Bachelor of Science (Honours) Architectural Technology CW468

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW468
  • 15
  • 260
  • 4 Years
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What is the Course about?

Architectural Technology refers to the technical design and expertise used in the increasingly complex design process required for contemporary architecture. While architects are responsible for coming up with initial concepts and designs, architectural technologists are more concerned with the technical side of construction. Architectural technologists work closely with architects and other building professionals to resolve any potential design problems before construction starts.  

This four-year honours degree in Architectural Technology is a studio-based technical design programme that integrates theory with practical application. The programme equips students with real-life problem solving and communication skills. Modules for Architectural Technology include: Technical Design and Detailing; Information Technology and Computer Aided Design (CAD); Building Technology, Materials and Structure; Graphics and Building Information Modelling (BIM); Building Regulations; Sustainable Building Services and Environmental Building Design amongst others. 

The programme incorporates an integrated research and design project based  on a field study with previous trips to Bilbao, Barcelona and Milan.

Special Features:

  • Programme accredited by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
  • A studio-based technical design programme with dedicated studio space for students of each year.
  • Students will acquire proficiency in Graphics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Revit and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
  • Students complete an integrated research and design project based on a field study.  Previous international field trips included visits to Bilbao, Barcelona and Milan.
  • Annual end-of-year industry showcase event for Final Year students.
  • Exit Awards: Higher Certificate in Science in Architectural Technology (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme can progress to an MSc in Management in the Built Environment or to a Research Masters or Doctoral studies at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?

Professional Bodies Accrediation

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

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What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates of the Architectural Technology will have the skills to:

  • Research and propose detailed constructional and technological solutions for new builds, extensions and refurbishment of existing and historic buildings;
  • Work within a contemporary technical environment using BIM technologies such as energy analysis and building services integration using software such as Revit Building Design Suite;
  • Develop technical solutions from sketch design stage through to working drawings and prepare and coordinate tender documents.

The Architectural Technologist is a key member of the design team and collaborates closely with the architect. Typical employers include: private construction firms and contractors, property developers, planning departments and local authorities.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.Graduates of a relevant Ordinary Degree are eligible to enter Year 4 of this programme; graduates with relevant Certificate are eligible to enter Year 3. 

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

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For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dan O’Sullivan, DipArch(Honours), RIAI, RIBA, PG Cert
E: dan.osullivan@itcarlow.ie