Architecture Taster Day
Urbanism, landscape, sustainability and culture. If you can imagine it, you can create it.
Architects and Interior Designers influence the world around, shaping cities, communities and the way we live. They fuse all kinds of thinking and making to build environments that are meaningful and purposeful.
If you have a blend of creative flair and practical problem solving skills, you could excel in this fascinating field. Save your place now to learn more about courses, careers and studying a degree in Architecture and Interior Design.
At our Architecture and Interior Architecture Design Taster Day, you'll:
- Discover the different pathways and routes to qualification
- Explore the spatial potential of forms
- Find out more about the interview process for Architecture
- Bridge the divide between Architecture and Art
- Hear from and chat to current students about their experiences at Portsmouth
- Build and design your own architectural tower
- Gain some valuable top tips in putting together your interview portfolio
- Discover careers in Architecture and Interior Design and where our courses can take you
- Explore different aspects of Architecture, which you can talk about on your UCAS personal statement
Browse Architecture and Design students' work
Here's what happened at the Architecture Day in June 2022. Booking and details on future programmes will be available soon.
Architecture and Interior Architecture Design Taster Day
Check in from 9.45am at Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ and get ready to learn about studying Architecture at uni.
Here's our guide to subject taster days, should you want to learn a little more about our Taster Days before booking or arrival.
We're excited to meet you
All types of careers and industries await you with a degree in Architecture and Interior Design. And there's nothing better than being on campus and within a creative environment to experience the field.
Our Taster will introduce you to the process of design, so you can build a better understanding of the subject area and plan for the future.
Test out your creative flair in an interactive model-making session held in the design studio. Respond to a real project brief for a local community group. Create your amazing pieces of architecture and interior design and let your imaginations fly – the possibilities are (almost) infinite!
And you'll have lots of opportunities to ask questions! Our friendly staff and students from the School of Architecture will be on hand to assist you as you throughout the Taster.
Get ready for your first challenge! After a short welcome you'll be set your first design challenge for a real architectural problem for a specific client, use and place.
This community project will get your creative juices flowing, as you aim to generate lots of ideas in a tight timescale.
Try out our model-making workshops with your second challenge of the day.
In teams, and working with a range of model-making materials, your challenge is to respond to a brief in a limited amount of time and create a prototype model of your initial sketch ideas.
Quick breather. Take stock of the morning then get ready for the next session.
Next up: work in teams to generate ideas on how a design can be developed using a set of limited materials for the form structure and skin.
This time you'll work in modelling, discussion and sketch practice. In your teams, you'll need to consider how to balance both the beautiful idea and the practical issues of what your client wants. Capturing the design process is also a key to this session – so get ready to take some notes!
Lots of opportunities here to ask questions about what it is like to study at university, different subjects, the interview process and putting together their portfolio, the transition
from college to uni, any of the talks you've watched so far – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.
Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.
Our last workshop session will see your teams finalise your model-making, pulling all of your ideas together. We'll use simple techniques to showcase the ideas and ensure models are finished and ready to share. Your final models and ideas will be exhibited alongside our summer show.
Closing summary of the day, but the floor is yours to ask your questions to our panel of students and graduates. We'll also provide insight into the paths and routes to becoming an Architect or Interior Designer at Portsmouth, so you can get prepare for the exciting road ahead.