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Architecture (BSc Honours)

  • Course Code

    CK 606

  • Field of Study

    Architecture

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Full-time course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

At least two Leaving Certificate subjects at Grade C3 minimum (Higher Level), together with a further four subjects at Grade D3 (Ordinary or Higher Level). The six subjects must include English, Irish, and Mathematics. 

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Most helpful subjects are: Art, Mathematics, English, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science subject.

Course summary

The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC).

Department(s)

Architecture

Further Study Courses

Students who successfully complete the BSc (Honours) in Architecture programme to a satisfactory level will be eligible to enter a Masters of Architecture programme, which together with a Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and Practical Experience, will provide the overall education programme geared towards professional accreditation.

What is Architecture?

Architecture explores new ways of living, investigates new
technologies and materials, and strives to ensure that
new buildings, towns and landscapes are environmentally
sustainable. Architecture combines art, science and
technology in the design and construction of buildings and
their surroundings within a socio-cultural context. Architects
engage themselves in all aspects and stages of the architectural
process from design, through planning, to construction and
management. They are involved in projects of a diverse
nature, including the design of domestic, retail, leisure, health,
commercial, industrial and educational buildings, towns and
urban landscapes.

 

About the Course

Location: Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Copley Street, Cork.

The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC).

This is a studio and project-led course integrating the three pillars of architectural education; design, technology and the humanities. The first year of study provides a foundation in design and the built environment, appropriate to both the discipline of architecture and associated design courses.

The following years of study will become progressively more architecturally focused whilst still allowing and encouraging experimentation and research into associated disciplines as well as developing transferrable skills in communication, team working, computer aided design and management.

This exciting and innovative Honours Degree programme has been developed with the support of the local architectural profession and in consultation with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland together with a fifth year programme of study leading to the award of a Master’s Degree.

Further Studies

Visit http://architecture.cit.ie

Suitably qualified graduates will be eligible to enter a Masters of Architecture programme, which together with a Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and Practical Experience, will provide the overall education programme geared towards professional accreditation.

Question Time visit http://architecture.cit.ie


How is my time split between CIT and UCC?
This is a joint programme between CIT and UCC. The majority of lectures, practicals and studio work are held in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education in Copley Street, Cork City. 

How much of my time is devoted to studio and project work?
50% is devoted to studio.

What kind of personal skills do I need?
You need to be a creative, innovative, logical, critical thinker… think outside the box!

What is the difference between Architectural Technology and Architecture?
Architectural Technology can be described as technical design of the building while Architecture focuses on the creative aspects of spatial and aesthetic design in the total building.

 

 


First Year Modules at a Glance

  • Design Studio: basic design project and sketchbooks involving individual and group work; basic graphic techniques; sketching and painting; pencil drawing to scale; freehand drawing; model-making; and photography
  • Construction, Materials and Structures: introduction to the basic principles which are pertinent to the issues of building construction and materials, structural design and analysis for architecture
  • Applied Technology Studio: preparation of technical drawings and models; design of components for simple building types; options for construction and detailing of simple building types; modelling and testing the behaviour of simple structural members subjected to forces
  • History and Theory of Architecture: examines the spatial, formal and structural components of key buildings from Ancient Greece through the Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic periods to the Renaissance, reflecting on how these responded to the cultures and societies in which they were produced

The study of Architecture provides opportunities to develop a wide range of transferrable skills. Graduates will have had rich experience of working in teams, working to deadlines, developing abilities in verbal and graphic communication and most importantly, skills in creativitiy, design and innovation - the essential ingredients of success in the contemporary economy.

Architecture itself provides exciting and widely varied career opportunities. Graduates may specialise in certain types of buildings, or concentrate on a particular area such as design, technology, architectural conservation or project management. Graduates may work as part of a team in private practice, or in the architectural section of a commercial organisation or a Government Department or Local Authority.

Potential Areas of Employment
• Private Practice
• Commercial
• Government Organisation
• Local Authority


Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:

440

CAO Cut off:

440

CAO Average:

Ms Katherine Keane, Cork Institute of Technology
katherine.keane@cit.ie
021 4335970

Ms Gerry McCarthy, Cork Centre for Architectural Education
021 4298401