Glyndwr University

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology

Why choose this course?

Our Architectural Design Technology degree explores how design and technology work together, giving you practical working knowledge of both areas.

The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and you will be eligible for Associate Membership (ACIAT) on graduation. You can progress to full Chartered status with appropriate experience, and being a Chartered Architectural Technologist will give you all the same powers as an Architect but in considerably less time.

Key course features

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, offering you student membership for free, and access to the young/new members group, AspirATion
  • *The course is part of a subject area rated joint first in the UK for graduate prospects in the Architecture subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
  • You will work in a friendly and supportive learning environment with a helpful teaching team who are themselves members of the professional bodies for the architecture and construction industry that accredit our courses
  • You will undertake a mixture of group and individual work and, where these are related to designs, you will have a dedicated studio space for architectural design technology students
  • You will have opportunities to meet specialists from across the architecture and construction industry both at the university and through our extensive programme of site visits.

Entry Requirements

UCAS code: K100

To enrol on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology programme, applicants will normally be expected to have previously achieved one of the following as a minimum:

  • 48-72 UCAS tariff points to commence the Foundation Year at Level 3 (ie; 4 years full-time in total); or
  • 80-112 UCAS tariff points to commence Year 1 at Level 4; or
  • a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma to commence Year 1 at Level 4; or
  • membership of a construction-related professional body at a level deemed appropriate by the programme team, to commence Year 1 at Level 4. 

IELTS: 

6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

The BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology degree provides a qualification that is recognised as a comprehensive, informed and valuable measure of the ability of the Wrexham Glyndwr University graduate in architectural design, and the technologies associated with design and construction.

The range of design specialisms open to graduates includes restoration and heritage schemes, adaptive reuse of existing buildings, the development of social buildings, including housing, often with tenants and residents being the clients, to high end, high rise structures. Similarly, students have gone on to work on the full range of public buildings, from schools, colleges and universities, to commercial, retail and industrial units. These are not limited to the United Kingdom, with graduates having found work across the globe.

Other roles include:

  • Computer-Aided Design Technologists, including specialising in virtual and augmented reality work
  • Project Managers
  • Construction Site Managers
  • Designers specialising in restoration work, interior design, and product design

Course Details

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

The first year of our Architectural Design degree comprises six core modules that combine to provide an introduction to the processes and technologies that exist within the contemporary construction industry. Subjects are considered from first principles so that you can come to appreciate fundamental issues in the design, construction, management, use and decommissioning of construction projects.

The design focus of this year is domestic, with the task set allowing for exploration of how to house different individuals and families, reflecting everything learnt in complementary modules like Construction Technology 1.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

This year builds upon the first by introducing further modules that explore important considerations in the development of construction projects.

The design focus shifts to public buildings, on a larger scale, and where possible, with real clients. Other modules include Planning and Building Regulations, which explores the two principal ‘permissions’ necessary when development is proposed, and Digital Technologies in Surveying which considers the use of digital equipment in the measurement of land. Year 2 also includes a compulsory week-long work placement.     

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

The final year of the programme brings together the lessons of the earlier Design projects in the study and development of a significant commercial building, supported by in-depth research on a related technology and design aspect.

The year requires the development of a group project in Inter-professional Studies and provides an opportunity to explore a particular research interest in the Individual Research Project. All sixteen modules combine to engage students in their chosen field of study and are intended to encourage confidence and enthusiasm in the development of their expertise.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Design & Technology 1
Construction Management 1
Construction Technology 1
Sustainable Construction
Quantity Surveying Practice 1
Science and Materials

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Architectural Design & Technology 2 (Including Work-based Learning)
Planning and Building Regulations
Construction Technology 2
Digital Technologies in Surveying
Procurement and Contract Practice

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Architectural Design & Technology 3
Inter-professional Studies
Construction Technology 3
Commercial Management
Project Management Technologies and BIM

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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