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Why choose this course?During this degree youll think and make, and develop the technical and critical skills required to be both nimble and empowered to act in todays diverse architectural culture. The course features a diverse range of design approaches rooted in a common ethos, and often involving live-build projects, recently for the Barbican in London and Kunstmuseum, Bonn. Youll study in our exceptional, Haworth Tompkins-designed workshops, which are open for creative exploration and
Why choose this course?
During this degree you'll think and make, and develop the technical and critical skills required to be both nimble and empowered to act in today's diverse architectural culture. The course features a diverse range of design approaches rooted in a common ethos, and often involving 'live-build' projects, recently for the Barbican in London and Kunstmuseum, Bonn. You'll study in our exceptional, Haworth Tompkins-designed workshops, which are open for creative exploration and offer opportunities to collaborate on projects and share ideas.
During this two-year degree, you'll develop as an architectural designer and thinker and progress to engaging in architectural practice as an independent and reflective practitioner. You'll be expected to build on the knowledge, understanding and skill acquired during your first degree and a recommended initial period of work-based learning. The emphasis of this course is therefore to deepen and consolidate existing learning and skill from years 1 to 3, rather than to introduce a wide range of new subject material. The design studio aspect of the course is taught through studio units. Students have the opportunity to enter a ballot for the unit of their choice at the beginning of each academic year. The subject focus of the units varies from year to year.
Teaching and assessment
Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.
After you graduate
Graduates from this degree succeed in architectural careers in professional practice, architecture teaching and associated construction and creative industries; they are actively sought by prominent architectural practices in London, the UK and abroad.
Applicants must have: Preferably ARB/RIBA Part 1 or exemption from it, but we will consider applications without Part 1 who have undertaken non-UK or non-validated architecture degrees. Before qualifying as a UK architect, students must have obtained Part 1, as well as Part 2 and 3. Please contact the ARB regarding eligibility for their Prescribed Part 1 exam; in most cases, not less than 40 weeks of appropriate professional experience prior to entry; a high level of basic design skill as well as an ability to engage in a rigorous, graduate programme of study; an understanding of architecture as both an academic subject and an ongoing practice; and a commitment and motivation to the practice of architecture. We will give preference to applicants who have: a good first degree; and evidence of a range of experience in either architectural practice or an allied design/construction environment.
Located in South-West London, Kingston University offers a high-quality portfolio of postgraduate and research degree courses, and a cosmopolitan university experience. Students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace, and are provided with a huge variety of learning opportunities, top-class resources and support services.
Postgraduate study spans four academic facilities; Kingston School of Art, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (combining Kingston Business School and the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences), Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, and Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.