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Graduate Diploma (RIBAARB Part II) Architecture

University of Westminster

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The Architecture Graduate Diploma is a long-established and well-respected course which gives exemption from the second stage of professional training. This professional qualification is prescribed by ARB for Part II and is validated by the RIBA. The emphasis of the course is placed on innovative design work, and on developing a challenging and critical approach to the study and practice of architecture. The course allows you to investigate a wide range of issues pertinent to architecture in contemporary society. We foster diversity of choice, interpretation and approach, whether in design projects or more academic research. The focus is on confronting sophisticated design programmes (in formal, technical, professional or urbanistic terms) that demand rigour and self-criticism. Specialised investigation into architecture and its historical or theoretical contexts takes the form of speculative projects and research for your major dissertation. The course has three main objectives: to develop your design ability through project-based experimentation to present an evaluation and critique of your coursework within a broad cultural context, and in light of technical, economic and legal constraints and to encourage your articulate explanation and representation of quality and value in design projects. Core modules ?Applied Technical Studies ?Design Development ?Design Project 1 ?Design Project 2 ?Digital Representation ?Dissertation ?History and Theory ?Main Design Project ?Professional Studies ?Technical Studies in Practice Associated careers Most students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Architecture with ARB RIBA Part II progress on to working in architectural offices, and become registered architects after subsequently taking the Part III exam. Some students progress instead to take Masters or PhD degrees, and then go into research andor teaching.

The Architecture Graduate Diploma is a long-established and well-respected course which gives exemption from the second stage of professional training. This professional qualification is prescribed by ARB for Part II and is validated by the RIBA. The emphasis of the course is placed on innovative design work, and on developing a challenging and critical approach to the study and practice of...

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