The Centre for Alternative Technology

Professional Diploma in Architecture, Part II

The Centre for Alternative Technology
In Machynlleth

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Machynlleth (Wales)
Duration 18 Months
  • Postgraduate
  • Machynlleth (Wales)
  • Duration:
    18 Months

Intended specifically for students pursuing a career in Architecture, the Professional Diploma course offers a unique combination of design-based academic study and practical hands-on learning. The course is prescribed as a Part II qualification by the Architects Registration Board and is recognised by the EU, thereby enabling students to move on to a Part III qualification.

Students are introduced to a range of skills that are increasingly in demand within the building industry. The focus is on designing buildings in their context, to allow for adaptation to the effects of climate change and to create healthy environments for all.

Teaching is delivered in the WISE building - itself an example of recent developments in sustainable construction - and includes a mix of studio- based design work, lectures, seminars and practicals. The annual Summer School enables students to design, detail and build a structure at CAT using the local materials available.

Modules covered by the course include:

- Design studies with professional practice
- Building performance and energy use
- Building performance and the use of materials
- Design and fabrication: renewable energy engineering
- Environment, energy, climate and human beings

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Machynlleth (Powys)
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Centre For Alternative Technology, Llwyngwern, SY20 9AZ


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· Requirements

Exemption from RIBA part 1

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What you'll learn on the course

Architecture Design
Architecture Planning
Architectural Modelling
Sustainable Design

Teachers and trainers (1)

Duncan Roberts
Duncan Roberts
Programme Leader

Course programme

The programme runs as eight interlinked modules over a period of eighteen months. The major design project module consists of 60 credits; with two further 30 credit design modules. Each support studies module consists of 30 credits. The programme is divided into two parts: Design Studies, forming the core activitySupport Studies, consisting of Environment and Energy Fundamentals, Building Technology in an Environmental Context, History and Theory of Architecture and Professional Studies.
At the beginning of each Module students are given the Module Book which contains lecture notes, reading material, examples of student essays and design work and various items of information and administration. During each module there will be cross disciplinary seminars, workshops and tutorials, as well as specialised design sessions.

Additional information

Studying at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a truly unique experience. For the past 40 years CAT has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, pioneering low-carbon living and renewable technology. At the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE), students benefit from our extensive practical and academic knowledge, graduating with the skills needed to become leading players in the sustainability sector.
At CAT, hands-on learning takes place side by side with academic study. Our 40 acre site in mid-Wales is powered by one of the most diverse renewable energy systems anywhere in the world. Lectures and seminars take place in the flagship Wales Institute for Sustainable Education – a low-carbon architectural marvel.
All of our Masters courses offer a practical and flexible approach to education, with students completing modules over one year full-time, or two years part-time. On-site teaching forms one week per module, allowing students to continue working or to spend time with their families. Further tutorials and study are offered through a range of interactive formats. For those keen to take the next step towards becoming a specialist, there is no better place t

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