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Architectural Design and Technology (Year 1)

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Course overview

Course Code 5M1940 CI061CN
QQI Award Code 5M1940 Computer Aided Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to give students a firm foundation in Computer Aided Design (CAD). CAD Technology is used to create graphics and make calculations needed in the production of drawings, three-dimensional simulations, models and other design work. CAD is used in a variety of areas including aeronautical, automotive and maritime engineering, electronics and architecture. Students gain hands on experience of the latest technologies in use in these industries.

What will you Study?

This course is designed to give students a firm foundation in Computer Aided Design (CAD). CAD technology is used to create graphics and make calculations needed in the production of drawings, three-dimensional simulations, models and other design work. The course enables students to gain a knowledge of architectural design and the built environment, while considering construction materials and the needs of clients. 

Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Design Skills 5N0784
Architectural Drawing 5N1558
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Parametric CAD 5N5765
Mathematics 5N1833
Image Processing 5N1292
Building Construction 5N1570
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ACADX 5M1940

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Sample Careers

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Building, Construction & Property
Art, Craft & Design
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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