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Course Code: CK606

Course Title: Architecture (Joint Programme with CIT)

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Architect degree

Costs: The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.


This challenging and engaging course includes technology and cultural/contextual modules, and has a strong focus on learning through activities in the design studio. It is delivered by the Cork Centre for Architectural Education in Cork city, a collaboration between UCC and the Cork Institute of Technology.

The course has been designed in response to the guidelines of the UNESCO/UIA Charter for Architectural Education, the European Qualifications Directive (2005/36/ EC) relating to the Architectural Profession, and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Education Policy.

Combined with the Master of Architecture, it is accredited by the RIAI. Together with two years’ work experience in an architect’s office and a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and Experience, this will allow you to register as a professional architect.

Registration provides for legal protection of the title of “Architect”, as required by the Irish Building Control Act 2007.

Course Details

AT1001 AT1005 Design Studio 1 2 (15 credits each);

AT1003 AT1006 Construction, Materials and Structures 1 2 (5 credits each);

AT1009 AT1010 Applied Technology Studio 1 2 (5 credits each);

AT1004 AT1008 History and Theory of Architecture (5 credits each)

Design Studio; Construction, Materials and Structures; History and Theory of Architecture; Environmental Design; Applied Technology Studio

Design Studio; Conservation; Applied Technology Studio; Environmental Design; History and Theory of Architecture; Landscape

Design Studio; Dissertation; Architectural Technology; Professional Practice and Management.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

H5 in two subjects, and 06/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Portfolio (in two parts) to be submitted in April. Part 1 – CV; Part 2 – not more than 8 A3 or A4 pages, which might include sketches, paintings, illustrations, photography and photographs of original 3D works. There are approximately 2 mature places available.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture/lab/practical hours: Students participate in formal lecture and seminars, and design studio tutorials and reviews. This normally requires attendance five days per week.

Much is learned from interactions with other students as well as from the academic staff and the architectural practitioner associates. Hence there is an expectation that the workstation facilities provided are made use of, between the formal series of lectures and seminars.

In addition to learning drawing skills, students will be expected to become proficient in photography, model-making and digital representation of architecture, and to

Field trips: Students will be expected to participate in class field trips, visiting project sites, and also study trips to Irish and other European cities.

**Every student is allocated with a generously sized work station with locker, shelves and a worktop large enough to accomodate an A1 drawing board plus an A1 space for other materials. Teaching and Learning occurs through tutorials delivered at the drawing board, and through design reviews, when all student design work is publically displayed and discussed, at the end of each design project.

There will be a cost of approximately €300 in year 1 for a materials pack.

You should also allow €300 for model-making costs and €400 per annum for field trips plus spending money.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.

This course combines continuous assessment with design and technology portfolios, end of semester and end of year examinations and essay/report submissions.

Who Teaches This Course

The course is delivered by a team of academics, supported by a larger group of practising architects, designers, artists and engineers.


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