Architectural Technologists bring ideas to life from concept to completion, and design into development. As the only Architectural Technology course in the UK to be accredited by CIAT, CIOB and RICS, you will take a practical and imaginative approach to creating efficient solutions to building designs.
On this Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited course you will have the opportunity to:
- Join a course with 100% student satisfaction. (National Student Survey 2016)
- Get involved with live design projects with real clients.
- Undertake a one-year salaried work placement.
- Go on trips and site visits designed to apply what you've learnt in a real-world context.
- Join a teaching and learning culture allied to that of professional architectural technology practice.
- Work in professional-standard facilities and studios alongside a dedicated model making studio.
- Meet guest speakers from industry.
- Have the chance to win industry sponsored prizes from companies such as Benoy, Saunders and DL Lacey who return year-on-year due to the high quality of the students.
On our dynamic course, you'll learn how to deliver practical, multi-disciplinary, integrated projects. You'll develop excellent communication skills using the latest software, and be equipped with the knowledge, technical skills and practical experience needed for this profession.
Through live projects with clients such as Nottingham City Council, Gedling Country Park you'll learn how buildings of all types and sizes work. Our course is your gateway to a career in Architectural Technology - along with guest lectures from industry leaders, and exciting placement opportunities, you will learn how buildings are created, procured, constructed and managed.
Careers and employability
96% of graduates are currently in work or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey 2014-15)
Through work placements, working on real projects from industry, field work, input from industry professionals and regularly updated course content you will be prepared to succeed in the architectural technology industry.
You will be equipped with cores skills required including design skills, knowledge and attributes that you will carry with you for the rest of your professional career.
Where do Architectural Technology graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong construction alumni community with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.
Recent graduate destinations have included:
- Foster + Partners
Did you know?
Your year on placement counts towards Chartership for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
NTU's Employability Team provides a fantastic service. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.
Excellent placement opportunities
NTU is first for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Architecture, building and planning. (HESA data 2013/14)
You will have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement (minimum of 36 weeks in one or more organisations) as part of this course. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry. It will also open up exciting opportunities for your future employment.
Where can I work?
Students typically gain placements in architecture companies across the UK and abroad.
Recent destinations have included:
- Saunders Architects
- Fosters Architects
- Foster & Partners
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
- Junior CAD Designer
Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification of Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.
Your career development
The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton and Arkwright buildings. These building have recently undergone a major renovation making it a great environment to study in.
You will have access to a dedicated Architectural Technology studio space in Arkwright.
Model making studio
You will also benefit from model making studios in the Maudslay building. You will be able to develop your skills in a dedicated studio space with technical supervision on-hand.
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, desk space together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:
- Microsoft Office
- 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
You will have 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 Architectural subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things 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.
The shop responds to the requirements of our students, and the stock on offer grows each year to support the courses offered within the School of Art & Design and the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.
How you're taught
Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including:
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:
- completing coursework
- developing a portfolio
- directed reading to expand your knowledge.
The course is supported by external professional practitioners ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real world perspective in the newest and fastest growing degree subjects within the built environment sector.
Trips and site visits
The delivery of the course is enhanced by fieldwork and site visits. 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.
How will I be assessed
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, exams and practical methods. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of:
- group and individual projects