Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology SE702

  • NFQ Level 8
  • SE702
  • 269
  • 4 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 creating 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.

Course Structure

This is a studio-based technical design course that integrates theory with practical application. The course incorporates an integrated research and design project based on a field study with previous trips to Bilbao, Barcelona and Milan.

Students will complete a 30-credit work placement during Semester 5 in Year 3. This provides students with an insight into the Architectural Technology world that they will be entering.

Is this course for you?

The idea of being part of a team that brings a building from design to reality will likely inspire you. You will have a mechanical aptitude, and the ability to think in three dimensions. You also likely enjoy teamwork. Ultimately, you will have an interest in buildings, how they are built, how they work and how they are used.

Special Features:

  • Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
  • A studio-based technical design course 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).
  • Students complete an integrated research and design project based on a field study. Previous international field trips included visits to Bilbao, Barcelona and Milan.
  • Annual end-of-year industry showcase event for Final Year students.
  • Exit Awards: Higher Certificate in Science in Architectural Technology (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may progress to an MSc in Management in the Built Environment or to a research masters or doctoral studies at SETU Carlow or another third level college.

What exemptions will I receive?




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

Graduates of the Architectural Technology course will have the skills to:

  • Research and propose detailed constructional and technological solutions 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
  • Develop technical solutions from sketch design stage through to working drawings and prepare and coordinate tender documents.

Typical employers include: private construction firms and contractors, property developers, planning departments and local authorities.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics  O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Margaret Doyle Hughes