BArch (Hons) Architecture

Starts September 2018


Do you want to create great spaces for people to live and work in? Develop your own creative ideas and study alongside passionate academics, highly skilled architects and design professionals. Discover the multi-faceted processes of architecture in a stimulating and dynamic community. Appreciate the built environment past, present and future, and gain the confidence to ask questions and challenge inherited beliefs.

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 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 recognizing 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 BArch in 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 other thematic areas of the syllabus, namely: Architectural Context & Theory, Technology and Environment, Representation, and Professional Studies.


Institute of Technology 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 IT Sligo 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 the Institute of Technology 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.

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2019 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

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