BA (Hons) Architecture
  • BA (Hons) Architecture

    Institution code: N39
    Course 3 Year UCAS code: K100
    Course 4 Year UCAS code: K101
    Course length: 3 or 4 year options
    Work-based learning opportunities: Creative Professional Development Year (Level 5 diploma) available between years 2 & 3

    Norwich University of the Arts BA (Hons) Architecture is currently prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), subject to periodic review, for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects. The prescription of this qualification will be due for renewal by 27 November 2025 as part of the review cycle.

    Accredited by:

    ARB

    You have the opportunity to study architecture in an art school environment at NUA, developing professional skills in a creative community where improving the world around us through innovative and responsible design is our primary focus.

    A distinctive combination of imagination and exploration, research and critical evaluation will be at the centre of your approach to the built environment.

    You will acquire skills in technical aspects of spatial design using a variety of traditional and contemporary techniques, from drawing and model-making to 3D digital design.

    Purposeful design

    We value creativity and user-focused, purposeful architectural design. We’ll challenge your preconceptions about the built environment. You’ll explore how people inhabit and use space and the importance of users and communities in the design process. The starting point is understanding people, proportions and how humans use spaces.

    You’ll then move into increasingly complex design projects based on actual sites – developing new ways of thinking that will guide your response to locations and client briefs. 

    Awards and accolades

    Recent graduates have been selected for RIBA East Awards and the TRADA University Challenge.

    Insight from professional architects

    Our close links to the profession will give you an opportunity to meet and learn from our regional partners, including:

    Field trips and site visits will help you develop your observational and design skills in a mix of cultural contexts.

    Graduates work in a broad range of careers including

    • Architect
    • Architectural Assistant
    • Designer
    • Project Manager
    • Site Manager
    • Surveyor
    • Architectural Technician
    • Consultant
    • CAD Renderer
    • Product Designer
    • Town Planner
    • Architectural Historian Conservationist
    • Environmental Consultant Architectural Curator
    • Model Maker
    • Landscape Designer
    • Construction Journalist

    You’ll also get specialist creative careers advice from our team in the Ideas FactoryNUA to help support you as you plan your career.

    All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.

    Course content

    • Year 1
    • Explore the fundamentals of design and construction utilising a variety of drawing, photographic and modelling techniques
    • Examine the cultural contexts of historical and contemporary architecture using the local environment as a rich source of research
    • Integrate structural, environmental and material considerations into your design strategies
    • Establish a solid grounding in research techniques as a basis for your practice.
    • Year 2
    • Develop and refine your propositions through increasingly complex design briefs
    • Study user needs in relation to the aesthetic and technical requirements of a built environment
    • Explore structural and environmental design considerations
    • Investigate a range of research, critical and conceptual tools for project development and planning
    • Examine the social context of architecture, drawing on theories from other disciplines such as philosophy, cultural geography and fine arts.
    • Year 3
    • Undertake complex analyses of specific urban environments to formulate proposals for regeneration and development
    • Apply your creative vision and applied knowledge to a large scale architectural proposal and Research Report
    • Consolidate your work into a collaborative visual display and comprehensive portfolio as a basis for representing and promoting your practice.
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    Typical UK offers

    Candidates should have achieved GCSE passes at Grade 4/C or above in English, Maths and a Science subject.

    A / AS Levels – GCE
    3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

    BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
    Distinction, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

    BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
    Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject

    UAL Extended Diploma
    Merit

    UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    Merit

    UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    Pass

    Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    Merit

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
    Pass

    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    A minimum of 27 points

    NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

    If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

    If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

    International applications

    We accept qualifications from all over the world. To find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

    Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

    We also accept some alternative English qualifications. Learn more about our English entry requirements.

    You can email us on international@nua.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

    BA (Hons) Architecture portfolio guidance

    Your portfolio should be relevant to this course, but you can include a wide range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence and understanding of space.

    You may wish to include some of the following:

    • 2-Dimensional creative work such as drawings, sketches, collages, paintings, photographs or illustrations that demonstrate technical ability and creativity. Try to include a wide range of different media and show work which demonstrates a variety of skills such as observational, landscape, life, perspective, architectural and technical drawing; use of colour, form, scale, accuracy, composition and creative imagination in a mix of digital and hand rendered images
    • 3-Dimensional creative work (usually documented through good quality photographs). You may include models, product prototypes, artefacts, sculptures or installations that you have designed and constructed. Try to demonstrate your understanding of scale, form and structure through the work you include
    • Work created using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, CAD, Sketch Up or other architectural design software
    • Don’t be afraid to show us work that you don’t think was successful. Be prepared to tell us why, and talk about what you learned in the process.

    Further portfolio advice and tips

    Get more advice on presentation formats, layouts and when to submit your portfolio in the application process.

    2022/23 University fees for new entrants

    NUA will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

    Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning that they won’t have to pay NUA’s tuition fees up front.

    Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

    Fee status Course Fee
    Home Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
    Overseas Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £17,500

    In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2022/23, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X.

    Financial support for UK students in 2022

    Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are usually available to UK and some EU students, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

    Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 Diploma)

    The Diploma in Creative Professional Development has been developed to offer undergraduate students the chance to spend a year, between the second and third year of their course, exploring their employability options through a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning.

    Not just an ‘industry sandwich year’ —

    The Level 5 Diploma in Creative Professional Development is:

    • Designed around your needs as a creative student, particularly if your personal network does not currently reach creative industry.
    • Based on our award-winning Profile skills framework.
    • Co-delivered with industry partners who share our approach.
    • Supporting you with carefully planned interventions and activities before and after their placements, so that you are ready to undertake placement learning and then equipped to derive the maximum insight from the experience afterwards.
    • Opening a wide range of creative roles that you may not imagine you would be able to apply for after your study at NUA.

    It has been designed for:

    • Students who want to work in creative industry but have not yet decided the sort of role they would like.
    • Students who do have a clear sense of career direction but need to develop a structured plan to achieve it.
    • Students who do not have relevant work experience, and want to graduate with a fuller CV.
    • Students who think that business start-up or freelancing may be their preferred option and want to explore it further.

    Find out more about the Level 5 Diploma in Creative Professional Development

    Four year degree – BA (Hons) Architecture

    Four year degrees offer students a chance to build on their experience within their undergraduate course of choice.

    Year 0 will help to build confidence and develop subject specific practical, creative and conceptual skills – making full use of University studios and workshops.

    Typical UK offers and entry requirements for Year 0 entry

    GCE A/AS Levels
    2 A-level qualifications at grades CC or higher. 

    BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
    Merit, Merit, Pass in an art, design or media related subject

    BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
    Distinction, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

    UAL Extended Diploma
    An overall Pass

    UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    An overall Pass

    Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
    Pass

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
    Pass

    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    A minimum of 24 points

    NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

    If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

    Students
    photo of alum Tom Cassidy leaning against railing in large atrium room looking away from camera with short dark brown hair and a dark blue long sleeved jumper

    Nicholas Cassidy

    "I’ve become more adventurous when developing design, the course encourages you to test concepts and always seek alternatives. But it’s not just my practice that’s developed, I have so much more confidence"

    BA (Hons) Architecture

    portrait photo of alum edd mitchem smiling and looking away from camera with crossed arms, short hair and wearing a grey t-shirt

    Edd Mitchem

    "Our studio has the perfect atmosphere — it feels like a working practice and with a city centre campus it’s easy to immerse yourself in the historic and inspirational buildings of Norwich."

    BA (Hon) Architecture

    BA Architecture student Caitlin Meier standing outside Boardman House looking into camera

    Caitlin Meier

    "As creatives, we have the power to envision new ideas and solutions and transform the way the built environment affects our planet."

    BA (Hons) Architecture

    BA Architecture student Bradley Fletcher in the architecture studio, perching on the black railed balcony

    Bradley Fletcher

    "There are still many stones yet to be unturned in the architectural industry, I hope to find some of them."

    BA (Hons) Architecture

    Lecturers

    • Andrej Mecava

    • Antigoni Patsalou

    • Georgina Day

    • Graham Thompson

    • Kirsten Tatum

    • Saul Busby-Cozic

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