Architectural Design and Technology (Accelerated Degree)
BSc (Hons)

Industrial Placement
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply
Accelerated degree

3 good reasons to study Architectural Design and Technology (Accelerated Degree) at Salford

1.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

2.

Studying at an accelerated rate enables faster progression into a career or postgraduate opportunities

3.

Prepares you for a host of rewarding professional careers both nationally and internationally with excellent opportunities

Course Summary

Accelerated Degree    

From 2016 the School of the Built Environment is introducing a new mode of study for many of its undergraduate courses; the Accelerated Degree. Whilst covering the same content as a traditional three year undergraduate degree, the accelerated degree is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, therefore allowing you to progress more quickly into work or further study. 
If you choose to study Architectural Design and Technology full-time as an accelerated degree, you will complete it in two years rather than three. If you choose the day-release option, you will complete your degree in three years rather than five. You still have the option to complete a placement with these modes of study, with the full-time accelerated degree with placement taking  three  years to complete, and the day-release accelerated degree taking four years to complete. The traditional three year full-time and five year part time options for this course are still available.

Course Information    

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.    
You will develop a strong sense of design awareness, a comprehensive understanding of traditional and contemporary technologies employed in the construction process, and become competent in the use of sophisticated and powerful information and communication tools and techniques. You will be trained    to    the high standards required by the CIAT.    
This course combines academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies. These include providing innovative design solutions and negotiating and managing the development of a construction project. Additionally there is the opportunity to take an industrial placement year, allowing    you    to apply your theoretical knowledge to a practical situation, enhancing your future employability.    

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The benefits of studying an accelerated degree

Course Details

Depending on whether you choose the full-time accelerated degree pathway, or the day-release accelerated degree option, the structure of this course will vary as follows:

Full-time accelerated 

Year 1*

Modules may include:

  • Introduction into Law and Regulatory Framework
  • Economics and Management
  • Discipline Project 1
  • Environmental Science and Services
  • BIM Design Studio 1
  • Principles of Architectural Structure
  • Procurement and Administration
  • Design Information Management
  • Multi-disciplinary Project

Year 2*

Modules may include:

  • Construction Technology in Architecture 
  • Design Studies 1
  • Discipline Project 2
  • Virtual Environments
  • Introduction to Urban Regeneration
  • Discipline Research Project
  • BIM Design Studio 2
  • Environmental Architectural Technology
  • Design Studies 2

You also have the option to take a placement year between years 1 and 2. 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. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

Day-release accelerated 

Year 1*

Modules may include:

  • Introduction into Law and Regulatory Framework
  • Economics and Management
  • Discipline Project 1
  • Environmental Science and Services
  • BIM Design Studio 1
  • Principles of Architectural Structure

Year 2*

Modules may include:

  • Construction Technology in Architecture 
  • Design Studies 1
  • Discipline Project 2
  • Design Information Management
  • Procurement and Administration
  • Multi-disciplinary Project

Year 3*

Modules may include:
  • Environmental Architectural Technology 
  • BIM Design Studio 2
  • Virtual Environments
  • Introduction to Urban Regeneration
  • Design Studies 2
  • Discipline Research Project

You also have the option to take a placement year between years 2 and 3. 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. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

*Please note students who fail a module are allowed a maximum of 40 credits of concurrent study however the Student Loan Company will not fund the element relating to the repeating modules and therefore if the student wishes to study this concurrently they will have to fund the additional cost themselves.

Course Structure

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 96 points
GCE A level 96 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Teaching

  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • One-to-one tutorials (available by prior appointment or during office hours)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc.

Assessment

The mix of assessment will be determined by its appropriateness to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve attainment of the module learning outcomes. The assessment will include:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Design portfolios

Employability

If you choose to study an accelerated degree you will benefit from faster progression into a career, giving you a competitive advantage over your peers. Additionally, as a graduate of this mode of study, you will have completed a more intensive training programme, which is better aligned to the realities of the workplace.

Career Prospects

Architectural technologists are much sought after by architectural practices, central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers, and manufacturing companies.

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

Students who study on the Multidisciplinary Projects module have worked on some ‘live’ development projects. Our students have helped design a new club-house for Salford City FC, and have worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Placement Opportunities

MSc Project Management in Construction

MSc BIM and Integrated Study

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time International£12,300 per year

Funding

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.

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