School Leavers

Information for School Leavers

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

    At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

    Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:







How do I apply?

Applications for the course are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO).  The course code is CK606.

What kind of skills do I need?

The architectural programme requires a broad set of skills.  An artistic ability will be important although the design studio work will help develop this.  A good grasp of maths, English and a science-based subject would also be useful.

Must I submit a portfolio?


What are the typical student numbers ?

In the first year of the course there are a maximum of 45 places. 

What topics will be covered in first year?

  • Design Studio: Design projects involving individual and group work, graphic techniques, sketching and painting, pencil drawing, freehand drawing, computer-aided drawing, model-making, web design, photography.
  • Environmental Design: Storage and transfer of energy, comfort factors, solar gain, daylight factors, acoustics and noise, electricity.
  • Construction & Material: Building elements, components and materials, moisture effects and moisture exclusion, construction requirements for floors, walls and roofs, brickwork and concrete, timber, metals, internal finishes, building regulations, safety.
  • History & Theory: Overview of architectural history, Greek and Roman architecture, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, shelter and settlements, articulation of form and space, colour theory, texture and form of materials.
  • Structures: Structural terminology, material properties, force, stress and strain, transfer of loads, Newton's Laws.

Centre for Architectural Education

Ionad Oideachais Ailtireachta Chorcaí

Douglas Street, Cork , T12 AD7R