Applicants to the Diploma course should have a good degree in architecture and RIBA Part 1. You are required to demonstrate your talent as a designer as well as your ability and motivation to complete the course successfully. Selected candidates are interviewed with their portfolio, which should include a wide range of work.
Months of entry
In an increasingly tough and fragmented profession, how do we prepare our students for the world beyond the school? By engaging it. We are committed to expanding the possibilities for creative and courageous engagement (and to tackling those parts other schools don't reach - sorry, couldn't resist!) at the highest level. Design drives the speculation within the school, used as both tool and intention.
The Professional Diploma is a design-based course that will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work. The main areas of study are in design, technology and practice, and history and theory. Each area is taught through a wide choice of tutors, studios and interest groups with a strong emphasis on self-directed study and ambitious agendas. You are encouraged to explore particular lines of interest and develop ideas in depth.
The course as a whole encourages fresh thinking, experiment and risk. You will also be encouraged to understand and engage with the society you are part of and serve; and to engage with social, political and economic infrastructures that predetermine built form. Our students have had considerable recent successes in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President's medals, winning the RIBA Silver Medal in 2002 and 2003, and the Bronze in 2004. The Department is housed in a purpose designed building on Holloway Road and has access to the nearby Graduate Centre, designed by renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind.
Over 50% of the course structure consists of design-based project work undertaken each year in a range of studios, led by well-respected tutor-practitioners. Other areas of study in technology, practice and history and theory operate both independently and in association with design projects. These strategies enable you to develop key ideas and skills toward the practice of architecture.
Your design projects will be assessed via your portfolio and a presentation at the end of the course. The history, theory and practice coursework is assessed through seminar papers and an essay. The technology studies are examined in portfolio and through a technology dissertation, coursework and professional reports.
The course leads to gaining a Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA 2), and completion of this degree can lead toward the Examination in Professional Practice (RIBA 3), following a period of practical experience in practice. It will also allow you to progress to a specialised Masters course.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Office
- 020 7133 4202