Architectural Design and Technology
School - School of the Built Environment
Subject area - Architecture
UCAS Code: Full-time:K190; Part-time: K190P
Start Dates(s): September; January
Three years full-time
Four years with work placement
Five years part-time
UK - £9250 per year
Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
International - £12,300 per year
- 93% Overall satisfaction with this course (Source: NSS 2016)
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
- Provides access to rewarding professional careers with excellent opportunities
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
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Architectural technologists are specialists in the science and art of architecture. They form the link between concept and construction, providing high-level design skills in projects of all types and scales.
This course combines academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies. You will develop a strong sense of design awareness, a comprehensive understanding of traditional and emerging technologies employed in the construction process, and become skilled in the use of sophisticated and powerful information tools and techniques. There is also the option to complete a placement year in industry between years two and three of this course, which you arrange with our support.
You will study a range of modules which will develop your professional and technical aptitudes, as well as your presentation and communication skills. Along with learning the scientific and technological aspects of construction and facilities, you will gain knowledge about the practicalities and legalities involved in constructing and managing. The use of digital tools and technologies form an important part of your learning experience.
As this course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), you will be educated to the highest industry standards. You will develop a strong sense of design awareness, and a comprehensive understanding of traditional and contemporary technologies employed in the construction process. Furthermore, for some modules you will be taught in purpose built design studios located in our brand new New Adelphi building. These carefully designed spaces house the specialist equipment and tools you’ll need to inspire your creativity and execute your ideas.
Year 1 (If studied part-time Years 1 and 2)
This course has modules in common with other related courses within the school, meaning that you will benefit from collaborative learning with students from other disciplines. You will also be introduced to the architectural design process.
Modules may include:
- BIM Design Studio 1
- Economics and Management
- Principles of Architectural Structures
- Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework
- Discipline Project 1
- Environmental Science and Services
Year 2 (If studied part-time Years 3 and 4)
Year 2 introduces a number of subjects specific to this course with an emphasis upon managing design information and developing design skills, whilst utilising information technology facilities. Additionally, you will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project in order to further develop your experience of collaborative working, which is common practice in the career of an architectural technologist.
Modules may include:
- Construction Technology in Architecture
- Procurement and Administration
- Design Studies 1
- Design Information Management
- Discipline Project 2
- Multi-disciplinary Project
Year 3 (If studied part-time Years 4 and 5)
Your final year requires you to develop a design portfolio and you will have the opportunity to present and interact with industry, which is an important part of this programme. Furthermore, you will undertake a flexible research dissertation on a subject of your choice.
Modules may include:
- Architectural Detailing
- Design Studies 2
- Discipline Research Project
- Multidisciplinary Project 3
As well as one from:
- Virtual Environments
- Introduction to Urban Regeneration
And another from:
- Conservation of the Historic Environment
- Sustainable Design and Construction
Industrial placement year
If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial year-out placement between years two and three. If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The university will help you to develop your employability skills and an academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within the placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with 'telephone visits', visits to your place of employment and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.
Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.