Architecture bachelor

University of Manchester
En Manchester (Inglaterra)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Manchester (Inglaterra)
  • Duración:
    3 Years

Manchester is a great place to study architecture. The city is a showcase for recent regeneration and historic context, much of which has been designed with the involvement of our graduates, who are highly valued by the sector for their confidence and creativity.

The city's rich tradition and vibrant contemporary architectural scene engages directly with our leading-edge design practice. The ongoing regeneration of the city centre is seen as an international exemplar, recognising the value of high quality design, together with innovative and pragmatic approaches to resolving practical issues.

In year one, you will gain an understanding of architectural history and theory. It covers foundational principles in space-making, material expression, brief-writing, contextual research, and the role of humanities in the design process. A series of studio...

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10 octubre 2016
Oxford Road, M13 9PL, Greater Manchester, Inglaterra
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¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

English Language
Art design
Confidence Training
Construction Training

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.


  To qualify as an architect in the UK normally requires a combination of five years study at university and a minimum of two years practical experience before completing a final examination. The bachelor (Hons) Architecture and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses at the Manchester School of Architecture are recognised as Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIbachelor).
Following graduation, students who achieved an upper second class bachelor (Hons) Architecture, and who have completed their year in practice, can progress to the Master of Architecture (MArch).
Consistently ranked among the best architecture schools in the UK, with overall student satisfaction of 92% (National Student Survey 2014)

Professionally recognised courses - exemption from Part 1 of ARB and RIbachelor professional qualifications upon completion of the bachelor (Hons) Architecture
New, purpose-built facilities, including studio and workshop spaces
Strong links with national and international architectural practices
Fieldtrips and visits in the UK and overseas
Art School Credit Scheme - £200 to assist with the additional costs of materials associated with the course
Manchester School of Architecture is an innovative collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester. You'll receive a degree from both universities and get to use facilities and resources at both institutions, including libraries, computer suites, model-making and media workshops. Specialist practice and research-active lecturers provide a rich and stimulating environment in which to study architecture. This is reflected in appraisals by the professional institutions, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIbachelor).
Manchester School of Architecture has deep roots in the city, where architects have been educated for over 100 years. Our strong regional network is the bachelorsis for excellent international academic and professional links, informing our research, teaching and destinations for our graduates. Manchester is home to internationally renowned architectural practices, which connect with the School through staff and student projects.
To develop the range of knowledge and skills students need when they graduate, we employ a mix of teaching, learning and assessment methods, both staff and student-led.
We combine traditional lecture-bachelorsed teaching with workshop and design studio sessions. Project-bachelorsed learning is the bachelorsis of architecture education and the studio is where this learning takes place. From the very start you are involved in a variety of projects.
Skills in computing and visual studies are often developed through workshops related to studio projects. The course has strong links with architectural practice in the North West and involves architectural practitioners in the teaching. During the course you will undertake a range of field trips and visits in the UK and overseas.
You will also acquire a set of more general skills that will serve you well after university, increasing your employability and allowing you to be a more active citizen, for example, team-working, communication skills and self-reflection.
Assessments are designed to provide you with feedbachelorck on your progress in understanding the subject and in developing essential skills. Methods include: project reviews; assignments; essays; and online assessments.
Humanities and Technologies 1: This unit introduces you to the historical, cultural and technological contexts for architectural design and develops skills in research, analysis academic writing and visual representation. The course is delivered through a lecture series exploring the historic, social and political contexts of architecture. Studio 1.1: This unit establishes the principles and skills in research, analysis, argument and representation that support an understanding of architectural design. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in research, analysis, argument and representation.
Studio 1.2: This unit applies your developing knowledge and skill bachelorse to projects that begin to promote the integration of sensual, functional and technological considerations in architectural design in a contemporary cultural setting.
Studio 1.3: This unit is outward facing and provides you with the opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary projects with staff and students in the School and Faculty, design professionals, agencies and other interest groups.
Humanities and Technologies 2: This unit develops knowledge and understanding of the historical, cultural and technological contexts for architectural design and extends skills in research, analysis, academic writing and visual representation. Studio 2.1: This unit consolidates design capability and introduces public and social programmes with associated issues of sustainability, inclusivity and greater complexity in building programme placing greater emphasis on relational abilities.
Studio 2.2: This unit consolidates design capability by extending the exploration of public and social programmes with associated issues of sustainability, inclusivity and complexity in building programme and technological manifestation.
Studio 2.3: This unit is outward facing and provides students with the opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary projects with staff and students in the School and Faculty, design professionals, agencies and other interest groups.
Humanities and Technologies 3: This unit develops knowledge and understanding of the historical, cultural and technological contexts for architectural design and extends skills in research, analysis, academic writing and visual representation. Studio 3.1: This unit introduces urbachelornism and develops the ability to apply techniques in analysis of and strategies for generic urbachelorn contexts as the bachelorsis for defining and developing a building programme and design proposition.
Studio 3.2: This unit develops ability in architectural design through the exploration of materials, structures, construction, and environmental modification integral with programmatic detail within a building design initiated in response to urbachelorn study.
Studio 3.3: This unit completes the first cycle of an academic education in architecture and focuses on the preparation of a portfolio and knowledge of the architect to enhance employability and opportunities for postgraduate study.

The Manchester School of Architecture will be represented at one of the University of Manchester general Undergraduate Open Days, which normally run in June and October.
Due to the popularity of the course, it is not possible to arrange tours of the studios on an individual bachelorsis. If you decide to make an independent visit to the School our Admissions Officer will happily meet candidates to answer questions if she is available.
All UK/EU bachelorsed applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a specific Architecture Open Day, where they will be invited to participate in a small, fun studio project - we will normally schedule about 5 Open Days of this type, running from January - April and applicants can choose from the available dates.

Award of the Diploma with a minimum of 37 points.
Grades A1, A1, A1, A1 at Highers. Other combination of grades will also be considered.
Grades A, A, A, A, A.
Grades A, A, A.
A pass in the Welsh bachelorccalaureate core is acceptable in combination with 2 A Levels. Please see A Level entry requirements for grade and subject specific requirements.
Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual bachelorsis. Contact the University for further information.
The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in either Humanities or Science subjects with a minimum of 150 credits awarded at Distinction and the remaining 30 credits at Merit. A BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design on its own will not be considered as meeting our entry requirements.
Access to HE Diplomas in Humanities/Science subjects will be considered acceptable. Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at level 3. Minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above are also required. Applicants will have to demonstrate their creative and visual awareness by the submission of a digital portfolio (via a blog) on request. We also consider other factors, such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual bachelorsis.
Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A Levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.
Advanced Diplomas in Environmental & Land Studies; Construction & the Built Environment; Engineering will be considered acceptable, with an overall Grade B + A @ A Level (ASL). The A Level subject (ASL) can be any Arts/Humanities or Science A Level. If predictions for Advanced Diploma are satisfactory, applicants will be asked to submit a small sample of artwork - to assess creative ability and visual awareness. Applicants may, therefore, wish to consider an art & design A Level as their ASL; and if they do not have a formal qualification in art, we will accept self-motivated artwork.
UK bachelorsed mature applicants will be asked to attend an interview as an additional supportive mechanism - as many candidates feel their applications contain gaps caused by less formal career paths; and their qualities are often revealed through face to face conversation. Applicants will be asked to bring their portfolios to the interview. 

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Because Architecture at Manchester is a design-oriented course most candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio. After an initial assessment of the UCAS application form, we will email suitable candidates to request a digital portfolio, via a blog with a deadline of approximately 4 weeks from receipt of the email. Applicants will be provided with a brief on how to create the digital portfolio and the required portfolio elements. 
Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different bachelorckgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.
The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.
Students whose first language or language of instruction is not English will be asked to provide evidence of fluency in English by achieving scores in English Language Tests as follows: An overall score of 6.5 at IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no other sub-section below 6.0; TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, Pearson PTE overall score of 59 with a minimum score of 59 in the written section and 51 in all other subsections, Cambridge CAE  or Cambridge CPE grade C (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable.)
Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.
Application and selection
Apply through UCAS
Considering your UCAS application is the first stage of our selection process; if you are successful at this stage, we will ask you to submit a digital portfolio through a digital blog. We will ask you to submit the portfolio within about four weeks of our request.  We will send you a detailed briefing of how to submit your portfolio. You will be asked to include:

A statement of no more than 450 words in total
which includes:
Your reasons for wanting study Architecture with us
Your own review of a recent exhibition or building that you have visited
A statement about your favourite architect or building
A work of architecture which you would like to experience in person.

10-12 images which could include the following
Sketches at a city scale
A landscape
An interior
A building or landscape you would like to visit
Fine art/painting
Graphic design
Photos of artefacts that you have created
Interviews are not conducted as part of the recruitment process for this course.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.
Course details

No specific scholarships available for this course.

The Manchester School of Architecture studios are located in Manchester Metropolitan University's brand new purpose-built School of Art Building - the Benzie Building.


There are workshops for modelmaking and construction projects in both the Benzie and The University of Manchester's Humanities Bridgeford Street buildings. We house an iMasterssive range of fully equipped workshops for wood, plastics, foam, metal, ceramics, glass, computer-aided manufacture, textiles, printmaking and bookbinding.

IT Resources

As well as the computer clusters found across both campuses, the studio spaces are equipped with PC workstations with industry standard computer-aided design, visualisation, image editing, print and web design software. The studios also have standard and large format printing facilities and WiFi. You will also have access to specialist Apple Mac-bachelorsed video editing, scanning and digital design resources at the Manchester School of Art. Online resources are also used extensively to support learning and teaching, including the Moodle virtual learning environment.

Materials and Equipment

Our students can purchase art materials and consumables at cost prices from the Manchester School of Art's Material Stores. You can borrow video and photography equipment from the AV Store and have access to photography studios, film processing and video editing facilities.

Libraries and Collections

The University of Manchester has one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK with over four million printed books, more than 500,000 ebooks and access to over 40,000 electronic journals and hundreds of online databachelorses. Manchester Metropolitan University has a nationally recognised art and design collection and specialist collections include the Manchester Society of Architects' Library, which holds important and rare books on the history of architecture. The Visual Resources Centre covers a broad spectrum of subjects, including architecture, all art and design areas, film, popular media and social history.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:
Following graduation from the bachelor (Hons) Architecture, students who achieved an upper second class degree with honours and who have completed their year in practice, can progress to the Master of Architecture (MArch).  
The bachelor (Hons) Architecture and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses at the Manchester School of Architecture are recognised as Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIbachelor).
Alternatively, you can choose to study our MA Architecture and Urbachelornism immediately following your bachelor. This master's explores urbachelorn futures, and places advanced design practice and theory within wider cultural, social and technological questions.
Our graduates are highly valued by the profession for their confidence and creativity. Graduates go on to work as architects for prominent architectural and design practices or in leading roles within the wider construction industry (e.g., project management, estate management). A small number of graduates choose other fields, such as advertising, bachelornking, art history and web design.
The bachelor programme follows the ARB and RIbachelor criteria for Prescription and Validation respectively, providing for exemption from their Part I professional qualification upon successful completion of the programme.
RIbachelor (Royal Institute of British Architects); ARB (Architects' Registration Board).
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