Manchester is a great place to study architecture. The city is a showcase for recent regeneration and historic context, much of which has been designed with the involvement of our graduates, who are highly valued by the sector for their confidence and creativity. The city's rich tradition and vibrant contemporary architectural scene engages directly with our leading-edge design practice. The ongoing regeneration of the city centre is seen as an international exemplar, recognising the value of high quality design, together with innovative and pragmatic approaches to resolving practical issues. In year one, you will gain an understanding of architectural history and theory. It covers foundational principles in space-making, material expression, brief-writing, contextual research, and the role of humanities in the design process. A series of studio design projects and skills workshops will develop your architectural creative process and the year culminates with events jointly undertaken with second and fifth year students. In year two, the multi-layered nature of the design process is explored and urban theory and specialised sustainability knowledge is applied to design projects, transforming the aesthetic concepts of first year into the techno-cultural strategies used by professionals. You'll develop an increased awareness of architecture in a variety of contexts and improve your design processes and critical thinking skills. In year three, you will begin to formulate your individual position on contemporary architecture and urbanism. The third year is organised around a themed 'atelier' system, each atelier applies a particular design methodology to an extended urban project which lasts the entire year. The course culminates with an assessed self-build exhibition. **Aims** To qualify as an architect in the UK normally requires a combination of five years study at university and a minimum of two years practical experience before completing a final examination. The BA (Hons) Architecture and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses at the Manchester School of Architecture are recognised as Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Following graduation, students who achieved an upper second class BA (Hons) Architecture, and who have completed their year in practice, can progress to the Master of Architecture (MArch). **Special Features** - Professionally recognised courses - exemption from Part 1 of ARB and RIBA professional qualifications upon completion of the BA (Hons) Architecture. - New, purpose-built facilities, including studio and workshop spaces. - Strong links with national and international architectural practices. - Fieldtrips and visits in the UK and overseas. - Art School Credit Scheme - £200 to assist with the additional costs of materials associated with the course.