Yesterday 52,000 students received their offers for places on courses in third level institutions across the country. The renewed confidence in the economy is reflected in the release of the CAO points for courses in Architecture and Architectural Technology with students adjusting their first preference based on the changing job market. Architecture and Architectural Technology programmes saw some of the biggest increases in student application numbers mirroring the recovery in the construction industry.
Applications for architecture surged during the boom and collapsed by 55 per cent between 2008 and 2012. The skills of architects and architectural technologists are highly mobile, allowing them to work anywhere in the world. They can work in private practice, in a local authority, for the Government or in a larger commercial organisation. There is lots of room for specialisation and career development.
In Ireland the title ‘architect’ is protected by legislation so if person wishes to describe themselves as an architect they must be admitted to the Register for Architects. There are a number of routes to registration, but the most typical is to complete a prescribed degree course in architecture (prescribed under the Building Control Act 2007 as amended), at least two years of approved postgraduate professional training and a prescribed examination in professional practice. There are currently only five prescribed degrees in Architecture offered in this state by the following institutions; University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Dublin Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology’s jointly run course. Belfast’s Ulster University and Queen’s University operate under the UK’s University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) and the architecture degrees they offer are prescribed by the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) in the UK.
This year first round CAO points for Architecture are up 15 CAO points to 605 in DIT, up 25 to 515 in UCD, up 30 at UL to 420 and up by 10 to 450 for CCAE.
Cork Centre for Architectural Education
|Dublin Institute of Technology
|University College Dublin
|University of Limerick
|Waterford Institute of Technology
*For these courses an interview process is mandatory for which extra points are awarded
Prescribed degree courses in architecture take five years of full-time study. Many students take a year out for practical experience between the third and fourth years. So the whole process, from start to full professional qualification, including postgraduate professional training, generally takes seven to nine years. Sometimes the five years of study are split into a three-year course followed by a two-year course, or a four-year course followed by a one-year course. Graduates of the three-year or four-year courses in Architecture are not eligible for any class of RIAI membership or for Registration.
Further information and advice about becoming an architect can be found on the RIAI website ‘Becoming an Architect’
The most common way to qualify as an architectural technologist is to take a degree through an RIAI accredited course, which generally takes three years of full-time study, followed a period of supervised practical training. You are then eligible to become an Architectural Technologist member of the RIAI.
The RIAI accredits qualifications in Architectural Technology from six Schools of Architecture in the Republic; Carlow Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology. Architectural Technology is up 10 CAO points to 300 in CIT, up 30 to 365 in DIT, up 15 at GMIT to 265, up 75 in LyIT to 220 and up by 15 to 300 for WIT.
Carlow Institute of Technology, BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology (Level 8)
|Cork Institute of Technology, BSc in Architectural Technology (Level 7)
|Dublin Institute of Technology, BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology (Level 8)
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology (Level 8)
|Letterkenny Institute of Technology, BSc in Architectural Technology (Level 7)
Waterford Institute of Technology, BSc in Architectural Technology (Level 7)
Further information and advice about becoming an architectural technologist can be found on the RIAI website ‘Becoming an Architectural Technologist’