Portfolio direction for a pathway in Architecture

Part art, part science – and completely fulfilling. Our cutting edge degree course in Architecture provides you with a comprehensive grounding in design, theory, history and building technology, whilst embracing conservation, sustainability and environmental issues. You’ll get the opportunity to compare and contrast Lancastrian architecture and urban form with national and international examples on our overseas visits.

This course was recently validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); we were particularly commended for our enviable facilities, as well as our focus on student experience, studio culture, support and employability.

Your portfolio submissions will be analysed for the following skills, knowledge and understanding plus type of content. – More information


  • Appreciation of colour, tone, texture, shape and form.
  • Understand pictorial space and composition.
  • Different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination.
  • Understanding the conventions of figurative/representation and abstraction/non-representational imagery or genres.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • How ideas and feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts.
  • How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts and to the time and place in which they were made.
  • The working vocabulary and specialist terminology.


  • Tone, line and mark making. Scale.
  • Observational drawing from man-made and natural forms.
  • Thematic work and how to research and develop ideas.