Course Description

Architectural Design and Technology Foundation course

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Architecture is a rewarding field of work and study that calls for both creative and technical skill in the design of buildings and environments. This architecture course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills and to prepare a portfolio in architecture or architectural technology to further their studies at degree level.

An Architect’s work primarily focusses on creative, conceptual and detail design of buildings.  An Architectural Technologist works more on the technical design for construction. Learners will gain skills in the areas of building design and sustainability, to prepare them for either Architecture or Architectural Technology.

The Architectural pathway emphasises conceptual and spatial design, theory of architecture and model-making.

The Architectural Technology pathway develops abilities in building construction and technical design.

Student work: Architectural Design and Technology Foundation

Course Content

  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Appreciation of Architecture and Design
  • Combined Materials
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
CollegeColáiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE)
Course LocationCoolock, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 17
Course CategoryArchitecture, Construction & the Built Environment
Course TypeIn-house Training
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsArchitectural Design and Technology Foundation
Course Duration1 year
Course Time1 year
Course Fee€488
Entry RequirementsLeaving Certificate. Mature students, and those without a formal education, are welcome to apply. Applicants should have a genuine interest in making, drawing, the built environment and problem solving. The course welcomes mature students whose eligibility is assessed on an individual basis. Showing a sample of art, technical, construction or design-related work at interview is very useful to demonstrate your interests and existing skills.
Carear PathQQI Level 6 courses in the area of Design and Technology in further education colleges around the country. Degree Level Your results on completing this QQI award can be used in lieu of Leaving Certificate to gain entry to some programmes, eligibility for each programme needs to be checked by applicants. Architectural Technology: Graduates of this course will be considered for progression onto the Level 8 degree in Architectural Technology in TU Dublin, based on achieving particular QQI grades. Those who complete the award may also apply to Architectural Technology degree programmes such as Carlow IT, and Waterford IT. Architecture: Students may apply to Architecture Degree courses – including TU Dublin, University of Limerick, UCD – that take a portfolio into account in their application processes, in Ireland and the UK. TU Dublin accepts the QQI award as an alternative to Leaving Cert, and CAO application will take both into account.
Course Code5M2208
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