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Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
3 Years

Program Description

Architecture remains one of the most enjoyable and rewarding professions; in designing new spaces and buildings around our everyday lives and needs, you will be challenged intellectually, artistically and creatively.

You can make a major positive contribution to society by shaping our environment and surroundings, leaving a lasting impact and legacy.

Professionally accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this course adopts a hands-on approach to learning with a focus on imagination, communication and context. We run skills sessions to support drawing and model making as an integral part of studio work. You will also have access to excellent workshops, currently run by specialists in the areas of woodworking, clay modelling and digital craft processes. You will get to enjoy our new state of the art Faculty of Arts and Humanities building, which is due to be completed in 2021.

Coventry is ranked as the 10th Best University in the UK for Architecture in the Guardian University Guide 2021. They can be found working in leading architectural practices, including Aedas RHWL, Faulkner Browns Architects, C.F. Møller Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen.

Throughout your course you will get to study in our award-winning university buildings which are critically acclaimed within the world of architecture.

This course seeks to equip you with the knowledge and expertise to create architectural designs that balance human needs with the integrity of the environment, satisfying aesthetic and technical demands.

You should gain a comprehensive grounding in design, theory, history and building technology, while embracing conservation, sustainability and environmental issues which are relevant to today’s world.

Entry Requirements

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Program Benefits

  • RIBA Placement Programme West Midlands mentoring scheme (subject to availability).
  • Ranked 10th in the UK for ‘Architecture’ in the Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • Optional overseas visits and field trips Validated by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) providing Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 Level exemption.
  • Expert guest lecture programme – previous speakers have included Jeremy Gould, an expert of the development of Coventry’s post war architecture .
  • Extensive facilities include specialist model-making workshops and studios with 3D printing, rapid prototyping, laser cutters, CNC machines and specialist printing.
  • Current teaching team have national and international architectural practice experience and expertise in concept and detailed design, master planning and programming, participation and community development.
  • Access to specialist industry-standard software, for graphics, technical drawing, 3D modelling, environmental modelling.


The first year introduces you to the fundamentals of architecture including design, technology, communication and cultural context, with a look at the history and theory of architecture. We will teach you methods of hand drawing, sketching, model making and orthographic drawing as generators of creative exploration.

Through studio-based design projects, we aim to improve your understanding of the relationship of space, place, proportion and scale within the context of human needs and the physical site. You will also be given the opportunity to investigate architectural design further in relation to environmental design and human wellbeing aligned with materiality, construction and technology.

In the second year, you will have the opportunity to consider the importance of the tectonics of architecture and explore the wider holistic contextual implications of emerging contemporary urban planning. You should start to make informed choices about materials, structure and environmental design, using 3D modelling and digital drawing software as a tool for architectural exploration.

The final year consolidates the modules taught in the previous years and provides an opportunity to undertake a comprehensive design project that incorporates the core subjects of design, technology and environment and reflects your own emerging design philosophy.

You will focus on the whole design process on a brief directly related to the city of Coventry and the urban fabric. For example, past students have worked on a Council House for the city and the Centre of Peace and Reconciliation.

You will have the opportunity to exhibit in our Degree Show and New Designers in London. Students also have opportunities to exhibit work in venues in the City of Coventry, building skills and confidence in presenting work to the public.



Year 1

Design, Process, Communication

Comprehensive Design

Cultural Context

Construction and Environment

Year 2

Design, Process, Communication 2

Comprehensive Design 2

Construction, Technology and Environment

Cultural Context 2

Year 3

Exploratory Project

Comprehensive Design 3

Cultural Context 3

Construction, Technology and Environment 3

Integrated Collaborative Practice


Careers could include working as a/an:

  • architect
  • architectural technologist
  • interior and spatial designer

A degree in Architecture can prove useful in related roles, such as a:

  • building surveyor
  • town planner
  • commercial/residential surveyor
  • teacher or lecturer
  • buildings inspector
  • conservation officer
  • landscape architect
  • planning and development surveyor
  • structural engineer

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