The excellent quality of resources, programme content and teaching on De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s Architectural Technology course have been recognised by a leading professional body.
The programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the lead qualifying body for architectural technology representing over 9,000 professionals working and studying in the United Kingdom and overseas.
Creative breakout areas for students across DMU's new Vijay Patel Building
Valid for the next five years, the accreditation enables DMU students to apply for associate membership of CIAT and gives them the chance to progress towards chartered membership (MCIAT).
CIAT’s education board recognised the university’s commitment to industry experience, especially the visiting professionals who are regularly invited to share their knowledge and experience with Architectural Technology students.
The board also commended Leicester School of Architecture’s ‘positive approach’ to the allocation of studio, classroom and lab space, as well as the school’s facilities in general.
Large workshops ensure students can develop their ideas
Dr Ahmad Taki, DMU’s Architectural Technology programme leader, said: “This is not only a welcome acknowledgment of the quality of our offer, but it’s also great news for our students and the School.
“It is evidence of what we already know here at DMU - that our course is professional, meets industry needs and prepares our students for a successful career.
“Our programme equips students with skills and knowledge in understanding and analysis to design, technology, management and practice, as well as with the use of simulation tools. These are the very skills identified by industry.”
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Second-year Architectural Technology student Adriaan Viljoen has so far enjoyed his time on the course from developing his drawing skills and learning new computer programs, to the making of models.
He said: “The course is taught in larger lectures and smaller seminars in which you learn to work and communicate effectively with others, which are two of the key skills needed to become an architectural technologist.
“With the course being accredited I know that I will come out of university with a professionally recognised qualification and membership, which will improve my employment and career opportunities, as well as enable me to gain new industry skills.”
Also in his second year of the course, Muhammad Patel said: “Many employees require an architectural technologist to be accredited and CIAT provides that, improving my prospect of employment when I graduate.
“By being a CIAT member I can also network with fellow professionals and broaden my professional relations. There are many other benefits too, such as belonging to a chartered body where my skills and competence in architectural technology is recognised.”
*Photos courtesy of the Leicester School of Architecture Society
Posted on Monday 10th October 2016