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Bachelor of ArchitectureBack

Program Overview and Objectives

Delivery type Duration Language Intakes Study location
Day Full-time: 5 years English Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Available at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain,
Al Dhafra Region and Abu Dhabi Downtown (Subject to CAA approval)

 

Concerned with the art and science of merging human activity harmoniously with interior and exterior environments, architecture is the process of planning, designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures. The UAE is a great place to study architecture. Its stunning city skylines boast some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and many of its innovative buildings push the limits of architectural imagination. 

This five-year program will introduce you to the fascinating world of architecture and help you tap into your creativity and imagination as well as provide the required technical and environmental knowledge. You will learn to identify the physical, physiological, psychological, and economical needs of different user groups and how to meet these needs, develop conceptual designs, conduct design development, prepare working drawings and contractual documents, and supervise the construction of buildings.

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 puts you on the right track to become a registered licensed architect in many places around the world. 

Accreditation

This program is nationally accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation at the UAE’s Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs. Additionally, the program is internationally recognized and accredited by the following bodies.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of the most prestigious academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public & private universities, colleges, secondary & elementary schools in the USA & foreign institutions

  • Career Prospects

    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. As well as becoming a professional architect, the study of architecture is also an excellent vehicle for further academic study at postgraduate level in different disciplines, and other forms of career development.

    Graduates have gone on to work in companies including Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Al Bayaty Architects, Musanada, RW Armstrong and Shankland Cox Ltd among many others.


  • Entry Requirements

    Abu Dhabi University accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, with intakes in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

    Entry Requirements for Direct Admission


    1. Secondary School Certificate:

    Type of Secondary School Certificate Requirements
    Ministry of Education Schools- General Track

    Ministry of Education Schools- Advanced Track

    Abu Dhabi Education Council Track
    • Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 
    Indian Senior Secondary Certificates (CBSE), or State Board Examinations, or Indian School Certificates awarded by ICSE
    • Achieving the minimum average of 50% on completing grade 12
    British System (IGCSE & GCE)
    • Completing a total of 7 subjects from either IGCSE level or AS/A2 levels, in at least 4 of the following fields: Mathematics, Languages, Sciences, Social Studies and Humanities, Art and Design; with a minimum required grade of C for the IGCSE level subjects, D for the AS Levels, and E for A2 subjects.
    • Successfully provide evidence / certificate of completing at least 11 years of schooling.
    Canadian & American High School Diplomas
    • Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 or its equivalent of overall average B grade or 3.0/ 4.0
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Successfully completing 6 subjects, with at least 2 at the higher level (HL) and a minimum total of 24 points.
    2. English Language Proficiency Requirements: for programs taught in English, a minimum score range of 1100 - 1225 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL scores of 173 CBT (Computer-Based Test), 61 IBT (Internet-Based Test), 500 PBT (Paper-Based Test), or 5.0 IELTS (taken at Amideast), or their equivalent.

    We also welcome applications from international students with a variety of secondary school certificates, and grades from other educational systems across the world, so long as they are recognized, and meet the conditions stipulated by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs. For more information on the entry requirements for international students, please visit Undergraduate International Admission.

    For the complete list of accepted secondary school certificates download Recognized Secondary School Certificates.

    Applicants with grades and English Language Proficiency Test scores that don’t match the above requirements may be granted exceptions for conditional admission, dependent on their successful completion of required coursework or meeting specified criteria. For further guidance on conditional admission to any of ADU’s undergraduate programs, visit Undergraduate Conditional Admission.

    Undergraduate students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission. For more information on requirements for credit transfer, visit Undergraduate Transfer Students.

    or call toll free +9712 800 ADYOU (23968)

    or email admissions@adu.ac.ae for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses

    or click here to download ADU’s undergraduate programs catalogue

  • Curriculum

    TOTAL CREDITS: 162 Credit Hours

    Degree Requirements Total Credit Hours: 162
    General Education Requirements 33 credit hours
    College Requirements 4 credit hours
    Major Requirements 110 credit hours
    Major Electives 9 credit hours
    Open Electives 6 credit hours
    General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I No Prerequisite 3
    ENG 200 English II English Proficiency Specified Score/ENG100(C grade)+ (Co) UNS102 3
    ENG 305 Technical Communications For Engineering & Science ENG 200 3
    ISL 100 Islamic Culture No Prerequisite 3
    MTT 101 Math for Science and Technology C grade in MTG 100 or MPT 3
    MTT 102 Calculus I MTT 101 3
    PSY 201 General Psychology ENG 100 + UNS 102 3
    SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society ENG 100 + UNS 102 3
    STT 100 General Statistics No Prerequisite 3
    UNS 102 University Study Skills No Prerequisite 1
    CRT 301 Critical Thinking UNS 102 + ENG 200 2
    INE 300 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneur ENG 200 + Completion of 60 chrs 3

     

    Degree Requirements 4 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    PHY 102 Physics and Engineering Applications I MTT 102 3
    PHY 102 L Physics and Engineering Applications I Lab MTT 102 + PHY 102 (Co) 1

     

    Major Requirements 110 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) 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 200 3 (3+0)
    ARC 230 Building Technology I DES 110 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)
    ARC 270 Building Technology II ARC 230 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 ARC 210 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 200 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 ARC 240 and ARC 270 3 (3+0)
    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 410 3 (2+2)
    ARC 550 Graduation Project II ARC 510 6 (2+8)

     

    Professional Electives and Open Electives 15 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    PRE1 Professional Elective I - 3
    PRE2 Professional Elective II - 3
    PRE3 Professional Elective III - 3
    OE 1 Open Elective I - 3
    OE 2 Open Elective II - 3

     

     Professional Elective Themes* 9 Cr. Hours
    Themes options Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    Special Design Focus 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)
    Computer Applications ARC 582 3D Modeling ARC 280 3 (1+4)
    ARC 583 Building Information Modeling ARC 280 3 (1+4)
    ARC 591 Geographical Information Systems ARC 280 3 (1+4)
    Management ARC 586 Architectural Conservation ARC 260 3 (2+2)
    ARC 587 Project Management ARC 340 3 (2+2)
    ARC 590 Building Economics ARC 340 3 (2+2)
    (*To satisfy the requirements of a Theme, at least three courses must be taken from the same theme.)

    *Note: English Proficiency Specified Score: Score of 1250+ & B2 (CEFR) in Writing Component for EmSat or/ 5.5 overall average & 5.5 specific score in Writing Component for IELTS, equivalent in other English Proficiency Test

  • Study Plan

    Study Plan (Fall Start)

    First Year (Freshman)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 1 ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I 3 No Prerequisite
    ENG 200 English II 3 * EPSS / ENG100(C grade)+ (Co) UNS102
    ISL 100 Islamic Culture 3 No Prerequisite
    STT 100 General Statistics 3 No Prerequisite
    UNS 102 University Study Skills 1 No Prerequisite
    DES 110 Design Communication I 3 No Prerequisite
    Total Credit Hours 16
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 2 SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society 3 ENG100 + (Co) UNS102
    MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology 3 C grade in MTG 100 or Math PT
    PSY 201 General Psychology 3 ENG100 + (Co) UNS102
    DES 130 Design Foundations 3 Nil
    DES 120 Design Communication II 3 DES 110
    Total Credit Hours 18
    Second Year (Sophomore)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 3 ARC 210 Design Studio I 4 DES 120 and DES 130
    ARC 220 Architectural History I 3 ENG 200
    ARC 230 Building Technology I 3 DES 110
    ARC 240 Architecture and the Environment 3 Nil
    MTT 102 Calculus I 3 MTT 101
    CRT 301 Critical Thinking 2 UNS 102 + ENG 200
    Total Credit Hours 18
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 4 ARC 250 Design Studio II 4 ARC 210
    ARC 260 Architectural and Interior Design History II 3 ARC 220
    ARC 270 Building Technology II 3 ARC 230
    ARC 280 Computer Aided Design 3 DES 110
    PHY 102 Physics and Engineering Applications I 3
    MTT 102
    PHY 102L Physics and Engineering Applications I Lab 1 MTT 102+ PHY 102 (co-req)
    Total Credit Hours 17

     

    Third Year (Junior)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 5 ARC 310 Design Studio III 6 ARC 250
    ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting & 3 ARC 210
    ARC 330 Structures for Architects I 3 ARC 270
    ARC 340 Building Technology III 3 ARC 270
    Total Credit Hours 15
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 6 ARC 350 Design Studio IV 6 ARC 310
    ARC 360 Urban Planning 3 ARC 210
    ARC 370 Professional Practice & Ethics 3 ENG 200
    ENG 305 Technical Communications for Eng.& Science 3 ENG 200
    INE 300 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneur 3 ENG 200 + Completion of 60 chrs
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Summer Semester ARC 399 Internship 3 90 Credit Hours
    Fourth Year (Senior)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 7 ARC 410 Design Studio V 6 ARC 350
    ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and 3 ARC 240 and ARC 270
    ARC 430

    Working Drawings I

    3 ARC 340
    OPE 01 Open Elective 1 3  
    Total Credit Hours 15
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 8 ARC 450 Design Studio VI (Capstone Experience) 6 ARC 410
    ARC 460 Structures for Architects II 3 ARC 330
    ARC 470 Urban Design 3 ARC 360
    PRE 01 Professional Elective 1 3 -
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Fifth Year (Final)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 9 ARC 510 Graduation Project I 6 ARC 450
    ARC 520 Research Methods & Programming 3 ARC 410
    ARC 530

    Working Drawings II

    3 ARC 430
    ARC 540 Sustainable Design 3 ARC 410
    Total Credit Hours 15
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 10 ARC 550 Graduation Project II 6 ARC 510
    PRE 02 Professional Elective 2 3  
    PRE 03 Professional Elective 3 3  
    OPE 2 Open Elective 2 3 -
    Total Credit Hours  

    *Note: English Proficiency Specified Score: Score of 1250+ & B2 (CEFR) in Writing Component for EmSat or/ 5.5 overall average & 5.5 specific score in Writing Component for IELTS, equivalent in other English Proficiency Test

  • Scholarships

    Scholarships (Abu Dhabi)

    ADU’s Scholarships & Financial Aid Fund offers Bachelor of Architecture students several types of scholarships of up to 45% in tuition fee waivers.  Examples of the potential applicable discounts are provided below.

    Program

    Total Credit Hours

    Estimated Total Credit Hours Tuition Fees

    Average Tuition Credit Hour Cost

    After 45% Discount

    After 30% Discount

    After 10% Discount

    Bachelor of Architecture

    162

    274,760

    1696

    151,118

    192,332

    247,284

    TUITION STRUCTURE

    AED Per Credit Hour for College/Department Requirement

    College of Engineering

    AED 1,780

    University College

    AED 1,440

     

    For further details, or information on your eligibility for the above, please click here.

    * Terms and conditions apply

    Note: The costs of books and supplies are not included in the tuition fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University.  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and other fee rates at any time.  A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.  For more information, please click here to view the University's fee structure.

    Scholarships (Al Ain)

    ADU’s Scholarships & Financial Aid Fund offers Bachelor of Architecture students several types of scholarships of up to 45% in tuition fee waivers.  Examples of the potential applicable discounts are provided below.

     

    Program

    Total Credit Hours

    Estimated Total Credit Hours Tuition Fees

    After 45% Discount

    After 30% Discount

    After 10% Discount

    Bachelor of Architecture

    162

    220,460

    121,253

    154,322

    198,414

    College of Engineering

    AED 1,430

    University College

    AED 1,150

     

    For further details, or information on your eligibility for the above, please click here.

    * Terms and conditions apply

    Note: The costs of books and supplies are not included in the tuition fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University.  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and other fee rates at any time.  A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.  For more information, please click here to view the University's fee structure.

  • Fees

    UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AND FEE RATES
    Academic Year 2017-2018

    TUITION STRUCTUREAED Per Credit Hour for College/Department Requirement
    Arts & Sciences AED 1,440
    Business AED 1,620
    Engineering AED 1,780
    Other Engineering Programs (BSc in Aviation and BSc in Civil Engineering) AED 1,890
    Law AED 1,440
    University College AED 1,440
    FeesAED
    Admission Application Fee (Non-refundable) AED 300
    Registration Fee (Non-refundable; Paid once upon admission) AED 2,850
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Late Registration/Payment 500 500
    Student Services 350 175
    Healthcare Services 120 60
    Transportation - Door to Door (Optional) 3,700 1,850
    Transportation - Drop-Off Point (Optional) 2,400 1,200
    Institutional TOEFL+ Writeplacer (Optional) 585
    IELTS Exam (Optional) 945
    Accommodation FeesAED
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Private 12,500 3,800
    Semi-private 9200 2800
    Double 6700 2000
    Double with Shared-bath 5400 1700

    Note:  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to make changes affecting tuition and other fees during the fiscal year.



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