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BA (Hons) Interior Architecture

BA (Hons) INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

Induction timetable

Workshops are available all week for students to "drop in" (Monday - Friday).

Your full induction programme can be viewed on this page.  Changes and additions may occur during the summer months, so please remember to check regularly.

Maps can be found here:

https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/visit-us/

Don't forget to visit the New Students page of the website for more information!

All meetings in bold are compulsory

* = Voluntary workshops organised by the University. All students can attend but some of the workshops are designed for International Students.

Date Time Event Location Staff
Sunday 13th September 12.30pm All international undergraduate students Main Lecture Theatre, Clerici Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus
Sally Saca
  4.00pm International (Non-European) Exchange and Undergraduate Study Abroad students Main Lecture Theatre, Clerici Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus
Laura Ryhanen
  5.00pm Erasmus (European)
Exchange and EU Associate Students
Main Lecture Theatre, Clerici Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus Sally Tait
Monday 14th September 9.30am All Exchange Student Welcome coffee and pre-enrolment check Room G117, Gibbs Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus  

10.30am Exchange Student Enrolment Main Lecture Theatre, Clerici Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus  
  4.00pm All Exchange Students
Planning for your academic studies in the UK
Willow Lecture Theatre, Headington Hall Site  
Tuesday 15th September
8.30am
Induction and Enrolment for Year 1 and Direct Entry Students 
BA Hons Architecture and
BA Hons Interior Architecture
Main Lecture Theatre, Clerici Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus  

10.00am School of Architecture Buddy launch Abercrombie Atrium, Abercrombie Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus  
  11.00am
Meeting for Year 2 direct entry students AB301, 3rd floor, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Road/Gipsy LaneCampus  
  1.00pm Meeting for all new students, all years - School Information Talks: Library, Printing, Student Representatives, ERASMUS, OxArch Student Society, Student Support Co-ordinators AB301, 3rd floor, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus
 
Wednesday 16th September 9.00am - 5.00pm Opportunity to attend workshops, campus tour, join Students’ Union societies, explore the campus and Oxford    
Thursday 17 September 10.00am - 5.00pm ALL YEAR ONE STUDENTS:
Introduction to Year 1 Architecture Studio
 
Please bring sketchbook, pencils, pens and if you have one, a camera or phone camera
AB301, 3rd floor, Year 1 Studio, Abercrombie Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus  
Friday 18 September 10.00am - 4.00pm Opportunity to attend workshops, campus tour, Freshers’ Fair, join Brookes Union's societies, explore the campus and Oxford    
Monday 21 September   Teaching starts    
  (see lists in Year 1 studio for times) Library Induction Sessions Library, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus  
  2.00pm onwards Workshop Induction Sessions - Compulsory for all new students.  Remainder of sessions will take place on Wednesday 23rd September (see lists in Year 1 studio for times) Architecture Workshop, John Payne Building, Headington Road/Gipsy Lane Campus

 

Staff

Jane Anderson is the Programme Lead for the Undergraduate Architecture and Interior Architecture programmes.  She co-ordinates Year 1.  You can contact Jane at: j.anderson@brookes.ac.uk, +44 (0)1865 484076 or in AB312

Academic Adviser: details of your allocated Academic Adviser can be found on your Record and Results page on PIP. Your Academic Adviser is available to offer academic advice and guidance, which can be anything from discussing your module choices, offering career and programme advice, to recommending what action should be taken if you're experiencing academic problems.

Student Support Co-ordinators are available to offer advice and guidance on both personal and academic issues. You can find contact details for your department's SSCs here

Additional information

In your first year of study you will be taught alongside students from the BA Architecture programme, developing ideas and design proposals through group and individual tutorials, presentations, discussions and field trips.

As an architecture student you will produce many drawings and models, which can be quite expensive so you are encouraged to recycle used materials where possible, particularly for sketch models. 

The year 1 equipment list can be viewed here .

You should expect to spend at least £700 on materials in your first year. You will be expected to keep a sketchbook, produce specific drawings, make models, mostly out of recycled and inexpensive materials, but glue, knives etc. will be needed.

As you progress into your 2nd and 3rd year you will be expected to produce more finished presentation models using more expensive materials.  You will also produce drawings using a variety of media, including computer drawing software.  The cost of materials and computer print-outs are kept as low as possible by the university.  However, you should be aware that materials cost money.  PCs with programmes needed for your course are available in the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Some students choose to buy a lap top in 2nd year when they begin to draw digitally.  A very high specification graphics card is an important priority when buying a laptop for digital drawing.

An average student may spend approximately £1200 on materials in the 2nd year and £1500 in the 3rd year.

In addition, it is usual for at least one optional European/international field trip to be offered per programme, per year, details of which are provided at the start of each academic year.  Overseas trips usually cost between £300 and £600, depending on duration and destination.  You will be required to pay the costs for any short field or day trips.  For those who cannot attend the field trips, an equivalent programme of work, which can be carried out locally, will be provided.

Preparation for starting the programme

The most important thing is to spend as much time sketching as possible in preparation for the semester start.  The course is about exploring your own interests so there are very few compulsory books and most are available in the library. For summer reading we would recommend finding a book or magazine that you think you will find interesting and read that.  If you are really struggling to choose you could read this book but it isn't compulsory and you don't have to buy it:

"Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture" (2011) by Nishat Awan, Tatjana Schneider and Jeremy Till. Published by Routledge.

Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spatial-Agency-Other-Doing-Architecture/dp/0415571936

You also could follow this really good online architecture and design magazine: http://www.dezeen.com/

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