Bachelor of Arts degree

Bachelor of Architecture

The Architecture program in the School of Architecture and Design at AIU is meticulously crafted to align with international standards and provide a robust academic foundation in architecture. This program blends theoretical knowledge with professional practice, equipping students with a comprehensive understanding of architectural design, planning, and project management.

The curriculum is tailored to cultivate a broad range of professional skills essential for the effective realization of architectural concepts. Students are engaged in a variety of projects encompassing residential, commercial, and specialized architectural spaces. The curriculum is designed not only to meet the rigorous demands of the architectural profession but also to encourage students to develop their unique architectural vision. The program includes a series of projects, where students focus on developing and presenting a professional portfolio. This portfolio serves as a critical tool for students to seize career opportunities in the diverse field of architecture.

What can I do with my major?

Career Opportunities

  • Architect 
  • Architectural technologist 
  • Building control surveyor 
  • CAD technician 
  • Interior and spatial designer 
  • Urban designer 
  •  Jobs where your degree would be useful include: 
  • Building surveyor 
  • Site Manager/Supervisor 
  • Project Tenders Manager 
  • Construction manager 
  • Estates manager 
  • Cost Estimator 
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer 
  • Landscape architect 
  • Project Manager 
  • Lighting Designer

Degree Requirements

 

School of Architecture and Design Requirements 

Students in the Bachelor of Architecture program must complete a minimum of 171 credits including satisfaction of all degree requirements of AIU. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.

General Education Requirements :  36 credits
   
Major Requirements:     135 credits

Total Credits Required for Degree:  171 credits

General Education Requirements

AIU’s General Education curriculum is required for all undergraduate students and consists of 36 hours of coursework from nine core areas. Students in the School of Architecture and Design must complete these specific courses to satisfy General Education requirements: 

Course Hours 

  • CSC 101 Computer Essentials (CS) 3  
  • ENG 101 College Writing (EC) 3  
  • ENG 301 Technical Writing (EC) 3  
  • ENG 302 Technical Presentations (OC) 3  
  • AIU 100   AIU Experience (EX) 1  
  • AIU 300 Internship and Career Preparation (EX) 1  
  • AIU 111 / 112 Wellness at AIU(WL) 1  
  • MAT 121 Calculus I (MA) 3  
  • PHY 120 Physics I (NS) 3  
  • Natural Science Course (NS) 3  
  • ARH 202 Islamic Art & Architecture (AH) 3  
  • Arts and Humanities courses (AH) 3  
  • Social Science course (SS) 6  

Total Hours: 36 

Required Architecture Courses

Major Requirements

  • ARC 101 Architecture Design I 6  
  • ARC 102 Architecture Design II 6  
  • ARC 111 Visual Representation I 3  
  • ARC 112 Visual Representation II 3  
  • ARC 121 Architecture and Culture 1  
  • ARC 122 Architecture and Behavior 1  
  • ARC 203 Architecture Design III 6  
  • ARC 204 Architecture Design IV 6  
  • ARC 213 Visual Representation III 3 
  • CAE 213 Behavior of Structural Systems I 3  
  • ARC 223 Architecture and the Environment 1  
  • ARC 230 Building Technology I: Materials and Methods 3  
  • ARC 231 Building Technology II: Structural Systems 3  
  • ARC 267 History of Architecture I: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance 3  
  • ARC 268 History of Architecture II: Baroque through Contemporary 3  
  • ARC 305 Architecture Design V 6  
  • ARC 306 Architecture Design VI 6  
  • ARC 362 Environmental Building Systems I 3  
  • ARC 363 Environmental Building Systems II 3  
  • ARC 371 Vernacular Architecture 3 
  • CAE 313 Behavior of Structural Systems II 3  
  • ARC 407 Architecture Design VII 6  
  • ARC 408 Architecture Design VIII 6  
  • ARC 452 Management of Professional Practice 4  
  • ARC 509 Architecture Design IX 6  
  • ARC 510 Architecture Design X 6  
  • ARC 400 Construction Documents 3 
  • ARC 200 Interior Architecture Design3 
  • ARC 559 Sustainability and LEED Exam Prep. 1 
  • ARC 549 Construction and Project Management 3 
  • ARC 490 Internship 3  
  • Architecture Electives 12  
  • School of Architecture and Design Elective 3  
  • ARC History Elective 3  

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