Define what architecture can do for sustainable life on the planet, and learn how to succeed in architectural practice, with our RIBA-accredited and Architects Registration Board-prescribed degree course.
From the design of a family home to an entire city, architects help to shape the world we live in.
You’re fascinated by the built environment and have ambitions to create spaces that are innovative, meaningful and purposeful.
By studying BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Architecture at ARU, you’ll gain the theoretical, technical and design skills to do this – and to work as a professional architect.
Our architecture studios are exciting, creative places with industry-standard equipment. Here, our experts will deliver a learner-centred and research-led approach to architecture.
You’ll become skilled in developing design concepts, experimenting with different media, and representing your ideas through drawings, and physical and digital models.
But you won’t be restricted to the studio. You’ll go on on-site visits so you can analyse the language and style of buildings, and their construction, and see projects taking shape in real life. Together, we’ll explore building design, ‘buildability’ and sustainability.
There’s also an optional European field trip each year, to cities such as Lisbon, Venice, Rome and Vienna. It’s a great chance to explore how architecture contributes to shaping our urban life.
Your future career is important so you’ll learn about the construction business and project management. We have a network of visiting designers, artists, historians and theorists who deliver workshops, lectures and tutorials. You can also choose to take a placement as part of your BA (Hons) Architecture degree, and gain industry experience.
We make sure your course is relevant to the real world, by helping you to engage ethically, politically, and sustainably with the changing landscape of the built environment, better preparing you for the world of work.
At ARU, we believe it's important to recognise our students' hard work. That's why, at the end of each academic year, we showcase and celebrate your achievements with an End of Year Show.
When you complete your degree course, you will have fulfilled the first part of the three-part process to become a registered architect in the UK.