Architectural Design Technology
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Why choose this course? Are you innovative, creative, and interested in architecture? Are you technologically minded, with an interest in how to make buildings work? If so you could be the architectural technologist of the future. This interactive course, which is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), offers opportunities both for people with an interest in design, or an interest in building technology (or both). You will work together in the design studio, the computer suite, and the classroom to bring key design principles and flair together with technological innovation to produce sustainable buildings for the present and the future. Mixing both individual and group work, you will use logic and constructive feedback to discuss ideas and develop solutions to design problems. This degree is designed to support your development to be an invaluable asset to the architecture, design, and construction industries.
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- Construction Training
- IT Development
- Construction Technology
- Computer Aided Design
- You will work in a friendly and supportive learning environment with a helpful teaching team who are themselves members of the professional bodies for the architecture and construction industry that accredit this course and other degrees within the Built Environment department.
- You will undertake a mixture of group and individual work and, where these are related to designs, you will have a dedicated studio space just for architectural design technology students.
- You will be set projects based on real sites and often design briefs informed by actual architectural practices who employ our students/graduates. Occasionally, as in 2015-2016 you will work on ‘live’ projects where your designs may well be selected by an actual client for development and construction.
- You will have opportunities to meet specialists from across the architecture and construction industry both at the university and through our extensive programme of site visits.
- You will have access to the latest Computer Aided Design software like AutoCAD Revit and SketcUp and digital information resources; as well as guidance and support from the teaching team in how best to use these to add to or develop your existing skills.
The course is structured around design module projects present in every year, increasing in complexity from the domestic to the urban development scale, with the integration of Computer Aided Design and construction technology modules in particular informing the design process.
You will be assisted, in the Design Studio, in applying the concurrent knowledge gained in the other modules you study in the same year to your designs. For example the domestic construction technology you study in Year 1 will help you develop your own designs for shelters and houses in the design module you’ll complete in that year.
You will continue this process in Years 2 and 3 as well by developing your cumulative knowledge across the all the years so by the time you get to the final design project in your third year, you’ll be applying specialisms from across your whole time as a student.
Year 1 (Level 4)
At Level 4 studies are introductory and broad. For example, Construction Technology 1, will explore construction at a domestic level and supplies the technical knowledge which directly underpins the Architectural Design & Technology 1 module. The design module, progressed through a series of domestic scaled projects, also incorporates a significant amount of dimensional surveying, and traditional drawing and model making techniques, enabling the exploration of three dimensional forms.
- Architectural Design & Technology 1
- Construction Technology 1
- Computer Aided Design
- Site Appraisal
- Sustainable Development
- Academic and Professional Development
Year 2 (Level 5)
At Level 5 the Architectural Design & Technology 2 module is centred on the development of a non-domestic building and other projects, undertaken individually and in groups, which examine alternative environmental strategies and explore the influence of existing buildings on the environment. Project development is subject to a rigorous series of tutorials and peer group critiques. The technological theme is broadened to encompass Architectural Structures as well as deepened by the Construction Technology 2 module which focuses on commercial buildings.
- Architectural Design & Technology 2
- Architectural Structures
- Construction Technology 2
- Planning and Building Control
- Development Management
Year 3 (Level 6)
The core of the Level 6 work is centred on the main individual and group projects in Architectural Design & Technology 3 which contains the research and analytical elements associated with a dissertation. The intention at this level is to widen the student’s awareness of the increasing complexity of the design process and its integration with more complex technology through the Construction Technology 3 module, which explores modern methods of construction.
- Architectural Design & Technology 3
- Construction Technology 3
- Inter-Professional Studies
- Health & Safety
- Urban Renewal
All the modules are CORE to your course, with the Architectural ones being specific to just Architectural Design Technology students, and further modules being shared with other students from the Built Environment. These shared modules allow you to mix with students with a broad range of experiences in the construction industry, as well as school leavers, part time students, and European and International students.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Architectural Design Technology