Bachelor of Science Architectural Technology CW407

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW407
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  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

Architectural Technology refers to the technical design and expertise used in the increasingly complex design process required for contemporary architecture. While architects are responsible for coming up with initial concepts and designs, architectural technologists are more concerned with the technical side of construction. Architectural technologists work closely with architects and other building professionals to resolve any potential design problems before construction starts. 

This three-year degree in Architectural Technology is a studio-based technical design programme that integrates theory with practical application. The programme equips students with real-life problem solving and communication skills and a broad understanding of relevant building regulations, Health and Safety Welfare legislation and the theory and practice of environmental design. Modules for Architectural Technology include: Technical Design and Detailing; Information Technology and Computer Aided Design (CAD); Building Technology, Materials and Structure; Graphics and Building Information Modelling (BIM); Building Regulations; and Sustainable Building Services amongst others. 

Special Features:

  • Programme accredited by Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
  • A studio-based technical design programme with dedicated studio space for students of each year.
  • Students will acquire proficiency in Graphics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Revit and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
  • Annual end-of-year industry showcase event for Final Year students.
  • IT Carlow has well established international industry links providing students with the opportunity to study abroad through Erasmus and summer work placements (Year 3) programmes.
  • Exit Award: Higher Certificate in Science in Architectural Technology (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme may progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology (CW468) in IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?

Professional Bodies Accreditation
This programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates of Architectural Technology will have the skills to:

  • Research, identify and evaluate information to provide objective technical advice for new builds, extensions and refurbishment of existing and historic buildings;
  • Work within a contemporary technical environment using BIM technologies such as energy analysis and building services integration using software such as Revit Building Design Suite;
  • Provide assistance to the Architect to develop technical solutions from sketch design stage through to working drawings and preparation of tender documents.

The Architectural Technologist is a key member of the design team and collaborates closely with the architect. Typical employers include: private construction firms and contractors; property developers; planning departments and local authorities.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Mark Duffy
RIAI, MSc Arch, PG Dip Arch, PG Cert Prof Arch, PG Dip Arch, BA Arch(Hons), NC