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RIBA Studio

The RIBA’s practice-based Part 1 & Part 2, and Foundation qualifications

Practice-based Part 1 and 2 courses

Whether you are looking to continue your studies; for a new career or a more flexible route into the architecture profession, RIBA Studio offers a Foundation course; and also the option for you to work full time in practice, retain your salary, and gain your RIBA Part 1 or RIBA Part 2 qualifications.

RIBA Foundation

In 2021, we introduced our new and exciting RIBA Foundation programme, aimed at those with an interest in architecture wanting to develop a portfolio, and gain experience before joining a Part 1 course. The foundation forms part of our wider range of ongoing initiatives to create a more inclusive profession.

RIBA Foundation, Part 1 and Part 2 graduates at the 2022 award ceremony
RIBA Foundation, Part 1 and Part 2 graduates at the 2022 award ceremony. Image courtesy: Jackie King

Part 1 and 2 course information

RIBA Studio is delivered under a unique partnership with the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes on behalf of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Through RIBA Studio, you can undertake the Certificate in Architecture (Part 1) and/or the Diploma in Architecture (Part 2).  Supported by your office mentor in practice and in conjunction with your self-chosen personal tutor, you will investigate chosen themes and curate your design briefs in academia which have a direct influence on your capabilities in practice. This is a very affordable route into the profession and incorporates flexibility for the timing and planning of studies. If you achieve RIBA Part 2 through RIBA Studio, you'll be well equipped to head straight into a Part 3 course, and ultimately to register as an architect.

“Undertaking this course has shown my employers my desire to progress in my career and ultimately to become an architect.” (former Part 2 student)

You will have access to benefits including:

  • online Moodle platform for assignment submission
  • free RIBA student membership
  • SCONUL access to academic library resources

RIBA Studio Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications are prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the RIBA.

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Costs

The annual course fee for the 2024-25 academic year is £3,308.

You will need to appoint and pay an hourly tuition rate to a personal tutor, and there may also be additional material costs.

Information for employers

Do you want to retain your talented staff? Why not support them to gain their Part 1 and 2 qualifications whilst continuing to work in practice. Join one of our open sessions to find out how RIBA Studio could support you and your employees to build their professional careers.

Open Sessions

Join us at one of our live webinars to find out more about our unique route to qualification via the RIBA Foundation, RIBA Part 1 and 2. Registration links will be available nearer to the time, please check this page.

  • Friday 17 May 2024, noon to 1.30pm (BST)
  • Thursday 13 June 2024, 5.30pm to 7pm (BST)
  • Saturday 6 July 2024, 10am to 11.30am (BST)

How do I apply?

Applications for March 2024 entry have now closed. The next available admission point is March 2025 with applications opening in April 2024.

You must work at least 24 hours per week under the supervision of a registered architect in the UK, EU, EEA, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

For information on eligibility, requirements, key dates, assessment criteria and more, visit the Oxford Brookes University website.

RIBA Studio tutor symposium series

This series aims to share pedagogic design experiences for students on RIBA Studio, and for anyone interested in tutoring techniques, including architecture students, academics, and those in practice.

To catch up on our recent tutor symposium series, find all the talks available on our RIBA Studio YouTube channel.

Registering as an architect

To register as an architect in the UK, you will typically need to hold all of the following:

  • An ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification
  • An ARB-prescribed Part 2 qualification
  • 24 months' practical experience, which comply with Rule 13B of ARB’s General Rules
  • An ARB-prescribed Part 3 qualification

To register in EU member states, please note that requirements for registration varies. We recommend making sure your proposed combination of qualifications will entitle you to seek registration, or establishment as an architect, in the member state(s) where you want to practice. Please directly contact your related competent authority to check.

Student stories

Read our graduate profiles:

Our talented students have achieved commendations in the RIBA President’s Medals, worked on RIBA Stirling Prize winning projects, and have featured on the television show Grand Designs. 

RIBA scholarship and bursary recipients

One of the five recipients of the 2022 RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships included RIBA Studio Part 2 student Rebecca Smith, commended for showing potential to make a significant contribution in the field of architecture.

Recipients receive £6,000 and mentoring by an architect member of the Wren Insurance Association. You can also find recipients from RIBA Studio who received the RIBA Part 1 or Part 2 bursaries in previous years.

Showcase of student work

The latest student graduates have presented works in the Oxford School of Architecture digital exhibition.

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Garden view, Nourishment by Morten Jensen - RIBA Studio Part 1
Nourishment by Morten Jensen
Microrayon interior of Urban Density: Re-thinking High Rise_The Irony of Fate, by Robert Hodgen - RIBA Studio Part 2
Urban Density: Re-thinking High Rise_The Irony of Fate, by Robert Hodgen
View, Community Glass, by Paul Colfer - RIBA Studio Part 1
Community Glass by Paul Colfer
Masterplan of Urban Habitats by Rachael Jones, RIBA Studio Part 1
Urban Habitats by Rachael Jones

Contact us

The programme is managed by the RIBA Studio team at the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

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Banner image at top of the page from Function Follows Form by Tristan Kelly (2020).

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