This course is your gateway to a career in the architectural profession, specifically in the role of an architectural technologist. Through live projects with real clients, studio work, guest lectures from industry leaders, and exciting placement opportunities, you'll learn how buildings are created, procured, constructed and managed. You'll develop a practical and imaginative approach, equipped with the skills and knowledge to create efficient design solutions.
You'll study in a studio culture that reflects a modern architectural technology practice, preparing you for your graduate career from day one. As a specialist in architectural technology, you'll be the link between concept and reality. You'll learn to identify, assess and challenge client and user requirements, translating ideas and possibilities into effective and practical building solutions.
Why study this course?
- Our course is the only Architectural Technology course in the UK to be triple-accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you'll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
- Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 94% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology sandwich students are in work or further study, just six months after graduating (DLHE survey 2015-16).
- Study on a course with outstanding student satisfaction. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2017).*
- Take part in live design projects, with briefs from real clients. Previous clients have included Nottingham City Council and Gedling Country Park.
- Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement. The majority of our placement students also receive a salary.
- Study abroad, exploring new cultures and gaining design inspiration, through our Erasmus exchange programme.
- Gain inspiration with trips in the UK to locations such as the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales, and have the opportunity to go on a European study trip in your final year.
- Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model-making studio.
- Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Shows, attended by industry experts and prospective employers.
- Take part in competitions, sponsored by companies such as Benoy, Saunders and DL Lacey, who return year-on-year due to the high quality of our students.
- Network with industry professionals and display your work at our annual Architecture Exchange employability event.
How you're taught
- Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, approximately 10 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning. Course content is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
- Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
- This course is supported by external professional practitioners, ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real world perspective. This includes our guest lecture series, where an industry expert is invited to give a guest lecture to expose our students to the work currently happening in architectural technology practices.
Our Architectural Technology course takes a global perspective; you'll gain design inspiration on study trips both in the UK and abroad, the cost of which are included in your course fees. Recent trips have included visits to London, Liverpool and an overseas visit to Copenhagen. These are designed to help you understand and apply what you've learnt in a real world context.
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework, design projects, e-tests, visual essays, exams and practical methods. Coursework includes group and individual projects, reports, presentations, essays and portfolios.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the architectural technology industry. Through working on real projects from industry, field work and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.
97% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology sandwich students are in work or further study, just six months after graduating (DLHE survey 2015-16).
Where do Architectural Technology graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong architectural design alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.
Many graduates from this course work as architectural designers or architectural technologists. Others work within wider roles in contract management, surveying and estimating. Recent graduate destinations have included Foster + Partners, Benoy, Gensler, ISG and Saunders.
Shraddha Badoni, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology graduate - now an Architectural Consultant at Benoy
Our Employability team
Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.
Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment. Our Architecture Exchange events bring together current students and prospective employers for an evening of presentations, table discussions and networking. We also run a Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise graduate roles to our final year students.
Students networking at our Architectural Exchange event
Excellent placement opportunities
NTU is ranked second in the UK for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Architecture, building and planning (HESA data 2015/16).
By choosing our sandwich (4 year) route, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement during your studies, giving you the opportunity to gain real experience in industry. The majority of our placement students receive a salary.
Where have previous students gone on placement?
Students typically gain placements in architecture companies across the UK and abroad. Recent destinations have included Foster + Partners, Benoy, Gensler, ISG and CMPG.
There are a wide variety of jobs available within the industry and our students have covered the spectrum, including junior architectural technologist, BIM assistant, assistant designer and junior CAD designer.
Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.
Your year on placement also counts towards Chartership for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
Dedicated resource centre
Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.
Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Books and library resources
Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Architecture. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.
Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.
Bonington Art Shop
Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to support your project work.