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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

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.

Course description

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.

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.

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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.

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Code: 4AZ500

Architectural CAD

Traditional design environments engage conventional drafting techniques to relay thoughts and ideas into reality, requiring competent personnel with considerable drafting experience. Any revisions have to be manually amended which impose constraints on resources (specifically time). The emergence of Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages has revolutionised the way designs are transformed into reality, significantly improving efficiency in term of editing and revising drawings.

This module invites you to prepare, modify and enhance designs using CAD software as the principal platform. You will be able to explore various features and functions of CAD software and apply them in the design process. It provides you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to use appropriate computer software as an aid to design in the built environment industry.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4AZ502

Design Analysis and Personal Development

The aim of this module is to equip you with a wide range of basic skills and competencies that are essential throughout the programme and in the work place. This module introduces you to the principles of drawing techniques and production of two dimensional plan and section drawings and includes the ability to carry out simple internal and external survey work, leading to the production of two dimensional plan and section drawings.

You will be introduced to the free hand drawing and physical modelling techniques and to the principles of axonometric and perspective drawing. Simple concepts of spatial layout and organisation and three dimensional designs will be investigated. You will be developing your professional skills throughout the module with the support of embedded Personal Development Planning.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4AZ503

History and Theory of Design and Architecture 1

This module will introduce you to the key historical styles and periods in architecture from Antiquity to the end of seventeenth century, and their influence on design in general. It will enable you to compare and contrast different historical periods in architecture and design, and understand architectural evolution through time and collective interaction.

The module will also develop your skills in visual analysis that will be required in later programme modules.
The prime aim of this module is to introduce and develop the skills required for conceptual and critical thinking within art, design and architecture.

The module will enable you to develop and use skills to communicate your progressing understanding of cultural, historical, social, political and technological contexts from antiquity to recent times in art, design and architecture.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4AZ504

Studio Design and Personal Development

The module aims to introduce/confirm theory of basic design and explore visual language, which is related to historical and/or contextual analysis of a site as a continuously developing part of a city. Therefore your design will consider past and present circumstances under the scrutiny of historical and contextual research aiming at finding out innovative and inspiring design concepts.

The effect of legislation on building design and layout will be explored alongside basic concepts of design and design methodologies as well. You will be introduced to design theory through practical experimentation in 3D form and space. You will be developing your professional skills throughout the module with the support of embedded Personal Development Planning.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5AZ501

Design Communication

This module aims to further develop your skills in researching, planning, synthesising and communicating project proposals.

It enables exploration of a broad and innovative range of presentation techniques, both traditional and digital, to communicate with a range of clients and users. Its intention is to build on, apply and contextualise the communication skills introduced in Level 4 and introduce you to how these skills can be appropriately deployed in practice. In addition, the module will challenge you to effectively communicate (working either in a team or individually) to a range of stakeholders within the built environment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5AZ502

History and Theory of Design and Architecture 2

This module will introduce you to the key historical styles and periods in architecture from early 18th to the twentieth century, and their influence on design in general. It will enable you to compare and contrast different historical periods in architecture and design, and understand the complexities of architectural development in various circumstances.

You will learn to analyse through methodical investigation how architecture reflects the philosophical and technological advances of the societies in which it is produced. You will learn about significant trends in design and architecture during Industrial, Modern, Postmodern eras and beyond, with consideration of the social, political and ecological impact arising from design. You will be also introduced to recent innovation in design and architecture, particularly where interdisciplinary initiatives have taken place. 

This module will help you to explore ideas and topics for further studies and projects by acquiring an appropriate philosophical approach in the process of understanding theory in a cultural context.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5AZ504

Studio Design 2 and Personal Development Part A

The aim of this module is to build on the theories and concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies gained by you in the first year modules Studio Design and Personal Development and Design Analysis and Personal Development, within the context of real life client brief. An integrated approach is adopted allowing you to consolidate the knowledge gained on all other modules. This module is intended to extend the abilities in conceptual ideas, process development, site survey, brief analysis, spatial layout planning, and technical and legislative considerations.

The student will be encouraged to creatively explore, analyse, synthesise and technically evaluate elemental aspects of building design. The effect of legislation and specification of materials will be explored alongside concepts of design and design methodologies. The student will be guided and supported to practice personal development planning activities, including reflection and targets set; these activities are embedded inside the learning, teaching and assessment of this module.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5AZ505

Studio Design and Personal Dvelopment Part B

The aim of this module is to build on the theories and concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies gained by you in the module Studio Design 2 and Personal Development Part A. The integrated approach is adopted, allowing you to consolidate the knowledge gained on the other modules. The module is intended to extend abilities in concept development, spatial layout planning, site survey, brief analysis and technical and legislative considerations.

You will be encouraged to creatively explore, analyse, synthesise and technically evaluate elemental aspects of building design. The effect of legislation and specification of materials will be explored alongside concepts of design and design methodologies. You will be guided and supported to practice personal development planning activities, including reflection and targets set; these activities are embedded inside the learning, teaching and assessment of this module.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AZ501

Integrated Project (design)

This module forms the culmination of the design elements that you have undertaken within the three/four years duration of the Programme. You are expected to independently apply knowledge, skills and understanding, with a focus on active and reflective practice and clear evidence of synthesis and integration of the various skills and knowledge acquired throughout the course. The module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop a project that will explore all the main design issues raised by other modules.

The project will be rigorous and challenging, and will fully develop and test your ability to critically analyse the issues arising from a specified brief. You will be expected to critically appraise a given brief and produce an appropriate response, demonstrating the awareness of aesthetic, functional and regulatory requirements. This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop a strategic approach to your design work.

During the design review sessions and on completion of the project you will be expected to give a visual presentation of your proposals using appropriate materials and media.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BU503

Professional Practice and Project Management

This module is designed to give you the skills and confidence to work as part of a built environment interdisciplinary team to assess, plan and develop a simulated or real built environment development project brief.

It will enable you to assess the skills, knowledge and experiences gained from your programme and bring these to an interdisciplinary team environment in order to collaborate successfully with other professions to produce a complete design and build solution for a set brief. It further aims to allow you to reflect on the experience of working in an interdisciplinary team and evaluate your professional performance in this scenario.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

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.

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How you will learn

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.

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Who will teach you

Graham Markwell

Graham Markwell
Programme leader

Graham is the Programme Leader BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design and the Programme Leader for FdSc Architectural Studies.  Graham is also the Subject Leader JHS Architectural Design and a Senior Lecturer.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112*
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Undergraduate

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Clearing

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Careers

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.

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† 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.

Teaching hours

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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

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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.

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