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Two copies of work leave students badly off

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Students of architecture are finding it increasingly difficult to fund their studies over the prolonged duration of the courses.

The start of this year's academic season has seen the University of Plymouth School of Architecture introduce a policy requiring two copies of all submitted work. This is understood to be a university-wide policy to fit with new quality assurance practices.

Our concern, however, is that the industry generally prefers to see portfolios of design work as submitted, when interviewing prospective candidates.The intention of the Plymouth School to retain all original works therefore leaves students seeking degree-related work little choice regarding this issue.

While essays and the like can be copied at relatively little cost to the individual, A1 and A2 format design work is a totally different prospect with colour copies ranging from £40 to £90, depending upon the quality of copy required. As many students generally submit between 20 and 30 sheets of A1 format per year, then reprographics costs can be as much as £2,700 a year.

Final submissions already increase architecture students' costs over and above those pursuing other courses. This added burden does nothing to encourage prospective future applicants to courses and will certainly lead to increased and unnecessary stress upon students already under pressure.This ridiculous and impossible course requirement will leave many aspiring architects no choice but to quit the course.

Christopher Brimble et al, Part 2 students, Plymouth School of Architecture

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