COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
2 years full-timeEngineering and Environment
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus
Image by Gavin Lowdon: “Regenerative Landscapes” Aquacultural College, North Shields, Tyne and Wear. Winner of the 3D Reid Student Prize 2009 and the NAA 150th Anniversary Prize for design excellence
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The course develops the knowledge, understanding and skills of the architectural graduate, and acknowledges learning during the period of practical training, assuming that the student will be self-motivated, and have the desire to develop specialised areas of expertise. As a significant number of modules are at level 7 (postgraduate), the development of independent learning and advanced skills in the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of complex issues are fundamental to the programme philosophy.
The programme develops understanding and ability in complex design issues, underpinned by studies in critical theory, urban design, technology and environment, architectural communications, and management practice and law. It develops the approach of the School’s undergraduate degree in Architecture by making an appreciation of context, and an understanding of management in the design process, key constituents of design project work. There is also the opportunity for the graduate student to draw on the expertise of the wider School of the Built Environment in the development of a specialism. Students are encouraged to maintain links with practice, and develop an appropriate dialogue in gathering and developing material for projects and assignments.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The modules are developed around student centred learning strategies. They are predominantly project- or assignment-based and rely on experiential learning. Lecture programmes are supported where possible by field study visits to sites, buildings under construction, completed buildings and urban environments. Students are encouraged to make extensive use of the School’s design studios, workshops, and computing laboratories to develop knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding. The interaction of the student body in this respect is regarded as a critically important factor in the learning process. Assessment is by design project portfolio and assignment.
This programme is designed to satisfy both the joint criteria of the RIBA and the ARB for validation and prescription at Part II level and the EC architect’s directive; within the structure of the course there is also the opportunity to develop an area of specialism.
This course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part II and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for exemption from Part II of the RIBA’s membership examinations. For more information about the RIBA, becoming an architect and careers in architecture please see www.architecture.com
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