Bachelor of Architecture

  •   Bachelor Degree Program
  •   5 Years (10 Semesters)
  •   170 Credit Hours
  •   Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

The Bachelor of Architecture degree program will provide you with a good understanding of the functional areas of Architecture, including design tools, design methodologies, and design philosophies, allied with decision-making and effective presentation processes. It will develop your knowledge of professional architectural and ethical values and introduce you to the operating environment of architectural practice.

Throughout the program you will form a good understanding and proven ability in the fundamentals of architectural design, enhance your abilities in graphic and oral communications and develop detailed knowledge of building systems, codes and appropriate technology and materials, as well as an appreciation of, and sensitivity towards, ecology and the environment.

Benefits

Graduates with a Bachelor of Architecture will be equipped with:

  • Creative and analytical skills
  • An understanding of the economic, social, constructional, and legal environments in which the practice of Architecture operates
  • Knowledge of professional architectural and ethical values
  • A good understanding and proven ability in the fundamentals of architectural design
  • An enhanced ability in graphic and oral communications
  • A good knowledge of building systems, codes and appropriate technology and materials, and an appreciation of and sensitivity toward ecology and the environment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a Bachelor of Architecture will be equipped to pursue opportunities in the following areas:

  • Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape and Interior Design consultancies
  • Real Estate Consultancies
  • Construction & Project Management
  • Government Offices (Ministries and Municipalities)
  • Facility Management
  • Master degrees in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape and Interior Design
  • Teaching positions in the related discipline.

Program Structure

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Elective
Credit Hours
Free Elective
Credit Hours
Total
Credit Hours
University Requirement (URC) 21 12 0 33
School: Design Foundation (CR) 50 0 0 50
Major Core (CR) 78 9 0 87
Major (Concentration)
Total 149 21 170

University Requirements

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
1) Languages, Mathematics and Islamic Culture
LNG 171 English I 3  
LNG 172 English II 3 LNG 171
LNG 173 Professional Communication Skills 3 LNG 172
GED 196E Communication Skills in Arabic 3  
MTH 112 Calculus I 3 Pass Math Placement test or MTH-012
GED 195E Descriptive Geometry 3  
GED 198E Islamic Culture 3  
2) Humanities: Students should select two courses from the following pool: (6 credits)
GED 110E Modern Art Appreciation 3  
GED 111 Music Appreciation and Communication 3  
GED 205E Psychology in Every Day Life 3 LNG 172
GED 252E Critical Thinking 3 LNG 172
GED 272E Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 LNG-172
GED 298E Special Topics in Western Culture 3 LNG-172, GED-198E
GED 324E Ethical Reasoning for Today's World 3 LNG 172
GED 140E Social Entrepreneurship 3  
3) Science & Technology : Students should select one of the following course: (3 credits)
BIO 101 Human Biology 3  
SHS 103 Chemistry 3  
SWS 361 Introduction to GIS 3  
GED 125E Ecosystems and Human Health - I 3  
ENV 301 Introduction to Environmental Science 3  
GED 132 Science and Technology in Society 3  
4) Social & Culture Students should take one course (3 credits)
GED 199E UAE Society 3  

School: Design Foundation Requirements (14 Courses = 50 Credit Hours)

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
DESI 101 Introduction to Design (Studio) 4  
DESI 121 Design Theory 3  
DESI 141 Drafting & Modeling 3  
DESI 102 Fundamentals of Design (Studio) 4 DESI 101
DESI 122 Human Factors 3 DESI 101
DESI 142 Freehand Drawing & Rendering 3  
HISD 201 History of Architecture and Interior Design 1 3 LNG 172
HISD 202 History of Architecture and Interior Design 2 3 HISD 201
DESI 211 Construction and Design Integration 1 3 DESI 102
DESI 212 Construction and Design Integration 2 3 DESI 211
DESI 220 Design Principles (Studio) 6 DESI 102
DESI 221 Design Methods (Studio) 6 DESI 220
DESI 231 Computer Aided Design 3 DESI 102
DESI 270 Sustainability of Buildings 1 3 DESI 101

Major Core Requirements

Compulsory requirements (78 Cr.H. )

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
ARCH 330 Environmental Design (Studio) 6 DESI 221
DESI 320 Environmental Systems & Design Integration 1 3 DESI 221
ARCH 300 Structures 1 3 MTH 112
ARCH 331 Integrated Design (Studio) 6 ARCH 330
DESI 321 Environmental Systems & Design Integration 2 3 DESI 320
DESI 340 Working Drawings and Detailing 3 ARCH 330/INDE 330
ARCH 301 Structures 2 3 ARCH 300
ARCH 360 Architectural Conservation and Heritage 3 HISD 202
ARCH 540 Senior Project - Urban Study (Studio) 6 ARCH 444 + ARCH 431
ARCH 570 Research Topic 3 ARCH 331
ARCH 541 Senior Project - Design (Studio) 6 ARCH 540
DESI 500 Professional Business and Portfolio 3 ARCH 331
DESI 550 Project Management 3 ARCH 331
DESI 490 Internship 3 After 80 Cr.H
ARCH 443 Design Studio - Institutional 6 ARCH 331
ARCH 421 Architecture of The Islamic World 3 ARCH 331
ARCH 431 Planning & Urban Design 3 ARCH 331
ARCH 444 Design Studio - Housing 6 ARCH 331
ARCH 422 Research & Design Applications 3 ARCH 331
ARCH 456 Building Code 3 ARCH 331

1. - Major Core Electives requirements

Student selects three courses from the following

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
ARCH 430 Architecture & Ecology 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 460 High Performance Design 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 451 Advanced Structures & Materials 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 452 Advanced Environmental Control Systems 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 480 Construction Technology 1 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 481 Construction Technology 2 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 485 Construction Economics 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 490 Principles of Urban Design 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 495 Principles of Landscape Design 1 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
ARCH 496 Principles of Landscape Design 2 3 ARCH-495
DESI 329 Special Topics-On Site Investigation 3 HISD-202
DESI 348 Graphic Design for Architects and Interior Designers 3 DESI-221
DESI 351 Color Theory 3 DESI-221
DESI 420 Sustainability of Buildings 2 3 DESI-270
DESI 451 Lighting 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
DESI 454 Building Information Modeling 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
DESI 455 Parametric Modeling 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330
DESI 456 Visualization 3 ARCH-330/INDE-330