Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
This course is available as a 3 year degree, 4 year with foundation, or 4 years with a placement. If you choose the 4 year with foundation, the first year of your study will be delivered by our partner, Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC) on our Cambridge campus. In years 2 to 4 you'll study with us in Chelmsford.
It takes a team of people to turn architectural designs into reality. Become a vital part of that team through our Chelmsford-based Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) degree course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. At ARU you’ll study architecture as part of a multidisciplinary school and get to understand the role of other professionals in a construction team. Get hands-on in our model-making studios and explore building design styles on site visits and a European field trip - or by taking an optional placement year.
Assisting in the transition between a sketch on paper, to a well thought out element of a kiosk structure has to be the highlight to my first year studying Architectural Technology
At ARU, our Architectural Technology degree course focuses on the link between building design and production. It gives you the technical understanding to bridge the two.
Architectural technology has four major themes: technology, design, management and practice. Studying our university degree course will give you the skills you need to practise successfully in each area, along with a thorough understanding of scientific, technological and organisational principles. Explore the principles of practice management, rationalized architectural design and how to lead projects from inception to completion in both residential to commercial areas. You will learn to play a pivotal role in the design and construction process.
Focusing on the relationships between materials, function, production and the environment, our course will help you to think about buildings in terms of ‘buildability’, sustainability and performance. By studying Architectural Technology at ARU, you'll learn to appreciate detailed design and production information, including regulatory issues, and how they relate to procurement and contract administration. You will also explore social, legal and economic considerations.
As well as this, you'll cover business and management, professional practice and contract administration. This will prepare you to contribute to the running of a successful practice.
Site visits and study trips will develop your understanding of the sector and connect you with industry. You will also learn to use practical and digital modelling and testing techniques to turn designs into reality. At our end-of-year Architecture and Planning Exhibition, you will have the chance to display your work to the public.
Our three year degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, and is designated as a Construction Industries Board course in the built environment.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
As an expert in the technical side of architectural design, you will be ready to work in a range of architectural and construction roles. This might involve managing building projects, making sure that budgets and deadlines are met, the correct materials are used, and regulations are satisfied.
Alternatively, you might take up opportunities in manufacturing and processing, management, health, or government institutions.
Graduation does not need to be the end of your time with us. If you would like to continue your studies, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Construction Management and MSc Town Planning.
Throughout the course, we will use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. These reflect the diverse range of skills that a successful architectural technologist needs. Besides exams, they include presentations, reports, portfolios and logbooks.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Additional study information
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement between years 2 and 3. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement, using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Small model making tools, modelling materials and printing - £150+
Large format printing and stationary - £150+
Contribution to field trip to a European city (subsidised) - £250
Building Site Safety boots - £30-50 (must be boots that cover the ankle)
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, full-time with placement undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
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