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Higher Certificate in Science in Architectural Technology

Discipline: Built Environment

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 36*

CAO Round 1 Points: 250 (2015)

Why Study?

The Architectural Technologist is an important part of the design team and traditionally works with an Architect to apply the required technological expertise to realise the conceptual architectural design. This process requires wide and varied skills from the analysis of a physical structure to the factors that influence the design, material choices and energy-efficient performance of the building. If you enjoy problem solving and want to know how buildings go together in order to keep the heat in and the rain out then Architectural Technology is the course for you.

As a student of Architectural Technology you will be encouraged to appreciate the concepts of architectural design and apply technical design principles in the development of a building to meet the project brief, the regulatory requirements for the building and the performance requirements for environmental and energy efficiency. This knowledge is applied to your particular projects, which are examined across a number of modules to ensure a technically diverse and accurate outcome. The course has a strong work ethic which encourages students to interact closely and, in so doing, make life-long friends and colleagues.

Programme Modules

The core modules of Detail and Design Studies, Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) and Architectural Technologies are delivered throughout the two years of the programme. Modules in:

  • Mathematics
  • Construction Materials
  • Surveying and Structural Mechanics
  • Conservation
  • History of Architecture

are also delivered in years one and two. Project work and other assignments form a substantial part of the coursework. Learners are expected to deliver completed projects from the given briefs throughout the programme.


Career Opportunities

Graduates could work under supervision in an Architect’s office, in a technical sales position or on site.


Follow-on Studies: 

There is an internal progression route available to year 3 of BSc in Architectural Technology on successful completion of the higher certificate.


Essential Information: 

Number of Places
*This figure represents the combined number of places for Level 6, 7 and 8 student

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.


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