In the first year you will study some of the key periods of architecture from ancient to modern times; comparing examples, understanding their design principles and the influences that acted on their design. The major project will be a design-based on a starting point set by the exam board.
In the second year your studies will focus on the way we inhabit the built environment and how it affects our lives. You will study the way that ordinary buildings affect social interaction and you will analyse the qualities of 'place' that familiar spaces have. The year finishes with a design project which demonstrates these qualities.
Both years will involve a wide range of work methods - drawing, painting, writing and model making. Our aim is to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you will need if you want to study architecture at university and to help you to develop a portfolio of work that will help you at university interviews. However the course is also very useful as a general education in architecture and the built environment: an enjoyable area of study and valid in any profession.