BA (Hons) in Architectural Design

BEGIN YOUR ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES IN THE WEST OF IRELAND

The only programme in the West of Ireland with recognised accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for undergraduate Level 8, this is a pathway programme that can lead to National and International progression routes into Masters and Part 2 Architecture programmes in Ireland, the UK and worldwide.

This is a programme that has a distinctive Vision with a focus on re–imagining our existing built environment, the experience of how we use spaces and a connectedness to place.

Our programme aims to provide an internationally recognised level of architectural education and training aligned with best practice and a regional ethos.

Through our progressive approach to architectural education we empower students with a core belief in the spirit of place and a desire to make a positive difference. The inaugural Yeats International Architecture Competition was conceived and realised by the architectural staff.

The four year undergraduate programme is characterised by four core themes:

Place – A connectedness to place through interpreting and responding to the characteristics embodied in existing buildings, with an awareness of the wider context and existing community and the occupation of space;

Existing Buildings – Our industry relevant re-use agenda develops the potential and sustainability of the built environment into the future with a focus on new and exciting ways to re-imagine our existing built environment through utilizing a broad spectrum of adaptive re-use typologies;

Interior -A vision of architecture where the interior environment is both influenced by, and influential upon, the whole built environment;

Environment – Integrated technologically informed solutions which acknowledge environmental responsibility as an underlying philosophy for design in the built environment.

We believe the genesis of a design is a narrative of people, buildings, and place at a point in time. From a grassroots level our projects are integrated into the local environment from a social, geographical, historical, and cultural perspective. While design solutions are required to be innovative there is a focus on the intimate dialogue between the user and the space they inhabit which manifests itself in a 1:1 relationship with the existing building.

'Square Moon’ winner of Yeats International Architecture Competition for 2015, image courtesy of Loch Bo Films.

The learning experience is accessible, interactive, self−directed and supported in order to promote both independence and responsibility as part of a design team. Our graduates are confident, critical thinkers with a personal vision toward quality design, equipped to become active and enthusiastic participants within their local communities and with the potential to transfer these skills to a global context.

Student design projects are carefully considered in order to develop a skills base relevant to an evolving field. They are multi-layered to facilitate collaboration with students from other disciplines and to engage with the local community and add value to the region. The Design Studio accounts for 50% of the programme in each year. It is complemented by modules in Representation, Digital Media, Architectural History and Theory, Building Science & Technology and Professional Studies.

Our dynamic ‘Studio Culture’ is enriched by;

  • Innovative and exciting design projects, from real-life scenarios integrated into the local environment, to imagined spaces in aspirational landscapes, providing a broad range of both industry relevant and transferable skills: residential, cultural, hospitality, commercial, educational, exhibition, community design, urban design and regeneration, landscape, conservation, restoration, furniture and lighting design
  • Multi-disciplinary projects with students from fine art, creative design, structural engineering, quantity surveying and construction project management
  • High contact time with tutors.
  • Dedicated personal studio space
  • Annual Field trips to design capitals: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Rome, Stockholm and Venice
  • Student exhibitions and design competitions
  • Erasmus exchange programmes with partner European universities offering the opportunity to study abroad for up to a year

Professional Accreditation:

The BA (Hons) in Architectural Design programme has Part 1 accreditation by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The combination of expertise and accreditation will provide graduates with the unique skills set desired by industry both nationally and internationally. In addition RIBA Part I Accreditation can open pathways for graduates to progress onto RIBA Part II Architectural programmes and enhance their many possible career options.

DepartmentCodeAward
Civil Eng. and Construction SG345 Honours Degree Abinitio
2016 POINTS
285
NFQ LEVEL
8
DURATION (YRS)
4

Entry Requirements

All applicants must apply through the CAO system. CAO applicants who are applying in the year of their Leaving Certificate are awarded a place based on Leaving Certificate points. The requirement for entry to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture is six subjects at Leaving Certificate level. A limited number of places will be offered to mature students (over 23yrs of age) and graduates and transfers from other third level programmes. Students applying from outside the Republic of Ireland must demonstrate equivalency.

Non Standard Applicants may be called for interview and must present a portfolio demonstrating creative ability. Appropriate graduates from other programmes must apply directly to The Registrar’s Office of IT Sligo. Mature students apply through the CAO and will be called for interview. A request for supplementary information will be made including certified transcript of previous results. Places may be awarded based on this supplementary information.

Programme Transfer:

All prospective students wishing to transfer from other architectural or architecturally related programmes will be required to demonstrate they have met the required learning outcomes during an interview and portfolio review process as per procedures set out by the RIBA criteria which form part of the conditions for professional validation.

Career Opportunities

The BA (Hons) in Architectural Design programme has Part 1 accreditation by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The combination of expertise and accreditation will provide graduates with the unique skills set desired by industry both nationally and internationally. In addition RIBA Part I Accreditation can open pathways for graduates to progress onto RIBA Part II Architectural programmes and enhance their many possible career options.

Progression table
Route to becoming an Architect

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Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

E: admissions@itsligo.ie