Subject in detail
The Department was founded on the ethos of providing students with the opportunity to develop holistic design skills through integrating the artistic and technical domains. Aims of the programme are based on:
- the acquisition of skills necessary to explore, interrogate and communicate architectural proposals
- the ability to control, manipulate and compose internal space and external form
- the ability to integrate, within architectural proposals, principles of structural design, environmental design and sustainability
- a knowledge of materials and the detailed assembly of building elements
- an understanding of the ways in which cultural, historical and socio-economic factors influence design decisions.
Following the BSc, we offer the MArch programme which prepares you for the RIBA part 2 exams and consists of 3 taught semesters and 1 placement semester. The programme provides for the development of sophisticated analytical, communicative, and projective and reflective architectural practice.
Teaching and learning
Bath’s undergraduate programme in Architecture offers a structure of architectural education unique among UK Universities due to many factors:
- the programme includes two six month placements and students an opportunity to combine academic study with a Placement in Practice
- full-time first year followed by placements in the second semester of each of the second and the third year
- opportunity to acquire work place skills prior to graduation
- core syllabus taught in years 2 and 4 of the programme
- the third year includes a European exchange option, known as Erasmus. This gives students at Bath the opportunity to study at several of Europe’s leading Schools of Architecture
- joint projects where teams of architectural and engineering students work together to produce highly integrated, inventive and imaginative design solutions.
Methods of assessment
All degree programmes contain a suitable assessment mix of examinations, project work and course work.
Units & programme structure
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