The current course is currently under revalidation with the Ulster University. As such, the content of the programme may be subject to change to reflect current industry need and practice starting in September 2017. More detail will be available on successful completion of the revalidation process.
This two year full-time programme is awarded by Ulster University. It has been designed for people who are interested in a career in Architectural Technology and require a Foundation Degree to progress to higher academic qualifications and/or to enhance employment prospects.
The course focuses on the technical aspects of building design and construction. This includes the need for an innovative and sustainable design approach in terms of environment, economic and social impacts. Architectural Technologists develop the conceptual design through to construction ensuring buildings are well design and detailed, whilst functional and energy efficient.
Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week, per semester. Additional hours may be required due to seminars, site visits or practical activities. This course requires additional study out of the delivery hours. This is supported by the use of a Virtual Learning Environment and access to required software for free. Students are required to work and manage their workload around the course, it is envisaged that students should apply approximately 15 hours independent study time per week.
This course is delivered by qualified staff with a relevant Construction based qualification as well as industrial experience.
Modules studied may include:
Sustainable Construction 1
Where Will It Take Me?
Dedicated articulation to the second year of Ulster University's BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology and Management, with exemption from Year 3 placement (subject to performance). Consideration will be given to the following courses subject to student performance and place availability:
- BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
- BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering & Management
Such non-standard progression must be discussed with the specific Ulster University course director. Alternatively, you can undertake further study for a degree in another construction related discipline or progress into employment in the construction industry.
How Will The Course Make Me More Employable?
The course is developed and delivered by industry professionals. Industry relevant software and equipment is used for the delivery of the programme including Adobe Photoshop, Trimble Sketch Up Pro, Autodesk AutoCAD and REVIT (BIM). Additional enrichment includes site visits, guest speakers, work placement opportunities, practical activities and CSR training. Additional employability qualifications giving you the Edge. The course delivery is also supported by a VLE.
How Will I Be Assessed And Given Feedback?
Students are assessed using a range of different assessment methods. These include coursework, industry-based projects, laboratory sessions and reports, portfolios, external examinations, class tests, written reports, oral presentations, and personal logs. These all allow the student to demonstrate understanding of the subject areas. Written and verbal feedback will be given on all assignment based assessments in accordance with SERC HE guidelines.