2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Architecture

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

K100

Points required:

128

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Take a virtual tour of this year's Architecture degree show
  • 90% of our students agreed they were satisfied with the quality of the course - 2020 National Student Survey 
  • Students can access study abroad opportunities and apply for overseas travel awards
  • Access to some of the UK's best examples of urban redevelopment and iconic buildings
  • Teaching in the RIBA award-winning, purpose-built John Lennon Art and Design Building
  • Opportunities for overseas exchanges and study trips
  • Exemptions from RIBA/ARB Part 1 exams on graduation
  • Direct involvement in live artistic projects taking place in the city
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
  • For news, events, including student-led events, course information and student work and staff research, visit the Architecture blog

About your course

This professional validated programme gives you the opportunity to work on a range of authentic architectural projects with input from practicing architects in a dynamic studio environment with access industry standard technical facilities.

Taught principally through a studio environment that is seamlessly underpinned and informed by lectures and workshops, the over-arching ambition of the programme is to create graduates with artistic flair, and who are technically skilled and grounded in the demands of the professional role of the architect.

The learning and teaching environment is progressively informed by research in pedagogy in the creative field. While teaching the curriculum, the programme also develops less tangible skills in students, such as communication, presentation and self-motivation; a key ambition is to create independent thinkers, adept at resolving problems with creativity and originality.

A broad educational experience is offered within which students can develop diverse rigorous and creative approaches to design issues that explore and test appropriate resolutions in relation to contemporary and anticipated contextual issues. 

Design projects form the backbone of the core teaching strategy. These projects are seen as primers to a divergent creative and critical thought process: they are characterised by individual interpretation and interest of the subjects that encourage imaginative solutions through discursive studio forums.

As you progress through the degree, the design projects gradually become larger in scale, more complex and ambitious in their intentions and integrative in their nature. At degree level, predominantly, the city of Liverpool is used as a contextual laboratory to test concepts that have a local flavour with global implications.

The aim is to develop graduate skills and knowledge such that they become autonomous thinkers who are capable of analysing, visualising and testing potential solutions to increasingly complex spatial and social issues within an increasingly holistic global scenario.

We regularly host symposia and conferences, for example the recent symposiums included:
The Display, Exhibition & Propagation of Architecture and Government and Housing in a Time of Crisis which both featured world-renowned guest speakers from architecture, urban planning and academia.

Each year, two of our undergraduate students are put forward for the RIBA Presidents' Medals award, and the collection of student work is published in a widely available catalogue. The variety of work and creative freedom seen in these projects demonstrates the expertise of our alumni.

For news, events, including student-led events, course information and student work and staff research, visit the Architecture blog.

This course is currently undergoing a review which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Hear one of our students talking about their Degree Show project:

"I wanted to receive an education that gave me the skills required to work in the real world. Studying at LJMU proved to be the best option, since they offered a well rounded education that focused on both design and technology."

Berta Willisch, graduate

Professional accreditation/links

This course is fully accredited by the RIBA (Royal Institute of Architects) and the ARB (Architects Registration Board).

Liverpool School of Art and Design, where Architecture is taught, has many links with artistic and cultural institutions both nationally and locally, including RIBA and FACT (the Foundation of Arts and Creative Technologies), and collaborates regularly on both live projects and exhibitions.

Recently, Architecture students have worked with RIBA to stage Le Corbusier’s exhibition, 'The Art Of Architecture' in Liverpool Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral's Crypt.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

Successful completion of your BA Architecture degree means you will be exempt from RIBA/ARB Part 1 exams.

To become a registered architect you usually need to work for an additional year in architectural practice then complete a two-year Master of Architecture (MArch) diploma. Once you have passed the RIBA Part 3 exams, you can practice in any EU or commonwealth country and many other countries outside the EU.

If after graduating you choose not to go down the route of becoming a registered architect, a range of other careers are open to you. Past graduates have pursued successful careers as project managers, property developers, building contractors, furniture designers, lighting designers, architectural visualisation artists and journalists.

Many of our graduates have successfully secured employment at world-class practices throughout the UK and further afield, while others have remained in the city of Liverpool contributing to its evolution, taking key roles in leading practices that have reshaped the city over the last decade.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

History and Theory 1
20 credits

This module is delivered as a series of lectures, presented by studio tutors from all years of the programme, and dealing with the seminal developments in architectural design from antiquity to the twentieth century. Here you will be made aware or how art, technology, economy, environment and society have influenced the evolution of architecture. The module uses numerous carefully chosen buildings and their contexts to offer you an overview and grounding in the history of your predecessors in the architectural disciplines including urban design and landscape design.

Architectural Evaluation
20 credits

This module introduces you to some fundamental aspects of architectural analysis and design process. The first stage of the module involves the study, drawing and presentation of architectural qualities found in a range of notable existing buildings. These comparative studies are undertaken as group work. The second stage is an individual student submission for a design proposal utilising the ideas previously explored.

Architectural Design 1
20 credits

This module develops your thematic design ideas in an individual design project. Visual imagery in cinema is used to demonstrate and explore design concepts as a stimulus for the generation of ideas. Workshop activities include orthographic drawings, 3D systems, architectural conventions, photomontage, photography, model-making and sketching. Models and analytical drawings will be the primary means of exploring building studies.

Architectural Design 2 - Origination Stage 1
20 credits

This module develops your design ideas, concepts and initial proposal for a building project and the subsequent module Architectural Design 2 progresses its spatial planning and technical resolution.

Architectural Design 2 - Resolution Stage 2
20 credits

This module develops your concepts of the previous project work into a resolved architectural proposition, expressed through physical models, orthographic and perspective drawings. The module includes a constructional submission. The development of design skills is supported by weekly tutorials interspersed with design reviews. Design Workshops provide guidance towards the constructional section and building assembly of the project.

Technology and Practice 1
20 credits

This module gives you a grounding in the challenges of building high quality architecture and begins to make connections between the technical and the design aspects of the subject. The module provides a sound theoretical and practical foundation to build on in Levels 5 and 6. It introduces you to the role of technology in the process of architectural design from commencement to realisation, as it has existed historically as well as in recent buildings of note. Accent is placed on innovatory thinking and on the present technical and practical horizons possible within the profession of architecture viewed internationally.

Level 5

Core modules

History and Theory 2
20 credits

The aim of the module is to offer you a chance to explore Modernism, its European precedents and worldwide antecedents and to help you to develop your analytic voice through a series of lectures, seminars and assignments in preparation for the more detailed and focussed tasks of level 6. In addition you will be encouraged to develop your research skills to have a wider scope of context and a deeper appreciation of how critical theory can help in dissecting the work of architects and their creative processes.

Urban Design Strategy
20 credits

This module introduces the principles of urban design and how these relate to the design and development of cities, past and present. It explores the role of urban strategy in shaping the contemporary built environment. Module outputs focus on the production of an urban design strategy for part of a city based on analysis of the existing condition.

Urban Design Project
20 credits

This module aims to instil you with the ability to individually produce a detailed spatial design, which is derived from a masterplan and that responds to ideas developed through working at a range of scales. The module then aims to develop your understanding of technical strategies relating to design, resulting in meaningful and considered integration of strategies for sustainable design and materials. 

Experimental Design - Origination
20 credits

This module develops your experimental and explorative processes in architectural thinking, design and production. The architectural inquiry in this module will be informed by thematic research, cultural and historic re-interpretation, and sustainability, as appropriate to each project. From a given starting point you are encouraged to explore and define the parameters of the field of inquiry for your project. In so doing, the aim is that you will devise your own objectives for research, brief, developmental interpretation and ultimately design response.

Experimental Design - Resolution
20 credits

This module enables you to develop experimental and explorative processes in architectural design thinking, production, technical studies, and representation. You will develop your abilities in creative detailed design development and detailed resolution of your design project. You will also explore the integrated consideration of technical issues in relation to your design project, such as material choice and detailed technical strategies, underpinned by principles of sustainability.

Technology and Practice 2
20 credits

The aim of this module is to methodically inform you of the topics of environmental design, structural design, materials choice and properties, Computer Aided Design, and the construction of buildings on site. The module builds on the broad introduction given at Level 4, by focussing on the technical realisation of buildings through analysis, design, detailing, and site construction and supervision.

Level 6

Core modules

Cdp Research
20 credits

This ‘Comprehensive Design Project Research’ module informs your final semester studio work. You will have a choice of subject areas from a range of briefs, to then progress as an in-depth piece of research to establish the contextual framework for your final design project. You are expected to engage in a significant element of background reading and research. 

Architectural Design 3 - Origination
20 credits

The theme of this module is environment, ecology and sustainability. These topics are explored through the design origination of a building with a programme relating to these themes. This module will introduce you to the importance of researching, understanding and interpreting cultural ideas/phenomena related to sustainability. Studies of relevant history and theories, technology and materials will underpin the module. Presentation of designs will take the form of models, drawings and other creative media, and will be presented in exhibition and portfolio format.

Architectural Design 3 - Resolution
20 credits

This module will encourage you to adopt a rigorous approach to spatial refinement, structure, materiality and sustainability. This should include knowledge and practice associated with the ecological impact of design over time. It will introduce the importance of researching, understanding and interpreting spatiality materiality and sustainability. 

Comprehensive Design Project
40 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to prepare a integrated design for a medium sized building. This work will draw on other modules of the course and will prove your abilities in site planning and landscaping, conceptual and thematic design, spatial organisation and sequence, materials choice, detailed technical strategies and design and principles of build ability. 


Technology and Practice 3
20 credits

This module is focused on creating a coherent integrated environmental strategy for their CDP building, with appropriate structural resolution and considered thinking in materiality and construction. This work is assessed through drawings and diagrams which are presented alongside the CDP design. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

During Level 4, you will be introduced to fundamental tools and ideas that form the basis for the study of architecture. In parallel, the interpretation of themes and conceptual thinking will be established within the year’s overall focus of Form, Space and Light. 

During Level 5, you will explore two core aspects of architectural thinking: Contextualism and Experimentation and complete a study trip to a city in Europe. You will also complete modules which will inform and aid your work in the design studio. 

The final year, Level 6, focuses on environment, sustainability and ecology where architecture is seen as emerging from and responding to a holistic context of contemporary cultural and environmental programmatic issues. You will secure the skills and knowledge required to practice architecture via a creative but rigorous approach to design project work.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

Independent design project work makes up 60% of this course, and so it is vital that you get the support you need to be able to fully develop your design skills. For this reason, you will be allocated a design tutor who will provide one-to-one teaching and support throughout each project.

The feedback system and the production of a personal development plan with a personal tutor are also designed to help you achieve your full potential, in both your studies and your future career plans.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Typically, you will be assessed on your design and research presentations (group/individual), written work (essays, reports etc), exams (seen/unseen), practical work (workshop abroad), and your portfolio. At the end of your studies there will be a one-to-one interview with an external examiner.

The type of feedback you will receive varies according to the module. For instance, design modules are reviewed twice with formal feedback given by a panel at the second review, and portfolio reviews are conducted at the end of each semester when you will work with your personal tutor to put together a personal development plan. This will address your strengths and weaknesses and help you develop your academic work as well as your career plans.

Work-related learning

Professional links to enhance your learning

Alongside your development of professional architectural skills, you will gain transferable skills that will enhance your employability once you graduate. You will hear from a range of guest speakers, as part of the School of Art and Design's Masters Series lectures. You will also have opportunities to participate in symposia run by the Architecture department as well as opportunities to enter competitions relating to professional development.

In a recent competition held in association with Finsa, final year Architecture students were asked to design a school or shelter for war torn countries so that children could learn in safety. Read about the competition from the perspective of the winner.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

Cross-disciplinary learning in art and design subjects takes place in the Liverpool School of Art and Design’s John Lennon Art and Design Building, based in the Mount Pleasant Campus. Here students studying a variety of disciplines, including Architecture, Art in Science, Exhibition Studies, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, History of Art and Museum Studies and Interior Architecture, will have the opportunity to develop their work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within a stimulating and critically demanding environment.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 128


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language/Mathematics and Science GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • • Key Skills Level 2  in English/ Maths
    • NVQ Level 2  Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
    • Skills for Life Level 2 in English
    • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
    • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
    • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
    • Welsh GCSE in Maths
    • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number


A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: ABB
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

T Levels

128 UCAS points in a relevant subject

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own or to the total of 128 points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 128 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 128 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 128 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Alternative qualifications considered

Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

Will I be interviewed?

Submission of portfolio required

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

All short-listed applicants are requested to submit a digital portfolio prior to an offer being made. Applicants are awarded an offer on the quality of their digital portfolio or work, and academic attainments.

We are looking for students with an enthusiasm for design, who wish to engage in the debate on the future of the built environment.

You should have a willingness to read around the subject widely. You should be willing to gain first hand experience of buildings, towns and cities and acquire information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects.

You would be expected to meet the criteria below;

  • Critically aware of their surroundings
  • Capable of discussing Art & Design issues
  • The ability to analyse and reflectively criticise your work and the work of others
  • Visual awareness

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.