Critical Practice - Architecture and Professional Experience

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Course summary:

This part-time course is designed as a bridge between BA Architecture (RIBA Part I) and M:ARCH Architecture (RIBA Part II).

This part-time course is designed as a bridge between BA Architecture (RIBA Part I) and M:ARCH Architecture (RIBA Part II). The course sits within the pedagogical vision of the CSM Spatial Practices programme, set out in our Manifesto, details of which are available here. The course provides RIBA Part I graduates with a Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) who will validate their Professional Education and Development Records (PEDRs), and 4 evening lectures that will contextualise students' practical experience in the wider context of practice.

The lectures will help students define their experience expectations and goals for practice; look at the creative and regulatory processes of the architectural profession; examine the circumstances in which architectural projects are created and developed; consider the agency of architects in terms of practical, legal and ethical challenges; discussing the concept of risk in relation to the above. PEDR validation will ensure that students' professional experience will count toward professional qualification. For more information on PEDRs.

Who should take this course

The course is open to graduates from other BA Architecture (RIBA Part I) courses.

Course content

Course details:

Who should take this course?

This course will be of interest to graduates of the CSM BA Architecture (RIBA Part I) course, those interested in applying to study on the CSM M ARCH - Architecture studies (RIBA Part II) course, and those who wish to get the most out of their practical experience. The course is open to graduates from other BA Architecture (RIBA Part I) courses. In order to have any Professional Experience and Development Records (PEDRs) validated by a Professional Studies Advisor (PSA), you will need to separately register with the online PEDR service provided by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Please ensure that you carefully read the Student Eligibility section, confirming that your experience complies with the requirements set out by the RIBA.


By combining practical experience with the academic support of a PSA, the course will help students understand, navigate, document and critically reflect upon their practical experience. The PSA will provide mentorship and guidance and will validate students' PEDRs enabling progression towards professional registration.

The course will give students who have not studied previously at CSM, an insight into our pedagogical approach as well as access to the CSM library and other events such as invitations to the Spatial Practice's Autumn Term and Spring Term evening lecture series.

Topics Covered:


  • Introductory discursive session considering types of practice; examination of how students can get the most of their experience; and how to fulfil PEDR requirements.

Processes and Practice:

  • Critical examination of RIBA Work Stages, statutory procedures and the role of risk; consideration of alternative forms of practices and different professional approaches.


  • Examination of existing, alternative and innovative procurement routes


  • Examination of the meaning and application of Duty of Care' the social, economic and political spheres in which spatial designers operate; and issues of environmental and ecological sustainability.

Course Outline

The course consists of:

  • Validation of quarterly PEDRs (max. 5) by the Professional Studies Advisor; communication by email
  • 4 evening lectures/workshops; approx. 8 hours contact time

Fees & Funding:

  • Home / EU fee

About Course Provider

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.

Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.

Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.

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