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BA (Hons) Architecture

BA (Hons) 3 Years School of Architecture and Design SHAPE, Hong Kong [A], Lincoln Campus [L] Validated Available on request


The BA (Hons) Architecture explores multiple approaches and design practices and aims to assist students in discovering their own voice as a designer. Much of the assessment is through project-based assignments, integrating theoretical, technical and design work. Students are supported in developing written papers, technical studies and design proposals in the studio environment.

Learning and teaching in the studio is informed by current research and the School promotes the exploration of drawing as a tool of observation, analysis and communication across a range of techniques from hand sketching to sophisticated computer representations. The School’s computer aided design and workshop facilities allow students the opportunity to explore and communicate design using the most up-to-date techniques, both real and virtual.

Professional standards of exhibition presentation are fostered by the course’s association with the School’s Design for Exhibition and Museums course. The evolution of their sketchbook and portfolio can help students to reflect upon their personal and professional development.

This programme is delivered at both Brayford Pool Campus, Lincoln and the School of Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), Vocational Training Council (VTC) in Hong Kong.

For further information please see the SHAPE website:

Although this programme is not validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from Part 1 of the examination in Architecture in the UK, the BA (Hons) Architecture aims to provide a framework for developing students into enabling, coordinating and integrating designers, rather than a specialist; widely educated persons skilled in both architectural design and architectural technology.

The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.


This programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

How You Study

In the first year, the undergraduate programme contains intensive programmes of study and project work designed to equip students with basic skills and to encourage individual exploration and co-operative working. Workshops in communication skills are linked to relevant modules introducing graphic, photographic, computing, model-making and verbal presentation techniques.

Team working aims to encourage the sharing of skills and experience and seeks to prepare students to make effective use of the studio learning culture. Project based learning and assessment is designed to provide a platform for problem solving, research and independent learning at all levels.

In the second year, the design, technology and environment, cultural context and communication aspects of the programmes at level one are built upon with the aim of consolidating principles and developing a strong skills and knowledge base for more independent study in architectural design and career development in a professional portfolio of work.

In the third year, independent study is central to the student experience and students have the opportunity to utilise skills developed in cultural, design and architectural technology aspects. Students are located in one of several design studios offering a range of design philosophies or methodologies.

A range of teaching techniques are used throughout the School, including Project based learning, Tutorials, Critiques, Portfolio reviews, Lectures, Seminars, Visits, Workshops and Demonstrations.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is through design projects, written papers and technical studies developed in small studio groups under the guidance of a tutor. There is continuous assessment throughout the course via assignments/projects in all modules.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are available on request, please contact the University.

Level 1

Buildable, Habitable Design

Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the principles of construction related to human habitation. This includes construction methods, material properties, legislation, climate and human comfort.

Contextual Design Projects

Students can record preliminary ideas, sketches, analysis, design development, and technical research in their portfolios for discussion at tutorials and presentations. Selected elements of the design can be developed in detail.

Design Process and Communication

This module is designed to give students the opportunity to understand the processes that are commonly used to organise and support study, research, analysis and studio design projects in architecture. It will also explore core communication skills appropriate for a career in architecture.

History and Theory of Architecture and Design

This module is designed to cover the development of architecture, art and design from ancient times through to the present. Visual research, analysis and presentation techniques can be developed alongside text-based academic techniques.

Students are introduced to aspects of design in Europe and the Near East in ancient times, classical, medieval and renaissance cultures and the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Aspects of design including landscape, gardens, interiors, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass, graphics and typography are connected by a central theme of architecture.

This introductory module makes links between synoptic history and the products of architecture and design activity. The module also aims to foster conceptual and abstract thought through thematic investigation. Lectures address a range of continuing themes and debates in Modernism and the module concludes with a critical review of these.

Level 2

Architectural Design Projects

Students have the chance to undertake design projects set by the tutor to explore principles, theories, methodologies and concepts. Appropriate working methods are introduced and guided by the tutor. The module is delivered using independent or linked design projects, one of which, because of the level of detail required, may be relatively small in scale. Projects may include housing, landscape, public buildings or the conversion of existing buildings. Defined products are required at intermediate stages and at the end of each project.

Design and Society

This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.

Integrated Design Project

This module is designed to be the culmination of the second level architectural design studies. It acknowledges a number of different approaches within architectural design. Students are expected to complete a medium-scale design project that demonstrates an integrated approach to design, technology and communication. This aims to provide a vehicle for preparing a professional CV and portfolio of work.

Sustainable Design

Students have the opportunity to develop awareness of the principles and practise of sustainable development and environmental design. This includes the chance to develop an understanding materials, technology, energy usage and social factors.

Level 3

Architecture Research Projects

Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are expected to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they progress.

Comprehensive Design Project - Detailed Design

Students are expected to develop an outline design into a fully resolved and detailed design for exhibition in the School’s Degree Show. The Comprehensive Design Projects are the culmination of the course, and this module can help to demonstrate students' skill in managing and resolving the complexities of contemporary architectural design within a range of perspectives, issues, and interests.

Comprehensive Design Project - Outline Design

This module aims to build on previous investigations, both formal and abstract, in brief making and other social, political, technical, or cultural research. It encourages the student to formulate a coherent design resolution at an appropriate level of ambition and complexity. In this module students have the chance to employ their experience and understanding to construct a project theme, working method, focus, direction and output as guided by the tutor, within the School’s studio system.

Comprehensive Design Project - Technical Studies

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical knowledge and skills useful in-practice. Students have the opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of how technology integrates with architectural design and how this relates within a comprehensive design project.

Professional Context

In today’s ever changing and highly competitive business environment, if an architectural practice is to survive, it is essential that architects have an understanding of the construction industry and the value its contribution can make to the UK economy. Architectural practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient manner. This can only be achieved by being conversant with contemporary business management strategies, coupled with an understanding of project management within the UK construction industry.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Career Opportunities

The BA (Hons) Architecture programme aims to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills for positions in architectural and construction services internationally.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For information about fees at the HDKI please visit their website here

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.