, visual research and experimentation
  • Photos of your finished work accompanied by a short explanation of the piece and your thinking.

Please note the quality of the work is more important than the quantity. We would also like you to organise your work by project, so that we can see any supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

For more portfolio advice please visit our portfolio advice page.

Interview

Following the review of the portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process.  These applicants will be invited to an online interview lasting 15 to 20 minutes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and unfortunately we cannot provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you have had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback – please email csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Each and every application is carefully considered by a member(s) of our academic team. With so many strong applicants to choose from, it is often a very difficult decision to make. If you are unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply to us again in the future.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£23,610 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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Careers and alumni

BA Architecture students leave with a broad and valuable understanding of architectural design practice in its many forms. The skills acquired equip graduates to become versatile practitioners in many exciting and diverse professions in London and beyond.

Recent BA Architecture alumni activity demonstrates the breadth of student activity within the subject:

  • Ruben Everett is working with Michaelis Boyd Associates
  • Katarina Joannides is working with Bjarke Ingalls (BIG), Netherlands
  • Lily Papadopolous is working with Farrells
  • James Williams is working for The Telegraph
  • Myelin Mye has started Hau-Nork Studio, Bankok
  • Ewelina Schraven is working at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Lewis Scott is working at UXUS
  • Patrick Gorman is working with Ian Simpson Architects
  • Richard Grenfell is working with Alan Thomas Chartered Surveyors
  • Enrika Beigate has founded Beig Ltd
  • Neil Quinn is working with Stephen Taylor Architects
  • Benjamin Perrot is working with MUF
  • Federica Zama is working with Poggenpohl
  • Scarlett Hessian is working with Michaelis Boyd
  • Jordan Cottage is working with The Decorators

Developing your skills - external activities

BA Architecture is designed to help you develop both transferable and industry specific skills. You'll be introduced to the issues, organisations and legal frameworks within which architecture and the creative industries operate. Media practice workshops and seminars develop your skills in drawing, model making and computer aided design and visualisation.

BA Architecture's strong links with the Arts Council, Design Council and other agencies in London and beyond create useful project opportunities, contacts and networks.

BA Architecture also works actively with clients and commercial organisations. Recent clients have included the Swiss Embassy, Saachi & Saachi, Hermes, the Home Office, TINO, Green Works and With Feeling. We also get involved in community activities in London, working with The Sorrell Foundation, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, and local secondary schools.

We think of London as an extension of the studio. We encourage all our students to consider how London, one of the great design capitals of the world, can deepen an appreciation of architecture and design.