Get hands-on experience from the moment you arrive. Whether working independently or in small groups, you'll always be supported by our expert team of qualified and practicing architects.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Discover and define your identity as an architect through developing your own briefs – focussing on the importance of place in architecture and how it works in harmony with location.
- Have the opportunity to take on a three-week work placement in your second year.
- Work on socially engaged live build projects; in your first year you’ll work collaboratively to design and build a structure for clients like the Eden Project.
- Be studio based, and learn in an environment of collaboration, reflecting industry practice.
- Be able to attend guest lectures from specialists across the industry.
The course is ARB part 1 prescribed and RIBA part 1 validated.
What our students do
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What you'll learn
You’ll apply drawing, 2D and 3D CAD design, model-making, surveying and writing to architectural projects, as you develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. On top of sharing your ideas in active debates, you’ll learn collaborative and organisational skills with group design projects. And by speaking to relevant bodies, organisations, local people and proposed user groups, you’ll develop comprehensive and appropriate design outcomes.
You'll get to grips with the language of architecture as you apply practical and conceptual skills to develop user-centred design outcomes. You'll also look at community issues and explore the structure of how things are made.
Place - Issues of locality, materiality and identity
People - User-centred design and introduction to core skills of drawing/model making
Community - Issues of collective living and working
Structure - Exploration of how ‘things' work and are made
You’ll develop your technical and conceptual skills as you take on larger-scale design projects. On top of considering the environmental issues in sustainable development, you’ll explore 'housing' in the broadest sense. We’ll also encourage you to take on erasmus exchanges and placements.
Context - larger scale design projects
Environment - issues of sustainable development
Habitation - 'housing' in the broadest sense
Your independent exploratory project will test your definition of what architecture is or can be - supported by a critical and theoretical view in your dissertation. You'll then complete the course with a comprehensive major project highlighting all your skills.
Independent Exploratory Project
Final Major Project
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.
How you'll learn
From our studio-based learning environment, to placements, industry visits and competition briefs, your project work will connect you with local, national and international issues.
You’ll take part in active debates and group design projects, and visit local boat builders, stone masons, shipyards and sculptors. You’ll even engage in design and build construction as you develop a practical understanding to support your future career.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Verbal and visual presentations to core teaching staff, visiting critics and your peers.
- Final-year projects and dissertation.
You’ll be taught by qualified architects alongside practitioners from fields like structures, services, conservation, law, planning, landscape, business, and management. With industry and academic experience, they ensure compliance with the latest regulatory frameworks and practice.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
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- Dedicated workshops featuring 3D and bronze casting foundry, printmaking, paint preparation, laser cutting and rapid prototyping.
- Digital imaging.
- Studio accommodation.
- Video and photography.
- Library with 140,000 books, 17,000 DVDs/videos, and over 400 journal titles.
- Archives including radio, slides, pictures and maps.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: K100
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 120 – 136 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. Applicants should have GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
How to Apply
Get application information including personal statement advice, interview tips and what to include in your portfolio.
What is a portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.
Personal Statement Guide
How do you write a personal statement and what should you include? Read our advice.
Interview Information: Architecture BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Architecture interview.
After You Apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has observational and developmental drawing abilities.
- Shows clear communication skills.
- Has a critical understanding and contextual awareness of drawing and the visual arts.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £450-£850 - Recurring annual costs
- £200-£300 - One-off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £900 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.
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