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Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

The Architectural Technology programme develops graduates who are vocationally equipped with specialist skills and knowledge in the areas of architectural design, technology and its application, legal legislation, conservation, project management and professional practice. Graduates are prepared to move directly into employment within a range of dedicated fields including construction, design and planning. 

Several course lecturers run their own architectural practices and will give you up-to-the-moment teaching and professional guidance. This includes Chartered Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who lead the architectural design sessions, and provide expert guidance on design concepts, working drawings and construction.

Architectural Technology as a discipline, aims to equip you with the skills to meet the exciting and challenging employment opportunities which are available. This includes the design office, construction firm, local and central government or housing association.

The successful creation of sophisticated buildings requires both design and technological know-how, allied with architectural and project management skills. The course philosophy reflects the need for a diverse range of vocational skills. In seeking to meet these needs, we enable you to work confidently and competently as architectural technologists in a professional environment. Following the initial acquisition of a sound practical and theoretical base, you will learn to apply knowledge within a range of practical settings, including architectural design, technology and project management. This inter-relationship provides a coherent, academic and practical programme of vocational learning in preparation for professional responsibility in a practice environment.

This programme is Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT).

Materials, exhibitions, events and visits: Materials for workshops and for Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are neccessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge. It is recommended that you will need to budget approximately £200 per academic year for extra materials. You may choose to purchase less or more materials, but this average has been garnered from successful current students and recent graduates. Please note that this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you select to undertake. The cost of optional trips, visits and off-campus exhibitions do attract extra costs not covered by the course fees: Graduate exhibitions are heavily subsidised, but we recommend for your Graduate Exhibition you allow approximately £200* for items such as printing, travel, publicity, accommodation and subsistence. For Graduates in programmes within the Subject Area of Architecture and 3D Design the Graduate Summer Show costs, apart from specialist exhibition media, specific to your final major design projects (variable, pending your selected project) will be covered by the Subject Area.

*Please note that these costs will vary year on year.


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K210 (K211 with Foundation Framework)
BSc/AT (BSc/ATFY with Foundation Framework)
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time or flexible part-time (four years full-time with Foundation Framework). Teaching time is two or three days per week, leaving the rest of the week available for study and/or work placement experience.

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level, DMM at BTEC or 112 UCAS points. Students will be expected to have achieved GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C or above. We welcome international applicants and encourage applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements: Admission to the foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level, MPP at BTEC or 64 UCAS points. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.