This course is new for the entry year 2022.
Taught with a hands-on approach and deep concern for sustainability and green thinking, you'll learn the digital skills required to simulate, model, design and test construction technology through real-life design challenges. With an optional placement year in professional practice, this course will put you on the right path to an exciting career working in construction technology.
This course is pursuing accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and we will update the course page to reflect the outcome.
Explore digital design, modelling, simulation and manufacturing processes
Acquire a set of digital skills to equip you for the future
Learn how to manage construction challenges and integrate technological solutions
Develop a comprehensive understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Integrated Environmental Solution (IES)
Have the opportunity to work with industry specialists
Work on real-life, industry-focused briefs
Gain access to technical facilities to support your design and modelling
Choose between a three-year degree or a four-year degree with a year of professional practice. While you must select one for your UCAS application, you’ll have the chance to change your decision up to the end of your second year.
What you'll learn
Throughout this degree course, you’ll learn to integrate architectural design and technology. You’ll discover how to model, simulate and design test proposals, learn vital project and construction management skills, become a nimble problem solver and gain experience collaborating with multi-skilled teams and industry experts.
You’ll be introduced to the principles of design and technology, acquiring skills that will provide a strong foundation for your continued studies. Working collaboratively, this will include an understanding of the fundamental principles and ethics of sustainable design and an introduction to the construction and building technologies and their application. You’ll also be introduced to vital project and time management skills.
Design studio one
Technical Studies 1
Design and Sustainability
As a second year, you’ll be testing design and construction technologies as well as being introduced to professional practice and construction management principles. You’ll explore design and modelling functionality through Building Information Modelling (BIM) as well as examining Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES).
Design Studio 2
Digital Design and Modelling
Professional Practice and Management
Optional placement year
You’ll gain real-world, hands-on experience in this optional year-long placement.
Your final year consists of individual research and development leading to your final major piece of integrated design and technology work. You’ll be undertaking a real-life design challenge, which fully integrates building design, modelling, construction and technology. You’ll also acquire the skills needed to integrate project and construction management development protocols.
Design Studio 3
Research in Practice
The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.
How you'll learn
Your full time, the campus-based course will primarily be delivered through integrated studio design projects. The course will be a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and lab work delivered by industry specialists. You’ll experience blended learning, taught through intensive on-campus activities such as practical workshops and laboratories. This will be supplemented by online learning.
There are no formal exams, all work is assessed through coursework
Formative assessments will be ongoing throughout the course
Formative feedback is continuous, both from academic staff and peers
A summative assessment will take place at the end of each study block
Summative feedback takes place at the end of each study block
Final-year projects and dissertation.
You’ll be taught by a range of industry professionals who are experts in their fields. This includes architectural technologists, architects, engineers and construction experts. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with local makers and fabrication specialists as well as industry partners in construction. You’ll learn from visiting lecturers from relevant professions, with specialisms that include structures, environmental design and mechanical engineering.
Dedicated workshops, featuring activities working with 3D, metal, wood, resistant materials, rapid prototyping, casting and milling
Subject-specific library with multiple online resources
Outdoor making spaces
Student support and academic support services
IT: WiFi and open-access IT suites across both campuses
Online Learning Space with 24/365 access
Reprographics: large format printing, Risographic printers, large scale scanning, laminating, binding services
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
University code: F33
Course code: K101 (3 year), K102 (4 year)
Applying as an international student?
International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university.
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide, our typical offer at the undergraduate level is 120 – 136 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. Applicants should have GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
TBC - full-time UK
TBC - full-time EU
TBC - full-time international