Architectural Design and Technology Foundation

Certificate in Design QQI Level 5 (5M2208) – 1 Year

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Architecture is a rewarding field of work and study that calls for both creative and technical skill in the design of buildings and environments. This architecture course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills and to prepare a portfolio in architecture or architectural technology to further their studies at degree level.

An Architect’s work primarily focusses on creative, conceptual and detail design of buildings.  An Architectural Technologist works more on the technical design for construction. Learners will gain skills in the areas of building design and sustainability, to prepare them for either Architecture or Architectural Technology.

The Architectural pathway emphasises conceptual and spatial design, theory of architecture and model-making.

The Architectural Technology pathway develops abilities in building construction and technical design.

Student work: Architectural Design and Technology Foundation

Course Content

  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Appreciation of Architecture and Design
  • Combined Materials
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate.

Mature students, and those without a formal education, are welcome to apply.

Applicants should have a genuine interest in making, drawing, the built environment and problem solving.  The course welcomes mature students whose eligibility is assessed on an individual basis. Showing a sample of art, technical, construction or design-related work at interview is very useful to demonstrate your interests and existing skills.


Certificate in Design QQI Level 5 (5M2208)

Progression Opportunities

QQI Level 6 courses in the area of Design and Technology in further education colleges around the country.

Degree Level

Your results on completing this QQI award can be used in lieu of  Leaving Certificate to gain entry to some programmes, eligibility for each programme needs to be checked by applicants.

Architectural Technology:
Graduates of this course will be considered for progression onto the Level 8 degree in Architectural Technology in TU Dublin, based on achieving particular QQI grades. Those who complete the award may also apply to Architectural Technology degree programmes such as Carlow IT, and Waterford IT.

Students may apply to Architecture Degree courses – including TU Dublin, University of Limerick, UCD –  that take a portfolio into account in their application processes, in Ireland and the UK. TU Dublin accepts the QQI award as an alternative to Leaving Cert, and CAO application will take both into account.


1 year

Course Charges


This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.