Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)Architecture

Full Time
2020 CAO range:
        284 - 565
5 years
300 ECTS

What is Architecture?

‘Architecture involves everything that influences the way in which the built environment is planned, designed, made, used, furnished, landscaped and maintained’
- UNESCO/UIA charter for architectural education 2005

Why study Architecture at WIT

If you are a creative person who would like to be part of designing a better world you might like studying architecture. In WIT we are interested in sustainability, rural and urban landscapes; conservation and working with local communities. We are located in the City Centre campus at the Granary, opposite Garter Lane Arts Centre and not far from brilliant surfing beaches and the Commeragh Mountains.

The quality of life is good and affordable in Waterford. We are less than 2 hours form both  Dublin and Cork. Our strong international links see many students from around the world coming to study with us. Our staff to student ratios are low ensuring dedicated time for each student. We have also introduced a work placement module which is unique in Ireland.  You can take our programme part time or full time.

We have a strong Alumni who support each other and keep in touch with us. We are very proud of the WIT Architectural Community which we have helped to create.


What is the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)?

 It is a 5 year honours degree course, designed in accordance with national and international guidelines on architectural education. The B.Arch.(hons) in WIT was the first outside of Dublin to receive full accreditation by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) in 2005. It is also recognized under  European Directive  2005/36/EC. Studying architecture in an accredited programme is the first step towards becoming a registered professional architect.

Architectural education at WIT is primarily about developing within each student a ‘design mind’ so that they can bring together in a creative way the complex challenges facing the future world of construction. Students are introduced to design methodologies and work in a ‘learning through doing’ environment in the studio where they explore architectural designs growing in complexity as they progress through the various years. Students learn the importance of culture, climate and craft in developing design ideas. Feeding into these studio based projects are the supporting subjects grouped under the generic headings of ‘Cultural Context’, ‘Communications’, ‘Technology & the Environment’ and a suite of electives including Work Placement.



International links

Agreements have been signed with schools of architecture in France, Mexico and Germany facilitating exchange study programmes. Languages are taught as electives to encourage students to avail of these travel opportunities. Annual trips to European capitals take place in all stages of the course.

Scholarships & Awards

Bachelor_of_Architecture_(Hons) picture2019:  Luke O’Keefe (ATBIM4) overall winner at the World Skills BIM competition in Russia.

2019:  MOY Material’s bursary announced to be awarded annually to WIT ATBIM student.

           Danielle O’Byrne (ATBIM4) is the first recipient.

2018:  2 Architectural year 5 students shortlisted in annual RIAI awards.

2018:  President’s scholarship awarded to architectural student Neil Quinn, year 1 Arch.

2017:  President’s scholarship awarded to architectural student Dominika Kusnia, year 1 Arch.

2000-2013:The Department of Architecture has been part of the Renzo Piano Foundation scholarship worth  €10,000 annually to 12 students around the world. Renzo Piano is a Pritzker award winning Architect. This scholarship has allowed 13 of our students the opportunity to work and study in Renzo’s offices in Paris and Genoa.:

2005-todate: Our Architectural students have been successful in gaining places on the OPW graduate training programme.

Bonus points

Applicants who have completed the Leaving Certificate and subsequently attended Further Education (eg.QQI/FET FETAC) or Higher Education (eg. HETAC) courses and/or gained relevant work experience may be eligible for the addition of Enhancement Points (Bonus Points) to add to their Leaving Certificate score where the Leaving Certificate eligibility criteria has been met, or admission to Waterford Institute of Technology where the Leaving Certificate eligibility criteria has not been met. Applicants must return a completed Supplementary Application Form and documentary evidence. pdf Enhancement points policy

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year One

Semester 1  Semester 2
Architectural Design Studio 1 Architechtural Design Studio 2 
Cultural Context 1 Cultural Context 2
Structures & Environmental Science 1 Research & Academic Development 1 
Techne Studio 1  Techne Studio 2 
Visual Communication 1 Visual Communication 2 


Year Two

Semester 3 Semester 4
Architectural Design Studio 3  Architectural Design Studio 4
Cultural Contex 3 Cultural Context 4
Structures & Environmental
Science 2
Research and Academic Development 2
Techne Studio 3  Techne Studio 4 

Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability):

Visual Communication 3
*Detailing by Model Making   
*Publications 1 * = Elective


Year Three

Semester 5 Semester 6
Architectural Design Studio 5 Choose one of the following electives: 
Cultural Context 5 *Industrial Placement 
Structures & Environmental Science 3 *Architectural Design Studio 6 
Techne Studio 5  Cultural Context 6 
Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability): Professional Practice 1 - Management 
*Acoustics in the Built Environment  Research & Academic Development 3 
*Publications 2  * = Elective


Year Four

Semester 7 Semester 8
Architectural Design Studio 5 Architectural Design Studio 8
Conservation 2  Cultural Context 8 
Cultural Context 7 Research & Academic Development 4
Techne Studio 6  Techne Studio 7


Year Five

Semester 9 Semester 10
Architectural Design Studio 9  Architectural Design Studio 10 
Professional Practice 2 - Law Professional Practice 3 - Architectural Practice 
Techne Studio 8 Techne Studio 9
Research & Acdemic Development 5  

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7


Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons):





Applicants who apply to the CAO by 1 February and have successfully completed a level 7 or 8 course in any discipline, but do not meet the Leaving Certificate eligibility criteria, may be considered for admission. More info:

Graduates from Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) may find employment in fields such as:

  • Architectural Design Offices
  • UI, UX
  • Urban Design,
  • Landscape Design,
  • Events Creation
  • Graphics
  • Film making
  • Researcher
  • Conservation Architect
  • Lecturing

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