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Your First Year Experience
On entering first year, you will be introduced to the idea of learning by doing. From the outset, there is a very direct relationship between acquiring knowledge and skills and applying them. Short exercises are set in the studio to help you acquire skills of observation, analysis and understanding through the media of freehand drawing and model making. As your skills in drawing, model making, surveying, scale and measurement develop, design projects of increasing complexity are introduced in which these skills can be applied. You will be involved in creative endeavour – proposing, testing and developing design ideas.
In fostering this creativity, there is a strong emphasis on group work and learning from your fellow students in a friendly and co-operative environment. Small class sizes, open-space studios, individual and small group tutorials all contribute to an exhilarating educational first year experience.
The lecture programme can be grouped under three broad headings:
- Architectural Technologies
- Environmental Science
- Architectural History & Theory
- Perspectives on Architecture
- Professional Studies
A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-semester written examinations is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your design research project.
Most architectural graduates go into architectural practice or on to further academic study in architecture or related subjects.
Your skills are transferable, which enables you to work anywhere in the world. Some architects also work in other areas such as:
- Heritage site management
- Cultural and artistic practice
- Curatorial work
UCD Architecture offers a wide range of taught master's, research master's and doctorate programmes, including:
- Urban Design (research)
- Conservation & Heritage (research)
- Regional & Urban Planning (taught)
- Urban Design & Planning (taught)
- Irish and European Landscape & Urbanisation (research)
- History and Theory of Architecture (PhD)
Opportunities to date have included:
- University of Sydney, Australia
- Kungl Tekniska Hogskolan Stockholm, Sweden
- University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
- National University of Singapore
- Technische Universität München, Germany
- University of California, Berkeley, USA.
“I found UCD’s school of Architecture to be a unique educational environment. There exists a freedom of experimentation, an encouragement to question, to develop independent thinking and to ultimately resolve multi-faceted design issues. The key to its success is its tutors and staff; award winning practicing professionals and academics that provide real insight, experience and knowledge in both the practical and theoretical realms of Architecture. Going on to do the Masters in Architecture in UCD provided me with a variety of perspectives and tools to tackle the challenging and diverse nature of Architecture; skills that ultimately gave me the confidence to set up my own practice soon after graduating.”
John Nolan - Graduate