UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON

Architectural Design Technology (with Foundation year)

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

This four-year course is perfect if you want a degree in Architectural Design Technology, but don’t have the standard qualifications. We prepare you for your degree during your Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

And it’s an exciting degree to study. The course blends architecture with building engineering, construction technology and management. Our team of architects and civil engineers will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in this important field.

As an architectural technologist, you’ll apply your expertise in building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. Because of your highly specialist skills, you’ll be involved in managing the design process and using your technical knowledge to come up with innovative solutions to problems.

Taking advantage of our superb, industry-standard facilities, you’ll assess the technological factors that help produce the most effective and efficient technical designs. And you’ll learn how to manage a project from conception to completion, taking into account sustainability as well as regulatory and technical issues.

Our lecturers are working professionals, with a wealth of practical experience in addition to their academic background. Thanks to our extensive industry connections, we’ll also help you find local work experience opportunities - or a placement year if you choose that particular option.

Programme description

This four-year course is perfect if you want a degree in Architectural Design Technology, but don’t have the standard qualifications. We prepare you for your degree during your Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

And it’s an exciting degree to study. The course blends architecture with building engineering, construction technology and management. Our team of architects and civil engineers will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in this important field.

As an architectural technologist, you’ll apply your expertise in building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. Because of your highly specialist skills, you’ll be involved in managing the design process and using your technical knowledge to come up with innovative solutions to problems.

Taking advantage of our superb, industry-standard facilities, you’ll assess the technological factors that help produce the most effective and efficient technical designs. And you’ll learn how to manage a project from conception to completion, taking into account sustainability as well as regulatory and technical issues.

Our lecturers are working professionals, with a wealth of practical experience in addition to their academic background. Thanks to our extensive industry connections, we’ll also help you find local work experience opportunities - or a placement year if you choose that particular option.

Key Modules

Your future career

When you come to east London, you’ll be struck by the amount of building and development work that’s going on. But development isn’t just confined to the capital. Wherever you go – the UK or abroad – you’ll find large-scale construction projects from homes and hotels to shopping centres and sports stadiums.


With a degree in architectural design technology, you’ll be perfectly placed to provide the crucial link between architects and other professionals and managers in the construction industry.

 
Your knowledge of design procedures, technology, professional practice and the business side of procurement and contracts will give you the chance to play a pivotal role in the construction world.


As an architectural technologist, you have a number of options. For example, you could work for an architectural practice, a large construction company, a design consultancy or a local authority or regulatory body. Alternatively, you could work as a freelance or set up your own company.

Whatever path you take, by the time you graduate you’ll have skills and knowledge that will appeal to employers in a number of sectors. Whether you’re interested in high-rise buildings, refurbishments or working for an organisation like the National Trust, you’ll have plenty of options. 

  
You should be able to communicate well verbally, in writing and through drawings or models. You’ll understand the regulatory environment and you’ll be equipped with the practical skills of data collection and analysis. In short, you’ll be on your way to a stimulating career.

Module & Subject
Techniques for Design (Core)

Design: Project (Core)

History, Theory & Communication (Core)

Design Media & Representation (Core)
 
Introduction to the Built Environment (core)

Building Technology & Materials (core)

Architectural Design Resolution 1 (core)

Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 1 (core)

YEAR 2

 Legal and Regulatory Framework (core)

Contract Law in Construction (core)

Tendering, Estimating & Cost Control (core)

Architectural Design Resolution 2 (core)                                               

Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 2 (core)

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
 
Professional & Corporate Studies (core)
 
Built Asset Management & Development (core)
 
Architectural Design Investigation (core)                                               

Architectural Design Resolution 3 (core)

Technical and Professional Studies and Professional Studies (core)

Entry Requirements
  • The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

    Your portfolio may include paintings, drawings, sketches, a personal sketchbook, design and photographic work, 3D-modelling, work in progress, etc. It should exhibit an understanding of spatial awareness. 

    We like to see the creative and planning processes that have contributed to your work, not just the final pieces. We also like to see some work that reflects your own personal interests, i.e. work that you might have undertaken in your own time.

    We want to see your passion for your work and you’re expected to present the portfolio in a positive and interesting manner. You will be expected to display care and thought in the way that your portfolio is presented; the organisation is no less important than the content.
  • Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
  • Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy
  • As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  11880.00
Course Level:  UNDERGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  University Way, London E16 2RD, UK
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER