Architecture / Ailtireacht

Programme Title: Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) in Architecture 

2021 CAO Points 644*

*This includes score from Suitabiliy Test (max. 100 points) + Interview & Portfolio (max. 100 points) = Maximum points (200 points)

Minimum Number of

Subjects

Higher

6

2H5's

Minimum Grade in

Maths

Eng OR Irish

O6/H7

O6/H7

Other requirements
Suitability Test & Interview with Portfolio.   

Applicants welcome to make a late application by 1st May at 5.15pm or use CAO change of mind before 1st July at 5.15pm

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at Mature Applicants

QQI Level 5 and 6 applicants are welcome. Further details at QQI Level 5/6 Award Holders

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Applicants for the TU832 Architecture programme will be required to sit a Suitability Test AND Interview with Portfolio as part of the admission process. All applicants will be invited to attend both the Suitability Test and Interview with Portfolio and will be informed of the day and time in advance of each.

Suitability Test Applicants will be required to undertake a Suitability Test, usually held in April. The test includes assessment in creativity, spatial and verbal reasoning and has been designed to be specific to architecture. See the Entry Processes page on the TU Dublin Architecturewebsite for full details.
Interview with Portfolio Applicants will be required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of their work to a panel lecturing staff. The interview aims to further assess the applicant’s creative abilities together with their understanding of the nature of a career in architecture. It is mandatory that all applicants bring a portfolio to their interview. See the Entry Processes page on the TU Dublin Architecture website for full details.

Applicants must attend a suitability test in April and an interview & portfolio in May. All applicants will be called for the suitability test and interview, and will receive a score for both. The total score given will be added to Leaving Certificate points (if applicable). Suitability Test 100 points; Interview & Portfolio 100 points. Applicants are welcome to make a late application by 1st May at 5.15pm or use CAO change of mind before 1st July at 5.15pm.  

Some Sample interview questions

  • When did you first developed an interest in architecture?
  • Do you know what an architect does, in very general terms, and why do you feel you have an aptitude for architecture?
  • Have you read or are you reading any books on architecture?
  • Have you been inspired by the work of any particular architect?
  • Do you have an interest in particular building/place?

The TU832 Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) programme prepares students for the practice of architecture. 

Architecture is the art and science of designing space. This programme will suit you if you’ve got a creative aptitude for architectural design, the ability to implement your designs in practice, are interested in artistic and cultural aspects of society, and have an aptitude for technical and managerial challenges.

A five-year programme, it covers topics such as design studio, the history of theory and criticism of architecture, environment, construction, visual and digital communications, computer applications and law. 

The learning environment in Architecture is different from most degrees. We learn in our studios, in our gallery, through conversations, through vertical projects, and by drawing and making things.
Most of your student experience will centre on studio-based design projects, which allow you to design buildings and explore the urban and rural context. Throughout the programme, there’s a strong emphasis on studio work and exploring the student’s understanding of architecture.

The TU Dublin degree in Architecture is recognised throughout EU member states. After two years of postgraduate experience, you may take the examination in Professional Competence to become a member of the Royal Institute Of The Architects and register as an architect.

While not mandatory, B Arch students are encouraged and supported to apply for professional practice work experience and defer their studies for 1 academic year following 3 years of full time study. They’re also encouraged to take the opportunity to gain work experience in professional practice during the summer and winter breaks.

Professional Accreditation

The TU Dublin degree in Architecture is recognised internationally. After two years of postgraduate experience, you may take the examination in Professional Competence and thus become a member of the RIAI and register as an architect.

Have a look at Architecture Student Work on the TU Dublin Architecture website to get a better understanding of what the programme involves.

Graduates of the TU832 Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) programme are eligible to become Registered Architects subject to experience and professional practice  examination.

Architects may practice in a personal professional capacity, or in employment in private and public sector organisations. The field of practice is quite extensive in Ireland and abroad, and may offer alternatives of general practice or specialisation throughout a career. 

Many graduates have pursued very successful careers abroad and others have gone on to become prominent architects in Ireland.

Have a look at Alumni profiles on the TU Dublin Architecture website to get a sense for career and employment opportunities.

Semester 1 

  • Architecture Design Studio 1
  • History Theory & Criticism 1
  • Environment Services and Materials 1
  • Building Technology and Structures 1
  • Technical Studio 1

Semester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 2
  • History Theory & Criticism 2
  • Visual Communication 2
  • Building Technology and Structures 2
  • Technical Studio 2

Semester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 3
  • History Theory & Criticism 3
  • Building Technology and Structures 3
  • Visual Communication 3

Semester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 4
  • History Theory & Criticism 4
  • Environment Services and Materials 2
  • Technical Studio 3

Semester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 5
  • Environment Services and Materials 3
  • Building Technology and Structures 5
  • Visual Communication 4

Semester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 6
  • History Theory & Criticism 5
  • Building Technology and Structures 4
  • Professional Studies 1

Semester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 7
  • Environment Services and Materials 4
  • Professional Studies 3
  • History Theory & Criticism 7

Semester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 8
  • Options Electives 1
  • Building Technology and Structures 6
  • Professional Studies 2

Semester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 9
  • Thesis Development 1
  • Options Electives 2

Semester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 10

After you complete the B Arch, you may progress to the Level 9 M Arch programme via the Advanced Entry application process. If you elect to complete the BSc Arch degree, you may progress to the Level 9 M Arch programme directly after your 4th year on the B Arch. After completing the B Arch or M Arch programmes, and two years of professional practice, you may apply for the Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice Level 9 programme (TU411). 

Visit the Postgraduate and Professional Development pages on the TU Dublin Architecture website for further information on postgraduate study opportunities.

TU Code

TU832

Level

Level 8

Award

Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

Duration

5 years

Number of Places

55

Location

City Centre: Bolton Street

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Aileen Mullane - School Administrator