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Architectural Technology and Design

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2017

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Three years full-time, four years sandwich
Full-time, sandwich
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Programme leader:
Andrew Bourne
Key fact:
Learn how to bring architectural ideas to life using the latest materials and technologies on this CIAT accredited course.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology and Design?

The evolution of architectural forms is born out of many defining factors including culture and fashion, society and economics, climate and geography, security and self-preservation.  But for architecture to be able to respond to these factors it needs the application of technology.  Historically the limitations of technology imposed restrictions on the architecture. However, in more recent times the technology has become almost limitless and the architectural expression has developed accordingly.

Why study our course? 

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and will equip you with a solid understanding of the technological progression in construction and where it sits within the history of architecture.  You will study and apply design concepts and construction technologies to a range of building problems. To inspire and inform your work, you will sketch and assess buildings on day trips and residential field trips.

We have been ranked fourth nationally for student satisfaction for our Architecture courses in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Real world experience

You will work on projects both individually and at times with other students across a range of disciplines in an approach reflecting industry.  Between the second and final year you are encouraged to take a year out in professional practice; for those students who have done this the year is proven to be invaluable.

Where it can take you

On graduation there is a wide range of career opportunities for technologists with design skills. You can go on to work in architectural and engineering practices in the public or private sectors, contractors and developers, project managers and systems manufacturers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year 1

Design concepts and fundamental principles
The first year introduces design concepts through studio work and computer modelling, whilst technologies are developed from basic scientific principles. The Department's theme for an inter-professional approach starts from the first day and continues throughout the course.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Building Physics and Services
  • Investigating Structures
  • Technical Studio 1
  • Studio 1

Year 2

Design integration, practice and application
Building on the principles of year one in both design and technology, the application of all aspects of design are practised and applied to a range of building problems.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • IT for Designers
  • History of Architecture
  • Technology and Design Studio 2
  • Commercial Development
  • Procurement and Contract Practice

Optional placement year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. Students who undertake a placement year will complete an industrial placement module.

Final year

Analysis, synthesis and scholarly judgement
Final year students are expected to apply the whole range of their knowledge to large scale building projects, producing both detailed appraisal and 'new build' design solutions. This will involve conceptual design, consideration of production techniques and constraints, developing solutions using computer models, producing working drawings and documentation, and client advice on long-term sustainability issues.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Energy Management and Performance Evaluation
  • Building Pathology
  • Technology and Design Studio 3
  • Collaborative Practices in Building Information Management and Modelling

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Collaborative Practice (TB2)
  • Industrial Placement (for those who completed a placement year)

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching involves a variety of methods including lectures; studios, laboratory work; tutorials and computer based techniques.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

The teaching staff provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring that you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

Student representatives sit on a wide range of committees from University to course level, where they influence discussions and decisions which affect your learning experience.


You will be assessed through a wide range of assessment methods with a balance between coursework/studio portfolios and examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) as meeting established standards in terms of resources, course content, teaching quality, and graduate progression within the profession. Graduates can apply for Associate membership of CIAT.

This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).


Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

This course is supported by a group of employers who contribute towards teaching resources and can offer placements and graduate positions to students. We also encourage you to undertake any relevant work and get involved in internships alongside your studies.


To inspire and inform your work, you will regularly get out to sketch and assess contemporary and historic buildings in and around Bristol in your first year. You will also attend other short field trips in the second and third year in support of your studio based project work.

Study facilities

You will be taught in a modern, well-equipped department, which offers students access to specialist facilities, including award-winning design studios. You will:

  • Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.
  • Attend model-making workshops and develop CAD, data analysis and environmental modelling skills in integrated studios.
  • Create architectural models with the assistance of laser cutters, computerised routers and wind tunnels or in our wood, metal and concrete workshops.
  • Test lighting using the artificial sky or sound in the acoustics laboratories with experienced technicians who support teaching and research.
  • Consider airflow and cooling, mechanical systems and water flow in our environmental services laboratory.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

Reviewers at the presentation of your project work will often include professionals in practice and students who are further along with their studies.

Socialise and volunteer

You can attend guest lectures, field trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in our Architecture Society and Engineers without Borders. These extra-curricular activities contribute greatly to your personal development and are viewed favourably by prospective employers.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their work at the annual plan + make degree show. Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.


Careers / Further study

In the past 20 years the construction industry has become better managed, coordinated and more strategic in its approach especially in the larger government or civil engineering schemes.  There are interesting openings for students in managing the industry.

On graduation, your combined design and technological skills and awareness of professional issues can lead to a choice of careers. There is strong and growing demand for graduate technologists with design skills in architectural practices in the public and private sectors, contractors and building component manufacturers.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read about what being an architectural technologist involves.

Useful links

Propsects - Careers in Property and Construction


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

If you have a Foundation Degree, Higher National Certificate or Diploma in a closely related subject, you may be credited with certain modules, which will shorten the course for you.

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

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