Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) BSc (Hons)

This course is in clearing with spaces available

This course is in Clearing with Spaces Available

Overview

Course options

Select year

Degree

UCAS code: K101 112 UCAS points
  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) , home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) , home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • pro-rata full time fee
  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) , international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 14580 per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: KC55 64 UCAS points
  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) , home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) , international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 14580 per year

What makes this course different

  • 2nd in London

    Our Architecture courses ranked 2nd in London for "Academic Support" and "Student Voice" (NSS 2023, published 10 August 2023)

    Read the full NSS survey results
  • Featured in the Architects' Journal

    'The SpaceX of architecture schools' - UEL Student Show 2023, exhibiting a cohort of future architects.

    Read the news article about UEL
  • Our location

    Our partnerships with world-leading practices let us create opportunities for you to be involved with real projects and developments, boosting your career.

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

This course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), and graduates are eligible to apply and receive Associate member status.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is a dynamic, forward-thinking and inclusive global membership qualifying body for Architectural Technology. CIAT represents those practising and studying within the discipline and profession. It is a membership organisation representing 10,000 members and affiliates within the discipline who wish to be professionally recognised. CIAT Accreditation ensures that the programme has been assessed in terms of content, structure, resources and has met the Institute’s requirements. The benefit of studying on a CIAT Accredited Programme is that it will support individuals wishing to become Chartered Architectural Technologists.

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists accreditation

Course modules

Much of your learning will focus on project work, and you'll sometimes be expected to work as part of a multidisciplinary team (with architects, civil engineers, and construction managers) to emulate how projects are completed in industry. The course adopts a 'hands-on approach' to learning through which you will learn to design and evaluate the technological factors that produce the most efficient building designs. You'll learn a variety of physical model-making techniques and workshop skills, using a range of media (hand drawing, models, and computer software) to develop your ideas and create project proposals. You'll also learn how to manage a project from conception to completion, taking into account sustainability aspects as well as regulatory and technical aspects.

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

Download course specification

Your future career

By completing this course successfully, you are eligible to apply and receive an Associate member status of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). With appropriate work experience, you can then progress to become a chartered member of the CIAT (MCIAT) and set up your own practice.

With a degree in architectural design technology, you'll be perfectly placed to provide the crucial link between architects and other professionals and managers in the construction industry. Apply your expertise in building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. Your highly specialist skills, means you'll be involved in managing the design process. Using your technical knowledge to come up with innovative solutions to problems.

Industry links

You will benefit from the contribution of architects and professionals from world-renowned practices such as Foster and Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Make Architects, SOM, RSHP, ARUP, and Atkins.

Graduate employers

Previous graduates have gone in to roles at Barts Health NHS Trust, Glenn Howells Architects, BPTW and Bond Bryan Architects.

Job roles

As an architectural technologist, you have an excellent base for exploring a variety of employment opportunities and for further study related to the architectural technology field. You could work for an architectural practice, a large construction company, a design consultancy or a local authority. You could also be an assistant theatre practitioner or architectural technologist.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Student Observing Artwork Designs at Architecture Degree Show
As an Architectural Design Technology student, you need to think like an architect-designer and an engineer. Having to wear two hats is demanding and challenging. The effort is double, but the satisfaction is double as well."
Alexandra Ion

Architecture Design Technology, BSc (Hons)

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top.

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

Architectural design technology is a subject that can only be fully understood when you see how things work in practice, so you’ll go on many supervised site visits. Our superb connections with industry giants enable us to facilitate sponsored field trips and real-life design projects. These will allow you to experience architectural technology in action - not just in the classroom. We also host industry professionals who provide stimulating guest lectures and networking opportunities. At the end of the academic year, you'll exhibit your work at our summer showcase.

Students have benefited from trips to large construction projects such as the Tate Modern Phase 2 Extension and the Canary Wharf Crossrail station. You will also have the opportunity to join the prestigious Constructionarium field trip where you'll plan and partner with a major contractor - in recent years P.J.Careys - to build a building in a real-life environment. Each year there is an overseas study trip, where you get to learn about building technologies across the world.

You'll have opportunities to gain valuable work experience during the course to improve your practical skills, understanding and CV. If you take the work placement option, you'll benefit from a year's paid work with a relevant company in your third year.

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

    Support your independent learning with our excellent facilities. They include both online resources and specialist facilities. We have edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Academic support

    Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

    Workload

    Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module. 

    The approximate percentages for this course are: 

    • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
    • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
    • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. 

    Class sizes

    The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year depending on your course.

How you'll be assessed

This is a practical course, so you'll spend plenty of time in our Docklands-based design studios, labs and workshops using specialist software and technology. Project work is assessed within a design portfolio and supporting studies in the form of a bound report. We provide students with feedback on their progress throughout the year during tutorials and reviews. Construction management components will be assessed by coursework and exams. 

You'll be expected to carry out independent study to expand on what you learn in lectures, seminars and workshops. To support you, we'll provide digital materials, notes and handbooks and you'll also receive individual supervision and feedback from our dedicated academic members of staff. 

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

DiscoverUni

The banner below displays some key factual data about this course (including different course combinations or delivery modes of this course where relevant).

Select year

Statistics for BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) Degree, Full Time

Statistics for BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited By CIAT) Degree, Full Time

What our students and staff say

Pol Gallagher
The energy of the diverse student cohort within this unique London campus makes it an inspiring place to teach design."

Pol Gallagher

Senior Lecturer - Interior Architecture

Architecture show 2023
Here you get to feel that you get to be part of a family, and you don’t find that anywhere else. I would strongly recommend people to come here and visit and see the amazing work that we have been doing and to come and join us. The University of East London is the future. It’s a great place to study and it’s a nice place to be."

Rafael Ives Ribeiro Fischer

Architecture Student