The Diploma in Architecture programme is designed to provide the necessary educational framework for students who intend to enter the architectural profession. It is accredited by the ARB/ RIBA and offers exemption from the Part II professional exam. Typically, students who undertake the DipArch will have already studied architecture at undergraduate level. The course is two years long with an option to extend your studies by 1 semester to undertake the Masters by Conversion course. The programme is mainly studio based with supporting lecture based courses in Architectural Technology and Professional Studies. The studio work centres on contemporary issues of architecture within a European climate firstly focusing on Glasgow then on a European city, this academic year Antwerp, with specialist inputs into social, economic, environmental and political aspects of architecture provided by staff and guests.
The first year of the Diploma (Year 4) is the opportunity for students to extend design skills within a rigorous creative studio and to explore architecture as a response to contemporary issues. Glasgow is one of the UK’s most architecturally stimulating cities and the projects are all based within the city as a result. Strategic and critical thinking and a personal approach to designing is encouraged through the studio-projects. This is a preparation for the extended independent study of the final year Thesis Design. Emphasis continues to be placed on drawing and model making as means of rigorously investigating, clarifying and developing a design. This year the projects were the design for a mixed use neighbourhood, high density housing, and the design of a cultural building both based within the Merchant city of Glasgow.
The second year of the Diploma (Year 5) centres on one major project, a Design Thesis. Building on the study and analysis of Glasgow, year 5 students move into the European city, this year focusing on Antwerp and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals. The Design Thesis encompasses all the ambition, dreams and accumulated skills expected of a student nearing the completion of their education. It is a vehicle for personal study, in which the topic is selected by the student in accordance with their particular interests and developed in association with the tutorial staff. Projects explore a variety of site conditions within the selected city. The project is developed from concept design through to design in detail with Architectural Technology fully integrated into the architectural response.