Architecture explores new ways of living, investigates new technologies and materials, and strives to ensure that new buildings, towns and landscapes are environmentally sustainable. Architecture combines art, science and technology in the design and construction of buildings and their surroundings within a socio-cultural context. Architects engage themselves in all aspects and stages of the architectural process from design, through planning, to construction and management. They are involved in projects of a diverse nature, including the design of domestic, retail, leisure, health, commercial, industrial and educational buildings, towns and urban landscapes.
About the Course
CK606 Course Location: Cork Centre for Architecural Education (CCAE), Douglas Street, Cork.
The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC).
This is a studio and project-led course integrating the three pillars of architectural education; design, technology and the humanities. The first year of study provides a foundation in design and the built environment, appropriate to both the discipline of architecture and associated design courses. In addition to learning drawing skills, students will be expected to become proficient in photography, model-making and digital representation of architecture.
The following years of study will become progressively more architecturally focused whilst still allowing and encouraging experimentation and research into associated disciplines. Transferable skills in communication, team working, computer aided design and management are also developed.
Field trips: Students will be expected to participate in class field trips, visiting project sites, and also study trips to Irish and other European cities.
There will be a cost of approximately €300 in year 1 for a materials pack. You should also allow €300 for model-making costs and €400 per annum for field trips plus spending money.
The CCAE has Erasmus links with colleges in Estonia, Austria and Italy.
This exciting and innovative Honours Degree programme has been designed in response to the guidelines of the UNESCO/UIA Charter for Architectural Education, the European Qualifications Directive (2005/36/ EC) relating to the Architectural Profession, and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Education Policy.
Combined with the Master of Architecture, it is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Together with two years' work experience in an architect's office and a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice, and practical experience, this will allow you to register as a professional architect.
Registration provides for legal protection of the title of "Architect", as required by the Irish Building Control Act 2007.
Suitably qualified graduates will be eligible to enter a Master of Architecture programme, which together with a Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice, and practical experience, will provide the overall education programme geared towards professional accreditation.
How is my time split between CIT and UCC?
This is a joint programme between CIT and UCC. The majority of lectures, practicals and studio work are held in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Douglas Street, Cork City. This new School of Architecture houses state-of-the-art technology, including IT, workshop space and 3D laser cutting materials.
How much of my time is devoted to studio and project work?
50% is devoted to studio.
What kind of skills do I need?
The architectural programme requires a broad set of skills. You need to be a creative, innovative, logical, critical thinker… think outside the box! 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 is the difference between Architectural Technology and Architecture?
Architectural Technology can be described as technical design of the building while Architecture focuses on the creative aspects of spatial and aesthetic design in the total building.