Course Comparison

Course MA Design BA (Hons) Architecture
Award Master of Arts - MA Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons)
Duration 1 year 3 years
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (+ optional placement) -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements

You will normally require:

  • A first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • An ordinary or foundation degree, a higher national or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.
  • Provide a portfolio of work for discussion at interview.
  • If you have overseas qualifications, you can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office at international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like an informal chat about MA Design please contact the programme leader at ada@plymouth.ac.uk 

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted. 

International Baccalaureate
32 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit).

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

GCSE
Five passes including Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio showing sufficient competence in arts/design. Get some advice on how to create and submit your portfolio.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.