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Discover our new Level 3 Architecture, Interior and Urban Design course

Step onto a new pathway at Folkestone College, as we are delighted to announce the launch of a new course – Level 3 Architecture, Interior and Urban Design.

Level 3 Architecture, Interior and Urban Design is specially designed for young creatives keen to begin a career in architecture, spatial design, town design and planning, and of course, interior design! 

The course will sit within The Edge, our School of Creative and Business.

Students will be taught by experienced industry professionals in the college’s purpose-designed facilities, including access to 3D printing, design software, virtual and augmented reality to bring their visions to life.

There has been high demand for an architecture course at Folkestone College for quite some time now.

In 2018, a group of Art & Design students from The Edge participated in a project, ‘Otterpool Park, a Youth Perspective Report; Ideas on Designing a New Town,’ where they offered ideas and feedback for the development of the new garden town, Otterpool Park. This allowed the students to become fascinated with the industry while enhancing their portfolios, CVs, and job applications for the future.

As part of their studies on the new course, students will have opportunities to explore and interact with other local projects, such as Folkestone Sea Front Improvement Scheme, F51 Multistorey Skate Park, Folkestone Gasworks, and The Leas Pavilion.

By enabling students to engage with the local community in this manner, it allows them to develop an active interest and stake hold in the future of Folkestone, Hythe, and the surrounding areas.

Speaking about the new course, Jez Giddings, Head of the Edge School of Creative and Business, said:

"Every year more of our creative students have come to study with an interest or curiosity in architecture or interior design. We are excited to offer local young people the opportunity to undertake a full level 3 qualification (the equivalent of 3 A-Levels) which has 168 UCAS points on offer for a Distinction grade. Access to a BA (Hons) Architecture at University of The Creative Arts in Canterbury has an entry criteria of 128 UCAS points which is a Merit on our course. This gives our students access to an exciting career in architecture, interior design or one of the many associated trades."

Previously, if students wished to study Architecture at university, it was necessary to hold a Maths A Level. But now, many more universities have begun to allow students to study Creative Level 3 Diploma courses instead, to increase the diversity and skillset of those moving into the industry. Our course will open these opportunities to students!

Even if students do not wish to pursue a degree, this course will still open opportunities to seek out an apprentice or traineeship, or even find their first job.

If you are interested in applying or would like to find out more, visit the course page here!