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Course Overview

Design combines architecture, engineering and materials science in one degree, giving you the opportunity to design solutions to environmental and societal challenges. You will learn how small and large-scale designs such as physical objects, apps, artificial intelligence, electronics or architecture and planning systems can influence people, cultures, economies and the natural world. 

The course is structured around a series of core studio projects which will require you to create solutions to real-world problems: from planning stage through to pitching a final product and evaluating user impact. For most projects, you will be working with stakeholders such as clients, end-users and suppliers. Outside of the studio, you will learn about related subjects including design history, philosophy, mathematics, engineering and natural sciences, which will then be applied to your design projects.

Based in the Department of Architecture, you will have access to a variety of facilities such as workshops, studios, reprographics, flexible co-working spaces and a new digital fabrication lab.

Find out more about the course here.

Facts and Figures

Average intake each year: 2-3

Typical A Level offer: A*AA with the A* in Maths

Typical IB offer: 40 – 42 points with 776 at Higher Level with a 7 in HL Maths

We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.

Essential subjects: Maths A Level or equivalent.

Application Process

All Colleges will ask Design applicants to submit a PDF (6 A4 pages, and less than 15MB in size) of their own artwork prior to interview. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material you might bring to interview as part of your portfolio.

All applicants invited to interview are expected to show a portfolio of recent work at the interview but this isn't expected to be work of an architectural nature (eg plans, sections etc).

Applicants are required to sit a written and practical assessment, if invited for interview. More information can be found on the University website.  

Director of Studies

Mr Eric Martin

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Eric Martin

Find Out More

The College runs an Architecture Design Competition for Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or equivalent students every year. More information about this will be posted in autumn.

If you want to find out about our open days or visiting the College, see here.

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