BA (Hons)

Architecture

Teaching & Learning

You will develop and explore values, knowledge, skills and techniques appropriate to the development of creative, responsive professional architects. The course will also provide a basis for further postgraduate study in architecture leading to future qualification as an architect, or for further academic study in architecture or a career in an alternate discipline. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

We will introduce you to the history and theory of art and architecture, investigating how cultural influences have impacted upon the industry.
A broad foundation of architectural histories, including key architectural movements and architects, which will provide the framework for you to analyse, evaluate, observe, speculate and anticipate how historical developments have catalysed design.
Gain an insight into the key principles of sustainability, structure, construction and environmental science in order to understand the fundamental elements of building.
Explore the constraints and possibilities presented by constructional, environmental and structural issues related to making through investigation.
We will encourage you to think creatively about design. You will do this through a series of research, investigative and practical projects.
An introduction to the architectural design of more complex spaces, including buildings. This module will allow you to describe architectural space and understand ways in which space may be created.
Using a broad toolkit of techniques and approaches, you will develop the skills necessary for the detailed exploration and communication of architectural design ideas.
We will introduce you to the history and theory of art and architecture, investigating how cultural influences have impacted upon the industry.
A broad foundation of architectural histories, including key architectural movements and architects, which will provide the framework for you to analyse, evaluate, observe, speculate and anticipate how historical developments have catalysed design.
Gain an insight into the key principles of sustainability, structure, construction and environmental science in order to understand the fundamental elements of building.
Explore the constraints and possibilities presented by constructional, environmental and structural issues related to making through investigation.
We will encourage you to think creatively about design. You will do this through a series of research, investigative and practical projects.
An introduction to the architectural design of more complex spaces, including buildings. This module will allow you to describe architectural space and understand ways in which space may be created.
Using a broad toolkit of techniques and approaches, you will develop the skills necessary for the detailed exploration and communication of architectural design ideas.

What you'll learn

An opportunity build your knowledge of architectural history and theory issues related to urban planning, community and the city.
Explore the history of cities in their multiple states of development. You will gain an insight into real situations which cities have to face, such as competitions, threats, disasters, wars, expansions, divisions, migrations, dilemmas, controversies and demises.
Study modern technologies used in different types of buildings. The aim is to record, analyse and appraise technological strategies relevant to work undertaken in design studio.
Demonstrate your understanding of technological issues and establish strategies that you will use in your AD2.2 design project. You will also continue to develop your knowledge of architectural technologies as well as skills in research and visual presentation.
Examine the principles and precedents of structure, enclosure and materiality through a series of short, design-led research projects, supported by study visits to examples of contemporary architecture. You will develop a larger scale architectural proposition as part of an urban intervention strategy. Your innovative proposal should engage with the art, culture, social aspects, technology and materiality of place.
Develop an architectural proposition (at a larger scale than in AD2.1) as part of an urban intervention strategy, with particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking and narrative. You will progress your proposals as you creatively engage with the art, culture, social aspects, technology and materiality of place.
An opportunity build your knowledge of architectural history and theory issues related to urban planning, community and the city.
Explore the history of cities in their multiple states of development. You will gain an insight into real situations which cities have to face, such as competitions, threats, disasters, wars, expansions, divisions, migrations, dilemmas, controversies and demises.
Study modern technologies used in different types of buildings. The aim is to record, analyse and appraise technological strategies relevant to work undertaken in design studio.
Demonstrate your understanding of technological issues and establish strategies that you will use in your AD2.2 design project. You will also continue to develop your knowledge of architectural technologies as well as skills in research and visual presentation.
Examine the principles and precedents of structure, enclosure and materiality through a series of short, design-led research projects, supported by study visits to examples of contemporary architecture. You will develop a larger scale architectural proposition as part of an urban intervention strategy. Your innovative proposal should engage with the art, culture, social aspects, technology and materiality of place.
Develop an architectural proposition (at a larger scale than in AD2.1) as part of an urban intervention strategy, with particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking and narrative. You will progress your proposals as you creatively engage with the art, culture, social aspects, technology and materiality of place.

What you'll learn

This is an opportunity to focus your studies on a particular area of architecture that interests you. You will benefit from a range of lectures by speakers whose work is related to design studio themes.
Build on the knowledge you have gained in your first and second years as you focus on the movement from synthesis to practical application. The work you do will inform your design studio project.
Reinforce your knowledge of industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and understand how cost control is an integral part of design.
Develop a comprehensive building design by resolving a proposal that explores technological and professional issues. You will enhance your drawing and making skills through workshops in casting, rendering, detailed large-scale model-making, digital design and photographic techniques.
This is an opportunity to focus your studies on a particular area of architecture that interests you. You will benefit from a range of lectures by speakers whose work is related to design studio themes.
Build on the knowledge you have gained in your first and second years as you focus on the movement from synthesis to practical application. The work you do will inform your design studio project.
Reinforce your knowledge of industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and understand how cost control is an integral part of design.
Develop a comprehensive building design by resolving a proposal that explores technological and professional issues. You will enhance your drawing and making skills through workshops in casting, rendering, detailed large-scale model-making, digital design and photographic techniques.