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BA (Hons)Architectural Design and Technology

5 years part-time
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Southampton City Centre
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Ideal for construction industry professionals who wish to build on their existing experience and work towards an undergraduate honours degree, Solent's five-year part-time Architectural Design and Technology programme blends HNC and degree modules to provide a solid understanding to take back to the workplace.

For the first two years of the course students will study the HNC Architectural Technology modules part-time. Upon successful completion of the HNC, students are eligible to move on to study the BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology undergraduate degree for the final three years, on a part-time basis.

The combination of the HNC modules, followed by the BA (Hons) modules, gives those already working in the industry the opportunity to build on their existing experience and gain a degree qualification, with the opportunity to qualify as a BREAAM Accredited Graduate.

The entire programme course explores three branches of the fascinating architectural technology industry: design, technology and professional practice. This is complemented by modules in sustainable environmental design and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in years four and five.

Taught by a dedicated and well-qualified team, the programme is highly regarded by local employers and the degree element of the 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 curriculum equips students with a strong grounding in architectural design, construction technology, technical design and professional practice.

Solent architectural design and technology students have the opportunity to showcase their final-year projects to employers and the public at our end-of-year Summer Show, and in the past students have secured graduate employment as a result.

Our graduates also 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.

Students also have the opportunity to work in our architectural technology studio. Fully-equipped with the latest version of 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.

This video 'Alumni profile: BrightSpace Architects' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

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Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by a professional body

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

  • Apply direct

    You can apply direct to Solent University for this course

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those already in the construction industry, and who wish to study part-time while they work. It provides the ideal opportunity for those in junior architectural roles, or those who have been out of education for a while to broaden their knowledge of architectural design and technology while gaining a degree qualification. It is also the ideal first step for those who want to attain chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists after graduation.

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.

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. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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.

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