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Architecture BA(Hons)

Learn through making on this RIBA and ARB Part 1 accredited course.

Key details
Falmouth Campus
Course duration
3 years
UCAS code

Course overview

While supported by practising professionals, you’ll define your own agenda within a broad architectural context. You’ll work on live briefs in a studio environment to hone your design skills and gain hands-on experience of building real architectural projects.

You’ll discover how to design specifically for unique places, in harmony with challenging locations and in response to environmental issues. As you work, you’ll gain valuable industry skills in preparation to launch a successful career.

You will:

  • Explore environmental solutions through radical design challenges and proposals, working without concrete, petrochemical-derived insulation materials and non-renewable energy sources to heat and cool buildings
  • Learn in a collaborative, studio based environment that reflects real-life workspaces
  • Have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through a professional placement
  • Work on socially engaged live-build projects for clients such as the Eden Project and the National Trust
  • Attend guest lectures from specialists across the industry
  • Access excellent technical facilities to explore your design projects through a range of analogue and digital fabrication processes

The course is ARB part 1 prescribed and RIBA part 1 validated.

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Course details

This industry-focused architecture course is taught through integrated design projects where knowledge is discussed and shared in a professional studio environment. Projects range from small-scale, fast-paced challenges to comprehensive design projects, which will allow you to showcase your wide-ranging skills as they develop over the three years of the degree.

You'll apply drawing, 2D and 3D CAD design, model-making, design process 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.

BA(Hons) Architecture Course Video

Throughout the course, we'll prepare you for professional practice; you'll learn the principles of participatory design, allowing you to begin to navigate the complex issues you'll face working in architecture.

Upon completion of your Architecture degree you'll have the ability to define and create critically strategic projects as well as the ability to challenge existing briefs to create architecture that excels in its inclusivity and relevance to the issues that face society today and in the future.

You'll explore the craft of architecture, understand the tectonics of materials and their relationship with each other, and develop a critical understanding of architecture's response to place.

Ultimately, you'll leave us with a set of skills and knowledge that allows you to become a provocateur: entrepreneurial in your thinking and critically reflective in your work

You'll get to grips with the primary skills and language of architecture as you apply practical and conceptual skills to develop user-centred design outcomes. During your first year, you'll begin to understand how projects are formulated and the best and varied ways to start to communicate architectural intentions. You'll consider space and light in architectural composition and gain a basic understanding of different structural approaches to building. We'll equip you with an overview of context, history and theory, paying special attention to the unique history of Cornwall. By the end of the year, you'll begin to formulate an ethical and aesthetic position in relation to the architectural profession.



You'll look into issues of locality, materiality and identity.


User-centred design and introduction to core skills of drawing/model making.


You'll explore issues of collective living and working.


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. During this second year of your Architecture degree, you'll develop confidence in the application of technical information and gain an understanding of the statutory requirements of professional practice. You'll learn to create designs that respond to the varied needs of users and continue developing a personal ethical basis for design decisions, with emphasis on client needs and concern for both natural and built environments.



Larger scale design projects.


Issues of sustainable development.


'Housing' in the broader sense.


Professional practice context and work experience opportunity.

An 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. By the end of the year, you'll be a strong communicator who is able to recognise your own strengths and weaknesses in order to maximise your opportunities. You'll also be able to demonstrate a rigorous and comprehensive level of architectural design ability that meets the ARB Part 1 Graduate Attributes.


Independent Exploratory Project

Experimental exploration of architecture derived from its environment.


Written critically reflective presentation of architectural and contextual history and theory.

Final Major Project

Comprehensive design 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.

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 building sites, stonemasons, shipyards and sculptors. You'll even engage in design and build construction as you develop a practical understanding that will support your future career.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll spend your time



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How you'll be assessed


Written exams

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The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

Assessment methods

  • No formal exams, all work is assessed through coursework.
  • Verbal and visual presentations to core teaching staff, visiting critics and your peers.
  • Formative feedback is continuous throughout the studio-based modules whilst summative assessment takes place to provide you with structured feedback to help your work develop.
  • Final-year projects and dissertation.

What our students do

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Aj Prize Winner Pic

Student claims the Architects’ Journal Prize

26 July 2021

BA(Hons) Architecture student Louis Domville-Musters has outperformed some of the finest young archi...

Student claims the Architects’ Journal Prize
Group of students discussing the project
SADI Scilly Centre for Life Group

Centre for Life on Scilly

27 May 2020

Students from the BA(hons) Architecture course at Falmouth University have been working in collabora...

Centre for Life on Scilly
Examples of final projects
SADI Final Review 2020 projects

Expert panel for Architecture Final Review

15 May 2020

BA Architecture welcomed an expert panel of industry specialists to their third year final review re...

Expert panel for Architecture Final Review
Dr Katie Bunnell from Brickfield

Have Clay, Make Bricks

09 April 2020

Architecture students had a virtual visit from Brickfield recently to share their insights on making...

Have Clay, Make Bricks
Tom Jubb presenting to BA Architecture students
Tom Jubb at SADI

Timber Talks

03 April 2020

Architecture students regularly benefit from workshops with speakers who share their knowledge and e...

Timber Talks

Award-winning Consultant Visits Falmouth

30 December 2019

Architecture students recently welcomed Sustainability Consultant Toby Cambray to Falmouth. Toby ...

Award-winning Consultant Visits Falmouth
Cornwall coast
Architecture and Nat Trust Gorthwedh project
Students on site in West Cornwall

Architecture Students Create Structure for National Trust

25 October 2019

First year Architecture students are gaining valuable industry experience in a live-build project wi...

Architecture Students Create Structure for National Trust
Architecture design by student Nina Jones
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Nina Jones

Student Wins Architecture Design Award

02 July 2019

Architecture student Nina Jones has won the Open Award at the Architects for Health (AfH) Student De...

Student Wins Architecture Design Award
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Beacon Benches: Architecture Students Collaborate with Community

10 June 2019

First year students from BA(Hons) Architecture have been working with the local community to create ...

Beacon Benches: Architecture Students Collaborate with Community
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Architecture Students Design Sustainable Bio Houses

04 June 2019

Designing a house is one thing, designing a completely new sustainable community for the future is a...

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Bio Houses
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Lifeboat 13

Titanic Collaboration with the Maritime Museum

23 May 2018

Falmouth University staff and students have assisted in the creation of two replica lifeboats for th...

Titanic Collaboration with the Maritime Museum
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William Matthews

Leading Architect Visits Falmouth

15 May 2018

The School of Architecture, Design & Interiors will be hosting Shard architect William Matthews ...

Leading Architect Visits Falmouth


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 staff member who teaches on the course.

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Tom Ebdon

Course Leader

Tom Ebdon joined Falmouth University in 2014 to head up the new BA(Hons) Architecture course. A...

Tom Ebdon

Janie Hinton

Lecturer in Architecture

I am a qualified architect, a member of the ARB and RIBA, and I have worked in practice for twenty y...

Janie Hinton
Mark Innes staff profile

Mark Innes


Part-time lecturer at Falmouth since 2016. On-going occasional teaching at Dessau International Grad...

Mark Innes
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Laurence North

Senior Lecturer

I joined Falmouth University in 1991, I have taught across a number of courses including Art and Des...

Laurence North
Tiago Costa staff profile

Dr Tiago Pinto da Costa

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tiago Pinto da Costa is an international architect born in Porto - Portugal, registered within th...

Dr Tiago Pinto da Costa


  • 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.
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Art & Design Facilities

Primarily located at the Falmouth Campus in a subtropical garden, our studios and workshop facilitie...

Art & Design Facilities
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Penryn library group study area

Library Facilities

Offering extensive collections, our two libraries provide a wealth of digital resources, magazines, ...

Library Facilities
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Sports Centre - Outside
Sports Centre

Sports Centre

Our Sports Centre, on Penryn Campus, includes a spacious gym with up to 90 of the latest, new statio...

Sports Centre


Our award-winning graduates are being recognised by RIBA and designing on projects that look to a more sustainable future for our world. Our graduates have worked at:

  • Adjaye Associates, London
  • Foster + Partners, London
  • BHSF, Zurich
  • Kast Architects, Cornwall
  • Lilly Lewarne Architects, Cornwall
Architecture design by graduate Freddie Hutchinson
Architecture design by graduate Freddie Hutchinson
One of Freddie's degree show designs

Hands-on Experience for Graduate

31 January 2020

Architecture graduate Freddie Hutchinson is working as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at Foster an...

Hands-on Experience for Graduate
Architecture graduate Nina Jones
Nina Jones

Graduate Champions Sustainable Building

20 January 2020

With plans to start her own practice in Cornwall, to revolutionise architecture in local c...

Graduate Champions Sustainable Building
Architectural design of platforms above water with people swimming below
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Will Bingley

Graduates' Cornish Projects Shortlisted for Coveted Architect Awards

02 August 2019

Nina Jones and Will Bingley, who graduated with BA(Hons) Architecture last month, have been shortlis...

Graduates' Cornish Projects Shortlisted for Coveted Architect Awards
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"A Perfect Blend of Logic and Creativity" - web story
Jessica Fairlie

"A Perfect Blend of Logic and Creativity"

08 February 2019

Architecture has always been in Jessica Fairlie's blueprint but discovering what she loved didn't al...

"A Perfect Blend of Logic and Creativity"

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through Clearing or for September 2023 through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply through Clearing 2022

Apply for 2023

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Architecture BA(Hons) three year degree 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.  

Course route Entry requirements
BA(Hons) three year degree

120 - 136 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 (C)

UCAS Tariff points will primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. Applicants should have GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

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 student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

For starting your studies in 2022

UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

For starting your studies in 2023

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

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

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international

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. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

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.

Ask a student

What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students?

From course details and academic support, to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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