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Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
498
Course code:
LM099
Duration:
5 Years

Course leader:
Miriam Dunn
Email: Tel:
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

If you are a person that combines creative imagination and analytical rigour; if you are a good observer; and if you are inspired by the prospect of changing the world we live in, then UL’s problem-oriented approach to architecture may just be right for you. Architecture requires a lot of dedication, and is a very hands-on course that relies on constructional understanding, based on lots of model making and material experiments.

Why Study Architecture at UL?

The School of Architecture at the University of Limerick offers a 5-year undergraduate degree in architecture. The objective of the School is to educate architects with a strong set of integrated skills, balanced with a clear understanding of the environment - built, existing and imagined - and vital to professional practice. The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has awarded full accreditation to the architecture programme at UL. Studying architecture in an accredited programme is the first step towards becoming a registered professional architect.

The School of Architecture embraces all parts of an architect’s education; it is a place where the study of architecture is undertaken with passion and inventiveness, open and transparent society of mobile thinkers. The School of Architecture teaches an architecture that is integrated with Environmental and Structural engineering, as disciplines that set us free from the limitations of our own knowledge and help us to achieve a balance with the environment by focusing human abilities.

For more information on the course and Portfolio & Statement Guidelines please click here.

 

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What you will study

Training as an architect is engaging in a process of ‘learning by doing’ with the course curriculum structured around the design studio. The design studio is a creative laboratory where learning is developed through experimentation and reflection. Woven into the design studio will be courses of study in structures (structural engineering), environmental science (environmental engineering), history (of architecture, society, technology), and philosophy, sociology, law and management (professional practice).

The course is designed to equip you with a broad range of skills fundamental to becoming an architect. These skills include hand drawing, sketching, model-making, photography, computer-aided drawing, audiovisual and verbal presentation, as well as core skills including conceptualising and designing, problem-solving and working with other people.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
AR4001 Design Studio 1a AR4002 Design Studio 1b  
AR4011 Gravity & Reaction 1 AR4012 Gravity & Reaction 2  
AR4021 Representation / Drawing 1 AR4022 Representation / Drawing 2  
AR4031 History & Theory of Architecture 1 AR4032 History & Theory of Architecture 2  
AR4041 Assembly & Techniques 1 AR4042 Assembly & Techniques 2  
AR4051 Environmental Systems and Forces 1 AR4052 Environmental Systems and Forces 2  

 

Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
AR4073 Design Studio 2a AR4004 Design Studio 2b  
AR4013 Gravity & Reaction 3 AR4014 Gravity & Reaction 4  
AR4023 Representation / Drawing 3 AR4024 Representation / Drawing 4  
AR4033 History & Theory of Architecture 3 AR4034 History & Theory of Architecture 4  
AR4043 Assembly and Techniques 3 AR4044 Materials 1  
AR4053 Environmental Systems and Forces 3 AR4054 Environmental Systems and Forces 4  

 

Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
AR4005 Design Studio 3a AR4006 Design Studio 3b  
AR4015 Gravity & Reaction 5 AR4016 Gravity & Reaction 6  
AR4025 Representation / Drawing 5 AR4026 Representation / Drawing 6  
AR4035 History & Theory of Architecture 5 AR4036 History & Theory of Architecture 6  
AR4045 Assembly & Techniques 4 AR4046 Assembly & Techniques 5  
AR4056 Environmental Systems and Forces 5 AR4055 Visual Culture 1
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
AR4007 Design Studio 4a AR4008 Design Studio 4b  
AR4019 Professional Practice - Contracts AR4058 Profession & Society  
AR4317 Advanced Construction 1 AR4068 Advanced Construction 2  
  Elective   Elective  

 

Year 5 Semester 9   Semester 10 Summer
AR4099 Design Studio 5a AR4010 Design Studio 5b - Thesis  
AR4319 Advanced Construction 3 AR4310 Advanced Construction 4  
  Elective   Elective  

 

Entry requirements

CAO points history 418 + Portfolio
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. 

Subject requirements

Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

A Special Mathematics examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

Additional considerations

Please Note - We will confirm entry requirements for 2021/22 in due course. 

Applications are particularly welcome from mature candidates (at least 23 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of enrolment). Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Critchley Prize
1

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Problem-solving in an analytical, logical way
  • Decision-making
  • Working effectively in multinational teams
  • Using creativity to establish innovative solutions
  • Managing the design process and evaluating outcomes
  • Meeting the changing needs of customers
  • Numeracy, design and drawing
  • IT skills (e.g. CAD)
  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Research
  • Flexibility in dealing with unexpected situations
  • Self-reflection and continued professional development

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
71% 21% 0% 0% 7% 14 18 2014
63% 19% 6% 0% 13% 16 17 2015
60% 27% 0% 0% 13% 15 18 2016
78% 22% 0% 0% 0% 9 13 2017
90% 10% 0% 0% 0% 10 12 2018

Job titles for graduates 

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on Graduate Outcomes Surveys by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Architect
  • Architect Part II
  • Architect Technician
  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Graduate
  • Architectural Research Assistant
  • Consultant
  • Junior Architect
  • Project Architect
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Technical Support Agent
  • Architecture Tutor

Graduate Profile - Naomi Panter B.Arch

As a UL Architecture graduate, I am currently working on the Smarter Travel Demonstration City project here in Limerick. It is a €9 million European project and is run as a collaborative design group made up of the Limerick Local Authority and the University of Limerick. Over a five-year period, the group will design and build the necessary infrastructure for smarter travel to improve how we move around Limerick city. As a SAUL (School of Architecture UL) graduate, I have been equipped with the design, graphics and communication skills to work in such a collaborative office. As architect and multimedia coordinator for this project, my day-to-day work varies from infrastructure design to graphic design and behaviour- change campaign design. I work with architects, engineers, urban planners, photographers, videographers and meet different people every week.

After graduating from SAUL, I became Creative Media Coordinator on the newly established 'Uncommissioned Reports' series for the SAUL Press. The first issue based on my architecture thesis 'The Loop - The Social Responsibility of Public Space,' became the template for recording the spatial and material quality of schools. This paper was presented to the Minister for Education and Skills and led to SAUL being commissioned by the Department of Education and Science for the Limerick Schools Inventory Pilot Project in 2012. 

In the summer of 2009, I won the Mayor's Prize for the concept design of Limerick's new City Library. I also worked on the 'One City' research project, with the SAUL Intelligence Unit funded by the Limerick Local Authority and the Mid-western Regional Authority, proposing a new spatial and administrative approach for Limerick City and County as a whole. During the summer of 2010, I worked on the 'SNN+' project with the SAUL Intelligence Unit in the AEDES Campus Berlin to propose alternative futures for Shannon Airport. During my final year in UL, I was a member of the SAUL team that won the European Design Competition 'Hafen City', while working on location in Hamburg, Germany.

I also continue to design and write in my own time. Designing in collaboration with SAUL graduate Marian Dinneen, our 'Egression Point' proposal was shortlisted in April 2013 as a finalist in the DocoMomo 'Central Bank in the 21st Century' ideas competition. There are always many design competitions running nationally and internationally. 

Martin Lennon

The first day I arrived at our SAUL (School of Architecture UL) studio I sensed I would enjoy my time in Architecture School. The Studio embodies everything that the school and the education stand for. The Architectural education here is not about divulging information individually, rather it is about sharing knowledge, opinion and ideas amongst our colleagues. Within the studio there are always lectures and tutorials taking place, however, the essence of what our education here is about, lies in the conversations and debate (sometimes heated!) that occurs alongside our timetable. All the architecture students, from freshers to 5th year, working in the same space really solidifies the school’s diverse social atmosphere - I find that we learn from each other as much as we do from our lecturers!

I have had an incredibly wholesome experience here and have always felt encouraged to explore and to test things. After the 3rd year, I decided to take a year off from school and gain some experience within a practice. I travelled to Sydney Australia and worked for 6 months as an architectural assistant. Personally, I feel it was really beneficial to pause academically and further my education through a practice and through travel also. The experience away has allowed me to return to SAUL with a fresh vigour and renewed confidence!!