Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) in Architecture

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 403*
  • Course Code SG347
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 5

Course Summary

Architecture is the art of planning and designing the built environment based on an understanding of humankind and our connection to the earth. It is a collaborative practice. The ethos of Architecture at ATU Sligo is the belief in the potential of architecture to transform places. We aim for a strong student-centred culture with dialogues between students and lecturers at its core. Our ambition is to impress upon the students their role in contributing to society as a new generation of architects for this area and beyond.

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.

 ‘Architecture is our primary instrument in relating us with space and time, and giving these dimensions a human measure’  Pallasmaa, 2005.

Architecture at ATU Sligo invites you to develop your own creative ideas and discover the multi-faceted processes of architecture in a stimulating and dynamic community of passionate academics, highly skilled architects and design professionals.


Our programme is the first programme of Architecture in the ‘Creative West’ of Ireland. Situated on the Atlantic edge of Europe, the spirit of this place has inspired creativity through the ages producing world renowned writers, artists, musicians, and designers. Our programme aims to build on this lineage recognising the energy specific to this location on the edge of the Atlantic.

Our philosophical approach to architecture centres on:

  • Interpretation of Place
  • Regionally Transformative Architecture
  • Architectural Regeneration of Built Heritage
  • Human Experience and Perception of Space

Our progressive approach to architectural education builds on an established tradition of delivering undergraduate architectural design programmes for the last 20 years. We aim to empower students with a core belief in the spirit of a region and a desire to make a positive difference, along with learning to think outside the box and gain skills that employers value highly.


The Bachelor of Architecture degree is a Level 8 five year full time honours programme. The programme provides education and training for the practice of architecture, taught in a way that makes explicit an understanding of and sensitivity to, historical, contextual and cultural influences on the practice of design in a global, national, and local context.

The structure of the Bachelor of Architecture is fully modularised. Design Studio forms the core element of the programme, and makes up over 50% of the credits for each of the five years, integrated with a range of subjects throughout the programme. The students create an academic portfolio of design work by the end of the programme, which incorporates the thematic areas of the syllabus: Architecture Design Studio, Context + Theory, Technology + Environment, Theory + Design of Structures, Applied Technology Studio,  Visual Communication, Interdisciplinary Practice, Professional Studies, Regional Engagement,  Thesis, Elective modules.


Studio projects examine ‘the personal experience’, ‘dwelling’ and ‘place-making’. The fundamentals of critical thinking, the design process and associated design strategies and tools are introduced alongside communication and representational skills. Modules include Architecture Design Studio, Construction and Architectural Technology and Environment. 


Studio focuses on reusing, adapting and evolving proposals and clearly articulate materiality, craft, ambience and innovation. Modules include Context and Theory.


Examines a wider range of building types and spaces with more complex social, cultural and technological contexts and their impact on the wider community. Architectural form is examined in urban, suburban, rural and coastal contexts. Modules include Interdisciplinary Practice and Professional Studies.


Develops the skills required to participate confidently within a design team and develop research skills to enrich their design choices for complex buildings. Modules include Design Studio and Thesis Development.


Provides the opportunity for students to explore a particular chosen aspect of architecture in-depth drawing from the vision. Modules include BIM and Dissertation. 


‘Atlantic Technological University Sligo has applied to the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), the Registration Body and Competent Authority for Architects in Ireland, for the accreditation and subsequent prescription of this degree. In February 2019 the Bachelors of Architecture degree (BArch) at ATUSligo was awarded Provisional Approval by the RIAI in line with the RIAI Qualifications in Architecture: Procedures for Prescription under the Building Control Act 2007 The earliest that this qualification may achieve prescription under the Building Control Act 2007 is when the first cohort of students graduate from the programme in 2023. The procedures available at the link above set out the process indicating each stage clearly. Therefore, the Bachelors of Architecture degree (BArch) at Atlantic Technological University Sligo has begun this process but is not currently prescribed for the purposes of registration as an architect in Ireland under the Building Control Act 2007.

 To use the title 'Architect' in Ireland a person must be named on the Register of Architects (Building Control Act 2007). Programmes in architecture in Ireland are initially accredited by the RIAI and then recommended to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government for ‘prescription’, which means legal recognition as a qualification in architecture. Eligibility for admission as an architect to the Register for Architects and to Membership of the RIAI follows successful completion of an RIAI accredited degree programme in architecture followed by two years of post-graduate practical experience working with a registered architect together with a successful outcome in an RIAI accredited Professional Practice Examination.’

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

The qualification is for the profession of Architecture. However, a diverse range of career opportunities in the creative industries exists, utilising the skills taught through the education of an architect.


"NOJI Architects fully support the creation of a Bachelor of Architecture course to the North Western region. It will lead to an increase in high-calibre students graduating and staying to work in the region. Architectural practices are always looking for the best degree-educated students to employ, now we have them on our doorstep.”

NOJI Architects RIAI 'Future Award' Winner 2018

"The college has top-class facilities with dedicated design studio spaces. I love the West of Ireland and the projects are integrated into the local environment. It is a self-directed and very well supported learning experience. There is high contact time with tutors.

I love the annual field trip to European design capitals. In first year we went to Lisbon and Porto. There is also the possibility of doing an Erasmus exchange with partner European Universities."

Robert Savage, Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in Architecture


Did you know?

Our Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in Architecture programme includes lots of wonderful aspects.

  • Regional ethos and high contact time with tutors.
  • Students work in dedicated design studio spaces
  • Architecture studio makes up over 50% of the programme for each of the five years, complemented by Representation, Architectural History and Theory, Building Science & Technology and Professional Studies modules
  • Progressive approach to architectural education based around a dynamic studio culture
  • Projects are integrated into the local environment from a social, geographical, historical, and cultural perspective.
  • Multi-disciplinary projects with students from fine art, creative design, structural engineering, quantity surveying and construction project management
  • An accessible, experiential, self−directed and supported learning experience
  • Annual field trips to European design capitals
  • Participation in student exhibitions and design competitions
  • Erasmus exchange programmes with partner European universities
  • Broad range of transferable skills

Final Year YAADA students take part in a creative showcase each year. Check out the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture Yearbook to see their work.

Course Format

Semester 1

Visual Literacy05
Architectural Technologies & Environment 105
Theory and Design of Structures 105
Visual and Material Culture 1 (Introduction & Historical Survey)05

Semester 2

Architectural Design Studio 125
Architectural Drawing & Communication 105
Technology Studio 105
Architectural Context & Theory I05

Semester 3

Architectural Design Studio 225
Architectural Context & Theory 205
Architectural Drawing and Communication 305
Technology Studio 205
Theory and Design of Structures 205

Semester 4

Architectural Drawing and Communication 205
Architecture Technologies and Environment 205
The Archaeology and Architecture of Medieval Ireland 400-1550AD05

Semester 5

Architectural Design Studio 330
Theory and Design of Structures 305
Technology Studio 305
Professional Studies 1 and BIM05

Semester 6

Yeats Academy Creative Interdisciplinary Practice I05
Architecture Technologies and Environment 305
Architecture Context and Theory 305

Semester 7

Architectural Design Studio 430
Advanced Architecture Technologies 205
Research + Engagement: Dissertation 105
Research + Engagement: Regional05

Semester 8

Advanced Architecture Technologies 105
Professional Studies 2: Conservation and Historic Intervention 05
Research + Engagement: Introduction05

Semester 9

Architectural Design Studio 545
Professional Studies 3: Preparing for Practice05
Research + Engagement: Design05

Semester 10

Research + Engagement: Dissertation 205