Prepare your architecture application

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Architecture is an engaging degree that combines creativity with critical theory. But this also makes it a popular choice, and means that competition for places is high.

As part of your application to study BSc (Hons) Architecture, BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering or BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture, you are required to submit an electronic portfolio alongside your UCAS application. The portfolio is designed to help our tutors assess your suitability to study.

Make your architecture application stand out from the crowd by reading our hints and tips on writing your application and preparing your portfolio.


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The personal statement is a crucial part of your university application. It’s your chance to tell us why you are interested in studying architecture and why you want to study at the University of Salford. It will highlight the skills, experiences and qualities you will bring to your studies and tell us why we should make you an offer. 

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in our applicants. Having these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your academic potential, but will also be essential if you want a successful career in architecture.  

Example characteristics include:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Creativity and subject interest

We recommend using UCAS’s helpful guide to find out what makes a good personal statement. You can also use our template to help write your statement. 

Shape your portfolio

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Your architecture portfolio will represent your passion for studying an architecture degree. It will communicate final versions of your art and design work.  It will showcase your creative skills and reveal the unique way you look at the world around you.

Creating and building a portfolio is a highly personal choice, and can include a wide range of texts, forms and mediums. Although there is no set structure, you should ensure that you demonstrate the critical thinking and thought process involved in your creations.

To help you prepare an impressive architecture portfolio to support your application, we’ve put together a handy guide packed with top tips and guidance.