Birmingham City University International College

Undergraduate Pathway in Architecture

Why study this pathway programme?
  • 97% of the University’s Architecture graduates are in employment or further study within six months (DLHE Survey 2016/17).
  • Many degrees are accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
  • Enjoy access to print, wood, metal, ceramics and glass workshops from day one – as well as industry-standard software and guidance from experienced technicians.
Birmingham City University is #28 in the UK for Architecture (The Times, 2021)


Your pathway to Birmingham City University

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Final Year Degree

£14,000 (two-semester)
£19,200 (three-semester)






Stage 1: Two or three semesters (depending on qualifications upon entry)


Stage 1: September, January and May

Study Location

Stage 1:
BCUIC, University House

Stage 2, 3 and 4:
The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

Student success – Alsmith, from India

  • Completed three-semester Foundation in Art and Design
  • Graduated from BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

“I made a lot of friends at BCUIC, I had amazing tutors, I had amazing classes, and a lot of accessibility to different facilities within the campus that I didn’t expect for foundation level! BCUIC prepared me a lot for my degree; I’m actually quite good at model-making right now, and that’s an essential part of our course – it’s how we show our designs – and I’ve got that expertise because I’ve done that in Foundation.”

Stage 1: University Foundation

Portfolio Requirements


Click below for more information on each module

  • Creative Workshop*

  • Critical Thinking*

  • Extended Media Experimentation

  • Information Research, Recording and Responding In Art & Design

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication*

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication & Preparation and Progression in Art and Design

  • Knowledge & Understanding Of Creative Practice In Art & Design

  • Mass Communication*

  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design

  • Personal Combined Experimental Studies In Art & Design

* Additional four modules in the three semester programme.

Students on the BA (Hons) Architecture pathway are required to achieve higher marks (60% minimum) in relevant modules in order to progress to this this degree.

Stage 2: First Year Degree

Stage 3: Second Year Degree

Stage 4: Final Year Degree

Birmingham City University Degree Pathways

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  • BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1 Exemption)

  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

  • BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

  • BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design


All students accessing the 3D workshops, plaster room, glass room, water-jet cutting room and the kiln room will need to wear safety footwear that has toe caps. Such footwear can be purchased from any safety footwear provider – including Sports Direct – and can be as cheap as £12. The shoes should be S1P and comply with EN 20345.

There is no long-term storage facility for personal items in the workshops, so students are advised to bring the safety footwear with them each day they are accessing the workshops.

Special entry requirements

  • Applicants must submit a good portfolio if: they are entering the two-semester programme without a related academic subject; they are entering a three-semester programme. Applicants are also required to have GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at grade C/4 or above.
  • Applicants for BA (Hons) Architecture must submit a portfolio regardless of whether they have an academic background in art and design.