Architecture degree course - BA (Hons)

You’re fascinated by the built environment, and have ambitions to create spaces that are innovative, meaningful and purposeful.

Course details

By studying BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Architecture at ARU, you’ll gain the theoretical, technical and design skills to do this – and to work as a professional architect.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

You’ll become skilled in developing design concepts, experimenting with different media, and representing your ideas through drawings, physical and digital models.

But you won’t be restricted to the studio. You’ll go on site visits so you can analyse the language and style of buildings, their construction, and see projects taking shape in real life. Together, we’ll explore building design, ‘buildability’ and sustainability.

There’s also an optional European field trip each year, to cities such as Lisbon, Venice, Rome and Vienna. It’s a great chance to explore how architecture contributes to shaping our urban life.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

4 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

All prospective students must submit evidence of their creative abilities by providing a portfolio.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


As a graduate recognised by the Architects Registration Board, you’ll be ready to work in a range of architectural roles.

Our course prepares you for a career in architectural practice, but you could also choose to work in areas such as town planning, surveying, engineering, property, and building conservation.

By studying architecture at ARU, you’ll have gained creative and practical skills, such as computer-aided design, which will help you stand out from the crowd.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. These include design projects, presentations, timed assignments, exams and coursework.

Modules are subject to change and availability.

  • Design Studio A1
  • Essential Skills (Architecture)
  • Technology A (Architecture)
  • Cultural Context A: Histories and Theories of Architecture
  • Design Studio A2
  • Design Studio B1 (Architecture)
  • Technology B1 (Architecture)
  • Design Studio B2 Architecture
  • Cultural Context B Histories and Theories of Architecture
  • Technology B2 (Architecture)
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Major Integrated Design Project Phase 1
  • Cultural Context C Dissertation
  • Major Integrated Design Project Phase 2
  • Professionalism, Values and Ethics