Before embarking on two-years of full-time study at Huddersfield, students are required to undertake a ‘Year Out' in professional practice which entails a period of professional experience in accordance with professional body requirements. In order to do this, students can register for the ‘Year Out' option offered with this course. Students are monitored through their professional experience and are invited to attend a number of recall days and professional study events during the year to share their experiences, discuss their personal development and plan for engaging with subsequent full time study.
For students who have already gained this period of professional practice, they can enter directly onto the second year of our course. Our course is design centred and asks you to explore issues of critical regionalism and tectonic expression in relation to your own developing theoretical position. You will be expected to develop a high degree of sensitivity to the context within which design work is undertaken in geographical, cultural, social and technical terms.
All design projects explore applications of sustainability and encourage a wide and plural outlook appropriate for both developed and developing countries. In this worldview, understanding of progressive theories of design and the application of advanced construction methods co-exist with concern for the implementation of sustainable technologies, awareness of regional development issues and respect for craft-based building practices.
The rationale and definition of ‘International' both builds upon the studies undertaken as part of the Architecture (International) BA(Hons) degree awarded by the University of Huddersfield and acknowledges the reality of rapidly changing architectural practice in a fast moving, global context. Our course will aim to prepare you for new and emerging forms of practice through the development of your personal learning skills and a deep understanding of the need for flexibility, adaptability, innovation and enterprise in your career.
What are your career ambitions – in what way did these influence your decision to come and study at Huddersfield?
Ultimately my aim is to qualify as an Architect and secure a job within a stimulating, design based architectural practice.
I worked for a reputable local practice during my professional practice year and was keen to gain as much experience working for them as possible. Studying in Huddersfield meant I was able to continue working for them on a part-time basis while studying for my Master's.
Not only is the course RIBA Part 2 accredited, the qualification gained is a Master’s as opposed to a Postgraduate Diploma, which is offered by many other Part 2 accredited universities. For me this added a great deal of value to the course. Also the course placed a strong emphasis on design and that was really important to me.
What do you think about your tutors?
The department has an excellent selection of tutors. Their backgrounds and areas of expertise are varied and wide ranging, meaning there is always someone to help. Many also work in practice so are in touch with the realities of the profession and have a good working knowledge of the subject. We are also lucky to have a team of visiting architects and other industry specialists who frequently attend reviews and tutorials to offer feedback and advice; I find their input extremely valuable.
Would you recommend your course to someone interested in that subject area or profession and, if so, why?
Yes. The course content is good and covers a wide range of subject matter. The tutors within the department are excellent and really in touch with the profession. Plus the freedom to choose your areas of study in the second year makes it particularly enjoyable. As well as design related modules, we study architectural practice, management and law. These modules help us to understand the greater role of the architect and the realities of the job, making us more office prepared.
How have you managed to balance your work/life/study with your professional commitments?
Hours in the studio are long but strong relationships develop between peers creating a good atmosphere, we keep each other going and have a lot of laughs.
2:2 degree or above in Architecture preferably with RIBA Part 1 exemption, or equivalent, and should have completed a satisfactory period of professional training.
Recipient: University of Huddersfield
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