Stage 3 is the culmination of the first three years of the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) Programme and prepares students for their first period of practical experience in architectural practice. The primary aim of the year is to enable students to enter practice as confident, independent designers, enabling them to operate effectively in a professional context. On passing Stage 3 students obtain the ARB/RIBA Part 1 qualification.
Throughout Stage 3 students’ design skills and technical know-how are tested through an integrated delivery of the studio and architectural technology courses. Students undertake a series of related design exercises culminating in a comprehensive design project. Students are required to demonstrate a holistic design approach evidencing the integration of the aesthetic and technical aspects of their project proposals.
The Professional Studies course is introduced to develop students’ understanding of construction law, professional ethics, and business processes, engaging students in the realities of contemporary architectural practice. In turn, those ‘realities’ are simulated in a supportive environment through Interact, a collaborative project undertaken with students of engineering and quantity surveying, developing students’ ability to work with other construction related disciplines in a respectful and productive manner.
Stage 3 students are offered the opportunity to undertake a semester of exchange with one of our global exchange partners, and in reciprocation students from our exchange partners can join Stage 3 for either a semester or a full session exchange.