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Architecture (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Architecture (Hons) course at Kingston University offers a breadth of built environment expertise and a unique educational experience. Students often feature in the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President's Medals - considered the world's most prestigious and established awards in architectural education.


The Architecture (Hons) course at Kingston University centres on design, on the creative processes of observation and making, and an ethos of ‘thinking through making'. Architecture is emphasised as a material practice, with particular attention given to how buildings are made and how tectonic components are fundamental to architectural character.

Studio projects form 50 per cent of the course, giving you the skills and knowledge to tackle design issues in the built environment. Workshops teach drawing and making skills, such as casting, pencil and charcoal rendering, detailed large-scale model-making, computer-based graphics and CAD drawing. You will also study theoretical, cultural, historical, social, sustainable, material and technical issues.

Course Outcomes

Year 1 features site-based projects, addressing the principles and context of architectural design. It includes supporting studies such as drawing and model-making, materials, sustainability and architectural history.

In Years 2 and 3, you will work in independent studio groups, carrying out design projects that may last from a few weeks to a year. In Year 2, you will be encouraged to experiment creatively, typically working on a main design project each semester. You will continue the skills-based learning introduced in Year 1, expanding your knowledge of supporting subjects and applying it to your design projects.

Year 3 involves the production of a thesis design project. In its presentation, you will show the integration of your professional skills and knowledge.


This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The Principles of Reading Architecture
  • The Principles of Designing Architecture
  • The Principles of Representing Architecture
  • The Principles of Making Architecture
  • The Processes of Reading Architecture
  • The Processes of Designing Architecture
  • The Processes of Representing Architecture
  • The Processes of Making Architecture

        English Language Requirements

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        • Minimum required score:


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        Academic Requirements

        • Points: 128 tariff points
        • Units: to include at least two A-levels or recognised equivalent
        • Subjects: Not subject specific but an art and design portfolio will be required
        • General Studies not accepted
        • Key Skills points not accepted in tariff

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          15300 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
        • EU/EEA

          9250 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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        Living costs for London

        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
          Living Costs

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