Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 6 years †
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
112* (September 2020 entry)
Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
If you’re interested in getting involved in exciting development projects, taking Architectural Design as part of a Joint Honours degree gives you excellent insights and practical experience.
- We are rated top 5 for Building and Town and Country Planning in the Guardian University Guide 2020
- Develop the creative and professional know-how you need to assist the work of architectural designers
- Finesse your skills on a practical and largely studio-based course
- Explore traditional design alongside the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology
- Undertake projects based upon actual sites and involving real clients
- Take the opportunity to go on an optional work placement or study trips in the UK and abroad
- Broaden your career options: popular subjects to study alongside Architectural Design include Property Development and Business Management
Knowledge of Architectural Design will stand you in good stead for a broad range of creative, innovative and fascinating careers where you can help shape the world around you.
Broaden your career scope
A joint honours degree is the perfect choice if you want to study more than one subject. It is an excellent way to keep your career options open and set yourself apart as a versatile, multi-skilled graduate.
You can combine Architectural Design with one of the joint honours subjects on offer at the Derby Campus, building a degree which is tailor-made for you. Most students choose to study Architectural Design alongside Property Development but other options include subjects like Business Management.
An impressive skills portfolio
This course is practical and largely studio-based. You will develop creative and technical architectural skills, along with an awareness of both traditional and contemporary architectural design, including the application of latest digital Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology.
Your studies are structured so that you gain basic design skills and techniques in your first year, completing a variety of projects using CAD as well as traditional drawing techniques. In the final stage, this culminates in an individual study of design and research where you can explore your full potential as a creative designer.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you develop your presentation and communication skills, which are essential for professional practice in the architectural design field.
What you will study
Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
The majority of your studio projects will be based upon actual local sites which involve real clients.
During your studies, you will have the chance to take part in UK and European study trips. There is also the opportunity to take a placement year, which helps you gain an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP).
How you are assessed
You will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you develop your presentation and communication skills, which are essential for professional practice.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
£1,155 per module*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
This course has a real design and technical emphasis to help you embark on a professional architectural career. In particular, you will develop digital skills which are highly relevant in the contemporary architectural workplace.
If you combine Architectural Design with subjects such as Property Development or Business Management, you could start your own business or work in the practical side of property planning and designing. You can also study further to achieve membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Up to 6 years
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Studio facilities - glue guns, hotwire cutters, laser cutters in workshops, 3d printers
- Safety Shoes
- Starter pack including A3 wallet, sketchbook, measuring tape, scale ruler, eraser, 3 x technical pencils
- Free membership of accredited bodies - license paid by college.
- Year 1, 4 day Field trip to Scotland plus coach hire and bed and breakfast
- Day trips to free entry venues or construction sites
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Year 1 Scotland trip main meals £5 - 20 per day
- Day trips to paid entry sites approx. £10
- Printing costs £30 -£40 per year
- Final Year Project from £150 depending on student choice
- Printing and Binding costs in Year 3 approx. £50
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Course books - approx. £15 per book depending on source
- Year 2 - Optional trip to Barcelona - contribution of £100 + coach travel from college). Student contribution approx. £190 which covers flights, 4 day travel pass, B&B in Eurohostel, Entry to Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mia, Mis Van De Rohen Barcellona Pavillion, Olympic Park with guided tour and Museum. (Students expected to cover cost of meals other than breakfast)
- Any travel for paid placements
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
Architectural Design can be combined with: