Architecture shapes the world around us. It reflects our societies an-d it influences the way we think and feel. Architecture dominates our skyline, transforms our cities, changes the way we live and work - and becomes part of our narrative.
On the BSc Architectural Design and Technology degree, you develop a deep technical understanding of how buildings work and the techniques and materials you need to construct them. You learn to appreciate the historical context of architectural design while embracing both traditional and innovative technologies.
As you progress through your studies, you’ll become mindful of how architectural technology impacts on the world around us, how your work affects our environment and how your practices and approaches can make a positive impact.
You may start your degree with a simple desire to design buildings. But you’ll finish with the knowledge, skills and passion to start shaping the way we live and work – and change our world for the better.
Through lectures, exercises and time in our dedicated studios, you’ll learn to think both creatively and analytically. You’ll study core subjects including building technology, materials and architectural science and become adept at Building Information Modelling and Computer Aided Design.
You’ll also develop strong presentation skills and cover a range of key competencies throughout your course, including:
architectural drawing and presentation skills
building design, interpreting a brief and meeting clients’ needs
construction technology – how buildings are structured and constructed
construction materials and finishes
Law and regulatory controls relating to design of buildings
conservation and refurbishment of buildings
architectural science – heating, cooling, ventilation etc.
Innovation and sustainability
Professional practice, the business of architectural practice
Preparing for your future career is a priority. The course structure gives you an invaluable opportunity to study a four-year sandwich degree, spending your third year immersed in the industry with a placement at an architectural practice. There are also opportunities to study abroad, collaborate on research and get real-world experience – all designed to prepare you for your next step after graduation.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) enabling graduates to progress to become fully chartered members in this diverse and exciting profession.
Learning & Teaching
From the outset, you will gain hands-on experience in practical studio sessions and workshops – developing your core material skills. Lectures, lead by members of the academic staff, will broaden your theoretical understanding of your field, whilst smaller, targeted seminars are designed to provide guidance for meeting more individual intellectual and practical demands.
Group work will give you the opportunity to forge working relationships with your peers (collaboration which have frequently extended into extra-curricular or personal projects thereafter). As early on as in your second term, sharing a brief with students across different disciplines from within the school, you will engage with your own perspective to assert your skills and interpretations in the wider context of other mediums and creative thinking.
Your personal tutor will provide dedicated support, encouraging you to evolve a critical opinion of your work and perspective as well as the necessary skills for self-reflection and autonomous working.
During your first year of study you can expect to receive between 12 and 19 hours of contact time per week via lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.
Motivating yourself – from independent research and development right through to production – will be key to your academic experience. This will frequently be measured by the maintenance of a Personal Development Plan (or PDP), which is designed to start as a focal point for your aims and experimentalism, eventually serving as a comprehensive portfolio through which you can reflect upon a quality body of work.
The opportunity to showcase your designs, in specially co-ordinated programs, will provide you with practical experience in exhibiting your work. A professional emphasis, particularly in the second half of your studies, will similarly build on your vocational skills by introducing you to the industry through guest speakers, placements and experiential assignments with existing agencies. Your studies will often be enhanced through the use of the university's e-learning system.
Employability & Careers
Whilst your learning is designed to develop you into a rounded and capable designer and intellectual, your curriculum is similarly structured with your potential in mind.
As such, the emphasis that will have been placed upon your work ethic, both creatively and academically, is matched with significant focus on real world experience; from building contacts and undertaking placements to live briefs and, should you choose so, support in forming your own business.
You can elect to take a route through your second and final years of studies where you can engage with businesses or launch your own for the moment you graduate. In your final year, rather than submit a dissertation, you have the option of devising a detailed business plan.
Throughout your time at CSAD, you will be meeting and hearing from professionals within your industry, honing your skills and ideas for commercial and professional advantage. Cross-disciplinary projects will prepare you for teamwork later on, whilst live briefs will prepare you for deadlines and the demands of tight specifications.
Graduates from the programme are well placed to join architectural practices, working as architectural technologists. You are encouraged to continue your professional development by gaining chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, and preferably have five GCSEs to include English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
Following an interview our typical offers will include:
96 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and
96 - 120 points from at least 2 A Levels; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
RQF National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DDM
96 - 120 points from a combination of Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers
96 - 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades (minimum grade H4 considered)
96 - 120 points from the Access to HE Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.