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BA Architecture

Catalog id : K100
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20697 GBP
1350 GBP
1350 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
Department of Architecture
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600

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About this course

Architecture at Cambridge
With examples of outstanding buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, Cambridge provides the perfect setting to study architecture. Both teaching and research are ranked amongst the best in the country. At Cambridge, you’re taught by practising architects and academics who are leading experts in their field.

Our course is unashamedly academic in approach, emphasising architecture as a cultural as well as technological subject. The core of the teaching programme is in practical design carried out in studios (from the large scale of a city to the smallest detail), and supported by lectures on both the humanities (history and theory) and sciences (construction, environmental design and structures).

Our small, friendly Department has a very good staff to student ratio. Facilities include a superb library, studios, reprographics areas and workshops, as well as spaces for making models and larger installations. 

Careers and research
Many graduates continue into professional training, but some enter other creative fields or research. We have a long-standing tradition of research excellence, in areas such as history and philosophy of architecture, environmentally responsible design, architecture and the moving image, urban design and transport planning, and disaster relief.


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Eligibility Criteria

Professional qualification
Successful completion of our full three-year undergraduate course carries exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB)/Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Part 1 – the first stage in qualifying as an architect.

The Department also offers a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design, which carries exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 2, and a ARB/RIBA Part 3 course (the final qualifying stage).

What we’re looking for
You must have an enthusiasm for both the arts and the sciences. The ability to draw and an interest in the history of art and architecture are essential, as is a knowledge of mathematics to at least a good GCSE standard.

It’s not possible to study Architecture as an affiliated course (ie in one year less than usual). However, if you’ve already completed an undergraduate degree at another university and now wish to study Architecture at Cambridge as a second undergraduate degree, you can apply to study the full three-year course. (In this case, you normally wouldn’t pay the separate College fee.) Please seek advice about your application as early as possible from one of the mature Colleges.

Typical offers require
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level

For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages.

Course requirements
Required by all Colleges: no specific subjects
Required by some Colleges: A Level/IB Higher Level arts/science mix; one or more of A Level/IB Higher Level Art, Graphic Design, History of Art, Mathematics or Physics

Please note that Art tends to provide a better preparation for our course than subjects such as Design and Technology.

All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so check College websites for College-specific requirements. See also Entrance requirements and our Subject Matters leaflet for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.

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).

Admissions Tutors want to see something that will illustrates your interests, experience and ability in the visual and material arts. Normally drawing and painting forms the basis of the portfolio but other media such as sculpture and photography may also be included. It's usually sufficient for three-dimensional work to be exhibited in photographs.

A sketchbook with ongoing drawings is extremely helpful and applicants are encouraged to take one to the interview. It may be in any media (pencil, charcoal, crayon etc) and should include a variety of subject matter. The work can be material prepared for school-leaving examinations but creative work executed outside formal courses is also welcome.

Portfolio requirements vary from College to College. Please see the Department website and individual College websites for further guidance.

Admissions assessment
All applicants for Architecture are required to take written and practical assessments at interview, if interviewed.

Assessment format
Writing skills (30 minutes)
Graphic and spatial ability (30 minutes)
 Architecture Admissions Assessment Specification

You do not need to register or be registered in advance for the assessments at interview – the Colleges provide details of arrangements in the letters inviting applicants to interview.

Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

Submitted work
Applicants to the following Colleges are required to submit one or two School/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview. See individual College websites for further details.

St John's

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Course Modules

Year 1 (Part IA)
The studio work introduces the possibilities of architecture, with an emphasis on understanding and developing proficiency in traditional modes of architectural representation – models, collage, perspectives, elevations, plans and sections. You also master basic CAD skills, used in studio presentations. A study trip abroad is typically offered in the Easter vacation. 

You take five lecture-based papers:

Introduction to Architectural History/Theory (pre-1800)
Introduction to Architectural History/Theory (post-1800)
Fundamental Principles of Construction
Fundamental Principles of Structural Design
Fundamental Principles of Environmental Design
Assessment is through coursework and written examinations. 

Year 2 (Part IB)
You choose from various options for studio work, with projects ranging in scale from mapping studies and interior interventions, to reasonable-sized buildings. Emphasis is on integrating the technical skills learnt in Part IA and in the ongoing Part IB lectures with your studio output. A voluntary study trip is usually offered.

In addition, you take four papers that build on your Part IA knowledge:

Studies in History and Theories of Architecture, Urbanism and Design
Principles of Construction
Principles of Structural Design
Principles of Environmental Design
For the first, you submit two essays and sit a written examination. The remaining three papers are assessed by a written exam in each. 

Year 3 (Part II)
You choose from three studio options which vary in approach but all require you to produce a building design at the end of the year, the technical realisation of which is allied to a coherently framed conceptual approach. Again, a voluntary study trip is usually offered.

Four lecture-based papers together carry 20 per cent of your overall marks:

Advanced Studies in Historical and Theoretical Aspects of Architecture and Urbanism
Management, Practice and Law
Advanced Studies in Construction Technology, Structural Analysis and Environmental Design Related to Case Studies
Architectural Engineering (examined entirely by coursework)
A written dissertation of 7,000-9,000 words on a topic of your choice accounts for the remaining 20 per cent of your marks.

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How to Apply

In order to apply to Cambridge for 2017 entry (or deferred entry in 2018) you must submit a UCAS application by 15 October 2016, 6.00pm (UK time).

There are earlier application deadlines for applicants wishing to be considered for interview overseas, and some mature students applying to one of the mature Colleges may be able to apply after this date.

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