The three-year full-time BSc programme in Architecture aims to develop a creative, diverse and rigorous approach to design from the outset. It provides a broad educational setting within which the study of architecture can be developed at an undergraduate level. It aims to equip students with skills to practice architecture but, as importantly, an understanding of the technological, professional, cultural and architectural contexts within which those skills may be deployed in a knowing and imaginative way.
The programme is based in the studio and the workshop, with 70% of the programme taught and assessed through the Design portfolio. Most of the Design teaching is on a one-to-one tutorial basis with frequent review sessions; nearly all Design tutors are practising architects or design specialists who bring innovative design ideas to the School.
The BSc programme recognises that whilst this education has directly vocational aims, it also intends to introduce students to the wider societal forces which affect them and architectural production by stressing the indivisibility of the architectural, cultural, professional and technological realms. It does this through a programme of four core courses (Design, Technology, History & Theory, and Professional Studies) which support the Design work in each year and are assessed through a combination of coursework, essays and examination.
Successful completion of the BSc Architecture leads to exemption from Part 1 of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) examinations.
Year 1 design teaching is centred on the studio, where a sequence of projects that develop the central skills of observation, design and representation, with emphasis on the inventive and intelligent expression of ideas are undertaken.
Year 1 students explore 'ways of seeing':
understanding and interpreting objects/places/events and learning to look
beyond the obvious and visible into the unseen and often 'absurd' qualities of
things. In this way a place can also be seen as something with its own
identity, which each student can interpret in a different way. The importance
of 'character' and 'personality' is emphasised throughout the design process,
whether it concerns analysis, site interpretation or architectural vision.
Inventiveness and imagination are cultivated through a series of design
projects which tackle a range of scales and experiences and are constructed or
represented through models and drawings. Augmenting the studio projects are
lecture and seminar courses and a field trip to a major European city. For more information on the Year 1 course, please see here.
Year 2 & 3
2 and Year 3 students choose to join one of up to 10 design units, in which they remain for the year. Each of the units is taught by two design professionals who are part-time practitioners and academics. The vertically structured unit system provides common project briefs but also allows for a sequence of increasing scale and complexity between the start of Year 2 and the end of Year 3. Each unit declares a clear architectural position which allows students to begin to develop personal architectural interests within a strong academic framework. For more information on the range of design units, please see here.
Throughout the BSc architecture programme, architectural history and theory lecture and seminar emphasises the creative possibilities of architectural interpretation, encouraging students not only to learn what others have previously said and done in the field of architecture, but also to challenge and to critically redefine architecture, and hence to generate a theoretically-and historically informed position of their own.
Technology teaching is integrated with the process of design and the exploration of ideas and is taught as a tactile and inventive subject, where the workshop, studio and lecture space are interwoven places for its development and understanding. Over three years courses increasingly stress the interactive nature of design and the place of technical realisation in this process.
RIBA Part 1 and the Year Out
Successful completion of the BSc Architecture leads to exemption from Part 1 of the ARB/RIBA examinations. Students generally then take a Year Out in an architect's office before proceeding to a two-year Diploma programme (leading to RIBA/ARB Part 2 exemption). The Bartlett's full-time Professional Training Advisor (PTA) offers advice on careers and runs the Year Out course.
Throughout the three years of BSc design work is the main focus of activity. In BSc Year 1 students are taught in a year-wide group while in BSc Years 2 and 3 students are given a choice of design units, each spanning both year groups. Design projects are not seen as isolated exercises but are continually related to other concerns. In this way design is not treated as a remote skill, but as something which is integrated into other intellectual and professional activities in a holistic manner. The level of integration increases through the three years, so that the technology study and, in many cases, also the Professional Studies and the History & Theory submissions, specifically relate to design projects with each activity informing the other. In this light, the design units cover more than just a narrow focus of architectural design, and instead also reach out into all other areas of the syllabus.
The BSc technology core has three broad objectives:
- To give an overview of the technical issues affecting design. This is currently a function of the lecture series in modules ENVS1060 Environmental and Technical Skills and Concepts, ENVS1004 Structures, Materials and Forming Techniques and ENVS2015 Design Technology. ENVS2015 Design Technology also introduces students to the concept that many of these issues are incorporated into government legislation.
- To provide students with the technical skills that are needed to undertake design. These skills include workshop skills and computing skills as well as skills in designing with appropriate materials, structures and environmental issues. Students are also given grounding in skills related to sustainability. Students are asked to exercise these skills in relation to their design projects in all three years and to formally present their work as coursework in all modules except in Year 1 where there is the a written examination.
- To ensure that students can identify key technical issues which affect their design, that students can research these issues, and that they incorporate the resulting research into a resolved design proposal. This concept is introduced in Year 2 and explored further in Year 3. Students are asked to demonstrate that they understand the iterative nature of design in the face of technical research, by incorporating elements of their final design proposal into the technical submission.
History & Theory
The cultural context of architecture is addressed through the history & theory modules which run through the three years of BSc. In Year 1, the module provides an overall view of the cultural context within which buildings and cities have been produced in the past. In Years 2 and 3, two series of lectures focus in greater attention on the architecture of the past 150 years. In addition, Year 2 students follow a seminar series explaining different kinds of architectural text, while Year 3 students join a specialist seminar group exploring a specific historical or theoretical theme in relation to architecture. In addition, the units themselves provide a strong cultural identity against which projects are set. Finally, students are exposed to a whole range of outside influences through the public lecture series, Gallery exhibitions, conferences and other non-degree related activities of the School. More information about these modules can be found here, and about architectural history & theory in general at the School here.
A feature of the BSc programme is the teaching of certain subjects with students from other disciplines with the intent of placing architecture in relation to other built environment professions. The Year 1 module Production of the Built Environment addresses the roles of the three professions (Architecture, Planning and Construction Management) further increasing this integration. The Year 3 module Preparing for Practice provides an introduction to the working environment of the architect. These modules provide an introductory understanding of the professional and commercial factors which shape the environment. Further professional input is provided through the design tutors, the majority of whom are practising architects, and who bring their immediate knowledge to the design studios.
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
Follow the links below to explore a massive range of student work produced throughout the BSc Architecture programme.
Directors: Frosso Pimenides and Patrick Weber - Year 1 is centred on the design studio and is taught to the year as a whole. Students learn to observe, draw, model and design, through a series of creative tasks ...
BSc Unit 0
Murray Fraser, Kenny Tsui, Justin Lau - Exchange London - We want our students this year to think about and research into the concept of ‘exchange’. This term obviously carries many meanings. Exchange is the principle ...
BSc Unit 1
Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite - Undercurrents - 2012. Digital technology has irreversibly percolated into everyday architectural practice. Yet architects face a series of paradoxes: the gap between drawing and ...
BSc Unit 2
Julian Krüger, Damjan Iliev - Newtopia - Utopian places are a contradiction in terms: ‘Ou’ is the Greek word for ‘not’ and ‘Topos’ means ‘place’. The utopian place is a place which does not exist ...
BSc Unit 3
David Garcia, Jan Kattein - NEW HORIZONS Greenland, from periphery to centre - Greenland, home to the midnight sun, land of pioneers and explorers and harbor of 10% of the world’s drinking water reserves ...
BSc Unit 4
Ana Monrabal Cook, Luke Pearson - FACSIMILE - Unit Four continues its exploration into architectures of public delight, antipathy or bemusement by visiting the city that can truly attest to have been founded on ...
BSc Unit 5
Julia Backhaus, Pedro Font Alba, Bruce Irwin - SUPERNATURE - The efficiency of cities and the global demographic trend towards urbanisation are becoming vividly contemporary. This year we will focus on the ...
BSc Unit 6
Christine Hawley, Paolo Zaide - HE PECKHAM EXPERIMENT - In 1926 two pioneering doctors, George Scott Williamson and Innes Hope Pearse created a radical project in South London and opened the ...
BSc Unit 7
Ming Chung, Nick Tyson - WORKSHOP CULTURES - Architecture is a material practice and as such we feel that making is intrinsic to a way of working and thinking about design. Architects are conventionally ...
BSc Unit 8
Rhys Cannon, Ben Addy - NO AGENDA - Clearly to have ‘no agenda’ is paradoxical – stating this establishes an agenda of sorts – however we are framing the year in this way because we are most interested in the ideas ...
BSc Unit 9
Max Dewdney, Chee-Kit Lai - Brief City São Paulo – London - vents such as the Olympics are a form of Brief City and create opportunities for cities to reinvent themselves for the world but they also bring ...
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Application procedures, fees, funding and scholarships
For information, please visit the UCL Undergraduate Application and Entry page.
Programme-specific information follows below.
Undergraduate Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture
The Bartlett School of Architecture is an amazing place to start your architectural education. We offer a challenging environment with an open-minded approach towards architecture. Each year we attract a huge number of highly qualified applicants from all over the world. We are looking for equally open-minded students to challenge and to push the boundaries of architecture.
This course attracts a very large number of
highly qualified applicants and competition for places is stiff. We offer
between 90-100 places on our BSc Architecture degree program. All applicants
who apply before the 15 January deadline and are judged likely to meet our
minimum entry requirements are invited to submit an assessment 'task' based on a brief that changes each
On the basis of this task, around 400 applicants are shortlisted for an interview day. This is an opportunity for the interviewers to learn about you and your work and for you to learn about the Bartlett School of Architecture. The day will include a general introduction, a tour of Wates House and you will have the chance to meet and talk to current students. A substantial portfolio of creative work is essential for this interview.
There is no single 'right' way of preparing a portfolio as it usually expresses each applicant's individual character and approach. The portfolio should contain a selection of drawings, sketchbooks, photos, etc. Finished pieces and work in progress should be included. The portfolio is a means to illustrate the individual breath of skills, interests and ability. Please show a range of different work. All work included in the task and the portfolio should be original. If they are too big a scaled reproduction is accepted.
We are very interested in any self-motivated work undertaken outside the school's art course curriculum. A recent sketchbook with work undertaken outside school should be included in the portfolio.
Please be aware that CDs/DVDs with additional work cannot be viewed during the interview or for the task.
During the course of the interview you should be able to explain the process and ideas behind your work. The interview is an informal discussion around the applicant's work. We are not testing your knowledge of architecture or architectural history.
We are interested in who you are.
We sometimes offer an interview via Skype. Please let us know if you have problems attending a personal interview at the Bartlett.
Non A-Level applicants/international applicants
Applicants who are not following an
A-Level course structure will be invited to submit the 'task'.
Applicants who apply before the 15 January
deadline and are judged likely to meet our minimum entry requirements are
invited to submit the 'task'.
Please note that a portfolio of artwork is preferred for those applicants who are subsequently invited for an interview.
The Bartlett School of Architecture does not hold any specific open days during the academic year. We take part in the UCL and ULU Open days in June and September. Please find information about dates and venues here. Applicants are encouraged to visit our end-of-year show held every year in late June. For more information on the Summer Show, please see here.
Grocers' Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship
The Grocers' Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship
is open to UK nationals entering the BSc Architecture programme at
the Bartlett School of Architecture in alternate years (normally years
ending with an even number). The value of the scholarship is
around £2,000 per year, for the duration of the programme, subject to
satisfactory academic progress. Students do not need to apply for this award
- all successful applicants to the BSc Architecture are automatically