Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Architecture

An architect possesses not only technical and design talent, but also an aptitude for socio-cultural and architectural-scientific matters. After all, architecture does not exist separately from life and society in which it occurs. Architecture creates the environment, and at the same time establishes itself within that environment.

Bachelor's Programme
3 year 180 credits
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Dutch
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What

First and foremost, our programme offers a solid practical training, architectural design methods and presentation techniques, supplemented with a basic knowledge of urban design. You will be made acquainted with, and gain insight into the constructional and technical principles of building. You will be made aware of the significance and social importance of architecture and urban design nourished by historical and architectural theoretical knowledge and reflection. You will be trained in conducting and presenting design-oriented and academic research. And last but not least, you will get to know the architect’s professional practice. The programme curriculum and its rich learning environment offer you the time, the means and the possibilities, depending on your own abilities and interests, to deepen your knowledge and become proficient in one of the specific aspects of the field.

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Aandachtspunten

To be able to enrol in the Bachelor of Engineering: Architecture programme, you must have taken the benchmark test.

For whom

Architects need to be in possession of a wide range of qualities. You have technical and design talents as well as an aptitude for social-cultural and architectural-scientific matters. Studying Architecture means choosing a broad intellectual study programme, and having an interest in its various aspects and especially in their mutual relationships.
In terms of prior education, a secondary school diploma with at least 6 hours/week of mathematics in its curriculum is particularly welcome. The first-year mathematics course units build upon a secondary school curriculum containing 6 hours/week of mathematics in the two senior years. Prior knowledge for physics is useful as well, but it is less decisive than mathematics. The design studios make up the artistic component of the study programme. A great interest in design and aesthetics, and the motivation to learn are specific conditions for success. Please note that design is part of the study programme’s bedrock. Simply being good at the basic science course units and architectural-scientific course units will not suffice. A good architect possesses the unique combination of both talents.

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Structure

  • Bachelor

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Architecture emphasizes the ‘answer-oriented learning process’. You are introduced to constructional aspects from day one. During studio work you discover the complexity of architectural problems. You learn how to tackle these problems independently, and which method to use. The curriculum also contains a cluster of basic science course units, mathematics and physics in particular. You will be introduced to architectural theory and architectural history and you will take course units dealing with man, society and culture. This broad spectrum of course units will allow you to make a well-informed choice of main subject in the Master’s programme.

  • Master

The Master of Science in Engineering: Architecture offers a broad academic knowledge base with a focus on architectural design within the main field of application of building. Within those contours, you will be given the opportunity to develop your own profile based on your personal interests and intellectual strengths. You can choose one of two main subjects. The main subject Urban Design and Architecture is aimed at architectural engineers with a special interest in buildings in their environment. Students are trained in architecture and urban design, and introduced to theoretical knowledge areas related to design on a grander scale. The main subject Architectural Design and Construction Techniques is aimed at architectural engineers with a special interest in building design and its details, in construction, and in sustainable building techniques. In the final year, students complete their Master’s dissertation, in which they work out a design or research question independently under supervision of the department’s academic staff. Students present their (research) results to fellow-students during a public oral presentation. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering: Architecture gives direct access to the Master of Science Urbanism and Spatial Planning, a programme aiming to familiarize students with the broad field of spatial planning and urban development. 

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Labour Market

Our graduates are professionally active in a wide variety of sectors. After the work placement, some of them set up their own architectural practice, either individually or in group. Other graduates find employment in government services, where they help set the scene for future building and planning. Others choose a career as stability or technical installations engineer, project manager, energy expert or safety coordinator. The study programme also opens up professional perspectives for those who want to focus on advanced visualization techniques or data processing necessary in construction and planning processes. 

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