Architectural Technology and Design

Level 5 QQI Award - Computer Aided Design 5M1940


This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May.


This course meets the needs of students who wish to develop a portfolio of valuable skills, for example: Architectural Drawing, CAD2D and 3D, Architectural Model Making and Design. These skills will equip students to find employment in the architectural, engineering and design sectors and/or also to progress to third level colleges. Students achieve a level of competence and confidence in their skills in order to maximise their abilities and potential for the future.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA) or equivalent
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award (or equivalent)
  • For Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Note: Mature applicants may be entitled to VTOS funding. For details about VTOS, please contact the college
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require level B1 competency on the CEFR language framework. Applicants may be required to undergo English language testing to establish their language competency.

Course Modules

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Building Construction
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
  • Design Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Introduction to Revit 3D
Module Information

Module Information

Architecture Technology and Design

Award: Level 5 QQI Award: Computer Aided Design 5M1940

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)

This full QQI level 5 award meets the needs of learners who wish to develop a portfolio of valuable skills for entry into studies and careers in the construction and architectural technology area. Architectural Design and Technology Level 5 students will focus on the foundation skills involved in  Architectural Drawing, Computer Aided Design 2D, Design Skills and Building Construction.
These skills will equip learners to find employment in the architectural, engineering and design sectors and/or also progression to third level college courses through the Higher education Links Scheme.

1. Architectural Drawing 5N1558

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to enable the learner to acquire and use architectural drawing skills as a means of communicating ideas, concepts and details in an architectural discipline.

Assessment: Project (40%), Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%).


2. Building Construction 5N1570

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to apply structural principles and techniques to the construction of a domestic dwelling.

Assessment: Skills Demonstration (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).


3. Computer Aided Draughting (2D) 5N1604

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to utilise computer technology as a design tool and a presentation media.

Assessment: Project (50%), Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%).


4. Design Skills 5N0784

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the strategies inherent in the design process and generate creative responses to design briefs.

Assessment: Project (40%), Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%)


5. Mathematics 5N1833

You might need maths to gain a place in a third level college, or you might just want to brush up on the numeracy skills that are going to give you the advantage in any business or marketing environment. As part of your maths classes, you will learn about all branches of maths, and will focus on applying maths to real life, through studying topics like statistics and probability. Course content is similar to Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level. At QQI Level 5, however, we can move at a slower pace and you will get personal attention.  

Assessment:  Assignment (2) (60%), Examination - Theory Based (40%)


6. Spreadsheets Methods 5N1977

Knowledge of the Excel spreadsheet application will be invaluable to you if you work with numbers regularly. It will help you to do calculations, to analyse data and to present data in a way that is visual and easy to understand by means of charts. You will be required to design and create a spreadsheet for a specific fictitious situation.

Assessment: Project (50%), Examination - Practical (50%) 


7. Work Experience 5N1356

Prepare for a work placement under supervision for a limited time. This comprises of a skills audit, achievement audit, rights and responsibilities, vocational area study, an evaluation of work placement and future career options. A Work Placement of 10 working days or 60 hours must be arranged.

Assessment:  Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%)


8. Communications 5N0690  

This module explores the role of communication in human interaction in theory and practice. Students are facilitated to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations. Students will have the opportunity to develop important vocational related skills such as report writing, report reading, listening, and speaking skills (through oral presentation, interviews, group work) and modern information communication technology.

Assessment: Collection of work (50%) and Skills Demonstration (50%).


  • Level 5 Award Computer Aided Design (5M1940)

Special Features

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.


Free Autodesk Software Subscription for all students on this course to facilitate assessment work.

All DFEi students are provided with an M365 account, which gives them access to the tools and resources needed to deliver assessment work while attending their course. M365 Apps include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, outlook and OneDrive.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year. Work Experience is mandatory for all of our full-time Level 5 courses. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours. Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination (Written)
  • Project
  • Skills Demonstration

All assignments are submitted electronically.  Therefore all students need access to a device such as a computer/laptop.

A full major award is granted on passing the relevant eight components.  On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a pass, a merit or a distinction grade. See for more details

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design at DFEi.

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities using their full QQI Level 5 major award. Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.  It is the students' responsibility to consult with the relevant HEI for information on the admissions process and any specific entry requirements. Students may also refer to the individual HEI prospectus or may also refer to the QQI FET section of the CAO website.

Examples of CAO progression opportunities are listed below.

Progression Examples

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (DL825)

BA (Hons) Animation (DL832)

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (DL826)

IADT, Dún Laoghaire -

Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) (TU832)

BSc Architectural Technology (TU831)

BSc Product Design (TU811)

BSc Planning and Environment Management (TU835)

Technological University Dublin -

BSc Building Surveying (DK830)

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology (DK831)

Dundalk Institute of Technology -

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology (CW468)

BA Product Design Innovation (CW728)

BSc Architectural Technology (CW407)

Institute of Technology Carlow -

Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) (WD144)

BSc Architectural Technology (WD094)

BSc Quantity Surveying (WD162)

Waterford Institute of Technology -

BSc Architectural Technology (GA472)

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology (GA483)

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology -

BSc Product Design (MH305)

Maynooth University -

Career Paths

Graduates will be equipped with the skills for employment opportunities in surveying, construction, 3D design within the architectural, engineering and design sectors.

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Hilary Herlihy

2021 Graduate Architectural Design and Technology.
Currently working with AECOM Engineering

Studying a course that I truly enjoyed  and had a passion for is one of the best things I have done and would highly recommend it for…

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Hilary Herlihy

2021 Graduate Architectural Design and Technology.
Currently working with AECOM Engineering

Studying a course that I truly enjoyed  and had a passion for is one of the best things I have done and would highly recommend it for any aspiring architect or anyone who is keen to learn more about this area of expertise.

I attended DFEI as a student keen to explore and understand more about architecture and buildings in general. The college provided an excellent course to achieve this goal. With varied subjects, interesting project briefs and supportive teaching I began to form a strong foundation of knowledge in the area and really enjoyed my time while learning more about this sector. 

With a previous academic background in transportation and work experience in an estate agency, I wanted to persue  this path at a time where I was able to choose something I loved to study. 

The varied subjects in this course create a well rounded education in the area with insights into both the technical and design  side of architecture. It created a space that encouraged me to develop my passion for buildings  and their design. The course is an excellent starting base for students hoping to study architecture or other careers in the building sector in the future. It builds a solid springboard from which creativity and design can develop and grow. 

DFEI have great links with industry and  helped to connect me to my current role within the Development Planning team at AECOM in the Dublin office. The staff at DFEI were incredibly supportive during my transition to AECOM and were very facilitating. 

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Dave Nicholson

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