Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation is an external formal recognition of competence. This means that these courses have been evaluated by a professional body in order to gain industry recognition. Studying on an accredited course means that the course content, its delivery and its applicability to industry have been evaluated. For a course to be accredited it means that it has met all the standard criteria set by the third-party professional body.

Many courses within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries are accredited. Here are just some of the accrediting professional bodies:

Architects Registration Board (ARB)

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Architects Registration Board (ARB) is an independent body that regulates architects in the United Kingdom. Established by Parliament in 1997, it ensures good standards within the architectural profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.

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Accredited courses

  • BA (Hons) Architecture
  • MA Architecture – The course is structured to ensure the integration and synthesis of contextual, technical and professional complexities inherent within the design process, helping students to engage with the prescribed ARB criteria.
  • MA Professional Design Practice – can also lead to the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3) ARB.

Creative Skillset

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Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; we do this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, we work across film, television, radio, animation, games, visual effects, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising, marketing communications and performing arts.

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Accredited courses

The following courses have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry mark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. www.creativeskillset.org/pickthetick

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

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Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a long-established professional body for architects and registered charity, founded for the advancement of architecture. It operates primarily in the United Kingdom but also internationally.

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Validated courses

  • BA (Hons) Architecture – leading to an exemption from RIBA’s Part 1 examination, the first step towards a professional qualification
  • MA Architecture – The course is structured to ensure the integration and synthesis of contextual, technical and professional complexities inherent within the design process, helping students to engage with the prescribed RIBA criteria, and attain RIBA Part 2 exemption
  • Part 3 Final Examination in Professional Practice

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

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Established in the UK by the Royal Charter, RICS is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction. It regulates and promotes the profession, maintains the highest educational and professional standards and provides impartial, authoritative advice and guidance.

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Accredited courses

  • MSc Historic Building Conservation – the course also prepares architects and surveyors to accreditation standards (AABC and RICS Building Conservation Forum), facilitating work on English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund-funded projects

The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA)

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TIGA is a non-profit trade association representing the business and commercial interests of some video and computer game developers in the UK and Europe. Its members incoude independent games developers, in-house publisher-owned developers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities.

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Recognised courses

The following courses are among the first in the UK to be recognised by TIGA for providing students with skills valued by the industry:

Other recognised bodies