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This course is designed to provide you with a sound knowledge of the architectural design process, and opportunity to acquire the necessary skills required to become a professional architectural technologist.
By the time you graduate you will be able to design and create the building blueprints using the latest and key industry software, making you a key candidate for employers.
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Why study this subject?
If you find yourself admiring the world around you, noticing the aesthetic and small details of a building then this course may be perfect for you.
Use your love of Architecture and problem solving attitude to bring your ideas to life, and change the future of architecture. Design dream builds whilst ensuring ethical and social issues are addressed, your role can influence the blueprints of our future.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course focuses on practical, in-demand skills so that you can make sure that buildings function as they are intended to. You will develop the valuable ability to plan and design buildings that suit the needs of a client.
Delivered through lectures, tutorials and studio-based work, each of the modules you study will help to build your identity as an architectural technologist. You will also work closely with other students across a range of disciplines allowing you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace.
With London only a short train journey away, we are perfectly placed for you to discover some beautiful Architectural buildings. It also means we can bring in industry professionals to run a range of masterclasses, as well as enabling you to get the opportunity to work on a series of live briefs for real clients in our well-equipped studios.
What facilities can I use?
Using our state-of-the-art facilities, you will undertake model-making workshops and develop computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis and environmental modelling skills in our dedicated studios. This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
What will I study?
This course combines three distinct aspects - architectural design, construction technology and management. These aspects are explored throughout the course by the themes such as digital technologies, sustainability, health and safety and building regulations.
You’ll learn how to negotiate and manage the design process, whilst also understanding how to implement technical knowledge in developing practical and creative solutions, which meet existing working practices and legislation.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Central to your learning will be the time you will spend in the design studio using industry-standard design suites to develop and apply your skills on building design projects. You will study a variety of subjects to become proficient in construction technology, materials, legislation and management.
You will also learn through:
- lectures, Seminar and Workshop
- guided research and reading
- laboratory experiments
- examination of projects, simulated or real
- analysis of work-based scenarios
- independent learning through individual learning plans
- tutored classroom sessions
- visiting speakers and guest lecturers.
This course has been designed with inputs from industry practitioners and professional organisations to meet the requirements of the graduates in the field of Architectural Design and Technology.
By the time you complete the course, you will know how to design and detail many different kinds of buildings and communicate your designs effectively using the latest industry-standard software. All vital skills that will enable you to effectively investigate building problems and present appropriate design solutions.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.
If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry and Research Skills
Introduction to Architectural Design and Technology
Year 2 Modules
Introduction to Architectural Design Principles
Architectural Studio 1
Science and Materials
Principles of Construction Project Management
Building Design, Drawings and Measurement
Building Regulations and Legal Contexts
Building Construction Technology
Professional Skills in the Built Environment
Year 3 Modules
Architectural Studio 2
Digital Modelling and Specifications
Advanced Construction Technology
Industrial Skills in Sustainability
Management Strategies, Economics and Finance
Year 4 Modules
Final Year Design Project
Sustainable Design and Technology Applications
Procurement and Contracts Management
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Once you complete the course, you will be able to work in a variety of design roles such as Architectural Technologist, Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager, CAD Manager, Building Control Officers and Construction Site Manager etc. within the construction, planning or property industries.
You could go on to work for:
- architectural technology practices
- architecture firms
- local authorities
- government agencies
- housing associations
- construction organisations.
Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- architectural technologist
- building control surveyor
- CAD technician
- interior and spatial designer
- town planner
- urban designer.
You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study our full-time or part-time MA Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing.