This course prepares you for a career in architecture in the highly respected and well-paid role of architectural technologist. An architectural technologist is an expert in making buildings, specialising in the technical aspects of building design and construction. You will be a key member of the team for any new construction, working with architects, engineers and construction managers on multi-million pound projects. Architectural technology is a qualified profession in the field of architecture. It is quicker to qualify as an architectural technologist than it is to qualify as an architect, and graduates of this course typically have higher starting salaries than architecture graduates. In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 100% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months. What you study We prepare you for a career in architectural technology, focusing on the technical, structural and environmental aspects of building design. You will gain skills in architectural design, expertise in building construction and up-to-date industry knowledge in order to turn your concepts into reality. There is a strong emphasis on environmental design, which is a critical concern for architectural technologists. Low energy design and sustainable construction techniques are covered in many academic and design modules on the course. The course contains modules in every year to develop team-working skills and a broad understanding of the wider construction industry. Throughout your time here you will collaborate with students from other courses, and in your final year you can take an international field trip to work with students from other universities such as VIA in Denmark and Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. Key areas of study include • architectural design projects • sustainable construction • conservation • modern methods of construction with a focus on environmental and technical design • CAD/BIM and digital media • professional interdisciplinary practice • management. In your final year, you can display your work in our annual degree show – one of the biggest student exhibitions in the north, which attracts the attention of leading national figures in the creative industries. You also have the chance to network with industry professionals at our annual careers fair. Our students have unrivalled success in the CIAT awards for technical design excellence and for their research projects. We were awarded national first prize in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012, with many others in the past.