|Part time||11 months||1 afternoon and evening per month||September 2017|
This course is the last stage of the formal education required to register as an architect in the UK. It focuses on the legal, procedural, professional and managerial competencies needed to engage in architectural practice as an independent and reflective practitioner. The course covers the criteria specified by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for Part 3. The award offers a qualification prescribed by the ARB.
The curriculum has been devised to support and inform your work-based professional experience, providing modules in law, professional practice and relevant management issues. You will undertake a variety of individual and group assignments throughout the programme, however, your primary learning environment is within practice. You will be provided with scenarios and taken through the progress of several projects. These will extend and test your knowledge base and its application. You will build on and further develop the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired during your first degree, subsequent graduate education and periods of work-based learning.
Critical evaluation of professional experience (including specific case studies), a career appraisal, professional interview, scenario-based papers, individual and group assignments, and reflective summary.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
Architecture is a profession as well as a discipline. The aim of this module is to develop the student's critical awareness of the concepts of professionalism and of a profession. It will analyse the institutional structures and processes involved in establishing and maintaining a profession, with particular reference to the architectural profession and the development of other professions within the construction and development sectors.
It will relate theoretical concepts, techniques and operational methodologies to the current complex social, legal and economic environment. Areas for consideration will include the development of statutory frameworks in the construction and development industries, the development of public and private sector initiatives for regeneration and new build projects and the potential conflicts and synergies in the current systems and anticipated future. Assessment is through a series of scenario-based assignments and a critical review of learning gained.
The aim of this module is to develop the student's critical awareness of the processes involved in delivering architectural designs. These will include the economic, social, organisational, regulatory and ethical context. It will explore and critically evaluate the techniques and criteria for creating, managing and maintaining quality, within a design project, from inception to completion. Assessment is through a series of scenario-based assignments.
The aim of this module is to develop the student's critical awareness of the processes involved in delivering architectural projects from design, through to fabrication and completion. Students will explore the relationship between the design process and the construction process and the techniques and criteria for creating, managing and maintaining quality. Students will analyse how different procurement routes and methodologies are evidenced in contract forms and current and future trends for construction as an industry. Students will compare and critically evaluate current procurement systems and how these modify the role and responsibilities of the architect. Students will look at how time, cost and quality are balanced and how risk is appropriately apportioned. Assessment is through a series of scenario-based assignments.
This module brings together the work based learning and professional experience which underpins the programme and the academic skills and acquisition of knowledge which have developed in the earlier modules. The module is the capstone module and constitutes the culmination and summation of the programme. Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and ability to critically appraise professional practice as well as an ability to determine and manage their professional development.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.