Architectural Technology and Design


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Computer Aided Design (5M1940)

Course Aims

This course meets the needs of learners who wish to develop a portfolio of valuable skills, for example: Architectural Drawing, CAD 2D and 3D, Architectural Model Making and Design.  These skills will equip learners to find employment in the architectural, engineering and design sectors and/or also progress to third level colleges. Learners achieve a level of competence and confidence in their skills in order to maximise their abilities and potential for the future.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Building Construction
  • Communications
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
  • Design Skills
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Mathematics
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Work Experience 

Additional Information

A Visual Design Exhibition of learner’s work from this course is held annually in DFEi in May, providing an opportunity for learners to showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Business Information Modelling (BIM)

Business Information Modelling techniques are a key focus of this course. Learners will be introduced to software such as Revitt to create the business information needs of an entire building project.

Progression Opportunities

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

Elsewhere:  Learners may also be eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificates and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

BA in Visual Communication (DL862)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and
Bachelor of Architecture (DT101)
BSc in Architectural Technology
Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc in Building Surveying (DK830)
Dundalk Institute of Technology
BSc in Architectural Technology (CW407)
Institute of Technology Carlow
BSc in Product Design (MH305)
National University of Ireland Maynooth

For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.


Career Paths

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