Bachelor of Architecture

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

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Architecture is a 5-year terminal degree program, that will enable you to fulfil local professional registration while matching the licensing requirements of international associations of architecture. The program provides students with a thorough understanding of the functional areas of architecture, including the design tools, methodologies and philosophies associated with decision-making and effective presentation processes. The objective of this program is to blend the fundamentals of design and technology with business and entrepreneurship through behavioural, technological, sustainable, and aesthetic exploration. Students learn the theoretical aspects of space and built environment and apply them practically through internships in their final year. The curriculum supports the professional and multidisciplinary philosophy with students being encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety of courses offered at CUD to foster and develop their interests and talents.

Program Benefits

The Bachelor of Architecture program will equip you 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
  • Knowledge of building systems, codes and appropriate technology and materials, and an appreciation of and sensitivity toward ecology and the environment
  • Software skills aligned with the requirements of design.

     

Graduate Careers

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture program you will have the qualification and skills to pursue opportunities in a variety of areas including:

  • Architecture
  • Space Planner
  • Fit-out Consultancies
  • Building Code Inspector
  • CAAD Manager
  • Urban Designer
  • Urban Planner
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Design Consultancies
  • Sustainability Consultancies
  • Real Estate Consultancies
  • Construction and Project Management
  • Government Offices (Ministries and Municipalities)
  • Facility Management
  • Master’s degrees in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape and Interior Design
  • Teaching positions in related disciplines.

Program Structure

Program Requirements

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Elective
Credit Hours
Total
Credit Hours
University Requirement (UR) 21 12 33
Faculty Requirements (Core) (CR.H) 50   50
Concentration (Major) (MJ) 78 9 87
Total 149 21 170

Core Requirements

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

Major Requirements

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

Major Electives

*Students must complete 9 credit hours (3 Courses)

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