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HND/BSc (hons) Architectural Design & Technology

“The course touched on areas of construction that I would not have learned at my place of work, benefiting me when it came to applying for jobs.” Peter Evans, ADT graduate

The way in which buildings are designed is changing rapidly. Innovative new building materials and techniques are appearing almost daily. New buildings need to meet ever more stringent environmental standards. The importance of conserving and upgrading our existing buildings has become increasingly evident. Whether we are designing new buildings or working with our existing built heritage, Architectural Design and Technology in Cardiff Metropolitan University concentrates on excellence in technical detailing, coupled with a rigorous approach to sustainability and the minimization of environmental impact.

HND BSC Architectural Design and Technology

We are looking for inquiring and creative people who will work with, and be inspired by, our team of enthusiastic, talented and experienced staff. Course activity is centred on our well-equipped studios – lively and stimulating spaces where students and tutors interact in a variety of different ways; some formal, others more relaxed, but all designed to encourage creative and analytical thinking.

You will learn about different building techniques, materials and other factors that impact on the technical design of buildings. The course enables students to develop key presentational skills, including the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and apply a creative attitude to the detailed design of projects. You will also develop an appreciation of the historical context of architectural design; will learn the values of environmentally responsive building design and study innovative building techniques. You may start the course with a simple desire to design buildings – but we trust you will leave with the knowledge, skills and passion to begin to change our world for the better.


We are able to offer the first two years of the degree programme as a stand alone Higher National Diploma. Students who successfully complete the HND may then proceed to the final year of the degree programme subject with the agreement of the admissions tutor. In 2013, the overall satisfaction rate with this course was 91%.

“All the classes that I took whilst in CSAD were most important. Even the ‘little’ chats with the tutors as they passed helped immensely” Martin Long, ADT graduate

In 2013, students on BSc Architectural Design and Technology engaged with the urban regeneration company Newport Unlimited. Speaking to final year students, Hamish Munro, the Head of Regeneration for the company identified a riverside site in Newport as a potential development location. After a studying and analysing the site and its location, the students then proceeded to design and detail a host of exciting schemes ranging from hotels and offices to museums and laboratories.


In July 2012 CADW purchased a traditional valleys terraced house in Cwmdare, “almost completely unaltered inside and out since it was built in 1854” . CADW have sought assistance from CSAD Architectural Studies staff in developing and delivering the programme of sympathetic repair and improvement over the next two years. The intention is that this project will be publicised as an exemplar of best practice.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, and graduates will be eligible, after a period of relevant experience, to apply for full membership of the Institute to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

in the Beginning

In the Beginning: life as a first year Undergraduate
On the ‘In the Beginning’ website you can read interviews with Architectural Design and Technology students, talking about their experiences as first year Undergraduates here at CSAD.

The School is based on two campuses, Llandaff and Howard Gardens. In Autumn 2014 our new School building on the Llandaff campus will be completed, and all School of Art & Design programmes will be based in the new building from this date. For more information on the new building, visit this page.

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Undergraduate Open Days

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Visit the Open Day web page for more information.

Undergraduate Interview Days

There are no further Undergraduate Interview Days planned for 2014 entry, however, courses continue to conduct interviews throughout the year.

Visit the undergraduate Interview Day web page for more information.

Contact details

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Download a prospectus

Click here to visit our Prospectus page with links to pdf prospectuses for the range of subjects covered at CSAD, along with links to the websites for each subject.

Tuition fees

Full details of current tuition fees at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level can be found on the Cardiff Metropolitan University tuition fees web pages.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional & Research Skills: Art & Design
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Master of Design (MDes)