Architecture

  • UCAS Code: K100 BA/Arch
  • Campus Code: 4
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Places per year: 1-3

Trinity Hall welcomes students to read Architecture. It is a very demanding course that involves developing design skills and acquiring a wide range of technical knowledge and theoretical understanding. The central design teaching is through studio projects, which are usually developed over several weeks before a final review of each scheme at a ‘crit’. The studio design work is accompanied by a full complement of lectures in associated subjects such as structures, construction, environmental design, and the history and theory of Architecture.

Course Overview

Students participate in site visits to building sites and study trips both in the UK and abroad to see a wide range of architectural masterpieces (recent destinations for trips include Barcelona, Berlin and Istanbul). At the end of the year, the design work is showcased in London at an inspiring exhibition, which is entirely organised by the architecture students.

Architecture is a small department, with about forty students in each year, so students are thinly spread across the colleges. Within Trinity Hall we usually have two or three architecture students every year, but all the architecture students form a supportive group across the three years of the undergraduate degree. Supervisions are arranged in groups with students from other colleges. The community of studio life in the Department means that you work closely with your peers.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Department’s Open Day, which provides an opportunity to be shown around the studio building, to meet present staff and see some of the students’ work. College Open Days also give the opportunity not only to see around Trinity Hall, but also to talk to our Director of Studies and current students. We look forward to meeting you and answering your questions.

How You Learn

Students from all colleges are taught together in the Architecture Department, and all students have individual desk space in the recently built design studio building at the faculty. In a typical week during Full Term, the undergraduates will have two days devoted solely to working on their studio design projects, including desk-based supervisions with their design tutors and any ‘crits’ or design reviews with faculty staff and external critics. A full programme of lectures and seminars are scheduled for the remaining three week days.

The design teaching is very much at the heart of the course. Students are expected to take full responsibility for their own design project development, and gain technical skills and knowledge via the various courses offered by the faculty in order to inform and enrich their own design work.

In the final year of the undergraduate course, students undertake a dissertation of 7000-9000 words in length (including illustrations). The topic for this sustained research is agreed between the student and Director of Studies before embarking on the final year of the course.

Typical Offer Conditions

A-Level:

A*AA

IB

41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Other:

See the University’s Entrance Requirements page

Subject Requirements

Essential:

None

Desirable:
Art;
Mathematics or physics;
a combination of arts and sciences subjects

 

Written Work

All Colleges will ask Architecture applicants to submit a PDF (6 A4 pages, and less than 15MB in size) of their own artwork prior to interview. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material you might bring to interview as part of your portfolio.

Admissions Assessment

All applicants for Architecture are required to take written and practical assessments if shortlisted for interview. The College will register you automatically for this assessment.

Portfolio

If invited for interview, candidates are asked to present a portfolio of art work, either from their school studies or work produced independently. This can include a wide range of work, including artwork, photography, theatre set designs, technical studies, posters or school magazines. Each candidate will have two interviews at the College and will be expected to discuss the portfolio of work they have brought with them.

General Comments

There are no formal entry requirements for Architecture. However, the course demands that students are able to draw with precision and to develop ideas in visual ways, so students are likely to have studied Art at school before applying to read Architecture. Similarly, the study of Mathematics or Physics provides crucial grounding for the technical aspects of design. However, the breadth of the course, and the fact that few students have studied Architecture prior to coming to Cambridge, mean that many different combinations of subject areas may be beneficial to prospective Architects. Above all, a natural curiosity about the world and a sense of spatial imagination are the qualities that we look for in the candidates for Architecture at Trinity Hall.

Please note that we do not take affiliated students for Architecture. Applicants with a first degree may apply for the full three-year course.