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BA (Hons)Architectural Design and Technology

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UCAS code: ADT1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study an architectural design and technology degree at Solent University

Build your architectural career with a professionally accredited degree that delivers industry specific skills and experience.

  • 0st
    in the UK for student satisfaction for architecture studies (Complete University Guide 2025)
  • 0st
    in the UK for academic support for architecture studies (NSS 2023)
  • 0st
    in the UK for learning resources for architecture studies (NSS 2023)
  • This course is in the UK's top 10 for graduate prospects - outcomes, a measure of the success in employability or further study of graduates completing their first degree (ranked 7 out of 50 institutions) (Complete University Guide 2025).
  • Design real life projects from concept though to technical design (RIBA stages 0-4), and present your project designs to clients and employers in response to live industry briefs.
  • You will be taught by a team of experienced academics and industry practitioners.
  • Apply cutting edge sustainability knowledge to the design of new build and refurbishment projects including residential and commercial. Use modern sustainability benchmarks (BREEAM) to justify your design solutions.
  • Develop professional skills using our industry-standard software such as computer-aided design (Revit and AutoCAD).
  • Showcase your final-year projects to employers and the public at our end-of-year summer show. Students have, in the past, secured graduate employment as a result.
  • Flexible study options e.g. full-time or part-time (adaptable to suit your needs).
Students visit Zaha Hadid Architects office in London

Course overview

Taught by a dedicated and well-qualified team, the architectural design and technology course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, meaning that the curriculum meets the specific needs of the architectural technology industry. The course explores three branches of the architectural design and technology industry: design, technology and professional practice, and the curriculum equips students with a strong grounding in architectural design, construction technology, technical design, sustainability and professional practice. 

Students also have the opportunity to work in our architectural studio. Fully-equipped with the latest industry standard software, this modern studio space was developed to give a sense of the feel and atmosphere of a working professional studio, bringing students together from various built environment courses to collaborate as they would in the real-world workplace.

Our graduates regularly win top industry awards, including the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists' (CIAT) 2022 AT awards where recent graduate, Ian Westhead was awarded the Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology Project.

Solent students will study in the heart of an exciting city undergoing significant development.

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Email: 023 8201 5066

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Student work

Our creative degrees allow our students to develop a critical eye for design with a knowledge of different design approaches and problem solving techniques. Take a look at some of the great work they produce.

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by a professional body

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

This architectural design and technology course is the ideal first step for those who want to lead architectural projects from inception to completion. 

What does this course lead to?

This course prepares graduates for a range of careers within a number of organisations, such as architectural and architectural technology practices, local authorities and building contractors.

The majority of our graduates find employment as architectural technologists within architectural practices, such as Bright Space Architects, ADAM Architecture, HPW, HGP Architects, Noviun Architects, HNW architects and even as far afield as Spain and Australia. Some graduates work for local government, such as Hampshire County Council and Dorset County Council.

Solent stories

Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

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Solent has prepared me to come into the construction industry with a great understanding of how it operates

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Joao Virtudes

Architectural Technologist

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Facilities available to students include AutoCAD, Revit, Google SketchUp Pro, 3D printers and large format scanners. By using industry-standard hardware and software, Solent students can develop the specific skills required by the architectural technology industry such as sketching and computer-aided drawing – as well as transferable skills they can apply in other industries.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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