Bachelor of Arts, Architecture

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture aim to provide an architectural education to train a new generation of architects in theory and in practice to lead and shape our future living environment.

Through the use of new digital tools and innovation in architectural and urban design, students will learn to adopt an ecological approach to design sustainable buildings and cities for the future.

Our graduates are expected to be able to navigate the demands of the profession, and the dynamism and challenges the environment presents.

This is a five-year program.

Career Opportunities
There is a diverse range of job opportunities for graduates with a degree in architecture. A typical graduate will find a broad spectrum of career opportunities in the public (governmental) or private sector. A typical graduate today is likely to pursue any number of different opportunities over the course of a career including but not limited to architect, real estate developer, interior and spatial designer, building surveyor, commercial or residential surveyor, higher education lecturer, historic building inspector or conservation officer, landscape architect, planning and development surveyor, production designer, structural engineer, or town planner.

Program Outcomes
Students will focus on design ideas, innovation and conceptualization from the theoretical framework. Students need to adopt technological know-how and evidence based research in dealing with sustainability in architecture. Through the use of new digital tools and innovation in architectural and urban designing, students will learn to adopt an ecological approach to design sustainable buildings and cities for the future.

Graduates are expected to be able to navigate the demands of the profession, and the dynamism and challenges the environment presents.

Students are required to take all essential modules offered in the semester to which they have progressed, provided they have passed the relevant prerequisites. In addition, they may take modules to satisfy University and other requirements.

Degree Pathway for Bachelor of Arts, Architecture

FRESHMAN YEAR (Year 1) – Fall Semester (Semester 1)

ENGL 101 English Composition I 3 units
ADS 103 History of Art & Design 3 units
ADS 102 Advanced Mathematics 3 units
ADS 101 Architectural Design Studio 1 6 units
SEMR 101 First Year Seminar 1 unit

FRESHMAN YEAR (Year 1) – Spring Semester (Semester 2)

ADS 105 Architectural Design Studio 2 6 units
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3 units
HIST 130 World History I 3 units
HUMN 101 Introduction to the Humanities 3 units

SOPHOMORE YEAR (Year 2) – Fall Semester (Semester 1)

ADS 201 Architectural Design Studio 3 6 units
ADS 202 Building Control Systems 1 3 units
ADS 208 Project Management 3 units
ADS 209 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3 units
ADS 206 Building Materials and Methodology 1 3 units

SOPHOMORE YEAR (Year 2) – Spring Semester (Semester 2)

ADS 205 Architectural Design Studio 4 6 units
ADS 210 Structure Principle 1 3 units
ADS 211 Interior Design 3 units
GEOG 120 World Geography 3 units
LEGL 230 Environmental Law 3 units

JUNIOR YEAR (Year 3) – Fall Semester (Semester 1)

ADS 301 Architectural Design Studio 5 6 units
ADS 310 Structure Principle 2 3 units
ADS 306 Building Materials and Methodology 2 3 units
GER 212 GER – Entrepreneurship 3 units
GER 204 GER – Communication in Art/Design 3 units

JUNIOR YEAR (Year 3) – Spring Semester (Semester 2)

ADS 305 Architectural Design Studio 6 6 units
ADS 302 Digital Modelling & Simulation 3 units
ADS 303 Theory of Urban Design & Planning 3 units
HIST 131 World History II 3 units
ADS 311 Structure Principle 3 3 units

Summer Semester

ADS 488 Internship I (Architecture) 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 4) – Fall Semester (Semester 1): (ONE)

ADS 401 Architectural Design Studio 7 6 units
ADS 408 Architectural Construction 3 units
ADS 404 Green Design and Urban Planning 3 units
ADS 402 Building Control Systems 2 3 units
COMM 103 Oral Communications 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 4) – Spring Semester (Semester 2): (ONE)

ADS 405 Architectural Design Studio 8 6 units
ADS 409 Indoor Environmental Quality 3 units
BUSN 340 Business Communications 3 units
ADS 418 Building Energy Performance 3 units
MATH 200 Business Calculus 3 units

Summer Semester

ADS 489 Internship II (Architecture) 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 5) – Fall Semester (Semester 1): (TWO)

ADS 501 Advanced Architectural Design 6 units
ADS 502 Material Fabrication 3 units
ADS 503 Climate Design Architecture 3 units
GER 313 GER – Human Resource Management 3 units
GER 314 GER – Building Information Modelling 3 units

SENIOR YEAR (Year 5) – Spring Semester (Semester 2): (TWO)

GBLA 305 Social Science Research Method and Design 3 units
GER 504 GER – Professional Practice 3 units
ADS 496 Capstone Course (Architecture) 3 units
GER 505 GER – Strategies for Sustainable Architecture 3 units