How to apply
Applications to the LSA closed on 15 April 2020. Late applications may still be considered for the 2020/21 academic year. Begin your application here.
Applicants should have a 2.2 Honours degree in architecture and ARB/RIBA Part 1. An equivalent architectural degree to Part 1 may be acceptable, but applicants must be aware that they cannot progress to ARB/RIBA Part 3 without having completed Parts 1 and 2 and register as an architect in the UK/EU, according to current UK government legislation.
Applicants are required to demonstrate talent as a designer as well as ability and motivation to complete the course successfully. The LSA is looking for its students to rise to the ambitious challenge set by the programme, and applicants should address the P.R.I.M.E Characteristics and P.R.I.M.E Values.
Applicants will be expected to present a portfolio, demonstrating their ambition for the subject area and for studying at diploma level. Applicants need to be eligible to study in the UK for the full duration of the programme, and to be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the work placement, according to current UK government legislation.
For international students, as an independent school, the LSA does not have a UK Visas and Immigration Tier 4 Licence and is therefore not able to accept students from outside the EEA. However, there may be unusual circumstances where non-EEA nationals are already in possession of alternative visas, which do allow for study in the UK. It is the responsibility of interested applicants to check with local UK immigration authorities. Subject to UK legislation
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Students whose first language is not english must provide evidence of their english language skills demonstrated by one of the following:
- Academic IELTS test at band 6.0 or above with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent and approved in a Trinity College Secure English Language Test centre (SELT), ISE11 (B2) with minimum pass in each category. Validity of Academic IELTS is 2 years and must be current upon registration at the LSA.
- a pass in English Language at GCSE at grade C or above.
Applicants must enter the name and result of their test on their application, and provide an original copy at registration. If an applicant doesn’t have one of these qualifications but is currently being taught in English, they may contact the Registrar for advice or email email@example.com.
Upon receipt of a completed online application form, LSA staff will select applicants for interview, which will usually take place in London, but may be conducted by Skype if the applicant is currently living abroad. Each interview panel will contain at least one senior member of staff and will usually also be attended by a current student.
The school will afford applicants the opportunity to present evidence of their qualifications, experience and commitment to the demands of the profession, including a portfolio presentation. The panel will assess aptitude for the course, with reference to the LSA’s P.R.I.M.E characteristics and values, evidenced in a presented portfolio of academic and professional work, and through discussion. Conditional academic places will be offered to successful applicants in writing, and these will be only confirmed once a practice placement position has been secured. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of eligibility prior to registration.
All applicants must submit an electronic PDF portfolio. The portfolio will be limited to a maximum of 12 pages of work (text and/or images), formatted to A3 landscape or portrait. These should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org following completion and submission of the online application.
PRACTICE PLACEMENT PROCESS
The LSA has established a Practice Network in London to help to facilitate work placements for students. The LSA follows a fair and transparent procedure to suggest matches between students and practices. If a student has been offered a conditional place on the taught programme and seeks to be placed in the Practice Network, the placement is as follows:
- Students make a first, second and third choice from the research themes that have been generated by the LSA from specific topics suggested by the Practice Network.
- From their choice of research theme and a further consultation, the LSA will suggest practice placement options that the school thinks would suit both the student and the practice. Where possible, the LSA seeks to send students to two interviews.
- The practice is asked to inform the school about the outcome of the interview. Following this, practices will then send out offers direct to students on a set date at the same agreed time. From the first two interviews, the School hopes that the majority of students will receive the offer of at least one suitable work placement.
- In the event that a student receives two placement offers, they are free to decide which one to accept.
In the event that the first two interviews do not yield an offer of a placement, the LSA will seek to identify further potential opportunities within the Practice Network.
- The LSA will do everything within its power to help secure a placement for a student, but we cannot guarantee a student will receive one, as ultimately the decision resides with the practice. Students cannot enrol on the course unless a suitable placement is arranged in advance of the start of the academic year.
- Practices make the offer of employment directly to the student. Students are advised to carefully consider offers of employment that are made to them. Students must satisfy themselves that they wish to enter into the employment contract with the practice.
- Once a student has accepted the offer of employment from a practice, they can then formalise their conditional offer from the LSA.
ALTERNATive PRACTICE PLACEMENT PROCESSES
There are two other routes to the establishment of a practice placement within the framework of the LSA programme:
- An applicant who is employed by a practice operating within the LSA Practice Network is offered a conditional place on the taught programme and the practice declares its willingness for that employee to go part-time within the terms set out in the LSA Practice Contract.
- An applicant who is currently employed by a practice operating outside the LSA Practice Network is offered a conditional place on the taught programme and the practice declares (i) that it wishes to join the Practice Network and (ii) its willingness for the applicant to be employed part-time within the terms set out in the LSA Practice Contract.
- Similarly, applicants with a conditional place offer may target suitable practices outside the LSA Practice Network, seeking employment within the terms set out in the LSA Practice Contract.
Practices that seek to join the Practice Network through the three routes above must apply through the same process as the existing network. Practices looking to begin this process should email email@example.com. The school will assess the practice’s aptitude to join the Practice Network based on its completed Expression of Interest form and, potentially, at interview. The practice must be based in London. The LSA reserves the right to decline at its absolute discretion an application by a practice to join the Practice Network. In the routes above, the practice/student pairing must join a Design Think Tank that suits their shared interests.
Student Transfer Policy
If you are currently studying at another university and would like to transfer to London School of Architecture to join the two year programme for the qualification of the Professional Diploma in Designing Architecture* the regular entry commences in September of each academic year through the application procedure as stated on the LSA website. Second Year starts at the beginning of October.
Am I eligible to transfer to The London School of Architecture
A student’s eligibility for advanced entry will be assessed by our academic staff on an individual basis and will be based on the following:
- compatibility of the modules/grades of your previous study against the London School of Architecture programme and its modules
- your work will be assessed by the school to ensure compliance against learning outcomes required for professional qualification as an architect
- analysis of the transcripts of your first and/or second year studies. (Please note that no decision will be made on your application until we receive a copy of the transcripts of your previous study (or, if you are still yet to complete this study, a partial transcript including details of all outstanding modules)
- quality of your academic reference and personal statement
Transferring to Another University from The London School of Architecture
If you wish to transfer to a course at another university the LSA will provide you with:
- A transcript outlining the modules you have completed and the grades which you have achieved
- An exit award if you have passed sufficient credit (Certificate in Designing Architecture)
- An academic reference from one of your course staff on request
The amount of tuition fees you will have to pay to the LSA will depend on your official day of withdrawal notified to us in writing.
You should be aware that if you transfer mid-year, then you may find yourself liable for fees at the LSA and the university you are transferring to. Please check with the university to which you are transferring.
If you are in receipt of Student Finance you are only entitled to a tuition fee loan for the terms you are in attendance at the LSA. The LSA will inform Student Finance of your last date of attendance once you have notified us in writing of your withdrawal. Your new university will also need to contact Student Finance and complete a form called Notification of Student Transfer.
For any questions regarding this please contact our Registrar Marilyn Dyer, firstname.lastname@example.org