Architectural Design & Technology - BSc (Hons)

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
3 years
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 34,866
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 46,488

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with no sub score lower than 5.5
  • Pearsons: Overall - 52; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Listening - 51; Writing - 51
  • Other equivalent qualifications.


Year One:

Subject 1: 
The module introduces you to the demands of architectural technology and the modes of creative and scholarly expectations of undergraduates in the discipline specific to the module as well as establishing a broader understanding of academic conduct in a University.​  

Through a series of lectures and exercises covering aspects of design, construction and servicing of low rise domestic buildings, the module identifies and helps you to understand and embody the threshold concepts of a practicing architectural technologist. You will use a range of drawing and presentation techniques including computer aided drawing and virtual and physical model making. Your assessment will be based on your studio work.

Field 1: 
This is the first opportunity you will have in which to experience something of the unique experience, ethos and ambition of the Cardiff School of Art & Design undergraduate scheme. The Field module involves collaborative work with other architectural design and technology students and students from other disciplines within the School.

This module is designed to further create and generate in students a sense of themselves as being part of an expert discipline which nonetheless is part of a wider creative field of approaches to ideas, problems and concerns extends across all of the Subject disciplines.

A number of workshops provide you with the skills and confidence to collaborate with others from other Subject disciplines and more critically to become confident with their own individual creative expertise.

​Constellation 1 - Concept: 
This module introduces you to a series of diverse historical and theoretical concepts and debates and also to a range of academic tools that will enable you to engage discursively with others and the wider academic community. 
Through exposure to critical and contextual studies in the field of art and design, you will be encouraged to nurture independent interests and build a sound academic grounding to your studies of architectural design and technology.
A range of assessment will be offered in order to encourage you to be flexible and competent in a range of ways in which histories and theories are presented and in order to allow you to build confidence about your strengths.

Year Two:

Subject 2:
This module will develop your practice knowledge and skills in the discipline of architectural technology. Specifically, this will be through a series of lectures and exercises covering aspects of design, construction and servicing of medium rise, framed buildings. You will continue to develop presentation and technical drawing skills

Field 2: 
You will be given the opportunity to engage with one or more challenging projects which will require you to negotiate and learn beyond the curriculum of your subject discipline. It may take you abroad for international study; to an existing company for work experience or voluntary social engagement; or result in working with School's leading research teams.

Designed to encourage you to explore and experiment, individual projects will be graded by a common form of assessment.

Constellation – Architectural Science: 
The module's focus is on the science of architectural technology including the servicing of buildings, fire, drainage and environmental controls. You will be applying and demonstrating this knowledge through student-centred learning activities and studio projects in Subject 2.

Year Three:

Subject 3 – The Architectural Technology Professional: 
This module will prepare you for the role of a professional architectural technologist and your contribution to society in the wider context. By developing an autonomous approach to your work you will actively plan ahead towards the start of your career as a professional or to engage in a higher level of further academic study.

Field 3 - Exhibition: 
This module is largely student-led, built around the design and exhibition of a complex live or simulated building project. You will produce a professional presentation of your work as a culmination of your creative and technical development as an architectural technologist.

Constellation 3 - Contribution: 
Your final Constellation module will demonstrate your ability to produce a dissertation of significant value to your field, with a sense of authority stemming from thorough research and academic rigour.  Your final dissertation submission can take the form of a 10, 000 word essay or a business plan, a technical report, conference paper and presentation, or a 6000 word paper and accompanying practical piece.

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