TS drawing by Peter Sagar (Dip 10)

Complementary Studies courses – History & Theory Studies, Media Studies and Technical Studies – form an essential part of the Undergraduate School. Through term-long courses and shorter projects, students obtain knowledge and gain experience related to a range of architectural learning. Third and Fifth Year students additionally take a Professional Practice course as part of their RIBA Part I and II requirements. These courses also provide opportunities for students from different units to come together in a shared setting.

History & Theory Studies includes courses that develop historical and theoretical knowledge and writing related to architectural discourses, concepts and ways of thinking. Media Studies asks students to consider traditional forms of architectural representation alongside today’s most experimental forms of information and communication technology. Technical Studies offers surveys as well as in-depth instruction in particular material, structural, environmental and other architectural systems, leading to technical submissions that build upon the ideas and ambitions of projects related to work within the units. Together, Complementary Studies courses enable students to develop their individual interests and direction within the school.

Please note that you cannot apply to the Complementary Studies courses independently of the five-year ARB/RIBA-recognised course in architecture, as they are mandatory components of the Undergraduate School.



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Prospectus 2018-19
AA Prospectus

Special Programmes Course Booklet
Special Programmes Course Booklet

Undergraduate Course Booklet
Undergraduate Course Booklet


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