M.ina
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I just got an offer from University of Huddersfield for studying 1st year architecture.Is it worth studying architecture there?I'm from eu so I dont't know too much about the university.any advice would be usefull . I also applied at Manchester school of arch.,uni of liverpool,LJMU and Uca but I haven't got any answers yet.which of these is the best for studying this subject?
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Hi there,

I have also recently got an offer from Huddersfield which I have accepted as my desired uni on UCAS. I would definitely recommend Huddersfield uni for architecture, the department have very recently moved into a brand new studio which is very well equipped and designed. Myself, I am from an art and design background which the course at Huddersfield seems to be focused on more, as opposed to the engineering side like some other courses in the UK.

I have visited Liverpool and Manchester (MSA), both which didn't seem to meet the facilities or course sturcture which Huddersfield has. Liverpool's arch dept., I thought was very run down, and had a really poor 'studio culture' ethos, you had to buy your own desk space :/

Now this town itself is very small and at first appears maybe a little 'stuck in the 80s' however it is extreamly friendly and very safe, although if your looking for more party life ect. then its not that sort of place however there are many nice shopping areas and a lot of green hills and fresh air country side.

As for accommodation, as you may have seen on this forum, Storthes Hall doesn't seem to have a great reputation, however there are many nice private accommodation options, right next to the Architecture studio is Aspley Halls and a walk round the corner is Firth point, both which seem to be very nice and reasonably priced student halls.

Hope this helps
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Yes,it helped me a lot.Thank you.I come from an art and design background too so I rather go at a university witch focuses more on the design part.But what do you know about the course in Msa and Liverpool?I would like to study organic architecture and design more than engineering part.Oh and...congrats on your offer!!it is possible to send me a link of your portfolio?I'm very curious to see your work!
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Thanks!

Huddersfield is a definite art and design focused course, its course structure focuses heavily on the use of sketchbooks, models and drawing.

One thing i'd point out is that there website isn't great and doesn't seem to portray how good the course actually is! On the other hand, the site for Liverpool makes there course look amazing, but when I went, it as a total letdown.

Myself, I would not recommend Liverpool to anyone coming from an art and design background, there view of architecture was somewhat odd and the overall feel of the depart just lacked passion and energy, their facilities were so run down! You had to literally scavenge for desk space and there was no specialist equipment like Macs and printer suites or model making areas (Huddersfield has all of those). Also they preferred students to have taken maths which suggested they may view architecture from an engineering perspective.

As for msa, well its a bit of a mixture review, the course is more art based but still overall it feels a bit more engineering orientated. They didn't seem to care about the philosophy and context of architecture and how buildings impact culture and lifestyle, however the facilties were somewhat equipped more than Liverpool. Also Manchester in general is a big place, it has lots to do but it also a bit rough in some areas around the uni's, there has been another student stabbing there this week!

I mean all of the courses you've chose are all good, validated courses compared to many other unis in the UK, but I think if you are definitely interested in art and design, Huddersfield is my recommendation. I am assuming you havent visited Huddersfield yet, so heres some points why I think its a great course:

Facilities: Top notch stuff, they have invested a lot of money into their new studio building, it has tons of space, Macs all over the place, huge PC CAD suites, laser and 3D cutters, model workshops and even its own architecture cafe. The Architecture course is classed as the school of art and design, so it shares most of the art facilities too, including photography studios, more mac suites and professional printing facilities.

Course Ethos: The course ethos allows you to develop your own approach to architecture, rather than a forced or directed way. It treats architecture as a form of art, so it looks at visual, contextual and philosophical elements that there can be when deigning a building. I think there course leader too is very passionate and enthusiastic about the subject , which was as evident in the others.

Reputation: Although at first, a lot of people may dismiss Huddersfield Uni over older Unis like Liverpool, Manchester or Oxford, the art and design department has a very good reputation, there have been many success stories form their design courses, including the Dyson Airblade and Fan which was designed there (Product design shares the architecture building). Their architecture department had a huge collection of RIBA awards and students who won RIBA Gold prizes for their work, it also has one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, as well as in the top 15 for student satisfaction. Their reputation was also reflected on the interview day, there were people as far as South Wales (7 hours drive away) applying.

Place: I was born in Huddersfield and I live on the outskirts in the countryside. I can tell you that the town itself genuinely feels really safe and friendly! My college is in the town centre, so I travel around it a lot and you never feel unsafe or at risk around others, even late at night! However this also means that the town is very quiet which could be a downside if you are wanting a place of nightlife and partying, as Liverpool and Manchester are definitely those sort of places. But dont get me wrong, theres plenty of things to do, theres many bars, restaurants, shopping outlets, cinemas, parks and countryside if your interested in outdoors activities.
Heres a good photo of the town: http://www.webbaviation.co.uk/galler...al-ba21402.jpg


I think the place is also probably a big part in your decision, would you prefer to live in more smaller localised towns or huge developed citys?


Also about my portfolio, because my interview was in person, my portfolio was my sketchbooks from my AS Art Course, also I havent finished redesigning my own website yet so I will get back to you on that.
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Your work is nice! And thank you for your advice.Anyway, I think I' ll go with liverpool cuz it's the city of culture and it's beattllleeees of course!another thing it's that huddersfield hasn't got the reputation that liverpool has and you have a lot more opportunities there than in huddersfield.but i'll take in consideratin your advice.would you please send me your facebook link just to keep in touch,maybe we will be classmates :d
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Alright, have you had a look round the Unis in person yet? What offers did you get from them all too?

And yes, Liverpool has quite a 'reputation' however I would warn you about that, to an employer in the UK where you went to Uni is pretty irrelevant nowadays, its your work and grade is what people are after, many less known Unis such as Huddersfield, Norwich and Lincoln all seem offer much better tools and teaching than the Russel group Unis. If im honest I think a lot of the Russel group Unis just live off their reputation and dont seem to think they need to upgrade anything


Anyway, I actually dont use Facebook (I hate it!) but I use most other services (Twitter, YouTube, Skype ect.) if you do?
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To be honest I wasn't to any university yet but I 'll get a look as soon as I recieve
all the offers.I'm from Romania,so it's not quite easy to visit UK.Anyway,now I just collect information from everyone and than I'll decide what uni is the best for me.And I don't use facebook too but I'm planning to make a profile just to make friends from uk.It's surprising and I'm glad at the same time to hear that there are persons like you in this case :d .well then...your messenger id? )
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M.ina: Oh and another question... What do you know about the international relationships that huddersfield has?Sincerly,I would like to study in usa .my dream is to live in california :d .Liverpool states that they have relations with Seattle and other countries from eu.
Huddersfield's course is acutally titled Architecture International, there are few Universities that do this type of course. Its still the same architecture course but it means you have the option to study for your projects abroad, in the first year you go to Spain, then in the later years you go far outside of europe, heres a quote from the Huddersfield website:

If you choose the International route, you will visit a non-European country to carry out analysis of a location in which to develop a comprehensive building design. Student projects have explored locations in China, India, Malaysia, the Middle East and Vietnam.
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Also when I went for my interview I got given these books which show both the students work and the internatnational work:

Huddersfield Architecture Year Book 2011:
http://hud.ada.hpmdigital.co.uk/exte...re_book_HS.pdf

Being There:
http://hud.ada.hpmdigital.co.uk/exte...eing_there.pdf

They might be of interest to you
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Hi,I am a student from China applying for Huddersfield architecture,What will the Curriculum like in everyday study in year 2&3?Still a little confusing about it.Hope for reply~~Thank you!
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(Original post by StilwellWu)
Hi,I am a student from China applying for Huddersfield architecture,What will the Curriculum like in everyday study in year 2&3?Still a little confusing about it.Hope for reply~~Thank you!
Hi StilwellWu

There's some great information on this thread from the community, we really enjoyed reading this 😍.

You'll find details of each year's modules on the course listing on our website: http://courses.hud.ac.uk/2018-19/ful...part-1-ba-hons

You can search course information by year so you can look at Years 2 and 3 in detail. There's quite a lot of information, so please let us know if you have any questions!

Sarah - UoH
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