Study architecture

Study architecture

The Quadrus Centre

Hadrian Award Winner 2007, The Quadrus Centre
Northern Architecture
Copyright: Les Milne

Architecture is taught in a different way to the majority of other subjects. Most of your studies will be based in the studio for design work, or tutorials and 'crits' (critiques). The crit, a common term in art and design education, is where you present your design project work to tutors (and other students) who provide feedback. You will also attend history, theory & technology lectures and computer aided design tutorials, have essays to write, site visits to go on, and visits to buildings and places of interest.  

Qualifying as an architect in the United Kingdom involves a combination of academic studies and professional experience within a practice, and takes a minimum of seven years to complete. However, an architect must commit themselves to ongoing development and learning throughout their professional career.


For more information about a career in architecture, visit or speak to the RIBA's Education Department on 0207 580 5533

Alternatively RIBA North East can send out a careers pack, contact us on 0113 237 8480.

Studying in the North East

The RIBA currently validates courses at two schools of architecture in the North East, Northumbria University and the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. The two Schools are situated in the historic city Newcastle upon Tyne, the regional capital of the North East of England. Newcastle is one of the most exciting, friendly and cosmopolitan in the UK, and is fast becoming an internationally renowned centre of culture and science. It's a place of stylish shops, café-bars and enterprise, with great nightlife, sport and culture.

The surrounding region has many areas of beautiful landscape in which many historic castles and other monuments, including the World Heritage site Hadrian's Wall are situated.

Newcastle has excellent transport links with major cities throughout the UK as well as abroad. Newcastle's international airport offers connections to a wide range of European destinations and a fast train service means that London is less than three hours away. There is an extensive bus network and underground metro transport system with stations close to the University campus, making transportation around the city quick and easy.

The following pages give a brief outline of what is available at these two university's but you are advised to contact the individual schools of architecture to ascertain their specific entry requirements, as well as their course structure. That way you will be able to find out which school is most suitable for you to apply to, and which school appeals to you.

The best way to find out if a course will suit you is to read the school's prospectus and website carefully, ask questions about course content and structure, and visit the school on an open day or at the end of year degree show. That way you can find out what sort of work the school produces and get a sense of the place you may choose to study in. 



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