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Loughborough or Cardiff for architecture?

I've received all my UCAS responses and am looking to choose between Cardiff and Loughborough for architecture. I know that Cardiff us a RG university, but Loughborough seems to be doing better in rankings. Does anyone have any opinions on which I should go for?
Reply 1
Original post by Sophie1284
I've received all my UCAS responses and am looking to choose between Cardiff and Loughborough for architecture. I know that Cardiff us a RG university, but Loughborough seems to be doing better in rankings. Does anyone have any opinions on which I should go for?

did you go to the open days or offer holder days? make the decision based on which city and course you like better and don't pay too much attention to uni ranking or RG status - in architecture employers will be looking more at your portfolio than which university you attended
Reply 2
Original post by Pedr0
did you go to the open days or offer holder days? make the decision based on which city and course you like better and don't pay too much attention to uni ranking or RG status - in architecture employers will be looking more at your portfolio than which university you attended

Yeah I went to see both.

I didn't really like the Loughborough area as it's quite rural but the course is fantastic and the portfolio's they showed were great (they also do placement years and hold events where graduates show their work to employers).

Its the opposite for Cardiff. I loved the town and the people but the course didn't really offer the same opportunities.

I'm super torn - thanks for the reply earlier :smile:
Reply 3
Original post by Sophie1284
Yeah I went to see both.
I didn't really like the Loughborough area as it's quite rural but the course is fantastic and the portfolio's they showed were great (they also do placement years and hold events where graduates show their work to employers).
Its the opposite for Cardiff. I loved the town and the people but the course didn't really offer the same opportunities.
I'm super torn - thanks for the reply earlier :smile:

Nice one, take a look at the RIBA course reports if you haven't already done so as they mention areas where each course is strong and where they could improve.

Cardiff
Loughborough

I did Part 1 and Part 2 at Cardiff so may be able to help if you have any questions about what the course is like. Lboro's architecture course seems really good from everything i've heard though especially when it comes to practical skills and future employability

oh yeah, if you haven't already, check at Loughborough exactly what level of support you get in securing a placement. Since the course is 4 years it's the same amount of time it'd take to do a 3 year Part 1 course and spend a full year working as a Part 1 after graduating if ykwim, so the deciding factor is whether doing the year of work experience through the integrated placement is actually better/more convenient. (Lboro course website says there's dedicated staff members to support students but i'd just check when and how you apply for your placement). also check if the placement year counts for your PEDR (it should do since the placement isn't worth any academic credits, but just make sure)
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Reply 4
Original post by Pedr0
Nice one, take a look at the RIBA course reports if you haven't already done so as they mention areas where each course is strong and where they could improve.
Cardiff
Loughborough
I did Part 1 and Part 2 at Cardiff so may be able to help if you have any questions about what the course is like. Lboro's architecture course seems really good from everything i've heard though especially when it comes to practical skills and future employability
oh yeah, if you haven't already, check at Loughborough exactly what level of support you get in securing a placement. Since the course is 4 years it's the same amount of time it'd take to do a 3 year Part 1 course and spend a full year working as a Part 1 after graduating if ykwim, so the deciding factor is whether doing the year of work experience through the integrated placement is actually better/more convenient. (Lboro course website says there's dedicated staff members to support students but i'd just check when and how you apply for your placement). also check if the placement year counts for your PEDR (it should do since the placement isn't worth any academic credits, but just make sure)

Thanks so much for the reply 🙂

How are you finding the course at Cardiff? I really like the town and the people, but what's the content like? Would you say that Cardiff builds a strong portfolio?
Reply 5
Original post by Sophie1284
Thanks so much for the reply 🙂
How are you finding the course at Cardiff? I really like the town and the people, but what's the content like? Would you say that Cardiff builds a strong portfolio?

I can't comment on if its better than other unis but Cardiff's course was good for developing design projects holistically and integrating sustainability/technical aspects into design right from the start. the course content was really good in general, lectures were engaging and informative, design projects had a wide array of themes and topics to explore. tutors and staff were supportive too

the one thing that was lacking (and is borne out by the 2021 RIBA report, though things may have changed) is that there was little to no instruction on software, meaning we had to mostly self-teach industry software (Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop). this can also affect the quality of the visuals in your portfolio since even if you have a good design making it look good comes down to how well you know CAD and Photoshop. again I have no idea if other unis do this a lot better necessarily than Cardiff did, just my expereince

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