Architecture remains one of the most enjoyable and rewarding professions; in designing new spaces and buildings around our everyday lives and needs, you will be challenged intellectually, artistically and creatively.
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Why you should study this course
This innovative course has been designed to respond to the challenges of the environmental, economic and social climate of the early 21st century. Coventry is a vibrant, connected city, internationally known for its Centre of Trust, Peace and Social Relations.
Increasingly, we connect with this research expertise to encourage human-centred solutions which explore the complexity of contexts in which architecture is made. Coventry has also been named City of Culture 2021 and you will have the opportunity to engage in the full depth and breadth of contemporary architectural education during this exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity.
We currently have strong links with a growing network of West Midlands practices including IDP Group and Design Buro, many of whom provide input to course management and development as current members of our Architecture Advisory Board. We work with the RIBA West Midlands through the student mentoring scheme which provides potential placement opportunities for students, and are part of the new initiative ‘Learn It, Earn it’ which connects students directly with practitioners through a series of talks each year. These industry connections also provide potential opportunities for professional placements and collaborative projects. Previously, students have worked with organisations including Theatre Absolute, The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and Coventry Canal Trust.
Based in the School of Art and Design, the course instinctively draws expertise from the wide range of creative disciplines on offer. We believe in collaboration – merging studies in art, history and theory, studio and tectonics – providing opportunities to connect with architects, engineers and built environment professionals.
You will be taught by current staff with significant professional experience, having previously worked in Austria, Argentina, Ghana, Uganda, Nepal and the UK. They have worked in conservation, healthcare, education and housing on commercial, residential, community-led participatory projects, and some are competition winning architects!
Teaching is strongly committed to context and materiality, inspired by the rich context of the city of Coventry, reflecting the historical and contemporary background of the city as an industrial hub and international centre for peace and reconciliation.
Centred around studio practice, teaching will encompass design, technology, cultural contexts and communication, together with professional practice. We will aim to develop your understanding of the relationship between global issues, local context and the reality of architecture.
What you'll study
The first year introduces you to the fundamentals of architecture including design, technology, communication and cultural context, with a look at the history and theory of architecture. We will teach you methods of hand drawing, sketching, model making and orthographic drawing as generators of creative exploration.
Construction and Environmental Fundamentals - 20 credits
This module integrates the environmental aspect of the design process and practices in combination with architectural design.
Experimental Design and Communication - 40 credits
This module introduces you to basic elements of architectural design which integrates learning across different subjects and disciplines. You will learn to communicate your design ideas and proposals through freehand sketching and drawing, modelling and a range of other graphic techniques. You will undertake a series of design exercises to explore the relationship of place, space and human needs to architectural form. Responding to simple briefs and the context of a site, you will lead to small scale architectural proposal which relates to cultural context, materials, construction and environmental aspects of building.
Spatial Design - 30 credits
This module enables you to develop a comprehensive architectural proposal. Exploring the design process and theoretical concepts, you will apply your knowledge and awareness of architecture in relationship to environmental design, human wellbeing, technology and construction.
Material Cultures and Histories - 20 credits
This module explores architectural and urban history through selected themes and periods. It focuses on the changing patterns of urban settlements and their buildings, as seen within the context of the broader political, social, economic, and cultural conditions, while considering the impact of new materials and technology on architectural production.
Assessment: Presentation, coursework
Digital Skills 1 – 10 credits
This module builds on your manual drawing and representation skills. You will begin to explore representation which balances physical and digital environments. This will include information digitalisation, digital representation, digital drawing, modelling, collating and post editing.
In the second year, you will have the opportunity to consider the importance of the tectonics of architecture and explore the wider holistic contextual implications of emerging contemporary urban planning. You should start to make informed choices about materials, structure and environmental design, using 3D modelling and digital drawing software as a tool for architectural exploration.
Assembly and Environmental Systems – 20 credits
This module is designed to expand knowledge of construction technology, environmental design and building materials that cohesively contribute to successful building design, through the study of larger scale buildings, including the design of single and multi-storey framed structures. You will also develop environmental knowledge with the aim of creating sustainable spaces, adapted to the needs of the user and executed to the appropriate standards of architectural design.
Assessment: Quiz, portfolio
Urban Design and Communication- 40 credits
The module introduces you to the urban design discipline and the investigation of the architecture of the city to identify those factors that contribute to the transformation of urban environments. The focus will be on large-scale proposals that respond to the site and context while introducing urban placemaking and master-planning and the relevant communication and representation skills. Urban design theories and themes will be analysed with a particular focus on sustainable developments and environmental strategies.
Assessment: Report, portfolio
Residential Design – 30 credits
This module enables you to investigate and test alternative forms of housing. You will design a housing building typology which relates to public/community related secondary. You will record, understand and evaluate a site and its context, using a wide variety of methods and criteria to build a relationship between the building user and the public realm.
Architectural and Cultural Critiques – 20 credits
The module explores modern concepts in the architectural production of the post-industrial world. It is an introduction to a variety of theoretical positions in architecture, landscape and urban design with a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries.
Assessment: Presentation, coursework
Digital Skills 2 – 10 credits
This module explores advanced applications of digital opportunities in order to generate, analyse and prototype architectural design propositions. You will be introduced to a range software and methodologies which subsequently allow complex modelling and analysis of proposed architectural projects against a range of environmental, sustainability, wellbeing and buildability criteria.
The final year consolidates the modules taught in the previous years and provides an opportunity to undertake a comprehensive design project that incorporates the core subjects of design, technology and environment and reflects your own emerging design philosophy.
You will focus on the whole design process on a brief directly related to the city of Coventry and the urban fabric. For example, past students have worked on a Council House for the city and the Centre of Peace and Reconciliation.
Design, Planning and Ethics – 30 credits
This module brings together learning about how architecture operates in professional practice in the UK and using the overall framework of RIBA stages 0 and 1 to prepare a design brief for an urban strategy. You will be exploring how to set up and run an architecture practice in the UK taking into consideration the relevant ethical, legal and management principles as well as formulating and defining a project-specific design brief.
Contemporary Debates and Research – 20 credits
This module discusses contemporary and potential future trends of design in relation to societal perspectives. The module is designed to enable a sustained and in-depth investigation into your specialist area of interest negotiated with tutors.
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project -10 credits
This module provides you with the opportunity to collaborate with students from the built environment and construction engineering courses in the School of Energy, Construction and Environment in a group project module. You will develop a practical understanding of some of the key stages involved in a building project by taking part in a project-specific simulated role play scenario. You will be representing the role of architects amongst other built environment professions. You will learn how to manage a project and use Building Information Modelling as an industry standard tool. Typical scenarios will look at aspects of a project from its initial design inception through to its tender submission and presentation by working in interdisciplinary groups.
Comprehensive Design – 30 credits
Architectural design is a complex and challenging process which requires the ability to creatively synthesise and integrate a diverse range of knowledge and skills. The portfolio from this module will include a broad range of work demonstrating your ability to create an integrated architectural solution. You will be asked to develop the design of a specific building in terms of the structural, constructional and environmental strategies that underpin its design.
Applied Construction and Environmental Sciences – 20 credits
The module builds on your technical knowledge and connects that knowledge with advanced application in a major building project. You will carry out research into systems, techniques and materials, and will apply these investigations to create a complex building that is sound and creative in terms of environmental, structural and constructional competence.
Typical offer for 2022 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|GCSE||Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English and Mathematics|
|IB Diploma||29 points|
You will be required to submit a portfolio via email or alternatively attend a showcase activity session or audition (as is appropriate for your course) which can be virtual or face to face, as is practical to arrange. Invites to send in your portfolio or attend these sessions will be sent directly to your contact email.
Each application will be considered on its merits.
English language requirements
£18,050 per year
International Pathways 2022 Scholarship
You could enjoy a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees.
Our high-quality foundation, international year one and pre-masters courses are for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to their preferred Coventry University undergraduate or postgraduate course. We can support you to achieve the academic and/or English grades you need and help you gain the personal and professional skills required to study at university.
We want to encourage ambitious international students like you to study at Coventry University, so we’ve secured extra financial support for you worth £3,000, to help with the cost of tuition fees, living expenses and accommodation.
The scholarship application deadline is:
September 2022 intake: 31 July 2022
When you graduate from this course you should be well suited to working in a range of architectural practices and other design industries, such as interior or graphic design.
Careers could include working as an architect, architectural technologist or interior and spatial designer. A degree in Architecture can prove useful in related roles, such as a building surveyor, town planner, commercial/residential surveyor, teacher or lecturer, buildings inspector, conservation officer, landscape architect, planning and development surveyor or structural engineer. You may choose to further your professional or academic education.