Discover how you can shape the environment around you by studying a combination of the technology and the design of the buildings we live and work in. This course gives you the flexibility to do just that, at a time and pace convenient to you.
You will have the opportunity to tailor your study to your career ambitions and personal interests as you focus on several projects throughout your course. You could choose to explore commercial or residential buildings or any structures of interest to you. We will help you engage with the creative and technical aspects of the building industry using specialist software including AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop and Google Sketch Up.
The requirements of buildings for different purposes and in different parts of the world vary hugely - you will study construction technology, construction law and building regulations, enabling you to create comprehensive specifications for the design projects you propose. Your projects will allow your individual design flair to emerge and you will produce a portfolio of work that highlights your skills and knowledge as an architectural technologist.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
You will graduate with the industry recognised skills and knowledge expected by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). This and your portfolio of work will demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers. You could go on to start your own practice or progress in your current architecture or building surveying role, leading projects of all sizes from start to finish by offering a full architectural design service.
- Architectural Technologist
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A great opportunity to explore your capabilities as an architectural technologist, this course allows you to balance the demands of studying with your everyday commitments so you can continue working while you learn. As a Leeds Beckett student you will be able to register for some software for free and other packages will be available at a discount.
You will be able to complete your projects independently using this specialist software, taking part in regular design review sessions where you can discuss your work as it progresses and seek early feedback and advice from your tutors. All the teaching materials you need will be available on our MyBeckett system to support you as a distance learning student.
Your learning will be mapped against the requirements of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and what they expect from architectural technology graduates, meaning you will graduate with the high level of skills and knowledge expected in the industry.
Dr Anna Pepe
"If you have a passion for architecture and design, as well as construction and technical drawing, our course is a great option for you. We will help you develop your creativity and communication skills, enhance your problem solving abilities and explore your interests."
Anna joined our University in 2007, having previously studied and worked in Venice and Milan, and has a background in both architecture and architectural technology. Her teaching expertise includes history and theory of architecture, and the design, construction and communication of building projects. Anna’s research activities and interests are related to design and sustainability, the impact of new media on the technical information for construction industry professionals and the way architecture is envisioned and communicated.
- Online Library Global access to Leeds Beckett's extensive online library, plus free eBooks to supercharge your study.
- Dedicated Support Team Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.
- Virtual Learning Environment The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.