The Architectural Technology programme develops graduates who are vocationally equipped with specialist skills and knowledge in the areas of architectural design, technology and its application, legal legislation, conservation, project management and professional practice. Graduates are prepared to move directly into employment within a range of dedicated fields including construction, design and planning. The learning environment includes studio and technical facilities, and access to specialist resources.
Several course lecturers run their own architectural practices and will give you up-to-the-moment teaching and professional guidance. This includes Chartered Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who lead the architectural design sessions, and provide expert guidance on design concepts, working drawings and construction.
This programme is Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT).
Architectural Technology as a discipline, aims to equip students with the skills to meet the exciting and challenging employment opportunities which are available. This includes the design office, construction firm, local and central government or housing association.
The successful creation of sophisticated buildings requires both design and technological know-how, allied with architectural and project management skills. The course philosophy reflects the need for a diverse range of vocational skills. In seeking to meet these needs, we enable students to work confidently and competently as architectural technologists in a professional environment. Following the initial acquisition of a sound practical and theoretical base, the student will learn to apply knowledge within a range of practical settings, including architectural design, technology and project management. This inter-relationship provides a coherent, academic and practical programme of vocational learning in preparation for professional responsibility in a practice environment.
Materials, Exhibitions, Events and Visits
Materials for workshops and for Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are neccessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.
It is recommended that you will need to budget approximately £200 per academic year for extra materials. You may choose to purchase less or more materials, but this average has been garnered from successful current students and recent graduates. Please note that this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you select to undertake.
The cost of optional trips, visits and off-campus exhibitions do attract extra costs not covered by the course fees:
Graduate exhibitions are heavily subsidised, but we recommend for your Graduate Exhibition you allow approximately £200* for items such as printing, travel, publicity, accommodation and subsistence.
For Graduates in programmes within the Subject Area of Architecture and 3D Design the Graduate Summer Show costs, apart from specialist exhibition media, specific to your final major design projects (variable, pending your selected project) will be covered by the Subject Area.
*Please note that these costs will vary year on year
Final year students recently displayed their work at the School of the Art Summer Show at our Avenue Campus. Our students delivered some stunning exhibits as you can see below:
Feel free to view our flickr account to see our students work from the Degree Show 2016.
You can also watch this short film to get a flavour of what the show had to offer:
Degree Show 2015
Students also have an opportunity to showcase their work at our yearly degree show. Listen to Architectural Technology student Oliver Reynolds talk about his work.
Subject Futures Week 2016
Please see below the 2016 Subject Futures Week video, which highlights just some of the creative industry guests who attended to share knowledge and insights with students about the reality of working and life after University.
Also, check out our student led blog.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
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Students are introduced to the general concepts and themes of Architectural Technology in a supportive learning environment. Emphasis is put on acquiring skills and competence in computer aided design, surveying and theoretical ideas.
Allows students to develop and apply their skills and understanding of Architectural Technology in tandem with lectures on client based scenarios and case studies. Specialist topics like architectural conservation and architectural styles are introduced and their importance explained.
Students are expected to work to professional practice standards and to express themselves by utilising the skills and knowledge gained at the first two stages of the course. Staff will act as facilitators of the learning experience, especially with the dissertation and in the approach to studying contemporary architecture. Vocational opportunities are explored and interaction with the world of work promoted.
Course modules (16/17)
Visual and Technical Communication
- Module code: 3DD1057
- Core module Y
The Architectural Technologist
- Module code: 3DD1058
- Core module Y
Principles of Technical Design in Architecture
- Module code: 3DD1059
- Core module Y
- Module code: 3DD1060
- Core module Y
Practice, Regulations and Conventions in Architecture
- Module code: 3DD2067
- Core module Y
Technical Architectural Design
- Module code: 3DD2069
- Core module Y
Building Information Modelling
- Module code: 3DD2066
- Core module Y
Design Specification and Production Information
- Module code: 3DD2068
- Core module Y
Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation
- Module code: 3DD3039
- Core module Y
Project Management in Architecture
- Module code: 3DD3040
- Core module Y
Final Major Project
- Module code: 3DD4014
- Core module Y
Methods of Learning
Teaching is provided across the whole department. This helps to elevate resources to provide the highest calibre of teaching available. With each course taking different elements into subject focused seminar groups, the shared design studios and the workshops. Vertical integration is encouraged across the year groups, reinforcing the assimilation of skills and the potential for peer mentoring to reinforce group and individual learning experiences.
A continuous mode of assessment is used to assess theoretical and practical skills and knowledge. The majority of assessments are based on project work, assignments or reports.
Facilities and Special Features
- Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
- students have access to a design studio and computer suite studio with current computer aided design (CAD) technology and other software
- 96% of graduates from The University of Northampton are in employment, internships or further studies within six months of completing their course*
- several course lecturers run their own architectural practices and will give you up-to-the-moment teaching and professional guidance. This includes Chartered Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- strong links with architectural practices providing some students with the opportunity for placements, and we support others in seeking work experience
- many of our graduates have secured employment with practices, having first worked with them in placements or as trainees. Recent employers include a range of architectural practices, local authorities, house building companies, and commercial companies involved with construction
*Source: HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2013/14. July 2015, compared to full university status HEI’s for full time study first Undergraduate degree leavers.
Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Full accreditation was gained in June 2013. This ensures that our students are currently eligible for CIAT student membership, and are exempt from some modules required in the Professional and Occupational Performance record. Please see the CIAT website for information.
Many of our graduates gain professional recognition from CIAT after they graduate, by pursuing the various stages of professional recognition.
We work closely with CIAT, the leading professional Architectural Technology body in the UK, and two of our lecturers are Chartered Members (MCIAT). Staff contribute to CIAT accreditation events at other institutions. A past President of BIAT (the forerunner to CIAT), is our current External Examiner.
Industry links and employability
Our strong links with architectural practices have provided some current students with the opportunity for placements, and we support others in seeking work experience. Many of our graduates have secured employment with practices, having first worked with them in placements or as trainees. Recent employers include a range of architectural practices, local authorities, house building companies, and commercial companies involved with construction.
Graduates in this discipline have been in high demand, many securing offers of work before their studies are completed. Many graduates go on to careers in architectural practices, architectural technology practices, design offices, construction firms, housing associations, local and central government and in the field of heritage conservation.
Many of our graduates have secured employment with practices, having first worked with them in placements or as trainees.
How to apply
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level, DMM at BTEC. Students will be expected to have achieved GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C or above. We welcome international applicants and encourage applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
Foundation Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.
If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|
|Foundation:||£6,300 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
The Foundation Year programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BSc Architectural Technology, the University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BSc Architectural Technology programme which includes a Foundation Year that will help you develop the technical grounding and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
The Foundation Year provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by Architectural Technologists. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Architectural Technology modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One).
In the Foundation Year you will study 2 x 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study experience. These are:
Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study.
Research for Practice – provides an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. It will also include an introduction to the academic languages of the subject and the learning experience of degree study.
These modules are delivered concurrently with two Level 4 modules from your programme:
3DD1060 Architectural Design
3DD1058 The Architectural Technologist.
Upon successful completion of these modules, you will progress to Stage One of BSc Architectural Technology, in which you will receive further support through:
Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas – focuses specifically on the generation and development of ideas, building the key IT/ literacy/numeracy skill sets required by the programme.
In the remainder of Stage One, you will take 2 further 40 credit modules from the BSc Architectural Technology Award Map.
Typical timetabled week of study
Foundation Year teaching may be a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions. The three Foundation Year modules, Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills, Research for Practice and Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas are taken in the sequence indicated above. Each one involves a teaching contact time of 4 hours per week and students are also expected to engage in approximately 12 hours of independent study, to support the learning experience.
Foundation Study will, therefore, help you to build a solid understanding of the general theoretical and practical aspects that underpin Architectural Technology, with the retained flexibility to transfer later in your studies to other programmes, should they prove more appropriate. Throughout all stages of your programme you will also be supported by a Personal Academic Tutor, to guide you through the learning experience and help you make informed study choices.
Foundation Study will enable you to acquire the necessary study skills to succeed in HE, as well as developing your understanding of key subject concepts delivered through taught sessions, experience of live projects, site visits, seminars, presentations, tutorials and online support.