Studying at SSoA
We are one of the longest established and leading schools for architectural education in the UK, attracting excellent students and academic staff from all over the world who contribute to a socially vibrant and academically challenging environment.
Our school pioneers new approaches to architectural education underpinned by our world-class research. It is our aim through research and reflection to open up the field of architecture, embracing all those who engage with it, so making it more relevant and effective in its social purpose.
One of the main tasks of a School of Architecture is to prepare students for architectural practice and the profession. Our professional courses are fully accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
We educate our students to be knowledgeable, open, enquiring and critically aware. This will enable them to lead and change the profession over the next 50 years.
There are three stages of becoming registered as an architect:
RIBA PART 1
The BA (RIBA Part 1) degree is a wide-ranging and popular degree with both formally taught and studio-based teaching. Not all students will necessarily become architects, and some may choose related or supporting disciplines later. We offer dual accredited undergraduate degrees in architecture and landscape and architecture and structural engineering. These innovative courses were developed to address the need for increased understanding between professions.
RIBA PART 2
Following their degree, students work in practice, completing a year or more as an architectural assistant before they return to University for the MArch (RIBA Part 2) course. Our MArch courses allow students to pursue their own architectural interests and directions, guided by an innovative programme of studios which offer different themes. This variety provides a broad path of learning, and we expect a mature and research- orientated attitude from our students.
RIBA PART 3
After working in practice again for at least a year, students may prepare for their professional examination which they take whilst working in practice. Successful completion of a Professional Practice Course, or RIBA Part 3, entitles the student to register as an architect.
Active - We include many opportunities for active and applied learning. Sheffield students become very skilled in contributing to group work and this skill is valued greatly by employers. Exchange of ideas in group work informs your development of your own personal agendas.
Engaged - We believe that engaging with others and with communities outside the University is important. Many of our courses include projects and opportunities that encourage engagement with other groups. Sheffield is well known for its 'Live Projects' programmes where students work on real projects to lend their expertise to local communities.
Reflective - We encourage you to be reflective about your own education. This helps you to gain a balanced perspective on your learning and development and helps you to plan your own agendas.
Applied - Student-led activities populate the academic year and are of great value in developing your resourcefulness, initiative and confidence.
Transformative - Your own development and growing knowledge is a form of transformation. At Sheffield, we also have groups who try to influence the transformation of institutions and communities outside the University.