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Computer Aided Architectural Design & Technology HND

(SCQF level 8)

Built Environment, Faculty of Building, Engineering and Energy

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Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 2 years

27th Aug 2018, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is a technician level qualification that provides a specialist curriculum focused on the application of Computer Aided Design software in a construction specific context underpinned by a Construction Industry specific curriculum. It will equip you with skills required for employment in this specialist industry sector.

An Architectural Technologist is a specialist in the technological aspects of building design and construction, bridging the gap between design theory and construction practice (find the job profile here).

This course is delivered by highly professional teaching staff with significant Construction Industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

During your studies you'll:

  • Develop your technical knowledge and understanding.
  • Develop the Computer Aided Design skills required to excel as an Architectural Technologist.
  • Have the opportunity to develop and apply your critical reasoning and analysis skills to solve design problems, using current industry standards and by applying contemporary industry techniques.
  • Develop your personal and business skills, equipping you to contribute to the demands of a professional environment.
  • You'll also benefit from hearing from visiting professionals from a range of disciplines, and will have the opportunity to go on site visits around the West of Scotland, giving your learning a strong sense of contemporary relevance.

If you are looking for architectural inspiration - Our Riverside Campus won ‘The Architectural Excellence Award for a Public Building” last year! 

The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including Mathematics, English, Graphics, Product Design or a Science subject AND three National 4 qualifications including Mathematics, English and a Technical, ICT or Design related subject; OR
  • National Certificate at SCQF level 6 in a relevant subject area; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.


What you study

The subjects you'll study in year 1 include:

  • History of Architecture.
  • Architectural Professional Practice.
  • Statutory Control of Buildings.
  • CAD User Systems.
  • CAD: Visualisation, Rendering and Presentation.
  • Architectural CAD Tech: Construction Detailing.
  • Architectural CAD Tech: Principles and Practice.
  • Architectural CAD Tech: Residential Design.
  • Architecture: Form Order and Composition.

The subjects you'll study in year 2 include:

  • Architectural CAD Tech: Commercial Building Systems.
  • Architectural CAD Tech: Advanced Digital Media.
  • Architectural CAD Tech: Commercial Buildings Systems.
  • Architectural CAD Tech: Structural Design and Detailing.
  • Architectural CAD Tech: Animation.
  • CAD Model Making.
  • Energy Performance of Buildings.
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings.
  • Fire Safety in Buildings.
  • Construction Planning.

After the course


  • Architectural CAD Technician or Building/Civil Engineering Technician.

Continuing Study

  • Year 2 or 3 of a related degree programme.
  • Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT).
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome