College, Architecture, Planning
Bachelor of Architecture Study Program
The Bachelor of Architecture Study Program is currently undergoing a major review due to the following recent developments:
A- Enhancement of the previous program due to:
- Deviation of courses from their stated objectives.
- Inadequate contact hours for some courses, e.g. Design Studios and Building Construction.
B- Arising Demands:
- Basic Skills Enrolled students need learning capabilities and skills.
- Considerations for academic accreditation.
- To consider the following recommendations for Architectural Education by the EAAE, the UIA, RIBA and NAAB:
- 5-year Study Plan.
- 36 % Design Studio Courses.
- 20 % Technology and Environment Courses.
- 14 % Culture and Heritage Courses.
- 23 % Communication Skills Courses.
- 07 % Professional Practice Courses.
C- Market Demands:
Graduates to undertake Design, Construction, Contract Documentation and Supervision
D- International Programs in Architecture are set as benchmarks for the development
- Pre-requisite course sequence.
- Lack of proper courses needed to enhance job opportunities e.g., Working Drawings & Interior Design.
- Overload of theoretical courses at the expense of practical courses
- Contact hours are not suitable for the new program
Program Goals and Development Strategies
- Continuation The development of the previous program into the new 5-year program with the inclusion of the basic skills.
- Balance Achieve a balance in the distribution of core courses (Design and Skills), humanities (Theory & History, Islamic Culture and Professional Practice), and technology courses (Systems and Basic Sciences).
- Qualification Graduates qualified to meet the market demands (Design, construction, contract documents and supervision)
- Accreditation Achieve percentage ratios of course groups recommended by Academic Accreditation.
- Practical Training Focus on Practical Training as a graduation requirement, taken between the 6th and 7th levels whereby the student has sufficient technical knowledge to experience professional practice.