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Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc

The innovative Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc addresses architectural space from an interdisciplinary perspective and explores alternative approaches to design and creative practice. The flexible nature of the BSc enables students to tailor a programme of study suited to their own interests both within and outside the built environment.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc
UCAS code
K102
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Architecture
Total intake
102 (2016 entry)
Applications per place
14 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required at interview stage.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Consistently at the forefront of architectural debate, the UCL Bartlett is renowned for its innovative and experimental research in architecture including design, history and theory, and technology. The school has been voted the UK's best by The Architect's Journal every year since 2001.
  • This programme offers an interdisciplinary education with a specialisation in architecture and emphasis on design and creative practice without the constraints of the professional (RIBA) requirements.
  • You will develop the necessary intellectual and practical skills to engage with architecture and the city in an increasingly globalised age.
  • All students participate in the annual UCL Bartlett Summer Show, a major exhibition at the end of the academic year which attracts over 5,000 visitors.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This BSc will allow you to maintain a specialisation within the built environment (60% of courses taken) and customise your own programme with a wide choice of optional courses (40%) taken in other disciplines at UCL, from Art History to Languages, and Management.

This programme is unique in offering its own research, design and creative practice courses throughout, which allows you to develop a wide range of practical and research skills. Other distinct features are its emphasis upon activity-based learning supported by study visits and field trips.

The emphasis is on the constant production of small assignments for seminars/tutorials which build up to a larger portfolio; and also on group critiques where you learn to explain your work, listen to and evaluate feedback.

As you progress you will have opportunities to direct your own projects and work collaboratively, for instance, in preparing the programme?s contribution to the Bartlett Annual Show.

Year One

Compulsory courses

You will be expected to take 2.5 credits in courses from within the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which normally include:

Architectural Research I
Making Cities
Media Studies: Looking, Making and Communicating
Project X: Design and Creative Practice I
The Historical and Cultural Production of Cities and their Architecture

Optional courses

The remaining 1.5 credits of courses are selected from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society).

Year Two

Compulsory courses

You will be expected to take 2.5 credits in courses from within the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which normally include:

Architectural Research II
Computing
History and Theory of Architecture
Project X for Architectural Studies

Optional courses

The remaining 1.5 credits of courses are selected from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society).

Year Three

Compulsory courses

You will be expected to take 2.5 credits of courses from within the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which in the third year must include:

Project X for Architectural Studies and/or Dissertation in Architectural Studies.

Other courses normally taken include:
History and Theory of Architecture

Optional courses

The remaining 1.5 credits of courses are selected from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society).

Further details on Project X and the existing Architectural Studies BSc programme is available on the degree programme website.

Your learning

The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations from experts, critiques – where individual students present to a group of experts in the field, group work, presentations, study and site visits, and field trips.

Assessment

Assessment is varied. In addition to academic essays and examinations, design and creative practice courses are assessed by portfolios, which might include text, images/photographs, drawings, and which can take a range of forms. Research courses are also assessed by portfolios.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc.

Careers

You will develop the ability to think critically about the built environment and to argue speculatively. You will learn key tools and techniques of architectural research, design and fabrication. Our aim is to produce independent-minded and culturally sensitive graduates who are well equipped to problem solve in complex environments of all kinds.

Students pursue careers in the fields of art, design, film, media, and curatorship or related fields such as planning or project management.

Destinations

The first cohort of students on the Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc three-year programme are due to graduate after 2016, therefore no information about career destinations is currently available. However, recent graduates (2010-2013) from the Architectural Studies BSc (which this new programme replaces) include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Character Animation at Central St. Martin's College (2011)
  • Management Consultant, Accenture (2011)
  • Graduate Surveyor, CB Richard Ellis (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College London (2010)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£20,700 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

Scholarships

Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Grocers' Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship

Value
c.2,000
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

Henry Herbert Bartlett Travel Scholarship

Value
400
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria
Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

We are looking for highly motivated and passionate individuals with a strong interest in design and creative practice. Students should be interested in approaching architectural space in an interdisciplinary way, willing to explore alternative approaches to architectural design, and to engage critically about the cultural and social life of architecture.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



Selection

Out of the applicants who meet our entry requirements, we produce a shortlist of those we would like to interview. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview.

A portfolio of creative work is essential for your application at the interview stage.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students