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BSc(Hons)

Architectural Technology and Design (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K26F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
88
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Sally Daniels
Key fact:
Get valuable real-world advice from architecture professionals on this Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) accredited course.

Page last updated 3 October 2017

Introduction

Why study architectural technology and design?

The evolution of architectural forms is influenced by culture and fashion, society and economics, climate and geography, security and self-preservation. 

For architecture to be able to respond to these factors, we need to apply technology. 

In the past, technological limitations imposed restrictions on architecture. These days, technology is almost limitless and architectural expression can develop in exciting ways.

Why UWE Bristol? 

BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology and Design (with Foundation Year) is accredited by Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

This is one of five courses that cover different specialisms in architecture.

Ranked 4th nationally for student satisfaction in our architecture courses (The Guardian University League Tables 2018), we produce sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings.

This course equips you to become a chartered architectural technologist, working at the heart of the contemporary construction industry.

Gain a solid understanding of technological progression in construction, and where it sits within the history of architecture. 

Study and apply design concepts and construction technologies to a range of building problems. Sketch and assess buildings that inspire and inform your work on day and residential field trips.

Learn from industry-experienced tutors and work on a series of live briefs for real clients in our well-equipped studios. Collaborate with students across a range of disciplines and build your professional portfolio with practical design projects.

Take a year out to work in a professional practice and gain valuable real-world experience that improves your employability.

Our students become designers who can skilfully communicate ideas and contract managers who can control the procurement process.

Where can it take you?

There's a wide range of career opportunities for technologists with design skills.

You could go on to work in architectural and engineering practices in the public or private sectors, or for contractors and developers, project managers and systems manufacturers.

Take a look at our online yearbook of student projects from our architecture and product design courses.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Foundation Design Studio
  • Foundation Design Communication
  • Foundation Design History
  • Foundation Project in Sustainability
  • Foundation Engineering for Designers.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work placement.

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Energy Management and Performance Evaluation
  • Conservation of Buildings and Places
  • Technology and Design Studio 3
  • Collaborative Practices in Building Information Management and Modelling

Plus one optional module from:

  • Collaborative Practice(for those who did not complete a placement year)
  • Work Based Research Project (for those participating in a placement year)
  • Procurement and Contract Law.

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

The teaching staff provide a friendly environment for learning. They actively engage in research and professional practice to make sure you know about the latest ideas and business drivers.

Learn through a mix of studio work, lectures, seminars, laboratory work, tutorials and computer-based techniques. 

Discover design concepts through studio work and computer modelling, and develop technologies from basic scientific principles.

Build on techniques learned in year one, practicing and applying all aspects of design to a range of building problems.

In your final year, combine the range of your knowledge to large-scale building projects. Produce detailed appraisals and new build design solutions. Create conceptual designs, working drawings and documentation.

Consider production techniques and constraints and provide advice to clients on long-term sustainability issues.

Become a student representative and sit on a wide range of committees from University to course level, where you'll influence discussions and decisions that affect your learning experience.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
031%69%0%100%
143%57%0%100%
229%71%0%100%
326%70%4%100%

Showcase your work

Final year students showcase their work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show.

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr and in our online showcase and the Graduate Yearbook 2016-17.

Socialise and volunteer

Attend guest lectures, field trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in our Architecture Society and Engineers without Borders.

Extra-curricular activities contribute greatly to your personal development and are viewed favourably by prospective employers.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework/ studio portfolios and examinations, which aim to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Throughout the course, you'll develop your creative portfolio through design projects, many with real clients and sites. After assessment, this portfolio becomes valuable evidence of your skills that you can present to potential employers. 

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
03%91%6%100%
119%81%0%100%
225%75%00%100%
313%81%6%100%

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.

This ensures you get feedback that is practical and useful for your future career.

Features

Professional accreditation

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

This shows that it meets established standards in terms of resources, course content, teaching quality, and graduate progression within the profession.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

Our course is supported by a group of employers who contribute towards teaching resources and can offer placements and graduate positions to students.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work placement.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

We also encourage you to gain work experience through relevant work or internships alongside your studies.

Fieldwork

We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people that can inform your work. We also arrange residential field trips locally, nationally and internationally.

Study facilities

Learn in a modern, well-equipped specialist facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated project room.

Attend model-making workshops and develop computer-aided design (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.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

After graduating, your design and technological skills and practical experience can lead to a variety of careers.

The construction industry is becoming better managed and more strategic in its approach, especially in the larger government and civil engineering schemes. 

There's a growing demand for graduate technologists with design skills in the public and private architectural practices, contractors and building component manufacturers.

You could go on to become an Architectural Technologist; Architectural Assistant; Building Information Modelling (BIM) Coordinator; Energy, Fire and Environmental Analyst; Technical Graduate; or Purchasing Coordinator.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - what being an architectural technologist involves

Prospects - careers in property and construction

Fees

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entrance requirements but have substantial relevant work experience, you should still apply. Especially if you feel your motivation and skills would enable you to succeed on this course.

We'll also consider you for the course if you have a mix of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology and Design course.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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