Architecture (BSc Honours)
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4 Years (8 Semesters)
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. (These entry requirement are under review).
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Most helpful subjects are: Art, Mathematics, English, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science subject.
The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC).
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
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 transferable 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).
A formal application has been made to the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland for professional accreditation of this course together with a fifth year programme of study leading to the award of a Master’s Degree. Provisional accreditation has been granted. Full accreditation can only be granted once the first cohort of students graduate from the five years of education, with their Master of Architecture.
Suitably qualified graduates will be eligible to enter a Master’s 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.
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. Some instruction may take place in the CIT campus and the UCC.
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.
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
• Government Organisation
• Local Authority
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