Our Architectural Technology course will empower you to deliver projects, from early feasibility studies to design development, construction and in-use lifecycle. You will engage in designing built environment using creativity, realistic projects, technology and legislation to develop your subject knowledge.
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.
Our course is taught in small groups with personalised teaching from active researching and practicing staff. We have a variety of workshop facilities and the latest technologies so you can illustrate your proposals and thought process in a professional manner. You will 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.
You will visit construction sites across the UK and internationally to see projects at various stages, with small to very large corporations. There will be opportunities to work on real-life design projects and case studies as well as participating in national competitions and exhibitions, with the chance for your efforts to be recognised with certificates and prizes in our yearly degree show.
We welcome students from a range of backgrounds. We believe that your personality, interest and drive will help you to begin your learning curve as an architectural technologist. You will be immersed in a dynamic and evolving curriculum teaching elements of hand drawing, technology and environment principles, legislation, professional practice and the latest computer software and BIM theories, all of which are tested through projects of increasing size.
You can also see what our students think through our student led blog.
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:
View our flickr account to see our students work from the Degree Show 2016.
This presentation is an example of a student design project from study year 16/17. They were allowed to use any media or presentation method to show building improvements informed by exploring the simulation and analysis tools they have used throughout the year.
Presentation and modifications by Graham Theobald. Building – Willis Faber by sir Norman Foster.
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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The University partners with leading businesses across the industry
Our established curriculum is organised around three key themes: Presentation, Technology, and Professional Practice and Design. Each theme is continuously taught in all three years covering various subjects with increasing complexity and depth. This helps you to refine your personal interests and aspirations through a range of design challenges that address the needs of very different markets.
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.
Alongside your studies, to ensure that you are able to properly visualise and present your design proposals, you will be taught manual drafting and software such as:
- Adobe Photoshop
- ArchiCad etc
Architectural Technology is a part of a wider 3D design department. We share facilities with Interior Design and Product Design courses, so you will have a chance to get to know other students and have exposure to different learning methodologies. We encourage you to develop special interests within your chosen course. Where possible, we encourage you to join lessons of other disciplines outside our compulsory lessons, so you can develop your specialism.
We take your opinion very seriously and actively engage with students to ensure that your interests and requirements are met to the highest possible standard. You will have the opportunity to represent your year group as a student representative. You will also be able to sign up for student societies and engage in organising specialist events, talks and/or social activities of your interest, as well as leadership opportunities including curating gallery exhibitions, project management and trip organisation. Our students also run a blog about the course’s activities, with links to individual student blogs. Take a look at the 3D UON blog.
Exhibition of student work at Avenue Gallery
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 necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.
You will need to budget approximately £200 per academic year for extra materials. You may choose to purchase less or more materials, but this is the average from successful current students and recent graduates. Please note that this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you choose 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 you allow approximately £200 (which will vary year on year) for printing, travel, publicity, accommodation and subsistence etc.
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.
Course modules (17/18)
Visual and Technical Communication (40 credits)
- Module code: 3DD1057
- Core module Y
The Architectural Technologist (20 credits)
- Module code: 3DD1058
- Core module Y
Principles of Technical Design in Architecture (40 credits)
- Module code: 3DD1059
- Core module Y
Architectural Design (20 credits)
- Module code: 3DD1060
- Core module Y
Practice, Regulations and Conventions in Architecture (20 credits)
- Module code: 3DD2067
- Core module Y
Technical Architectural Design (20 credits)
- Module code: 3DD2069
- Core module Y
Building Information Modelling (20 credits)
- Module code: 3DD2066
- Core module Y
Design Specification and Production Information (40 credits)
- Module code: 3DD2068
- Core module Y
Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation (20 credits)
- Module code: 3DD3039
- Core module Y
Project Management in Architecture (40 credits)
- Module code: 3DD3040
- Core module Y
Final Major Project (60 credits)
- Module code: 3DD4014
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
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.
You will be assessed continuously through project work, assignments or reports. This will assess your theoretical and practical skills.
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
*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). This means that 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. 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.
Architectural Technology, as a discipline, aims to equip you with the skills to meet the exciting and challenging employment opportunities available. This includes the design office, construction firm, local and central government or housing association and many more. Our course is proud of its employment rates and this is mainly driven by the close alignment with industry, industry knowledge and research. This is further supported by several course lecturers who run their own architectural practices and will give you up-to-the moment teaching and professional guidance.
You will be 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.
We are exceptionally proud that our graduates are able to secure work positions in the whole spectrum of the construction industry as well as continuing studies in MSc, MA and MArch courses.
‘With the help of the course and teaching staff, I have managed to complete a chartered Architectural Technology course and also successfully enter a RIBA Part 2 programme leading to an Architect qualification’
Work by Asiya Habib (2016 Graduate).
We encourage you to take part in work experience with any of the industry specialists that work with the department. Many of our graduates have gone on to work for these businesses once they’ve graduated.
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 Framework 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.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
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 Framework 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, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BSc Architectural Technology programme which includes a year of Foundation study. The Foundation Framework will help you develop the technical grounding and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
The Foundation Framework 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).
You will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Framework. 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 Framework teaching may be a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions. Each module 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.