The Design Course is new and will have its first intake of students in October 2024.

Based in the Department of Architecture, students will study a variety of designs and learn how different scales of projects influence people, cultures, economies and the natural world. Focussing on multi-disciplinary design in the built environment, but with additional areas: design of physical objects, apps, artificial intelligence and electronics. Students will generate solutions to real-world problems through core studio projects, learning about: sustainability in design and how the science of sustainability and engineeering can inform design.

Related subjects being studied include: design history, environmental design, mathematics, engineering and natural sciences. Knowledge from these subjects can be applied to design projects.

The course is taught by practising engineers, architects and designers in studio, and academics who are leading research in the fields of sustainability and design, and resilience. Their research covers: work on refugee camps, studying the effect of earthquakes on structures, creating a more inclusive environment, participatory design through our forthcoming urban room and the use of traditional and new sustainable building materials.

Facilities in the department include: workshops, studios, reprographics, digital fabrication lab and computer workstations.

Admissions Information

Standard Offer: A-level - A*AA with A* in A-level Mathematics; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 42 points overall, with 7 in HL Mathematics; Advanced Highers: A1A2A, with A1 in AH Mathematics; other exam systems.
Course Requirements: A-Level (or equivalent) Mathematics.
Course Outline: An outline is available on the University's course pages and on the Faculty's website.
Applying: For information on how to apply: University application process and Emmanuel application timeline.
Submitted Work:

Applicants will be asked to submit a PDF (6 A4 pages and less than 15MB in size) of their own work prior to interview. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material you might bring to interview (in a normal year) as part of your portfolio. For the portfolio, make sure you have variety, show spatial awareness, i.e., 3D perspectives, and be prepared to talk about your inspirations and ideas. The Admissions Office will send further details when they acknowledge your application.

A good portfolio will demonstrate the ability to work in a range of media and contain subject matter drawn from life. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of composition and /or design along with the ability to work in three dimensions. There is no expectation that students will have carried out any architectural design, but some evidence of working in three dimensions is advantageous. Please be aware that it is usually not possible to view videos of additional work during the interview, however, still images can be included in portfolios.

Admissions Assessment: All applicants, who are shortlisted for interview, will take a written assessment (writing skills and graphic and spatial ability). An assessment specification is available online. The College's Admissions Officer will register applicants for the assessment. Date of assessment: to be confirmed.
Interviews: Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 9 - Wednesday 18 December 2024. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

Applicants may be given a reading passage 20-30 minutes prior to one of the interviews. A discussion of the reading will form part of the interview.
Course Enquiries: Emmanuel Admissions Office