BSc in Architectural Technology

Course Points
184
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
20 Places

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • The technology of architecture & buildings is becoming increasingly important.
  • Architectural Technologists specialise in the application and integration of science and technology in buildings.
  • Architectural Technology involves the combination of theory and practice.
  • The practice of architectural technology impacts positively on sustainability and energy efficiency.

Course Summary

This 3-year degree course aims to provide each student with the education and training necessary for entry into the construction and property industry at Architectural Technologist level.

This technical design programme integrates theory with practical application to equip students with real-life problem solving and communication skills and a broad understanding of construction technology and detailing, building regulations, health and safety legislation and the theory and integration of environmental and sustainable design.

In particular, the programme aims to develop each student’s architectural technologist knowledge, skill and competence to begin in the role of architectural technologist. The programme includes:

  • The history, context and design of buildings including new buildings, extension and conversion of existing buildings
  • The link between design and the technological, environmental, cultural, economic and social parameters
  • The technology of architectural forms, functions, concepts and contexts
  • Accessibility and inclusive design reflecting how all people perceive, experience and use all aspects of the built environment
  • The design and construction process and systems efficiency, effectiveness, economic and environmental sustainability, quality, safety, reliability and appearance
  • Legal and regulatory requirements including building regulations, planning and development legislation, building control and health and safety
  • Science and engineering of materials and components related to design
  • Building services engineering, environmental science and structural engineering
  • Computer-aided design, 3D modelling, ICT and BIM.

The first year of this programme will be delivered to a combined group of Architectural Technology and Construction Management students. At the end of first year students can request to transfer to the Construction Management programme.

YEAR 1

Semester 1

  • Building Technology 1 (year-long)
  • Design & Creativity in the Built Environment
  • Measured Surveys 1
  • Materials Technology
  • Report Writing and Communications
  • AutoCAD 1

Semester 2

  • Building Technology 1 (year-long)
  • BIM 1
  • Measured Surveys 2
  • Building Services 1
  • Building Quantification

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Construction Technology 2 (year-long)
  • Building Regulations (year-long)
  • Structures
  • Building Services 2
  • Architectural Technical Design 1
  • BIM 2

Semester 2

  • Construction Technology 2 (year-long)
  • Building Regulations
  • Graphics and Visualisation
  • Integrated Group Project
  • Architectural Technical Design 2
  • Materials Performance

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Work Placement (year long)

Semester 2

  • Construction Technology 3
  • Procedures and Documentation
  • Planning & Development Control
  • Health, Safety & Environmental
  • Building Control
  • BIM 3

 

* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only.

The course is delivered in modules combining, theoretical learning, with lab-based experimentation and studio-based design problem solving.

Career opportunities for Architectural Technology graduates are excellent. Typically employers include architectural firms, public and private bodies, planning departments and local authorities, private construction firms and material manufacturers. The architectural technologist is a key member of the design team and collaborates closely with the architect to provide objective technical advice. Demand from local, national and international companies is exceeding current supply of suitably qualified graduates. 

Graduates who obtain an overall award average of 40% or higher are eligible to transfer onto the B.Sc. Hons. in Architectural Technology (level 8) programme in DkIT. Upon completion of this, it is anticipated graduates will be eligible to apply for Architectural Technologist membership of the relevant professional bodies including CIAT, RIAI and CABE. 

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least one H5 Grade, OR Minimum Points Score of 200
→ AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7


Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 5 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ One subject at:

    • 'A Level’ (Grade A* - E or better)
    • OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - E)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ The remaining subjects must be different from those listed above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR 'AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR ‘A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

This programme includes formal work placement and a workplace preparation module in year 3.

  • Students interested in problem solving would be interested in architectural technology.
  • Students who can use theoretical knowledge in a creative manner can become architectural technology professionals 

 

Eamon Cushnahan (Programme Director)
Phone: +353(0)42 9370200
Email: Eamon.Cushnahan@dkit.ie

Noel McKenna (Head of Department of the Built Environment)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: noel.mckenna@dkit.ie

The first year of this programme will be delivered to a combined group of Architectural Technology and Construction Management students. At the end of first year students can request to transfer to the Construction Management programme.

Course ID DK731
Level 7
Duration 3 Years
Points 184
Places 20
School School of Engineering
Department Built Environment
Recognition Information

The Institute of Engineers of Ireland (EI) accredits this programme as satisfying the academic requirements for Associate grade of membership of the IEI.

Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK731.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.