Architecture BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
1G80
Location
Falmouth Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Architecture at Falmouth is built upon over 110 years of tradition and history in creative studies. This professional course gives graduates a thorough understanding of how to design and make innovative sustainable buildings, environments, spaces and places for today and tomorrow.

Cornwall has beautiful coastlines, distinctive heritage buildings and stunning seaside towns, but it is in part a rugged and challenging post-industrial landscape. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel it's a place that presents lessons of regeneration and showcases the relationship between humanity and the natural environment.

From the urban settings of Camborne, Pool, Redruth and Falmouth, to the farming community of St Just, Cornwall provides an ideal location to learn about sustainable and sensitive ways of living, working and place making.

Unique to Falmouth, you'll live and study alongside artists, designers, actors, musicians, writers, film-makers and photographers, as well as the scientists based at Penryn Campus. It's the perfect place to learn about one of the most exciting and essential creative subjects: Architecture.

How the course is taught

You will engage in drawing, model making, critical thinking, surveying, and writing directly applied to architectural projects. Lectures and seminars allow you to engage in active debate and help the articulation of your ideas; a key component of practice.

Team working is also crucial to building your designs, so you'll be working in groups on design projects, to develop collaborative and organisational skills that reflect the wider world.

Theory will be integrated within studio practice and you will be encouraged to position your thoughts and ideas into a historical, contemporary and future context. It will be about critical thinking more than a historical narrative; about the ‘Why?' rather than the ‘What?'

Delivery of technical components will be from qualified practitioners who also have experience of academic delivery (structure/services/conservation/law/planning/landscape/business/management) to ensure compliance with latest regulatory frameworks and practice.

Throughout the course you will keep a sketchbook and reflective diary. These will be assessable components throughout the course and will prepare you for professional life.

Course outline

The skills you'll develop on our course will be applicable anywhere in the world, because they're focused on creative problem solving in a studio-based environment. You'll learn through design projects that will support your future career and really focus on the key issues of place, community, technology and identity.

Throughout the course you'll be developing 2D and 3D CAD design and communication skills required for practice, as well as physical model-making skills to represent your ideas. You'll focus on the development of hand-drawing skills to quickly communicate concepts in front of a client.

Project work will be focused on direct engagement with issues, locally, nationally and internationally through placements, visits and competition briefs. Examples might include housing regeneration projects, sustainable tourism, temporary structures, exploratory structures that explore air, land, and sea, and more formal design within urban environments. All will require direct conversations with relevant bodies, organisations, local people and proposed user groups to develop a comprehensive and appropriate design outcome.

You'll be working with real materials and develop a practical understanding with visits to local boat builders, stone masons, shipyards and sculptors. You'll even engage in one-to-one construction.

What you'll do

Year 1

In your first year you'll develop a thorough grounding in the language of architecture through looking at issues of locality, materiality and identity; applying practical and conceptual skills to develop usercentred design outcomes. You'll also look at the community issues of collective living and working, and explore the structure of how things are made.

Indicative course outline, subject to validation

  • Place - Issues of locality, materiality & identity
  • People - User centred design and introduction to core skills of drawing/model making
  • Community - Issues of collective living & working
  • Structure - Exploration of how ‘things' work & are made

Year 2

In your second year you'll develop your technical and conceptual skills and take on larger-scale design projects. You'll also look at environmental issues of sustainable development and explore 'housing' in the broadest sense. A grounding in key practice skills prepares you for your career after you graduate. Erasmus exchanges and placements within architectural practice are encouraged during your second year.

Indicative course outline, subject to validation

  • Context - Larger scale design projects
  • Environment - Issues of sustainable development
  • Habitation - 'Housing' in the broadest sense
  • Professional Practice

Year 3

In your final year you'll complete an independent exploratory project testing your definition of what architecture is or can be, and this is supported by a critical and theoretical view within your dissertation. You'll complete the course with a comprehensive major project that will highlight all of your skills and be the stepping stone into creative professional practice.

Indicative course outline, subject to validation

  • Independent Exploratory Project
  • Dissertation
  • Final Project

Staff

Our staff have worked in various roles within the industry and are dedicated to making sure you get the skills, experience and knowledge you need to progress after your degree.

Assessment

  • Verbal and visual presentations to core teaching staff, visiting critics and your peers
  • Final year projects and dissertation

Careers

  • Architect
  • 3D designer

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Architecture group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form