The Department of Architecture and Environment Design mission is to train independent, competent and reflective diploma graduates with a high level of critical awareness of their academic discipline and are able to confidently relate with the very dynamic practicing world. The skill of an architect is design and the skill of the architectural technology technician is also design as the technician assists the architect achieve his/her design objectives. Therefore the design studio remains at the heart of the programme, with theoretical, technical, contextual and environmental studies underpinning and informing design.