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Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Architectural Technology brings together project management, design and technical skills. During this Architectural Technology course, you’ll become prepared to deliver projects all the way from concept stage. You’ll learn and increase your knowledge of the industry and legislation, experience realistic projects and develop your creative skills.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), meaning you will be eligible for CIAT student membership and will be exempt from some modules that are required in the Professional and Occupational Performance record. Many of our graduates gain professional recognition from CIAT after they graduate, by pursuing the various stages of professional recognition.

Updated 10/08/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    K210

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time /
    4 years full-time (with Foundation)
    4-6 years part-time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

Our Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). We work closely with CIAT, the leading professional Architectural Technology body in the UK, and two of our lecturers are Chartered Members (MCIAT). 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).

Students studying for an Architectural Technology degree with us benefit from our strong links with architectural practices, providing them with the opportunity for placements. You’ll have access to a design studio and computer suite studio with current computer aided design (CAD) technology and other software, in addition to enjoying exhibitions, events and visits during your course.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for architecture and technology jobs or further study, you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards, you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply.

Course Content

  • Our Bachelor of Architectural Technology course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and has also been recently redeveloped to align with the newest QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology.

    Our curriculum has three key themes: Presentation, Technology, and Professional Practice and Design, each one being taught over the three years of your time studying Architectural Technology at university, covering various subjects with complexity and depth.

    You’ll have the chance to meet and work with local and national industry experts through project briefings, reviews, tutorials and presentations, learning the theory and practical applications of skills and creating a professional network with potential recruiters. Plus, you’ll visit construction sites across the UK and internationally, to see projects at various stages. There are opportunities to work on real-life projects, participate in national competitions and exhibitions, and be recognised in our annual degree show.

    Typical design projects involve site visits, primary technical and contextual research, concept sketching, 2D and 3D computer-aided design, physical model making and presenting to client design teams. You will be taught manual drafting and software such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, AutoCad, Revit, 3DstudioMax, Navisworks, ArchiCad etc.

    • Module code: 3DD1058
      Status: Compulsory
      This module focuses on the evolution of Architectural Technology using contemporary and historic precedents to illustrate this journey. The roles of client designer and constructor are reviewed in context. Following the British Standards surveying standards sustainability codes and theories of Architecture and Built environment the students will progress with their case studies.
    • Module code: 3DD1057
      Status: Compulsory
      Comprehending the relationship validity and application of manual analogue and digital communication skills are essential for an architectural technologist. Materials scale/volume texture/elements objects and their properties are taught within the context of the theory of the built-environment. Sketching model-making drawing visual/verbal presentation methods are developed. Digital skills are introduced using industry-specific software.
    • Module code: 3DD1060
      Status: Compulsory
      This introductory module to Architectural design will introduce the principles of architectural design and ideation. Students will learn how to gather information necessary for designing a building; information on the function of a project its occupiers and other stakeholders the surroundings spatial requirements of the building.
    • Module code: 3DD1059
      Status: Compulsory
      This module introduces students to the basic principles concepts and vocabulary of architectural technology. It enables students to understand the scientific principles underlying the stability of a building and the control of the environment and to undertake basic design calculations referring to British standards.

    Methods of Learning

    Our BSc Architectural Technology degree is typically run over three years with an optional part-time study route. You will have two or three days per week of lectures, tutorials, studio work, meetings with industry partners and one-to-one project consultations. These are complemented with extra-curricular activities run by the course, student societies, student union and CIAT AspirATion group.

    Assessments

    You will be assessed continuously through project work, assignments or reports. This will assess your theoretical and practical skills.

  • The course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and has also been recently redeveloped to align with the newest QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology.

  • What is Architectural Technology?

    Architectural technology is an architectural discipline focused on building engineering. It refers to the technical expertise and insights which are vital to creating efficient building designs that meet various production and performance criteria.

    Architectural technician courses focus on building design and explore the processes of conception, development, detailing, sustainability, contract administration, and construction technology.

    What can you do with an Architectural Technology degree?

    With an Architectural Technology degree, you can pursue a role as a chartered architectural technologist (MCIAT), with employment opportunities available from local authorities, housing corporations and property developers, building and construction firms, architecture practices, and academic and research institutions, amongst others.

    Architecture degrees teach crucial technical, visual and planning skills which can be applied in various architectural positions, including architect, CAD technician, building control surveyor, interior and spatial designer, urban designer, building surveyor, and fire risk assessor.

    How will this programme be taught?

    Our BSc Architectural Technology degree is typically run over three years with an optional part-time study route. You will have two or three days per week of lectures, tutorials, studio work, meetings with industry partners and one-to-one project consultations. These are complemented with extra-curricular activities run by the course, student societies, student union and CIAT AspirATion group.

  • Standard entry requirements for our Architectural Technician courses apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level, DMM at BTEC. You will be expected to have achieved GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.

    We welcome international applicants and encourage applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Integrated Foundation Year 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.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) 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 we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    Additional Costs

    Exhibitions: £200 (Various throughout year – also covers costs of taking part in exhibitions).

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    Additional Costs

    Exhibitions: £200 (Various throughout year – also covers costs of taking part in exhibitions).

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

Careers and Employability

As a discipline, Architectural Technology aims to equip you with the skills for exciting and challenging careers in design offices, construction sites, local and central government or housing associations etc. We are proud of our graduate employment rates, driven by the close alignment with industry, industry knowledge and research. Several of our lecturers run their own architectural practices and give you relevant teaching and professional guidance.

Many of our graduates also continue their studies in postgraduate courses.

Is this course for you?