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  • Please refer to the programs offered at Abu Dhabi University listed below and select up to two programs you are interested in:

Bachelor of Architecture

  • Program Mission

    The mission of the Architecture Program is to graduate architects equipped with knowledge and skills to be competitive in the job market. The degree was designed to be recognized as a professional degree in most regions of the world including North America, Europe and all Arab countries. This will help put graduates on the track to become registered licensed architects if they move to other countries. The English title 'Architect' translates to 'Architectural Engineer' in Arabic in many locations in the Arab world.

    The Architecture program comes to meet the demand for graduates in architecture which is escalating and will be sustained for many years. Growth in the construction industry in the region is driven by the need to develop the property sector. There has been a rapid increase in population, shortages of commercial and residential space and the impact of mega projects already underway. This coincides with the acute shortage of designers who are qualified to design and supervise the construction of these projects.

    Learning Outcomes

    The following program outcomes describe competencies and skills that our students acquire by the time of graduation. Our graduates are expected to be able to:

    • Communicate effectively, orally, in writing as well as graphically using manual techniques as well as computer tools to generate, evaluate, develop and communicate ideas.
    • Gather, assets, record, and apply relevant information and raise clear precise questions, interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test them against relevant criteria.
    • Resolve the needs of the client, owner and user taking into consideration the relationship between human behavior and the physical environment and the diverse needs, values, norms, abilities, and socioeconomic patterns that characterize different locations, cultures and individuals.
    • Prepare a comprehensive program for an architectural project, including assessment of client and user needs, critical review of appropriate precedents, an inventory of space requirements, an analysis of site conditions, a review of relevant laws and standards, and a definition of site selection and design assessment criteria.
    • Produce a comprehensive architectural project based on a building program and site that includes the development of programmed spacing while integrating structural and environmental systems, building envelope systems, life-safety provisions and the principles of sustainability.
    • Select and apply construction materials, products, components, and building assemblies to prepare technically precise drawings, outline specifications and estimates of building costs, life-cycle cost, and construction costs for a proposed design.
    • Assess, select and conceptually integrate different building environmental, electro-mechanical and structural systems into building design.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects and ethical issues of practice organization and management as well as the role of professional development, and the need to provide leadership in the building design and construction process.
  • These courses can be chosen from set of courses in the major apart from the above courses (9 credits) and from any other program at the University for which you meet the entry requirements (9 credits). Alternatively, you can choose a Minor (6 courses) in a specialization other than English.

    Requirements Credit Hours
    University Requirements 30 credit hours
    College Requirements 7 credit hours
    Major Requirements 110 credit hours
    Total 147 credit hours
  • Architecture is the art and science concerned with accommodating human activity within interior and exterior environments. It is concerned with the implementation of activities that shape the well-being of human settlements functionally as well as aesthetically. Architecture includes all types of buildings such as residential buildings, commercial, administrative, hospitality, entertainment, shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, airports and others. Working closely with engineers, construction managers, urban planners, interior designers and landscape architects, architects must identify all physical, physiological, psychological, and economical needs of different user groups using the building, prepare a program for the project to meet these needs, develop conceptual designs, conduct design development, prepare working drawings and contractual documents, and supervise the erection of buildings. This program offers courses in these topics which are an integral part of an undergraduate curriculum for an architect.

    Both private companies and public agencies seek architects for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering and architecture consulting firms or construction companies as designers and project managers. Graduates are equally prepared to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in allied fields of architecture and design.

    TOTAL CREDITS: 162 Credit Hours

    University Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

    ARL100 Communication Skills in Arabic I No Prerequisite 3
    ENG 100 English I TOEFL 500 3
    ENG 105 English II ENG 100 and UNS 100 3
    ENG201 Business & Technical Communications ENG 105 3
    ISL100 Islamic Culture No Prerequisite 3
    MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology MTG 100 or Math Placement Test 3
    PSY201 General Psychology No Prerequisite 3
    SOC201 UAE & GCC Society No Prerequisite 3
    STT100 General Statistics No Prerequisite 3
    UNS100 University Study Skills No Prerequisite 3

    College Requirements: 7 Credit Hours

    MTT 102 Calculus I Calculus Placement Test or MTT 101 3
    PHY 102 Physics and Engineering Applications I MTT 102 3
    PHY 102L Physics and Engineering Applications I Lab MTT 102 + PHY 102 (co-requisite) 1

    Major Requirements: 110 Credit Hours

    DES 110 Design Communication I No Prerequisite 3 (1+4)
    DES 120 Design Communication II DES 110 3 (1+4)
    DES 130 Design Foundations No Prerequisite 3 (1+4)
    ARC 210 Design Studio I DES 120 and DES 130 4 (2+4)
    ARC 220 Architectural History I ENG 105 3 (3+0)
    IND 235 Building Technology I DES 120 3 (2+2)
    ARC 240 Architecture and the Environment No Prerequisite 3 (2+2)
    ARC 250 Design Studio II ARC 210 4 (2+4)
    ARC 260 Architectural and Interior Design History II ARC 220 3 (3+0)
    IND 255 Building Technology II IND 235 3 (2+2)
    ARC 280 Computer Aided Design DES 110 3 (1+4)
    ARC 310 Design Studio III ARC 250 6 (2+8)
    ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting & Acoustics IND260 or ARC210 3 (2+2)
    ARC 330 Structures for Architects I ARC 270 3 (3+0)
    ARC 340 Building Technology III ARC 270 3 (2+2)
    ARC 350 Design Studio IV ARC 310 6 (2+8)
    ARC 360 Urban Planning ARC 210 3 (2+2)
    ARC 370 Professional Practice & Ethics ENG 105 3 (3+0)
    ARC 399 Internship 90 Credit Hours + ARC 370 3
    ARC 410 Design Studio V ARC 350 6 (2+8)
    ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems ARC320 or (ARC240 + ARC270) 3 (2+2)
    ARC 430 Working Drawings I ARC 340 3 (1+4)
    ARC 450 Design Studio VI ARC 410 6 (2+8)
    ARC 460 Structures for Architects II ARC 330 3 (3+0)
    ARC 470 Urban Design ARC 360 3 (1+4)
    ARC 510 Graduation Project I ARC 450 6 (4+4)
    ARC 520 Research Methods & Programming ARC 410 3 (3+0)
    ARC 530 Working Drawings II ARC 430 3 (1+4)
    ARC 540 Sustainable Design ARC 420 or ARC 410 3 (3+0)
    ARC 550 Graduation Project II ARC 510 6 (2+8)

    Professional Electives and Open Electives: 15 Credit Hours

    PRE 1 Professional Elective I No Prerequisite 3
    PRE 2 Professional Elective II No Prerequisite 3
    PRE3 Professional Elective III No Prerequisite 3
    OE 1 Open Elective I No Prerequisite 3
    OE 2 Open Elective II No Prerequisite 3

    Professional Elective Themes: 9 Credit Hours

    Note: To satisfy the requirements of a Theme, at least three courses must be taken from the same theme

    Professional Elective :: Special Design Focus Theme:

    ARC 581 Landscape Architecture ARC 210 3 (1+4)
    ARC 584 Housing ARC 360 3 (2+2)
    ARC 585 Islamic Architecture ARC 220 3 (2+2)
    ARC 588 Interior Architecture ARC 210 3 (1+4)

    Professional Elective :: Computer Applications Theme:

    ARC 582 3D Modeling DES210 or ARC280 3 (1+4)
    ARC 583 Building Information Modeling DES210 or ARC280 3 (1+4)
    ARC 591 Geographical Information Systems ARC 280 3 (1+4)

    Professional Elective :: Management Theme:

    ARC 586 Architectural Conservation ARC 260 3 (2+2)
    ARC 587 Project Management ARC 340 3 (2+2)
    ARC 590 Building Economics IND460 or ARC340 3 (2+2)

  • Once you have checked out our website or visited our campus, you will probably be wondering, "What comes next?"

    Although everyone is at a different point of the college-search process, this is a good time to learn more about the application procedure and timeline.

    For your convenience:

    • 1Apply in Person

      Admission information packages can be picked up from either one of our campuses Admission and Registration Offices.

    • 2Apply through Mail

      Application forms can be downloaded, completed, and brought to one of our campuses. Students can also mail the application form with the required documents and the Application Fee.

    • 3Apply Online

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    • 4Application Form

      Undergraduate Application Form

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