HND Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology - Year 2

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The HND Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology course offers a unique approach to architectural studies – focusing on the use of CAD and other digital technologies in construction with an emphasis on the role of the Architectural Technologist (AT). By teaching students the skills that the construction industry is seeking now and in the near future.

New College Lanarkshire have continually placed the majority of our graduating students into employment as an AT. Our second-year students are highly sought after by our industry contacts, with 83% of last year’s students obtaining employment as an AT as a direct result of studying this course with the remainder progressing to 3rd year at university to complete their degree. The top students completing the year have guaranteed employment as an A.T. with a leading Architectural practice.


HNC in Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology (Year 1).


The course offers a one-week long industry placement in a design practice giving you the chance to gain valuable hands-on experience and begin your own network of like-minded professionals.  And above all, it lets you see just how good your skills are and how ready you are to work in the industry.  You may be surprised at how good you will be!

Year 2 projects center around the design and construction of commercial projects, with the end of year project and showcase giving you the opportunity to design for a client and present your project along with your peers.

Throughout your time on the course, you will specialise in the use of various CAD packages, the knowledge, and skills you will develop will focus on:

  • Structural design
  • Commercial building design
  • Photoshop
  • 3DSMax
  • Sustainable design and energy analysis
  • Conversion and adaptation of buildings
  • Personal development
  • History of architecture
  • Interior design
  • Animation
  • Landscape design

Our Lecturers lead the design and development of the course which is awarded by the SQA and are expert Architectural Technologists with experience in design, commercial, residential and modular construction. Because of our excellent industry links, the course has been carefully designed to give successful candidates the key skills needed for a career in the industry, including Revit, 2D draughting, construction detailing, 3D modelling, BIM, digital collaboration knowledge, material and construction technology, sustainability and visualisation.

Opportunities are also available to work on real-life projects and take on industry-led qualifications such as Autodesk Certified User exams.