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About the course

Architectural visuals are an essential part of the architectural design process. Visualisations are regularly used to convey design ideas when presenting work to clients, submitting planning applications or taking part in competitions. Clients, contractors, architects, architectural technologists, and design teams are all in need of well-trained professionals to produce accurate and high-quality visualisations.

Ranked first for student satisfaction, and third for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2021 UK league tables (subject 'Architecture').

To help you to fill this industry need, Solent’s new architectural design and visualisation programme explores two connected areas of architecture: concept design - as a creative process - and visualisation - as the means of turning concepts into photorealistic images.

The design curriculum will help you to grasp the fundamentals of architectural design and covers essential principles of design process; aesthetics; architectural composition; scale; proportions; space planning and history. Visualisation modules explore various methods of visualisation including freehand drawing, physical model making, computer generated imagery (CGI), computer modelling and 3D walkthroughs.

This course is unique in its approach - specialist architectural visualisation courses are not currently available at undergraduate level anywhere else in the UK. It is also unique in its inclusion of architectural design study alongside visualisation training. This knowledge of design processes will help you to play an active role in design teams in addition to leading visualisation projects.

You’ll also benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links. These links have been built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (e.g. CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures, mentoring sessions and site visits.

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students study a unique blend of design and architectural visualisation – the first undergraduate curriculum of its kind in the UK.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from this course will typically work on a freelance basis or set up their own practice, offering their services to architectural businesses.

Alternatively, graduates can join existing architectural and/or visualisation companies, working as part of a larger team.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for students who want to build a professional portfolio and learn essential skills before taking their first steps into architectural visualisation and design. Candidates may come from a range of academic backgrounds, but should be passionate about design, architecture and visualisation.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
Year 1: Drafting equipment, Printing, model making material: £150
Year 2: Printing, model making, JCT contract: £150
Year 3: Printing, model making, dissertation printing and binding: £150

Optional costs:
Discretionary books, better quality folders, printing/binding £150 each year.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels in an appropriate subject, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants are required to submit an electronic portfolio.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Design Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Architectural Design Principles
  • Introduction to Architectural Technology
  • Introduction to Model Making
  • Introduction to Architectural Illustration
  • Introduction to Creative Digital Media

Year two

Core modules
  • Architectural Photography
  • Advanced Architectural Illustration
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Visualisation Studio
  • Innovative Technologies and Applications
  • Ergonomics for Interior Design


  • Advanced Model Making
  • Advanced Architectural Illustration
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Digital and Futuristic Architecture Studio
  • Professional Practice
  • Major Project


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Sarah Radif academic profile Sarah Radif Head of Subject View profile
Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Course Leader View profile
Masoud Sajjadian Masoud Sajjadian Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Solent can offer architectural design and visualisation students access to a range of professional resources and facilities. These include high-spec computers; specialist design and visualisation software; laser cutters; 3D printers; a laser 3D scanner and various workshop facilities.

The professional practise unit helps equip students with interpersonal, businesses and project management skills – all in the context of architectural technology.

Your future

The course has a strong focus on student employability, balancing professional practice with design and visualisation studies in order to prepare students for the professional workplace.

Graduates will leave the course well prepared to pursue work with specialist visualisation agencies and architectural design businesses. Graduates may also work on a freelance basis, or set up their own practice.

Industry links

Students benefit from the teaching team’s extensive industry links, built over many years of delivering courses accredited by professional organisations (eg, CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Links with the Society of Architectural Illustrators are particularly relevant to this course. Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the academic process by providing real-world projects, guest lectures and site visits; as well as working with students in small mentoring groups. 

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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