Through our Architectural Technology course, you will learn how to bring together all aspects of the design process, from concept through to completion. You will develop key problem solving skills which are ideal for employability and continued professional development.

Throughout the course you will focus on developing your creative thinking and innovation skills and gain valuable work experience through placement opportunities.  You will also develop flexible skills to be used in industries other than the Construction industry through enhanced student attributes.

You will benefit from visiting professionals from a range of disciplines, giving learning a strong sense of contemporary relevance. You will also have a fantastic opportunity to travel, whether on study trips to look at the very best of international design or on student exchanges.

Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

K236

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

A large part of the learning is shared across the undergraduate courses in the School and includes underpinning exercises focusing on knowledge and understanding as well as professionalism. One module is course specific integrating learning throughout the year, but the rest is shared, delivering core technical knowledge.  This is supplemented by additional lectures from visiting professionals. 

Year 2

Current teaching aims to contextualise learning in Year 2, developing the knowledge and understanding in Year 1 by application. There is more emphasis on Architectural Technology related skills, focussing on building technology and information technology (BIM) in particular.  The studio projects will focus on existing and new housing, developing core skills from the previous year.

Year 3

In Year 3, Semester 1 is academic and provides preparation for your placement in the Semester 2.  Focussing on the specifics of Architectural Technology, you are expected to take more ownership on project delivery in this year.  Support is provided in preparation for placement with alternatives such as European Exchange and Simulated Professional Practice (where a practitioner delivers office based projects) also encouraged.

Year 4

Half the credits for the final year are spent on a dedicated studio project delivered by practice professionals, supported by other core modules.  You will develop a broad range of skills which will enable you to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist after gaining employment.  Opportunities are provided to learn from a wide range of professionals through networking events organised by the local chapter of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

 


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Introduction to Building Technology
  • Introduction To Building Design
  • Built Environment Communication and Scholarship Skills
  • Surveying Methods
    Semester 2
  • Building Technology 2
  • Economics For The Built Environment
  • Integrative Studies 1 - Arch. Tech.
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Management for the Built Environment 1
  • Environment and Services
  • Design Technology 1 - Architectural Technology
    Semester 2
  • Building Technology 3
  • Integrative Studies 2 - Architectural Technology
  • Building Structure and Technology
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Research Methods
  • Management for the Built Environment 2
  • Design Technology 2 - Architectural Technology
  • Professional Practice
    Semester 2
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Industrial Placement
  • Exchange Programme
  • Simulated Professional Practice
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Dissertation
  • Design Technology 3
    Semester 2
  • Integrative Studies 3 - Architectural Technology
  • Built Heritage Conservation
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Elective - Architectural History
  • Elective - Construction
  • Environmental Design
  • Product Design
  • Architectural Criticism, Journalism and Publishing
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Ecological Architecture
  • Part-time

    Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Design Technology 2 - Architectural Technology
  • Professional Practice
    Semester 2
  • Management for the Built Environment 2
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Design Technology 2 - Architectural Technology
    Semester 3
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Design Technology 3
    Semester 2
  • Built Heritage Conservation
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
    Choose one Elective from the following modules

  • Elective - Architectural History
  • Elective - Construction
  • Environmental Design
  • Product Design
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Ecological Architecture
    Semester 3
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
    The Dissertation starts at this time point but the credits are only award on completion at the next stage of study.

  • Dissertation
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Dissertation
    Semester 2
  • Integrative Studies 3 - Architectural Technology
    Semester 3
  • Integrative Studies 3 - Architectural Technology
  • The course provides a learning environment that enables you to develop an integrative approach to your learning. This is provided through design modules that become increasingly thematic and studio-based in successive years of the course.  This facilitates group or one-to-one discussions between staff and students and tutoring on specific concepts, techniques and the application of knowledge and skills to proposed projects and assignments. 

    The core foundation years develop your understanding and skills, with the final year consisting of exclusive studio-based, analytical problem-solving projects where you will apply your prior knowledge and skills to complex projects.  Knowledge and skill acquired through this process will enhance your employability skills.  As you progress through the course, your learning will become more student-led focusing on individual benchmarking and personal development.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Approximately 25 – 30 students per group

    • Lectures: three hours per week
    • Seminars: three hours per week
    • Project Supervision: two hours per week
    • Demonstration: eight hours per week
    • Supervised time in studio/workshop: 16 hours per week 

    Independent study summary

    Independence, autonomous learning, self-motivation and innovative thinking are applied to an advanced study in Architectural Technology within an ethical framework established by society's contemporary and changing needs. You will develop skills in complex problem identification, realising solutions which give due regard to critical investigation, scholarship and rigour and communicate this effectively.   

    Staff delivering this course

    The staff on the course are led by Dr Jonathan R Scott, who is a graduate of the course as well as completing his PhD in the topic area at RGU.  Tahar Kouider and Huda Salman both also teach on the course in the early years, Tahar being involved with the course for over 20 years.  All three members of staff are Chartered Architectural Technologists. 

    The academic staff are supported by part-time and ad-hoc practitioners who are all accredited as either Architects or Architectural Technologists and who provide additional teaching support and/or extra-curricular lectures and reviews.

    Facilities

    • Modern Architecture & Design Studios
    • University Library
    • 3D Printing
    • High Specification Modelling Workshop
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Three Oral Assessments
    • One Report
    • Dissertation
    • Two Group Critiques
    • Three Portfolios

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.

    GCE A Level: CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

    IB Diploma: 26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard Level grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    A compulsory 600 hours or four month paid placement is available although there is the option to participate in an Erasmus Exchange or on-site module.

    We have a Placement Office to support you in securing a placement, however most students achieve placement from their own independent networking.

    More on Placements

    Accreditation

    The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Association of Building Engineers (ABE)The School has been awarded Centre of Excellence status by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £1,365 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £5,063 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £11,940 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £8,955 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1820 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £1365 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £5,063 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £11,500 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £8,625 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1820 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £1365 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £5,063 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £10,900 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £8,175 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1820 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £1365 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £5,063 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £10,100 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £7,575 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £1,365 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £5,063 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £9,700 per academic year

    Part-time

    • £7,275 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • Full-time - £1,820 per academic year
    • Part-time - £1,820 per academic year

    International Students

    • Full-time - £9,550 per academic year
    • Part-time - £7,163 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Our graduates have secured employment in a broad range of environments, both nationally and internationally, including architectural practice, built environment consultancies, contracting organisations and the manufacturing industry. Early career development will invariably focus on achieving full membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

    Take a look at the CIAT video “Considering a career in Architectural Technology?” for more information about careers and opportunities within this discipline.

    BSc Architectural Technology Student workDownload an example of student work.

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