Architecture BA(Hons)

Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Expand your horizons as you learn how to design and make innovative buildings, environments and spaces. Combining theory with practice, you'll define your own architectural agenda by considering thoughts and ideas in a historical, contemporary and future context.

As part of a course defined by making, you'll develop the 2D and 3D CAD techniques needed for practice, as well as the physical model-making and hand-drawing skills to communicate your ideas. You'll learn to prioritise the inter-relationship between material, space, place and people that forms the language of architecture. Rooted firmly in Cornwall, you'll use this unique location to draw upon the diverse and sometimes extreme environments that exist here.

How the course is taught

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

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
130%70% 0%
228%72% 0%

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     

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 One

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.

  • 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 Two

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.

  • Context - larger scale design projects
  • Environment - issues of sustainable development
  • Habitation - 'housing' in the broadest sense
  • Professional practice

Year Three

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.

  • Independent exploratory project
  • Dissertation
  • Final Project


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.


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


  • 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 mentors can be reached on the Architecture BA(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to