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BAArchitectural Technology

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at NTU is the only Architectural Technology course in the UK to have the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICs) accreditation.

This challenging course explores new design ideas and technological advancements, helping you to design and construct buildings effectively, safely and economically, while considering how new and existing buildings may have an impact on the environment.

As a specialist in Architectural Technology, you’ll be the link between concept and reality. You’ll learn to identify, assess and challenge client and user requirements, translating ideas and possibilities into effective and practical building solutions.

Follow the team on Twitter @NTUArchTech to get up-to-date information on projects and student work.

Why choose this course?
On this Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited course you will have the opportunity to:

Get involved with live design projects with real clients
Undertake a one-year salaried work placement
Join a teaching and learning culture allied to that of professional architectural technology practice
Work on design projects with students from across Europe
Work in professional-standard facilities and studios alongside a dedicated model making studio
Meet guest speakers from industry
Switch between full-time and sandwich options to suit your own requirements.
Did you know?
94% of graduating sandwich year students from this course went on to work or further study within six months. (DLHE survey 2012/13)

What our students say
“I think my course strengths are found within our tutors. They have introduced a lot of new strengths into the course including the new modern technology and live projects. I have learnt that the software we are using are vital within industry and will be used nationally within major companies in the next few years.”

Cassie-Marie Pashley, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Read more profiles from current students and graduates.

Nottingham Trent University Architectures’ Society

“The society is a mix of social and academic focused activities. It aims to educate its members about architecture and how it affects the world we live in, while ensuring you have a good time in the process.”

Programme structure

How many places are available on this course?
There are 50 places in total available across the sandwich and full-time routes.

When does the course start?
This course starts in September. Take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

What will I study?
The first two years of the course focus on the introduction and integration of technological and design theory into practice. The final year modules are specifically intended to offer stimulating opportunities that enable you to develop a professional portfolio of work. All modules have been designed to meet the QAA subject benchmarks and CIAT / CIOB course learning outcomes.

Year One

Technology and Design Studio One
Construction Technology One
Architecture in Context One
Architectural Science and Building Engineering
Design Communication for Architectural Technology
Year Two

Technology and Design Studio Two
Construction Technology Two
Planning, Development and Surveying
Sustainable Technology with Environmental Control
Contract Administration: Control and Finance
Year Three
This is the optional work placement year in which you can gain real experience in industry.

Final year

Technology and Design Studio Three
Construction Technology Three
Development: Policy and Practice
Professional Practice
Research Project
Course content and module description
For a full description of each module and further detail about what is covered in each year take a look at the attached document. PDF icon

Degree Shows
In your final year, you will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Shows at the University. The Degree shows include all final year students across NTU’s Art and Design-based courses, and are a great platform for you to celebrate your studies and showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

How will I learn?
Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including:

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for:

completing coursework
developing a portfolio
directed reading to expand your knowledge.
The course is supported by external professional practitioners ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real world perspective in the newest and fastest growing degree subjects within the built environment sector.

Trips and study visits
The delivery of the course is enhanced by fieldwork and site visits. Recent trips have included visits to Liverpool and an overseas visit to Barcelona or Berlin. These are designed to help you understand and apply what you’ve learnt in a real world context.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, exams and practical methods. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of:

group and individual projects
Is the course professionally accredited?
Yes, the course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The CIAT accreditation demonstrates that a university’s Architectural Technology Honours degree programme has been assessed in terms of content, structure and resources. It also provides assurances that you will be able to develop your academic, analytical, communication and employability skills. The accreditation allows certain exemptions when progressing to Chartered Membership of CIAT.

Students of CIOB accredited programmes can be assured that their chosen programme meets the highest academic and vocational standards. Students of accredited programmes enjoy exemption from membership requirements and access to the CIOB library and information services, professional development activities as well as careers advice and progression opportunities.

Gaining an RICS-accredited degree is the most accepted way of becoming a chartered surveyor. After completing an RICS-accredited degree or diploma you’ll then need two or three years’ work experience before taking your RICS professional assessment interview – known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Learn from expert staff
Our Architectural Technology team is made up of experienced academics and staff who have recently joined from industry. These, together with regular visiting experts, provide a rounded, up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Career opportunities

Your career development
Through work placements, working on real projects from industry, field work, input from industry professionals and regularly updated course content you will be prepared to succeed in the architectural technology industry.

You will be equipped with cores skills required including design skills, knowledge and attributes that you will carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

Where do Architectural Technology graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong construction alumni community with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent graduate destinations have included:

S and P Architects
Hill Holt Wood
Brewster Bye Architects
Roger Coy Partnership
Nottingham Trent University – Estates
What’s a typical starting salary?
The average salary for NTU BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology full-time graduates starting work in 2013 was £22,000. (DLHE survey 2012/13)

Employability Team
NTU’s Employability Team provides a fantastic service. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

“I had the opportunity to work for Michael Dyson Associates for my placement year and this was very successful for me as it opened new doors and changed my attitude to the profession. Following this year I became very pro-active and applied this directly to my final year of study, helping me attain my first class honours.”

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States