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Architectural Design and Technology

University of West London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £7500.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Do you already have experience in the building and design industry? This intensive course lets you study while you are employed in the industry or on work experience. It covers the academic theory and principles of architectural design, including building technologies and legislation, and will help you develop skills that you can use as a professional in other areas of the built environment.

Architecture is a fast-moving industry and it can be challenging to balance the needs of a client, community and the environment. On this course you will learn how to investigate building problems and present fully integrated design solutions with recommendations for appropriate building materials and techniques.

This course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

Do you already have experience in the building and design industry? This intensive course lets you study while you are employed in the industry or on work experience. It covers the academic theory and principles of architectural design, including building technologies and legislation, and will help you develop skills that you can use as a professional in other areas of the built...

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Course Content

This technical design course prepares you to judge building design proposals, investigate building problems and offer effective design solutions.

You will develop an understanding of building materials and technologies, and work with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) software – key tools for a design career within the construction industry.

On this Architectural Technology degree, our teaching approach incorporates a wide range of methodologies. This includes visits to construction sites and materials manufacturers, which will help you to put the principles you study into a real-world context. You will work within a team on a group construction project to put those principles into practice. You will also learn through:

  • guided research and reading
  • laboratory experiments
  • examination of projects, simulated or real
  • analysis of work-based scenarios
  • independent learning through individual learning plans
  • tutored classroom sessions
  • visiting speakers and guest lecturers.

By the time you complete the course, you will know how to:

  • use appropriate building techniques to complete construction projects
  • investigate building problems and present appropriate design solutions
  • demonstrate confident communication and interpersonal skills
  • work efficiently as part of project teams
  • use IT to support projects.

These skills will help you to move ahead with your career in the construction or property industry.

As you study for your Architectural Technology degree you will examine how different elements and jobs within the built environment work together.

You will learn how architectural technologists use their knowledge to make sure domestic, commercial and industrial building designs work as intended in real life. And will also look at how to apply your knowledge to make sure design and development proposals balance the needs of the client, community and environment.

Knowledge of sustainable building technology and building information modelling (BIM) skills are highly valued in the construction industry, and we will cover these in detail.

But it is also important for you to be prepared for the more generic aspects of professional life. So aside from mastering CAD modeling, 3D Max and other expert tools, you will develop your interpersonal skills and learn how to work effectively as part of a project team.

During your course we will arrange visits to construction sites and to the manufacturers of construction materials. This will allow you to visualise the theory and develop a full understanding of the principles you have studied.

You will have an integrated construction project and a design project to complete – two valuable opportunities to test your ability in a real-world scenario.

A seminar is held every week during term time, where professionals, academics and people from accreditation organisations will be invited to speak. This will help you to widen your knowledge and gain a greater understanding of industry practice. As a school with a strong research element, we also run research seminars, which are open to undergraduate students. In addition, there may be opportunities for you to participate in competitions held by professional bodies.

This technical design course prepares you to judge building design proposals, investigate building problems and offer effective design solutions. You will develop an understanding of building materials and technologies, and work with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) software – key tools for a design career within the construction...

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Available Dates

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West London Campus

Part Time, 2 years

September, 2020

£7500.00

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Entry Requirements

72UCAS points requiredfrom level 3 qualifications

These can include:

  • A Levels at grades B and C (if you have two A levels) or grades D, D and D (if you have three), or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

We take pride in our inclusiveness and the diversity of our student population. We have a vibrant mature student community and look forward to welcoming you.

72UCAS points requiredfrom level 3 qualifications These can include: A Levels at grades B and C (if you have two A levels) or grades D, D and D (if you have three), or above BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass Access to HE Diploma You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2...

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