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Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption) - PgDip

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Your portfolio will form the basis of the interview discussion and should include the following:

  • Final project from your BA course.
  • Other projects from final year or second year.
  • A copy of your written dissertation or final year essay.
  • Selected excerpts from sketchbooks and workbooks.
  • A range of work from your practical training year or architectural employment (this includes technical work as well as design and presentation work).
  • Evidence of your RIBA Part 1 exemption (e.g BA certificate).

You will also be asked to prepare a critical self appraisal which should be 2-4 sides of A4 and should include the following:

  • A summary of your education since leaving school.
  • An analysis of your portfolio and working methods whilst on your BA course.
  • Your relevant work experience to date.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses both as a student and in the workplace?
  • Any architectural issues you are particularly interested in.
  • Your reasons for applying to this particular course.

We are looking for motivated and ambitious students with a broad range of experience - this needs to come across in your application and portfolio.

We generally expect applicants to have undertaken at least nine months of practical experience, though we welcome enquiries from those with alternative experience.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

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