Cardiff Metropolitan University Architecture

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Architecture

Cardiff Metropolitan University Architecture

Architectural Design & Technology – BSc (Hons) Degree

Course Overview

Architecture shapes the world around us. It reflects our societies and it influences the way we think and feel. Architecture dominates our skyline, transforms our cities, changes the way we live and work – and becomes part of our narrative.

On the BSc Architectural Design and Technology degree, you develop a deep technical understanding of how buildings work and the techniques and materials you need to construct them. You learn to appreciate the historical context of architectural design, while embracing both traditional and innovative technologies.

As you progress through your studies, you’ll become mindful of how architectural technology impacts on the world around us, how your work affects our environment and how your practices and approaches can make a positive impact.

You may start your degree with a simple desire to design buildings. But you’ll finish with the knowledge, skills and passion to start shaping the way we live and work – and change our world for the better.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.​​

Please note: This programme will undergo periodic review in early 2017. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed

Course Content

Through lectures, exercises and time in our dedicated studios, you’ll learn to think both creatively and analytically. You’ll study core subjects including building technology, materials and architectural science and become adept at Building Information Modelling and Computer Aided Design.

You’ll also develop strong presentation skills and cover a range of key competencies throughout your course, including:

  • architectural drawing and presentation skills
  • building design, interpreting a brief and meeting clients’ needs
  • construction technology – how buildings are structured and constructed
  • construction materials and finishes
  • Law and regulatory controls relating to design of buildings
  • specification writing
  • architectural detailing
  • conservation and refurbishment of buildings
  • architectural science – heating, cooling, ventilation etc.
  • Innovation and sustainability
  • Professional practice, the business of architectural practice

Preparing for your future career is a priority. The course structure gives you an invaluable opportunity to study a four-year sandwich degree, spending your third year immersed in the industry with a placement at an architectural practice. There are also opportunities to study abroad, collaborate on research and get real-world experience – all designed to prepare you for your next step after graduation.