The aim of this modern architecture course is to develop graduates able to exploit modern technologies in the Built Environment and able to apply their technical and creative Architectural design skills to provide community relevant structures. This will be done against the backdrop of considering local, national and international environmental requirements.
At the end of this course, you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills applicable in the architectural field including generating rigorous design proposals, communicating effectively through a range of mediums, evaluating alternative materials and acting professionally as a key part of the construction industry. These skills will provide the foundation to your continuing your career towards becoming a professional architect.
You will engage with studio based learning throughout the course and will learn how to implement current and emerging technology into designs whilst fully understanding the larger picture in the context of urban design.
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What happens on the course?
Following an introduction to key concepts and methods of Architecture and Material Culture, you will start by making physical models and exploring forms of representation and manipulation of architectural form by graphic, photographic and digital means. Small scale individual and group studio projects allow an exploration of the methods of realisation, including the conventions of architectural drawing as a means of communication and methods of construction. In parallel with design projects, you will also broaden your understanding of both historical and contemporary precedents in architectural design. All work is thoroughly documented and presented in a final individual portfolio.
During this year you will consolidate your skills in preparation for the final year where theoretical views are tested. You will have the opportunity to develop your own design process and critical thinking skills, testing these skills within two projects of greater programmatic complexity and constraints. Reflective thinking skills will also be further developed through daily workbooks, which began in year 1 and in the design report.
There will also be further integration of supplementary lecture subjects within the design studio focusing on urban design. You will build on experiences by exploring the issues of building in the local urban context through architectural intervention projects. This will include the measurement, research, analysis, and representation of a local site. Through an informed understanding of context, you will propose innovative and thoughtful interventions to house public, convivial activities associated with the economic and physical opportunities of the local urban context. Theory and history will inform the understanding of the unique cultural context of the region. The special technical issues of building with existing buildings and their role in a sustainable city will be considered.
Social Practice – through a single architectural challenge, you will explore the role of the architect in making architecture. Methods and precedents of practice in shaping the built environment will be focused on contemporary issues of architecture, responding to the social context of architectural practice. Architectural design will be further explored.
The third year will emphasise the relationship between theory and the design process and practice. It will enable you to define a position within contemporary architectural dialogue, which is personally relevant to you, and then test this theoretical and practical position within architectural form.
Wolverhampton has a unique geographic position within the Black Country, which is seen by many as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. This course seeks to build on this rich engineering heritage, and bring together the traditional role of the architect with engineering knowledge reviving the historic title of Architect Engineer who has the ability to sit comfortably in either role. The engineering and technology ethos of this course not only provides students with a sound grounding in Architectural Design but also introduces them to traditional and emerging technologies used within the construction process.
The course also provides a focus on the role of the architect in shaping urban design, culture and community. Our graduates will be placed to become global designers who impact society locally, nationally and internationally.
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Graduates from this course will be able to seek employment in Architectural Practices, Construction and development companies, and Local Planning Authorities.
What skills will you gain?
Generate design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge, some at the current boundaries of professional practice and the academic discipline of architecture
Apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively
Understand the alternative materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural design and building construction
Evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured discourse relating to architectural culture, theory and design
Have knowledge of the context of the architect and the construction industry, and the professional qualities needed for decision making in complex and unpredictable circumstances
Identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required for further professional education
Who accredits this course?
Accreditation will be sought from Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architecture Registration Board (ARB)
A minimum of grade ABB or AAC from A level or equivalent
Successful merit on a HNC in a relevant subject discipline.
BTEC QCF Extended Diploma DDM
Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent
If you’ve got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course