The BSc (Honours) in Architecture programme will provide :
- understanding of the social, environmental and cultural implications of design within the built environment;
- awareness of the professional responsibilities of architects within the building process;
- preparation of architects to work in, manage and lead integrated design teams;
- a basis for subsequent education and professional qualification; and
- development of the knowledge and skills for independent study and design and for postgraduate study and research.
The structure of the BSc (Hons) in Architecture is fully modularised and a general outline is provided below.
Year 1 : Introduces the student to design and the design studio and provides a broad introduction to environmental design, to construction, structures and materials and to the history and theory of architecture.
Year 2 : Uses the context of an urban environment to challenge students to progress their design ideas and skills. Central to this is the development of a variety of techniques and tools such as: precedent studies, texts, sketching, hard-line drawings, model-making, and other media etc. Issues of sustainability, structure, social concerns and technology are also pursued in studio and in taught programmes.
Year 3 : Situates architectural design studio within specific contexts such as coastline, historically significant areas, and landscape. Here, students will be challenged to use the techniques of research and scholarship introduced in taught programmes to make designs which are both sensitive and innovative and responsive to contemporary materials, technologies and functions. Techniques of representing and testing design will continue to be developed.
Year 4 : Architectural Design Studio includes independent design projects of an increasingly complex and developed nature at a variety of scales. Students will be expected to integrate research questions of materiality, technology, social issues, urban form etc. within their studio work. A major written dissertation is another key component of the year along with taught programmes on professional practice and management.
Students who successfully complete the BSc (Hons) in Architecture programme to a satisfactory level will be eligible to enter a Master of Architecture programme which, together with a Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and practical experience, will provide the overall education programme geared towards professional accreditation.
Full Accreditation was awarded by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) in 2012.