Are you interested in how buildings are designed? Our Architectural Design and Technology degree is an excellent choice for you. This course is designed to provide you with a sound knowledge of the architectural design process, and opportunity to acquire the necessary skills required to become a professional architectural technologist.
Central to your learning will be the time you will spend in the design studio using industry-standard design suites to develop and apply your skills on building design projects. You will study a variety of subjects to become proficient in construction technology, materials, legislation and management.
This undergraduate course focuses on practical, in-demand skills so that you can make sure that buildings function as they are intended to. You will develop the valuable ability to plan and design buildings that suit the needs of a client.
By the time you complete the course, you will know how to design and detail many different kinds of buildings and communicate your designs effectively using the latest industry-standard software. All vital skills that will enable you to effectively investigate building problems and present appropriate design solutions.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: ARC1
This course combines three distinct aspects of the buildings- architectural design, construction technology and management. These aspects are explored throughout the course by the themes such as digital technologies, sustainability, health and safety and building regulations.
You’ll learn how to negotiate and manage the design process, whilst also understanding how to implement technical knowledge in developing practical and creative solutions, which meet existing working practices and legislation.
Delivered through lectures, tutorials and studio-based work, each of the modules you study will help to build your identity as an architectural technologist. You will also work closely with other students across a range of disciplines allowing you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace.
You will also learn through:
- lectures, Seminar and Workshop
- 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.
Learn from industry-experienced tutors
This course has been designed with inputs from industry practitioners and professional organisations to meet the requirements of the graduates in the field of Architectural Design and Technology.
We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people that can inform your work.
Learn in a modern, well-equipped specialist facilities
You will work on a series of live briefs for real clients in our well-equipped studios. Study and collaborate with students across a range of disciplines and build your professional portfolio with practical design projects.
You’ll undertake model-making workshops and develop computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis and environmental modelling skills in our dedicated studios. This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80-104 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Introduction to Architectural Design Principles
- Architectural Studio 1
- Science and Materials
- Principles of Construction Project Management
- Building Design, Drawings and Measurement
- Building Regulations and Legal Contexts
- Building Construction Technology
- Professional Skills in the Built Environment
Year 2 Modules
- Architectural Studio 2
- Digital Modelling and Specifications
- Building Surveying
- Advanced Construction Technology
- Industrial Skills in Sustainability
- Management Strategies, Economics and Finance
Year 3 Modules
- Final Year Design Project
- Sustainable Design and Technology Applications
- Research Dissertation
- Procurement and Contracts Management
- Professional Practice
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks