Architectural Technology (BSc)
Field of Study
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3 Years (6 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
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At present, there is no direct work placement period in the course. However, students are encouraged to work in relevant industry during their summer vacations. Work practice is built into the course in the form of studio work.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are: Art, Mathematics, English, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science Subject.
Architectural Technology, in essence, is the development of the working drawings and design detail for the architectural process, post concept stage, through to the completed building on site.
Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance may be considered for entry to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology, subject to availability of places. The course also maintains co-operative links with other construction-related courses within the Institute and in other colleges.
Further Study Courses
What is Architectural Technology?
The Architectural Technologist is involved with the technical issues of the architectural design process and plays the role of a technical designer. S/he is a team player who provides an expertise in technical design principles and knowledge in the development of the built environment. S/he is an organiser and coordinator of the diverse disciplines involved in the design and construction process.
About the Course
This is a studio-led course involving working drawings and other construction related projects, with a range of lectures and site visits designed to contribute to the student’s comprehension and to the development of project work.
Over the duration of the course, the student develops skills related specifically to Architectural Technology as well as an appreciation of the role and requirements of other members of the building team.
A graduate of Architectural Technology is a critical member of the Design Team, as s/he has an excellent appreciation and knowledge of the other Design Team discipline roles, and is involved in the coordination and development of a project at all stages.
This course is in the process of accreditation review by The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. This course qualifies for exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Building.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of
> Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology (Level 8)
subject to availability of places. The course also maintains cooperative links with other construction-related courses within the Institute and in other colleges.
How much of my time is devoted to studio and project work?
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to studio and project work.
How helpful is it to have Design & Communication Graphics at Leaving Certificate level?
Design and Communication Graphics would provide a solid foundation for this programme.
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.
Siobhán is an Associate with O’Riordan Staehli Architects with particular expertise and responsibility for Fire & Safety on all projects.
“My Degree gave me a strong technical foundation with excellent drafting skills, detail design, and architectural appreciation. This is a challenging and interesting career. I work very closely with all members of the Design Team – Clients, Quantity Surveyors, Engineers and Contractors, ensuring that the full coordination of all the building elements complements the building design.”
Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology CR090
Graduates may specialise in certain building typologies or concentrate on a particular area such as technical 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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