• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


On this CAD and BIM (Architecture) course from University of Derby you will develop your knowledge and understanding of:

  • The BIM theoretical framework, procurement and collaborative aspects of design and technical information exchange, affecting the design of simple to more complex buildings.
  • The technological, regulatory and professional context of BIM within the architecture and construction industry.
  • The design teams, their responsibilities and methods of working, means of working with teams and other people and operating in a professional manner.

Also, you will be able to:

  • Apply more elaborate concepts, ideas and principles in an appropriate BIM and CAD context.
  • Use more advanced skills in information management to select appropriate data from a range of sources.
  • Analyse information, formulate and articulate reasoned arguments.
  • Illustrate and present building design information, using a range of advanced digital techniques.
  • Produce quality architecture presentations through various digital media, including computer aided design drawings and models, digital photography, computer visualisations, video and sound.

Throughout the programme you will develop an understanding and appreciation of the process and role of BIM and CAD in the architectural, technical and structural design and building services. It enables you to upgrade your skills and knowledge as the industry moves from a traditional CAD towards the BIM.

The programme is specifically tailored to the professional requirements of those currently employed or wishing to become employed in the fields of architecture and construction. It is studied part time, so it can fit around work commitments. If you or your company are interested in designing specialist training for groups of four or more in any of the areas we cover, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


The programme offers customised BIM/CAD training at University level that will enhance your career development within industry.

You will be prepared for a range of careers including BIM/CAD technician in practices including architectural, interior design, construction, architectural and/or interior design visualisation; or BIM/CAD work in engineering or other technical consultancies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Architectural CAD
  • BIM and Project Collaboration 
  • BIM and Design Visualisation

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • The UCAS point requirements will be made up primarily from your core A2s (full A-levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc. 
  • We will accept a certain value of points from Level 3 qualifications such as AS-levels (where those AS-levels are not taken on to A2-level), the extended project, or music qualifications.
  • We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. 

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    700 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 700 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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