• Code: DD
  • Certification: QQ1 Level 5 Award in Design (5M2208)
  • Duration: One Year


This course prepares learners for entry to degree courses in Architecture related courses.  The Principles of Design and Construction will be explored through design projects, drawing and model making. History of Architecture will also be covered including visits to exhibitions and various buildings. The methods and theory of different building construction techniques and materials will be investigated, including a practical build project. The course will result in a comprehensive selection of portfolios which can be used for entry to various third level courses. This course will also appeal to anyone with an interest in architecture.

Programme of Study
  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Architectural Drawing 
  • History of Architecture 
  • Building Construction
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics (Photoshop)
  • Computer Aided Draughting (AutoCad and SketchUp)
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

     Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Cert Applied Award
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Career Opportunities
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Technology
  • Planning and Environmental Management
Higher Education Progression*


  • Architecture(DT101);
  • Architectural Technology(DT175);
  • Planning andEnvironmentalManagement(DT106)

Carlow IT:

  • BSc Construction Management (CW417);
  • BSc Architectural Technology(CW407)
  • Science in Construction Technology - Higher Certificate (CW416)
  • BSc in Building Construction and Services Management (CW417)
  • BSc in Quantity Surveying (CW438)
  • BSc Hons in Facilities and Energy Management (CW448)

Waterford IT:

  • BSc Architectural Technology (WD094);
  • Bachelor of Architecture (WD144);
  • BSc Construction Management & Engineering (WD025)

Tallaght IT:

  • Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (TA203) Yr 2
  • BEng in Mechanical Engineering (TA213)
  • BEng in Energy & Environmental Engineering (TA215)
  • BSc (Hons) in Engergy Systems Engineering

Many past students have successfully gained entry to Carlow IT, DIT and Waterford IT.

Course Co-Ordinator

B M Walsh

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"After qualifying from BIFE I completed my Degree in Architectural Technology in Carlow IT. I’m currently setting up my own business in historical ironworks after working with Dublin City Council Architectural Conservation Department. I have given presentations to the Georgian Society and the Dublin Civic Trust.  BIFE gave me the opportunity to return to Higher Education and the confidence to pursue my interest in architectural conservation as a career." - Aaron Doyle

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