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Computer Aided Design- Pre University Architecture

QQI Level 5 Major award (5M1940) in Computer Aided Design           


Learners in this course will gain an understanding of the design process in the building environment, learning the skills and competencies required for the use of 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.

Learners develop knowledge of architectural design and the built environment, while considering construction materials and the needs of clients. Additionally, they will be familiarised with the latest industry-related computer hardware and software.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
•    Leaving Certificate Applied, or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    A knowledge of building construction, art or technical drawing is desirable, and
•    Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Design Skills, Computer-Aided Drafting (2D), Communications, Work Experience, Architectural Drawing, Building Construction, Mathematics, Photography, Health and Safety at Work.


QQI, Safe Pass accredited by SOLAS

Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression to a FETAC/QQI Level 6 course in Architectural Technology and Design, or in Renewable Energy Technology, at other Further Education institutions, like Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Coolock.

Course graduates may also apply through the CAO, or Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS), for admission to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Institutes of Technology and certain universities. Applicants are advised to check specific eligibility requirements with their preferred institution.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.


Graduates of this course regularly go on to further their education and qualifications in the field, or to secure work in architectural offices.


1 Year

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