Entry Processes

The following drop down guidance confirms details on entry processes for TU832 Architecture and other programmes in the Dublin School of Architecture.

 

When will I hear about the suitability test?

The Dublin School of Architecture will contact all CAO applicants for the TU832 Architecture programme directly by email, using the email contact details included in your CAO application. 

  • Applicants applying via the Change of Mind facility will be invited to undertake the Remote Suitability Test and Interview with Portfolio in early July.

Remote Suitability Test Rules & Instructions

What Covid restrictions will apply?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the TU832 suiltabilty test will take place remotely. 

Suitabilty Test Guidelines 

Admission to the TU832 Bachelor of Architecture programme comprises three elements:

  • Leaving Certificate (625 max CAO points, including 25 bonus points for higher level mathematics)
  • Suitability Test (100 points max)
  • Interview with Portfolio (100 points max)

The Suitability Test comprises three sections.

Section 1

  • ''Why am I suited to studying architecture?'' written statement of 300 approximately words. The aim of the written statement is to determine self awareness and interest in architecture as a field of study and professional activity.

Section 2

  • The second section requires the applicant to develop visual clues. This identifies a capacity for visualisation, imagination and the association of ideas.

Section 3

  • The third section requires the development of a three dimensional design idea. This provides an opportunity to demonstrate a 3D awareness, and a sense of scale and proportion.

Further information

For further information or queries, please email the School at dsa@tudublin.ie

Guidelines for the assembly of a portfolio of work for admission to the TU832 Architecture programme.

Remote process due to Covid

The TU832 Architecture Interview with Portfolio will take place remotely in 2022 due to Covid-19. All TU832 Architecture CAO applicants will be written to with details on the process and will be assigned a time slot. Details on the process will be issued prior to the event.

TU832 Remote Interview with Portfolio Rules & Instructions 2022

Make your portfolio individual and unique

The Dublin School of Architecture recognizes each applicant is unique. Your personal portfolio of work provides an opportunity for you to show your individual abilities and interests, and your readiness to join our Bachelor of Architecture programme.

How long will the intervew take?

Interview times with be limited to 20 minutes per applicant.

What should I bring to the interview?

We are looking for quality over quantity. We suggest that you present no more than 10-20 pieces of your work. The work presented should demonstrate your interest, experience and aptitude in creative and graphic areas. Be selective about the works you present. Include a range of items using a variety of media. 

What should I include?

The overall presentation, quality, and clarity of the portfolio is part of the interview discussion and evaluation process. Works may include but are not limited to

  • sketches
  • freehand drawings
  • paintings
  • sculpture
  • graphics
  • art photography
  • woodworking
  • ceramics
  • film
  • other visual media.

During your interview, please indicate whether the works were completed as part of a school assessment, extracurricular activity, or on your own.

How should I prepare for the remote interview?

Before your scheduled interview, you must digitally capture your pieces so that you can share them on the screen digitally. Instructions for scanning and photographing your pieces will be included in your invitation for interview email.

What criteria are used to asses the portfolio?

Your portfolio will be assessed as part of the interview process and should demonstrate

  • critical observation
  • visual awareness
  • imagination
  • idea
  • invention
  • problem solving
  • creative conceptual thinking
  • commitment and ambition

You may find the video at the top of this page useful in imagining the content of the work you might include. 

Further information

For further information or queries, please email the School at dsa@tudublin.ie

The Dublin School of Architecture welcomes applications from students with QQI / PLC Level 5 awards. Allocation of these places will be based on the criteria oultined on the TU Dublin / QQI Level 5/6 Award Holders webpage.
 
The following tables confirm the recognised QQI/PLC courses for each of the Dublin School of Architecture programmes:
 
ProgrammeQQI/PLC Level 5 AwardDistinctions required

TU831

Architectural Technology

Level 8

Places: 5

1 of the following awards:

ADESX / 5M2208 Design

AGDXX / 5M1995 Graphic Design

ACADX / 5M1940 Computer Aided Design

AFURX Furniture Design

5M2012 Furniture Design & Making

AIDXX / 5M5054 Interior Design

CCONT / 5M5010 Construction Technology

5 Distinctions

 
ProgrammeQQI/PLC Level 5 AwardDistinctions required

TU832

Architecture

Level 8

Places: 5

1 of the following awards:

ADESX / 5M2208 Design

AGDXX / 5M1995 Graphic Design

ACADX / 5M1940 Computer Aided Design

AFURX Furniture Design

5M2012 Furniture Design & Making

AIDXX / 5M5054 Interior Design

CCONT / 5M5010 Construction Technology

5 Distinctions

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TU Dublin Suitabilty Test

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TU Dublin Interview with Portfolio

 
ProgrammeQQI/PLC Level 5 AwardDistinctions required

TU838

Sustainable Timber Technology

Level 8

Places: 5

1 of the following awards:

5M2208 Design

5M2012 Furniture Design and Making

5M5010 Construction Technology

5M5028 Applied Ecology

5M2102 Business Studies

5M0828 eBusiness

5 Distinctions

 

The Dublin School of Architecture is committed to promoting diversity in its student population through allocation of places in undergraduate programmes to a number of categories of students, including Mature applicants.

Mature applicants are candidates who are 23 or over in the year of application. Mature applicants must apply through the CAO, indicating on their application form any relevant experience together with their motivation in wishing to pursue a career in architectural technology.

Application forms will be reviewed by academic staff, following which a shortlist of candidates will be invited to attend an interview and present a portfolio of work.

Mature applicants may be offered a place on the programme subject to performance at interview.

You will find full details on the admissions process for Mature Applicants on the TU Dublin Mature Applicants webpage.