Architectural Technology (BSc) (Level 7)
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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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Formal work placement (minimum of five weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are: Art, Mathematics, English, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science Subject.
This is a studio-led course where students develop general drawings and details, 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.
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.
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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.
The core of the learning experience takes place in the studio through technical design projects and the application and integration of knowledge and skills explored in lecture modules. The focus of the Year 1 studio is the exploration of simple structures in timber, steel, concrete and masonry and construction detailing.
Lectures include Technology Materials and Structure (timber, steel, concrete, and masonry), Environmental Science and Services (climate change, materials, services, heat) while skills developed include teamwork, problem solving, communication, drawing, and computer graphics.
The work placement will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in MTU Cork together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.
This course is accredited by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
Subject to availability of places, suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of
► Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology (Level 8)
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. However, it is not an entry requirement.
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.
After graduating, Emily-Jane began work with Wilson Architecture, where she has worked on multiple projects - pharmaceutical, commercial, and residential. One of Emily-Jane’s current projects is part of a city centre development in Cork, which involves a new build and the renovation of an existing protected 19th century structure. Her tasks on this project include producing General Arrangement drawings, detailing, scheduling, and attending design team meetings.
Emily-Jane says that MTU helped her acquire all the vital skills needed for her career. “I learnt how to work in high pressure situations, problem solve, generate clear and consistent work, and collaborate with others.”
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.”
MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology CR090
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.
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, in the architectural section of a commercial organisation, in a Government Department or Local Authority, or in a related construction activity.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Private Practice
- Government Organisation
- Local Authority
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Entry 2020: 266
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