Reasons to study Architectural Technology at DMU:
- Leicester School of Architecture (LSA)
was established in 1897 making it one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
and this status qualifies the holder of the award to apply for Associate membership of CIAT and provides the opportunity to progress towards Chartered Membership (MCIAT)
- Accredited course with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
meaning students and graduates gain access to a range of networking opportunities, careers resources, differentiating you to employers when seeking employment
- Develop specialist skills
on a course that is specifically designed to meet industry requirements related to technology of building, design and construction
- Acquire architectural management skills
through learning how to bring together all aspects of the design process, from concept through to completion
- Focus on appropriate methods of sustainability
to inform architectural design, including the use of environmental simulation tools to ensure sustainable outcomes
- Gain valuable work experience
by doing a year’s industrial placement between years two and three
- International opportunity
through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience
- Sustainable Development Goals
are embedded in the course curriculum so you’ll learn about the most important issues facing the world today. There are opportunities for students to visit the United Nations headquarters in New York to work with institutions from across the globe on solutions to achieve the goals.
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials available at no cost
to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
This course focuses on the making of detailed decisions about the design and construction of buildings and their immediate surroundings. It is concerned with new and existing buildings and examines how detail relates to design concept.
Architectural Technology is also central to the communication of design decisions to members of the construction team and with ensuring that work is carried out in the correct manner. It poses exciting challenges in, and requires knowledge of, associated legal and management matters and the ability to communicate using state of the art information technology.
The Architectural Technology course at DMU will develop your knowledge and skills required in understanding, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation to differing extents relative to design, technology, management and practice. Additionally, it focusses on design strategies to promote and encourage sustainability.
Structure and assessment
- Architectural Communication 1
- Building Performance and Technology 1
- Architectural Detailing
- Sustainable Building Principles
- Building Design 1
- Architectural Communication 2
- Building Technology 2
- Building Economics and Project Management
- Professional Practice for Sustainable Development
- Building Design 2
- Building Information Technology and Modelling
- Integrated Design Project
- Contract and Law
- Technological and Environmental Innovation
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
DMU offers some of the finest facilities to support your studies. You will have access to studio spaces with CAD facilities and workshops offering a range of facilities from casting, metal working and woodworking to digital printing and water-jet cutting, printing and photography equipment. You will also benefit from building performance tools and resources in the Architecture and Design Resource Centre, our online learning space.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.
We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
There are a wide range of careers open to you from working alongside design professionals in construction companies, architectural, building practices and component or material manufacturers.
You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level and progress to the Architecture and Sustainability MSc at DMU.