Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)Architecture

Full Time
2016 CAO range:
        305 - 510
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

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. It has received full accreditation by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

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. They are taught 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 languages and life drawing which introduces students to related disciplines as well as facilitating international exchange programmes.

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 and work placements

Renzo Piano Foundation scholarship worth E10,000 with work experience in Paris or Genoa office. Urban Laboratory 6 month work placement in Genoa, Italy.

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Year One

Semester 1  Semester 2
Design Studio: 'The Concept' & Graphics Design Studio: 'Everything but the Building'
Cultural Context: 'A history of Architectural 
Cultural Context: 'The history of the Human Habitat'
Technology & the Environment: 'Introduction to structures' Technology & the Environment: 'Technology 
& Materials'
Analytical Design Skills Communications & Introduction to ICT


Year Two

Semester 3 Semester 4
Design Studio: 'The House & I' & Computers Design Studio: 'Housing & Collectivity' & Computers
Cultural Context: 'History of the House' Cultural Context: 'A History of Collective 
Building Types'
Technology & the Environment: 
'Environmental Science 1'
Technology & the Environment: 'Technology 
& Materials 2'
Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability) Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability)
*Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish) *Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
*Intensive Design  *Life Drawing
*Publications *Publications


Year Three

Semester 5 Semester 6
Design Studio: 'The Old & the New' & 
Design Studio: 'The Building in Context' & 
Communication Skills'
Cultural Context: 'Conservation 1' Cultural Context: 'A History of Public & 
Ritual Buildings'
Technology & the Environment: 
'Environmental Science 2'
Professional Practice 1
Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability) Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability)
*Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish) *Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
*Life Drawing  *Life Drawing 
*Project Management *Project Management


Year Four

Semester 7 Semester 8
Architectural Studio 7 Urban Communities Architectural Studio 8 Rural C
Research Methodologies Architectural Computing 4
Urban Design Architectural Research
Technology & Material 3 Architectural Structure 2
Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability) Choose one of the following electives (subject to availability) 
*European Landscape 5  *European Landscape 6 
*Life Drawing 1 *Modular Building
*Life Drawing 2 *Brief Development
*Photography *The Modern Movement - Art, Design
*Environmental Science 4  
*Care of Irish Architecture Heritage  


Year Five

Semester 9 Semester 10
Architectural Studio 9 Thesis Architectural Studio 10 'Apotheosis'
TSE 9 (Technology, Structures, Environmental) TSE 10 (Technology, Structures, Environmental)
Leadership & Project Management Professional Practice 2
International Project Tutoring
* = elective module  

Leaving Certificate 2017:

Minimum entry requirements

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O3/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry:

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

  • Architectural Design Offices

  • Researching

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