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BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accredited by CIAT)

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Architecture

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Architectural Design Technology is an interdisciplinary course that blends architecture with building engineering, building technology and construction management. Our team of architects, architectural technologists, and engineers will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in this growing field. You will benefit from the contribution of architects and professionals from world-renown practices such as Foster and Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Make Architects, SOM, Rogers Stirk Harbour, ARUP, and Atkins.

The course has a strong grounding in design projects and is particularly recognisable by its ‘hands-on’ approach to architectural design. There is a strong focus on technical studies as well as computer software for Computer Aided Drawing (AutoCAD, Revit, BIM, Adobe Illustrator, Rhino), and building design and energy performance simulations (Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), and Design Builder). We have world class laboratories and workshops including digital and robotic manufacture (laser cutters, 3D pronters, robotic arm). 

The programme can be studied in either full-time (3 years or 4 years if you choose to do a placement year) or part-time mode (6 years). Apprenticeship routes have also been introduced in 16/17, in which employers within the construction sector have approached the University to offer Construction Design Management as an apprenticeship route on a part-time basis.

Download our yearbook to view examples of our students' work.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

K101

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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2nd

Our Architecture courses are ranked second in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

CIAT accredited

Upon graduating, you are eligible to apply for a CIAT professional status.The course is also professionally accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings. 

Great location

Our location and partnering with world-leading practices and companies enable us to create opportunities for you to be involved with real-life projects and developments, augmenting your career opportunities.

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In ADT programme, we give you the opportunity to make a difference to society, and to develop yourself personally and professionally, by learning or volunteering off campus in London and abroad. All design project briefs are developed with real clients from the Council, community or industry. This year we are working with the community to design a new community centre (year 2) and investigate the energy performance of a new timber frame modular system in London Borough of Newham.
 

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 26 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

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. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

Much of your learning will focus on project work, and you’ll sometimes be expected to work as part of a multidisciplinary team (with architects, civil engineers, construction managers) to emulate how projects are completed in industry. The course adopts a ‘hands-on approach’ to learning through which you will learn to design and evaluate the technological factors that produce the most efficient building designs.

You’ll learn a variety of physical model making techniques and workshop skills, using a range of media (hand drawing, models, and computer software) to develop your ideas and create project proposals. You’ll also learn how to manage a project from conception to completion, taking into account sustainability aspects as well as regulatory and technical aspects. 

What you'll study and when

Techniques for Design (Core)
Design: Project (Core)
History, Theory & Communication (Core)
Design Media & Representation (Core)
Architectural Design Resolution 1

Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 1

Introduction to the Built Environment

Building Technology & Material

Architectural Design Resolution 2

Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 2

Legal and Regulatory Framework

Contract Law in Construction

Tendering, Estimating & Cost Control

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.
Architectural Design Resolution 3

Architectural Design Investigation

Technical and Professional Studies

Professional & Corporate Studies

Built Asset Management & Development

How you'll be assessed

This is a practical course, so you’ll spend plenty of time in our Docklands-based design studios, labs and workshops using specialist software and technology.  Project work is assessed within a design portfolio and supporting studies in the form of a bound report. We provide students with feedback on their progress throughout the year during tutorials and reviews. Construction management components will be assessed by coursework and exams.

You’ll be expected to carry out your own independent study to expand on what you learn in lectures, seminars and workshops. To support you, we’ll provide digital materials, notes and handbooks and you’ll also receive individual supervision and feedback from our dedicated academic members of staff.


Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

Architectural design technology is a subject that could only be fully understood when you see how things works in practice, so you’ll go on many supervised site visits. Our superb connections with industry giants enable us to facilitate sponsored field-trips and real-live design projects that will allow you to experience architectural technology in action - not just in the classroom. We also host industry professionals who provide stimulating guest lectures and networking opportunities. At the end of the academic year, you’ll exhibit your work at our summer showcase. 

Students have benefited from trips to prestigious construction projects such as the Tate Modern Phase 2 Extension and the Canary Wharf Crossrail station. You will also have the opportunity to join the prestigious Constructionarium field trip where you’ll plan and partner with a major contractor - in recent years P.J.Careys - to build a real building in a real-life environment.  Each year there is an overseas study trip, where you get to learn from building technologies across the world. 
You’ll have opportunities to gain valuable work experience during the course to improve your practical skills, understanding and CV. If you take the work placement option, you’ll benefit from a year’s paid work with a relevant company in your third year. 

Your future career

By completing this course successfully, you are eligible to apply and receive an Associate member status of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (ACIAT). With appropriate work experience, you can then progress to become a chartered member of the CIAT (MCIAT) and set up your own practice.

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. You will 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.

As an architectural technologist, you have an excellent base for exploring a variety of employment opportunities and for further study related to architectural technology field. You could work for an architectural practice, a large construction company, a design consultancy or a local authority.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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