2nd August 1999
ARCHITECTS COURT CONTROVERSY
A controversial new course designed to cut the amount of time architecture students spend in the classroom will be launched in September.
The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has released details of its newly-validated "Work-Based Learning" programme which allows students to study from their work-stations in architectural practice - and reach professional status up to a year earlier.
Not only will students be able to earn while they learn but they will also be able to use office projects to fulfil aspects of the study programme.
The new programme allows the most able students to complete early and for all students it provides the flexibility to tailor it to their personal circumstances.
From their second year of study, they will spend alternate periods in practice and at the Hull School of Architecture.
While in the workplace students will be guided by a practice mentor and maintain contact with the school through its Internet-based learning system and regular block courses.
This is far removed from conventional part-time or day-release arrangements. “It is an innovation that responds to changes in both education and the profession,” said Derek Cottrell, Head of Hull School of Architecture.
The most controversial feature of the new programme is that it allows students to reach professional level a year earlier than conventional full-time courses.
“We want to see practitioners and academics developing closer relationships, centred on the needs of students,” added Mr Cottrell. “Through the Work-Based learning programme, we aim to bring current practice experience into the school and to deliver educational support to the office desk-top,” he added.
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