Bachelor of Architecture

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September – October

  • Duration: 5 years

  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Rate: From 16,465 € / year

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The University of Limerick School of Architecture offers a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree. The aim of the school is to educate architects with a strong, integrated, balanced skill set that grants a clear understanding of the environment (built, existing, and imaginary) vital to professional practice. The Royal Irish Institute of Architects (RIAI) has granted full accreditation to UL’s architecture program. Studying architecture in an accredited program is the first step to becoming a registered professional architect.

Program description

This program provides an architect training by offering a course syllabus structured around the study of design. The design studio is a creative laboratory where learning is developed through experimentation and reflection. Woven into the design studio will be study courses in structures (structural engineering), environmental science (environmental engineering), history (of architecture, society, technology), and philosophy, sociology, law, and management (professional practice).

Employability skills

  • Solving problems analytically and logically
  • Decision making
  • Working effectively in multinational teams
  • Use creativity to establish innovative solutions
  • Manage the design process and evaluate the results.
  • Meeting the changing needs of customers
  • Arithmetic, design and drawing
  • IT skills (eg CAD)
  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Research
  • Flexibility to face unexpected situations
  • Self-reflection and ongoing professional development

Program structure

The course is designed to equip you with a wide range of skills fundamental to becoming an architect. These skills include hand drawing, sketching, modeling, photography, computer-aided drawing, audiovisual and verbal presentation, as well as basic skills including conceptualization and design, problem solving, and working with others.

Semester 1

  • 1st Design Studio
  • Severity and reaction 1
  • Representation / Drawing 1
  • History and Theory of Architecture 1
  • Assembly and techniques 1
  • Environmental forces and systems 1 </ span>

Semester 2

  • Design Studio 1b
  • Severity and reaction 2
  • Representation / Drawing 2
  • History and Theory of Architecture 2
  • Assembly and techniques 2
  • Environmental forces and systems 2

Semester 3

  • Design studio 2nd
  • Gravity and reaction 3
  • Representation / Drawing 3
  • History and Theory of Architecture 3
  • Assembly and techniques 3
  • Environmental forces and systems 3

Semester 4

  • Design Studio 2b
  • Gravity and reaction 4
  • Representation / Drawing 4
  • History and Theory of Architecture 4
  • Materials 1
  • Environmental forces and systems 4

Semester 5

  • 3rd Design Studio
  • Severity and reaction 5
  • Representation / Drawing 5
  • History and Theory of Architecture 5
  • Assembly and techniques 4
  • Environmental forces and systems 5

Semester 6

  • Design Studio 3b
  • Gravity and reaction 6
  • Representation / Drawing 6
  • History and Theory of Architecture 6
  • Assembly and techniques 5
  • Visual culture 1

Semester 7

  • 4th Design Studio
  • Professional practice – Contracts
  • Advanced construction 1
  • Elective

Semester 8

  • Design Studio 4b
  • Profession and Society
  • Advanced construction 2
  • Elective

Semester 9

  • Design Studio 5th
  • Advanced construction 3
  • Elective </ li>

Semester 10

  • Design Studio 5b – Thesis
  • With advanced s Truction 4
  • Elective

* The availability of the module may change from year to year

Admission requirements

  • The standard minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honors degree (NFQ Level 8) in Architecture. Applicants must possess at the time of enrollment the established Certificate of Completion (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects that must include: two degrees H5 (upper level) and four O6 grades (ordinary level) or four H7 grades (upper level). In addition, we will consider relevant work experience and equivalent qualifications in related fields.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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