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BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies


The Bartlett offers a BSc (Hons) in Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies both as a 3-year degree (K102) and as a 4-year degree With Year Abroad (K101). The BSc AIS is a unique course in the UK that allows students to follow modules within the Bartlett in conjunction with modules in other departments of UCL. It offers a specialism in architecture without the constraints of ARB/RIBA Part 1 requirements.

The programme has been running since 2002-3 and has accepted students from Year 1 since 2013-4. It now has over 110 graduates and a well-established track record. Graduates have gone on to postgraduate studies and professional careers in a wide variety of fields including journalism, landscape design, lighting design, documentary film, conservation, music, photography, print-making, arts education and management, events management, urban planning, law, marketing and the media, accounting, property valuation, construction management, international development, and heritage institutions. They have pursued graduate studies at universities such as the Royal College of Art, Central St. Martins, Imperial, City University, LSE, Sci-Arc, and ETH in Zurich, as well as at UCL.

The great strength of the AIS programme is its interdisciplinarity: students are able to tailor their own course of study to suit their particular interests and future postgraduate and career plans. It suits highly motivated, independent students who are interested in architecture, design, and urban studies, but who also wish to take advantage of electives on offer elsewhere in UCL. Popular choices include Anthropology, Art History, Archaeology, Economics, European Language Cultures and Society, Geography, Management, Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, and Mathematics.

BSc AIS is now offered from Year 1, and has six dedicated module offerings. In addition, the programme is available as a transfer option for 2nd and 3rd year BSc Architecture students within The Bartlett.

There are two streams to BSc AIS:

BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies (3 year)

BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies With Year Abroad (4 year)

BSc AIS introduces students to key architectural ideas and spatial strategies through a range of customised courses. The programme aims to incorporate activity-based learning through research and creative practice components, which explore media, objects, and representational modes of architecture (text, models, drawings, film, software, or any combination of these) and develops skills in the use of these media. There is also an emphasis on on-site learning supported by study visits and an annual field trip.

The programme provides students with the necessary intellectual and practical skills to engage with architecture and the city in an increasingly globalised age, allowing them to consider how identity, cultural values, economics and environmental concerns shape and are shaped by the built environment. These ongoing processes will be explored not only through the disciplinary tools of architecture (though these remain a focus), but also those from other disciplines from art history to anthropology to management, where appropriate.

This flexible approach encourages the development of independent-minded and culturally sensitive graduates who are well equipped to problem solve in complex environments of all kinds.

Key Features of BSc AIS:

  • Emphasis on Design and Creative Practice
  • Interdisciplinarity/Flexibility
  • Field Trips/Study Abroad Option
  • Educational Environment


Programme Leaders:

Elizabeth Dow (responsible for overall coordination of Project X Years 1-3)

Dr Barbara Penner (responsible for overall coordination of Architectural Research/Dissertation Years 1-3)

Module Coordinators:

Kevin Green, Chee Kit Lai, Dr. Brent Pilkey, Freddy Tuppen

Programme Administrator:

Eleni Goule

In addition, external lecturers and critics regularly contribute talks and workshops to the programme. Recent contributors have included:

  • Matthew Butcher (architectural tutor and practitioner)
  • Christophe Gerard (film-maker and architect)
  • Brandon LaBelle (sound artist)
  • Yesomi Umolu (curator, writer and researcher)
  • Prof. Jane Rendell (architectural critic and historian)
  • Prof. Iain Borden (architectural and urban historian)

Please download the AIS programme information sheet (PDF) for more information including entry requirements, application information, and FAQs.

Units and Showcases

Work by students in The Bartlett School of Architecture is of the highest quality. It is exhibited every year in the world's largest exhibition of design work by architecture students - the annual Summer Show with around 15,000 visitors - as well as being published in Bartlett Designs: Speculating with Architecture (Wiley, 2009).

Follow the links below to explore a massive range of student work produced throughout the BSc Architecture programme.

Project X 2012 BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies
2012-2013 - Project X
Year 1 thumb BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies
2011-2012 - Project X

Course information sheet

The course information sheet below includes details of the structure of the course, FAQs and application information.

AIS programme information sheet 2015

All applications for BSc AIS should be made via UCAS.
Please download and read the information sheet before making your application.
For more information about applying to study at The Bartlett, visit the Applying page.