Admissions criteria - Architecture
This information applies to the BSc in Architectural Studies and the MArch (Part 2).
All applications are considered on individual merit, taking into account a range of factors including academic qualifications and/or predictions, the Personal Statement, reference(s) and portfolio. Our standard offer of AAA at A level is there to give applicants an idea of the sort of grades we usually ask for. The actual grades we can make an offer on may differ.
We require all candidates to submit a small portfolio (8 pages). This must be submitted as a PDF document which is no more than 5MB in size. The portfolio need not be architectural in any way and may include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, product design or any other work in visual design. You can include as many images as you wish, but please ensure that these are clearly defined and are of sufficiently high quality to do justice to your work.
Entry to the MArch is invited from graduates from other schools who have at least an upper second class degree giving exemption from RIBA Part 1. Selection is based on qualifications and a portfolio, but it may also involve an interview.
A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate
Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience. If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)29 2087 9999.
We require all candidates to submit a small portfolio (8 pages). This must be submitted as a PDF document which is no more than 5MB in size. Applications without a portfolio are excluded from consideration.
Once the School receives your UCAS application they will send you an email requesting your portfolio. The email will include further information on the portfolio itself and a deadline for the portfolio to arrive at the School. The deadline is usually 2-3 weeks from the date we send the e-mail to you. You will receive a confirmation email from the School when they have received your portfolio.
All applications for a place on the BSc in Architectural Studies course must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications for the MArch are made directly through the University.
Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh speaking personal tutor. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you at any point of the application process.
We require all candidates to submit a small portfolio (8 pages). This must be submitted as a PDF document which is no more than 5MB in size.Applications without a portfolio are excluded from consideration.
The UCAS form and portfolio is the main basis for offering a place. Not all applicants will be invited for an interview. However the admissions tutors may use their discretion and invite applicants for an interview when they require further information. A team of admission tutors (mainly core staff) who are very much involved with our teaching in architecture and related fields will make decisions throughout the selection process. Once a decision has been made you will be informed via the UCAS Track system.
Please note that the Admissions Team carefully consider all applicants once we have received your application and portfolio - we do not operate a sifting process therefore please note that it can take up to approximately six weeks to hear from us.
Direct Applicants should apply using the Cardiff University Online Application Service .
Please note we can only consider applicants for the MArch who have a RIBA Part I recognised qualification from their first degree. To check if your degree gives you RIBA exemption please visit the validated courses section of the RIBA website.
All applicants to the School will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day to discuss their application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.
The Welsh School of Architecture does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.
The Welsh School of Architecture does not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. Interviews may be given in special circumstances and where there is not enough evidence provided for acceptance. Selection for the MArch is based on qualifications and a portfolio, but it may also involve an interview.
All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades ABB plus a good portfolio, will be guaranteed a typical offer on the Welsh School of Architecture's undergraduate course. View the University policy on use of contextual data.
Candidates with subjects to resit will have their applications considered without additional conditions attached. Previous achievements (different from the subject(s) to be repeated) will be taken into consideration alongside qualifications to be attempted.
The Welsh School of Architecture are happy to make offers for deferred entry for up to a maximum of 12 months in line with the University’s policy and existing procedures. The same selection criteria will apply.
Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution
The Welsh School of Architecture will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Cardiff from other UK Universities only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution (c) having passed interview with an outstanding architectural portfolio.
Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University
Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to year 1 from other Schools within Cardiff University are considered where, (a) the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme (b) has passed an interview with outstanding visual portfolio which is Art or Art related portfolio and (c) is able to demonstrate motivation to study a programme in Architecture.