Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Architectural Design and Technology

School of the Built Environment

Full-time

Attendance

Three year

Four year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

Architectural technologists specialise in the science and art of architecture. They form the vital link between concept and construction, providing high-level design skills in projects of all types and scales.

By combining academic study with professional skills and competencies, you will develop a strong sense of design awareness and a comprehensive understanding of traditional and emerging technologies employed in the construction process.

Other Study Options

You can also study this course part-time, which would take five years (UCAS code: K190P). There is also an accelerated pathway which means that you can finish your degree quicker. This option would take two years full-time (K191), three years part-time (K192). 

Take a placement

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By competing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your degree award.

You will:
  • Apply modelling and analysis to explore interactions between a building and its internal and external environments, and the relationships between shape, material, performance, load, and construction
  • Explore the role of nature, people and technology in design, and the physical, legal, economic, social and environmental dimensions that impact on the building design process
  • Develop critical awareness and detailed appreciation of architectural design, with the ability to design solutions for new and existing structures
  • Acquire understanding of fabrication, contemporary construction and 3-D conceptions, developing competence in digital construction and BIM
  • Build essential professional skills, including collaborative team working, critical analysis and problem solving
  • Gain hands-on experience using built environment-focused equipment and software
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists Logo

This is for you if...

1.

You're a creative, original thinker, looking to develop technical skills in a recognised field

2.

You're fascinated by architecture and passionate about shaping the built environment

3.

You're looking for a creative course that combines maths, technology and design

Course details

All about the course

You'll follow an inspirational modular programme designed to develop your technical skills and build your theoretical knowledge. 

In year one, you'll receive an introduce to the architectural design process using a range of built environment modules. Many are shared with other courses, so you will benefit from collaborative learning with other built environment students.

As you move into year two, you'll use advanced software packages and technology to manage design information and develop design skills. You will also experience a multi-disciplinary project to further develop your experience of collaborative working, which is standard practice in the career of an architectural technologist.

In your final year, you will develop a design portfolio, with the opportunity to present and interact with industry. As part of your final assessment, you will also complete a research dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Year one

Introduction into Law and Regulatory Framework

You will be introduced to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. You will e-learn about the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

BIM Design Studio 1

You will explore BIM for Passive Analysis, and gain an understanding of fabric, modern methods of construction and an understanding of 3-D conceptions.

Discipline Project 1

You will learn to identify and use appropriate learning-how-to-learn strategies that are applicable for your course. You will learn to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related project tasks on an individual and team basis. The module will enable you to experience relevant applicable ICT technologies.

Principles of Architectural Structure

This module aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will be introduced to nature as a generator of structure. You'll explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads, assembly methods and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies. You will be able to understand the mutual dependencies between architectural design, structural performance and manufacturing technologies in the past and present through the knowledge of historical and contemporary structural forms and materials. The module also enables you to investigate the implications of nature, people and technology in the design of architectural structures.

Economics and Management

You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.

Year two

Procurement and Administration

This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.

Design Information Management

You will gain the skills to prepare prescriptive and performance specifications as well as BIM information. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding to implement technical design solutions through the selection and specification of materials, health and Safety regulations, methods of production, client and user requirements, and performance in use.

Construction Technology in Architecture

This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used. You will also develop an understanding of various contemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.

Design Studies 1

This module will provide you with a critical awareness and detailed appreciation of architectural design and its influences. You will gain an understanding of the design process and an ability to develop design solutions in new-build situations.

Discipline Project 2

This discipline based project will provide an opportunity to study on a range of built environment scenarios. It will develop your detailed knowledge of discipline specific subject matter by applying relevant concepts and techniques to solve problems in project environments. You will also develop your project appraisal, collaborative team working, management, critical analysis and problem solving skills. The module will allow you to develop and apply high level communication and information technology skills to solve problems and present solutions to a competent standard appropriate for a built environment professional. You will also develop an understanding of the place of advanced ICT technologies within the sphere of the construction industry professional.

Multidisciplinary Project

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year three

Design Research Project

You will learn to write and deliver an extended and coherent study on a design related topic. On completion, you will demonstrate competency in research skills in support of future learning development. This module will help you to develop the skills of reflective practice through engagement with contemporary architecture and urbanism.

BIM Design Studio 2

The aims of this module is to introduce you to understanding urban contexts, construction, structural analysis using digital tools (BIM), environment impact and digital presentation.

Virtual Environments

You will develop the capability to evaluate Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and apply appropriate approaches for the presentation of complex 3D data sets. You will learn to critically evaluate current applications of VR and develop solutions for use in the built environment. You will also develop competencies in the management and manipulation of multi-media data sets.

Introduction to Urban Regeneration

On this module you will create an awareness of key professional roles with the built environment sector and the responsibilities associated with the differing roles. It will provide you with an opportunity for investigative work to be undertaken via a case study or series of case studies to explore the nature of the built environment professions. You will develop an awareness of the key professional skills required by the differing identified discipline areas. It will also promote the on-going development of oral/written communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Environmental Architectural Technology

You will develop an holistic understanding of tectonics for local and global environmental challenges. You will assess the impacts of building performance on the built environment. You'll apply the principles of technological engineering systems in sustainable design and construction processes to a design solution. You will also apply technical regulatory factors that impact build, sustainability and environmental performance within broad societal concerns.

Design Studies 2

You will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:

  • Studio projects, both individual and in groups
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Site and live project visits
ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed using a range of suitable methods, including:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Examinations

The School of the Built Environment

The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable urban future. With a focus on architecture, building and construction, SoBE has over 1,000 undergraduates, 800 postgraduates, and over 200 PhD research students from across the world. Having led the built environment research agenda for more than 20 years, our rich community of internationally-recognised scholars works with students, business and industry across all levels of study and research.

Our Facilities

Our specialist architectural design studios based in Maxwell building provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have other workshops on campus which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.

Salford is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. Built in 2011, this full-sized two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment

Once you successfully complete the BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology degree, you'll graduate with diverse and rewarding career opportunities ahead of you. Architectural technologists, and software management skills they possess, are highly-sought by industry, both in the UK and overseas.  

As an architectural design and technology graduate, you'll be well-placed to apply for graduate design-based roles. Salford's architecture alumni have progressed to work with regional and international design firms, government organisations and consultancy practices.

Further Study

You might find you want to learn more about the built environment, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount. 

 

A taste of what you could become

An architectural technologist

A project technician

An urbanist

A designer

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry. 

Throughout the course, you'll have the opportunity to work on ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Requirements

What you need to know

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Characteristics

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfill your potential at university, but is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.

Standard entry

GCSE

Grade 4 (C) level 4 or above in Maths and English language

UCAS tariff points

96 points

BTEC National Diploma

National Diploma MMM

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5

Foundation Degree

Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5

International Baccalaureate

28 points

Other Qualification

Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Alternative entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.

How Much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £12,960per year
Part-time 2019 Your annual fee will be calculated pro-rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID K190

Institution S03