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The course focuses on the making of detailed decisions about the design and construction of buildings and their immediate surroundings. It looks at both new and existing buildings and examines how detail relates to broader design concepts, and how to bring together all aspects of the design process.
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In Year 1, a large part of the learning is shared across all 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.
In Year 2, you will put your knowledge and understanding developed in Year 1 into application. There is more emphasis on Architectural Technology related skills, focusing 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.
Semester 1 is academic and provides preparation for your placement in the Semester 2. Focusing 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 work placement with alternatives such as European Exchange and Simulated Professional Practice (where a practitioner delivers office based projects) also encouraged.
Half the credits for the final year are spent on a dedicated studio project delivered by practice professionals, supported by other core modules. 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 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.Detailed module information
You will learn through design modules that become increasingly thematic and studio-based in successive years of the course. Teaching is through a blend of directed learning, tutorials and live situations where you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in practice.
Our learning is ‘hands on’ and you will work seamlessly between drawings, models, computer packages and note taking, both individually and in groups with students and staff.
In addition to classroom based lectures and workshops, you will benefit from hearing and connecting with visiting professionals from a range of disciplines and will have the opportunity to travel, whether on study trips to look at the very best of international design or on student exchanges.
- Lectures - 25-30 students per group, 3 hours per week
- Seminars - 25-30 students per group, 3 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 25-30 students per group, 2 hours per week
- Practical class or workshop - 25-30 students per group, 8 hours per week
- Supervised time in studio / workshop - 25-30 students per group, 8 hours per week
- Independent Study - 25-30 students per group, 8 hours per week
As you progress from Year 1 – 4, the level of independent learning increases significantly within specialist areas of the course. You are expected to have the confidence to apply your knowledge to more complex contexts and work on your initiative as you progress towards graduation.
Staff Delivering on This Course
We operate an open-door policy and enjoy strong relations between our students and staff. All members of staff on the course are Chartered Architectural Technologists, one of which is a graduate of the course as well as completing his PhD in the topic area at RGU.
All staff have teaching qualifications, including fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.
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.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 2 written exams, typically for 2-3 hours (depending on module)
- 1 written assignment, including essay
- 2 reports
- 1 oral assessment
- 2 group critiques
- 2 technical booklets or posters
- 4 written exams, typically for 2-3 hours (depending on module)
- 2 reports
- 1 set exercise
- 4 oral assessments
- 3 group critiques
- 4 technical booklets or posters
- 3 reports
- 2 oral assessments
- 2 group critiques
- 1 technical booklet or poster
- 1 report
- 1 dissertation
- 2 oral assessments
- 1 technical booklet or poster
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake a compulsory paid industry placement for one semester allowing you to gain valuable professional experience in any related professional field.
We have a Placement Office to support you in securing a placement, however most students achieve placement from their own independent networking.
Previous students have undertaken placements locally, nationally and internationally with architecture firms, contractors, manufacturers and visualisation experts, as well as in the energy sector.
In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to study at one of our partner institutions in order to broaden your horizons and enhance your architectural education. Exchange opportunities for architectural technology include universities in Denmark, Finland, Italy, The Netherlands or Spain. All are English speaking excluding Barcelona.
On completion of the course you will have developed skills and knowledge in understanding application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation relating to design, technology, management and practice.
Our Architectural Technology graduates go on to work for small and large practices around the world, as well as across a range of professional environments 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).
Watch the CIAT video “Considering a career in Architectural Technology?” for more information.
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.
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.
All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
English Language Requirements
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:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £13,670 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
- Printing and Binding (average): Year 1 £30, Year 2 £120, Year 3 £60, Year 4 £120
- Models (average): Year 1 £10, Year 2 £40, Year 3 £40
- Travel £20 (site visit for Year 4)
- Materials £140 (average in Year 4)
- International Travel £300 (optional in Year 2 or 3)
- Laptop £800 (guidance on system requirements should be sought first before purchase.)
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
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 and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
My placement included producing technical manufacturing drawings, carrying out component surveys for damage and carrying out calculations related to the function of each component. I feel that through my placement I have gained valuable experience which will stand me in very good stead for employment opportunities after graduating.
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Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
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RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.