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Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Machynlleth, Wales; Professional Diploma in Architecture Part II: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies

Course focus: Design Studio Modules-Practical Materials Modules-Technical-Building Performance Modelling || Design studio: YES || Fees:£9,250

Course director: Alison Pooley
Course founded: 2008
Duration: 18 months
Intake: 25
Student profile: Varied backgrounds

Distinctive feature: Held in the WISE building at CAT the diploma runs for a continuous 18 months, saving 6 months on the standard 24 month Part II course. Attendance is residential, one week every month and a two week summer school. Alongside the core teaching body, modules lectures, tutorials and practical sessions are taught by visiting architects and industry professionals.

Director comment: The course offers a unique blend of design and academic study together with practical experience. Students are equipped with the knowledge and vocational skills that are becoming increasingly important in the architectural industry.

Career opportunities: Students go on to work complete their Part III qualifications in other locations. Following the course CAT students have gone on to work on projects all over the world from Glasgow to Gambia. Graduates are also working in architectural practices throughout the UK.

Entry requirements: Exemption from RIBA Part I and a portfolio of design work.

Admissions contact: alice.read@cat.org.uk

Tuition: £9,250. Includes accommodation and food during the residential teaching modules.

Website: www.cat.org.uk/graduateschool

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