De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Architectural Technology

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Course summary

This programme focuses on detailed decisions about the design and construction of new and existing buildings and their immediate surroundings. You will look at the technological and engineering aspects, questioning the structure, materials and environment of buildings. This field is central to the communication of design decisions to members of the construction team - translating an architect’s concept into a buildable reality. Our course will help you evolve the knowledge and skills required in understanding, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation relative to design, technology, management and practice. It will also help advance your architectural management proficiency by bringing together all aspects of the design process, from concept through to completion. You will explore methods of sustainability to inform architectural design and develop an awareness of ecological footprints, materials and embodied energy along with processes of achieving sustainable design. Key features:

  • The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) has a 125-year history of nurturing the next generation of architects with a future-facing curriculum that focuses on the ‘craft of making’.
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), meaning that you can apply for associate membership of CIAT, with the opportunity to progress towards chartered membership (MCIAT).
  • Accreditation from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) enables you to apply for graduate membership of CABE, with the opportunity to progress towards chartered membership (MCABE).
  • Be part of a community that’s working together to change the construction industry from within, so that we can be the changemakers the world needs to address the global climate emergency.
  • Create work with real impact in the community by working on live design projects in the city of Leicester. Past projects have seen students redeveloping an unused carpark, renovating a derelict site to build an immersive theatre and imagining wild pools and saunas on the River Soar.
  • Boost your career prospects with an optional industry placement year. Our students have benefited from working in roles such as Assistant Architecture Technologist at leading architectural company Isherwood McCann.
  • Benefit from industry-standard tools and simulation software in our award-winning Vijay Patel Building, including Thermal Dynamic Simulation, Building Information Modelling, dedicated multipurpose studios, CAD labs and workshops offering metal working, woodworking, digital printing, water-jet cutting and prototyping.

Course details

Modules

First year • Architectural Representation 1 • Building Technology 1 • Architectural Detailing • Sustainable Building Principles • Building Design 1 Second year • Architectural Representation 2 • Building Technology 2 • Building Economics and Project Management • Professional Practice for Sustainable Development • Building Design 2 Third year • Building Information Technology and Modelling • Integrated Design Project • Contract and Law • Technological and Environmental Innovation • Dissertation

Assessment method

Learning and Teaching The multidisciplinary programme team presents a range of projects, lecture programmes, seminars, workshops, design studios, field visits, case studies, and directed reading that reflect current procedures and practices in Architectural Technology. Module assessment strategies have a wide range of methods including portfolio presentations, essays, reports, oral and graphical presentations and continuous assessment regimes, particularly in the studio-based aspects of modules. Our integrated team of architects and built environment professionals teach and research architecture, technology and sustainability. The academic team is committed to a rich range of teaching, learning and student support, and assessment methods to reflect the vocational nature of the course. The course draws on the wide range of research expertise in the Leicester School of Architecture, ranging from architectural design, urban design, technology and sustainability to the history and philosophy of architecture. You will also benefit from the input of industrial specialists and visiting guest lecturers. Contact hours Typically, in your first year, you will normally attend around 16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 23 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
K130
Institution code:
D26
Campus name:
Leicester Campus
Campus code:
Y

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
38%
Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For students registering in the 2023/24 academic year, the fees for this programme are yet to be confirmed. Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For EU and Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information: dmu.ac.uk/funding Please note from 2023 (onwards) our part-time course fees will be aligned with our full-time course fees
Architectural Technology at De Montfort University - UCAS