Architectural Technology (BSc Honours) (Level 8)
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4 years (8 semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six 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.
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Most helpful subjects are: Art, Mathematics, English, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science Subject.
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 includes lectures on Construction Technology Materials and Structure (timber, steel, concrete, and masonry), Environmental Science (climate change, materials, services, heat), while skills developed include teamwork, problem solving, communication, drawing, and computer graphics.
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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.
About the Course
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.
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 together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industry 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.
Students in Year 4 of the programme have the opportunity to pursue specific areas of research critical to the built environment and architectural practice. Students identify individual areas of interest in the architectural process and conduct intensive research leading to expertise.
These emerging specialisms are sought by architectural practices and allied disciplines in architecture and construction and provide graduates with competitive skills.
This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland.
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.
Upon graduation, Jay began working with Bluett & O’Donoghue Architects - Dublin, after completing a summer internship in the year prior. Jay has worked on multiple projects using a number of computer software packages.
Types of projects include student accommodations, apartment complexes, offices, marine based projects, and of course, family homes. Day to day duties often include site visits, preparation of computer drawings, problem solving, and design team meetings. Currently, one of Jay’s projects include a €2+ million project on a protected structure and theatre. Later this year, he will undertake a postgraduate programme in Low Energy Design, which will lead onto a Masters in the same field.
“Being a CIT student was some of the most difficult, but best years of my life. The craic was good and the work was tough. However, CIT has given me both the academic skills and mental skills needed to give me a head start and be as prepared as I could be for the demands of the real world in the construction industry.”
After graduation, Michael began work with mEML Architects and from the onset was working on multiple projects, completing construction drawings on residential apartments, submitting planning applications for school extensions and fire stations.
Michael is currently working on a €30 million R&D facility. “Without a doubt, the education I received at CIT has provided me with an amazing start in my career field and is the reason why I have been able to excel at what I do.”
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 (Honours) in Architectural Technology CR560
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, 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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Entry 2020: 308
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