The third and final year of the BA (Hons) Architecture culminates in the award of the first professional architectural qualification, the RIBA Part 1.
Third year is taught as a series of studios, within which students remain for the entire year. Each studio pursues its own agenda, operating within the overarching school-wide project. Each studio goes to a different field trip destination, which connects with the agenda of the studio. The studios run year-long “thesis” projects, during which students engage in a period of extended investigation and development of their major design project. At the beginning of the academic year the studio tutors present an overview of their studio direction for the year and students are offered the opportunity to vote for which studio they would like to join.
During this year students need to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in the earlier years of the course within their thesis design project. The final thesis project, along with assessments in other modules (many of which relate to the thesis design project), allow students to demonstrate that they are ready to enter the architectural profession. In addition to demonstrating knowledge, understanding, and ability across all of the core subjects, students are also expected to embody an appropriate level of professionalism as befits a member of the architectural profession. This involves taking ownership of their own studies, managing time effectively, and accepting responsibility for meeting deadlines.