Cardiff School of Art & Design - Uni of Wales Inst., Cardiff

Architectural Design & Technology

Cardiff School of Art & Design - Uni of Wales Inst., Cardiff
In Cardiff

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Cardiff (Wales)
Duration 3 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cardiff (Wales)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

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Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, CF5 2YB


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· Requirements

Entry requirements 285 UCAS Tariff Points from at least two A Levels (or equivalent)

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Course programme

Course content

This vocational course allows graduates to follow a career as a professional architectural technologist, working alongside architects and other construction professionals on the design of new projects or the refurbishment and repair of existing buildings.

Most qualified architectural technologists work in private practice, although there are opportunities to work in other organisations that have their own design teams, such as building contractors or large corporate companies. Graduates can also pursue careers in related areas such as project management or architectural conservation.

Graduates will be eligible, after a period of relevant experience, to apply for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Course activity is centred on our well-equipped studios- lively and stimulating spaces where students and tutors interact in a variety of different ways; some formal others, more relaxed, but all designed to encourage creative and analytical thinking.

You will learn about different building techniques, materials and other factors that impact on the technical design of buildings. The course enables students to develop key presentational skills, including the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and apply a creative attitude to the detailed design of projects. You will also develop an appreciation of the historical context of architectural design; will learn the values of environmentally responsive building design and study innovative building techniques.

Year one: You will be introduced to the core subjects of building technology, materials and environmental science. You will develop skills in CAD visualisation and modelling, technical hand drawing and presentation.

Year two: You will cover further building technology and subjects, including building contract law and economics. There is a greater emphasis on relating theory to practice and integrating acquired knowledge through design projects.

A major design project is undertaken, allowing students to develop a design from a client’s brief through to presentation and detailing

Year three: The focus of the final year is around two major design- based projects and a dissertation.

You will also cover specialist subjects in architectural conservation, management and professional studies.


You will be continually assessed throughout the course and undertake a number of assignments and design projects. There will also be examinations in some areas.

Accredited by

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Mode of Attendance : Full-time

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