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3.2.1    BA (Architecture) (Hons) Programme

The BA (Arch) is a four-year honours degree programme that comprises a general programme and three other design-focused tracks – 1) Design, 2) Landscape Architecture (LA) and 3) Urban Planning (UP). The curriculum content for the first three years is common to the general as well as the design-focused tracks.

The general programme terminates at the BA (Arch) degree whereas the design-focused tracks are concurrent with the Master of Architecture (M (Arch)), Master of Landscape Architecture (M (LA)) or Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree programmes. Only students who have achieved creditable grades in design, i.e. at least a B or B- in design at the third year (depending on the track of study) will be permitted to opt for a design focused tracks.

Students who are not eligible for the design focused tracks will continue in the general programme in their fourth year of study, leading to BA (Arch). Under this programme, students will no longer be required to take the design modules at fourth year. In its place, students will take elective modules with options to focus on Design Computing, Architectural & Urban Heritage or Urban Studies. Students who graduate with a high CAP in the general programme would continue to have the opportunity to pursue other graduate programmes.

Career Opportunities and Professional Registration

Graduates with a BA (Arch) degree who have completed Advanced Architectural Studies on Design Computing, Architectural & Urban Heritage or Urban Studies could work within these areas in architectural practices, government agencies or in research.
Graduates would also have opportunities to work in related fields including and not limited to interior design, industrial design, industrialised building systems, graphic design, commercial art and architectural journalism. Graduates who complete the Landscape Architecture (LA) or Urban Planning (UP) specialisation may also work in fields related to their specialisation.

The BA (Arch) degree does not in itself qualify graduates for registration with the Board of Architects. In order to eventually register as an architect with the Board of Architects, Singapore, BA (Arch) graduates must complete the M (Arch) degree and serve a minimum of two years of practical experience in an architectural practice to be eligible for the Professional Practice Examination conducted by the Board of Architects, Singapore. Those who pass the examination are then eligible to apply for registration as architects in Singapore.

Table 1: Curriculum Structure of the Four-year BA (Arch) Programme
NO. MODULES MCs
1 University Requirements 20
a General Education Modules (GEM) 20
2 Programme Requirements 108
a Essential modules taken within the Department 108
3 Unrestricted Electives (UE) 1 32
Total 160

1   Requisite modules taken to be considered for admission to the Masters programmes can be used to fulfil the UE requirements


Design-Focused Tracks

Students who have achieved creditable grades (B or B-, depending on the track of study) in design at the third year will be permitted to opt for the design-focused tracks.

The Design track will lead to the M Arch degree programme. The Design track offers students the opportunity to focus on design ideas, innovation and conceptualisation from a theoretical framework.

Students who obtained at least B average in design at third year level are eligible to be considered for Urban Planning track. The UP track allows students to proceed to the Master of Urban Planning programme subjected to fulfilment of the admission requirement.

The Landscape Architecture track enables students to migrate to the Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) programme. The LA modules will be offered at the third and fourth year. Students who have opted for the LA track after completion of second year but fail to achieve B- for design modules at third year will pursue the general degree programme.

Progression for the Architecture Concurrent Degree Programme

The admission requirements for various tracks of the M (Arch), M (LA) and M (UP) programmes are summarized in Table 2.

Students will receive both BA (Arch) (Hons) /BA (Arch) (depending on his/her CAP) and M (Arch)/M (LA)/M (UP) degrees concurrently upon completing the Masters programme.

Table 2: Summary of the Architecture Concurrent Degree Programme
Level 5 (Masters) Master of Architecture Master of Landscape Architecture Master of Urban Planning Master of Arts (Architecture) or Other NUS Graduate Programmes
with specialisation in Urban Design
Admission Criteria to Level 5 – Min C grade for AR5801 & AR5802

– Min CAP of 2.50

– Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission

 

– Min B+ average for AR5801 and AR5802

– Min CAP of 2.50

– Portfolio Review and Interview for all students who wish to read UD specialisation

– Min B- average for LA4701 & LA4702

– Min CAP of 2.50

– Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission

– Min CAP of 3.00 for MUP modules Subjected to
admission criteria of MA (Architecture) or other NUS Graduate programmes
Level 4

BA (Arch)/ BA (Arch) Hons

Design Track Landscape Architecture Track Urban Planning Track General Programme
Eligibility Criteria to proceed with Level 4 – Min B average for AR3101/AR3101a & AR3102/AR3102a
– Min B for AR3102/AR3102a
– Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission
– Min B- average for AR3101a & AR3102a
– Min B- for AR3102a
– or taken at least one of the modules attaining min B- grade
– Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission
– Min B average for AR3101/a and AR3102/a

– Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission

– Min C grade for AR3101/AR3101a & AR3102/AR3102a
Level 3 Common programme
Level 2
Level 1

Listing of Modules

The four-year BA (Arch) programme is structured as follows:

Table 3: BA (Arch) Curriculum – General Programme
  LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4
Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2
Design

AR1101
Design 1

(8 MCs)

AR1102
Design 2 (8 MCs)
AR2101
Design 3 (8 MCs)
AR2102
Design 4 (8 MCs)
AR3101
Design 5 (8 MCs)
AR3102
Design 6 (8 MCs)
Level 4000 & Above Arch Related Elective (in lieu of Design)

 (8 MC)

Level 4000 & Above Arch Related Elective (in lieu of Design)

 (8 MC)

History
Theory

AR2224 Ideas & Approaches in Design 

(4 MC)

 AR2222 History and Theory of Western Arch

(4 MC)

AR2221 History and Theory of SEA Arch

(4 MC)

 

     
Urban & 
Landscape
 

  AR3223 Introduction to Urbanism

(4 MC) 

 

AR4221 Urban Design Theory and Praxis

(4 MC)

 
Tech 
Environment

AR1327
Structural
Principles(4 MC)
AR2524
Spatial Computational Thinking

(4 MC)

 

   
 

AR1328
The Tropical Envelope

(4 MC)

AR2327
Architecture, Structure and Construction

(4 MC)

AR2723
Strategies for Sustainable Arch

(4 MC)

  AR3721
Environmental
Systems and
Construction
(4 MC) 
   
General Education Modules (GEM) – 20 MCs
Unrestricted Electives (within/outside SDE) (UE) – 32 MCs

 

Table 4: BA (Arch) Curriculum – Design Track
  LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4
Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2
Design AR1101
Design 1(8 MC)
AR1102
Design 2(8 MC)
AR2101
Design 3(8 MC)
AR2102
Design 4(8 MC)
AR3101
Design 5(8 MC)
AR3102
Design 6(8 MC)
AR5801 Options Design Research Studio 1

(8 MC)

AR5802 Options Design Research Studio 2

(8 MC)

History
Theory

AR2224

Ideas & Approaches in Design

(4 MC)

 AR2222

History and Theory of Western Arch

(4 MC)

AR2221

History and Theory of SEA Arch

(4 MC)

    Arch Elective#

(4 MC) 

Urban &
Landscape

 

  AR3223

Introduction to Urbanism

(4 MC)

  AR4221
Urban Design Theory and Praxis

(4 MC)

 
Tech
Environment

AR1327
Structural
Principles

(4 MC)

AR2524

Spatial Computational Thinking

(4 MC)

 

AR5321

Advanced Architectural Integration #

(4 MC)

 
 

AR1328
The Tropical Envelope

(4 MC)

AR2327
Architecture, Structure and Construction

(4 MC)

AR2723
Strategies for Sustainable Arch

(4 MC)

 

 AR3721
Environmental Systems and Construction

(4 MC)

 Arch Elective#
(4 MC) 
 
Management             AR5423
Architectural Practice#

(4 MC)

General Education Modules (GEM) – 20 MCs
Unrestricted Electives (within/outside SDE) (UE) – 32 MCs

#Requisite modules to be considered for admission to the M.Arch programme. These modules can count towards UE requirements

*Additional UEs students have to complete on their own if they are taking the requisite modules listed under otherwise full 32 MCs of UEs will apply.

 

 

Table 5:      BA (Arch) Landscape Architecture Track
 

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4
Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1

Sem 2

Design

AR1101

Design 1

(8 MC)

AR1102 Design 2

(8 MC)

AR2101 Design 3

(8 MC)

AR2102

Design 4

(8 MC)

 

AR3101a Design 5

(LA Emphasis) +

(8 MC)

 

AR3102a Design 6

(LA Emphasis) +

(8 MC)

 

LA4701

MLA Studio: Quarter

(8 MC)

LA4702

MLA Studio: City

(8 MC)

                 History

Theory

 

AR2224

Ideas & Approaches in Design

(4 MC)

AR2222

History and Theory of Western Arch

(4 MC)

AR2221

History and Theory of SEA Arch

(4 MC)

         
Urban &

Landscape

       

LA4203

History and Theory of Landscape Arch

(4 MC)

LA4212

Tropical Plant Identification#

(4 MC)

LA4301

Material and Design#

(4 MC)

LA4202

Planting Design#

(4 MC)

       

AR3223

Introduction to Urbanism

(4 MC)

  LA5301

Geo Design#

(4 MC)

LA5302

Detail Design#

(4 MC)

Tech

Environment

 

AR1327 Structural

Principles

(4 MC)

 

AR2524

Spatial Computational Thinking

(4 MC)

       
 

AR1328

The Tropical Envelope

(4 MC)

AR2327 Architecture, Structure and Construction

(4 MC)

AR2723 Strategies for Sustainable Arch

(4 MC)

 

AR3721 Environmental Systems and Construction

(4 MC)

   

General Education Modules (GEM) – 20 MCs
Unrestricted Electives (within/outside SDE) (UE) – 12 MCs*

 + Students have to take at least one of the modules (AR3101a or AR3102a) to be considered for LA specialisation in fourth year.

#Requisite modules to be considered for admission to the M.LA programme. These modules can count towards UE requirements

*Additional UEs students have to complete on their own if they are taking the requisite modules listed under otherwise full 32 MCs of UEs will apply.

 

 

Table 6:      BA (Arch) CurriculumUrban Planning Track
 

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4
Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1

Sem 2

Design

AR1101

Design 1

(8 MC)

AR1102 Design 2

(8 MC)

AR2101 Design 3

(8 MC)

AR2102

Design 4

(8 MC)

AR3101

Design 5

(8 MC)

AR3102

Design 6

(8 MC)

DEP5101

Urban

Analysis

Workshop

&

DEP5101A

Qualitative

Methods for

Urban

Planning

(8 MCs)

DEP5103

Urban

Planning

Studio

&

DEP5103A

Quantitative

Methods for

Urban

Planning

(8 MCs)

                 History

Theory

 

AR2224

Ideas & Approaches in Design

(4 MC)

AR2222

History and Theory of Western Arch

(4 MC)

AR2221

History and Theory of SEA Arch

(4 MC)

         
Urban &

Landscape

           

DEP5104

Urban &

Regional

Economics

(4 MCs) #

DEP5102

Urban

Planning

History

&Theory

(4 MCs)

           

UD5521

Planning

Process

(4 MCs) #

MUP Elective 2

(4 MCs)  #

       

AR3223

Introduction to Urbanism

(4 MC)

  MUP Elective 1

(4 MCs) #

MUP Elective 3

(4 MCs) #

Tech

Environment

 

AR1327 Structural

Principles

(4 MC)

 

AR2524

Spatial Computational Thinking

(4 MC)

       
 

AR1328

The Tropical Envelope

(4 MC)

AR2327 Architecture, Structure and Construction

(4 MC)

AR2723 Strategies for Sustainable Arch

(4 MC)

 

AR3721 Environmental Systems and Construction

(4 MC)

   

General Education Modules (GEM) – 20 MCs

Unrestricted Electives (within/outside SDE) (UE) – 12 MCs*

 #Requisite modules to be considered for admission to the M.UP programme. These modules can count towards UE requirements

*Additional UEs students have to complete on their own if they are taking the requisite modules listed under otherwise full 32 MCs of UEs will apply.

 

 

Teaching Approach

Design modules are taught through design studios. Critique sessions will form part of the studio procedure in teaching. Lecture modules include formal lectures, followed by seminars/tutorials. Field trips, site visits, measurement and study of buildings for research, investigation and documentation may be involved.

Assessment and Examination

Assessment criteria will vary according to subject content. In the Department of Architecture, design modules are assessed by 100% “continuous assessment” (CA). The other essential modules may also be assessed by 100% CA or a combination of CA and Examination.

Students who fail an essential module will retake the module when it is next offered and must sit for the examination in that Semester. A retake module refers to a module where students have to attend lectures and tutorials and complete assignments and examinations. A new CA grade has to be obtained.

Students who fail a GEM/UE module may either replace it with a new GEM/UE module or retake the failed module the following year. There is no limit to the number of times a student may retake the same GEM/UE module.

A student who has passed the examination of a module will not be permitted to retake the same module for the purpose of improving his/her grade. This condition does not apply to the Design modules where the prerequisite for progression to the next level is a ”C” or “S” grade. Students who achieve a ”D” or “U” grade will be required to retake the Design module.

Progression of Students

Please see the table below:

Minimum MCs (in general) for promotion to the next level ARK1 -> ARK2 [>=40 MC]

ARK2 -> ARK3 [>=80 MC]

ARK3 -> ARK4 [>=120 MC]

Additional requirements Must pass Design with a minimum “C” or “S”** grade

** Applicable to AR1101/ AR1102 if students declare S/U for the module(s) under the S/U policy (for 2016/17 cohort onwards)

Graduation Requirements for four-year BA (Arch) Programme

Students are required to take all essential modules offered in the semester to which they have progressed, provided they have passed the relevant prerequisites. In addition, they may take modules to satisfy University and other requirements.

Minimum Graduating criteria for

  • BA (Arch) Hons: Minimum Grade C for Design and CAP 3.00
  • BA (Arch): Minimum Grade C for Design and CAP 2.00

Students who exit the concurrent degree programme at the end of BA (Arch) Year 4 and consequently seek admission to M (Arch), M (LA) or M (UP) would be required to fulfil a minimum CAP of 3.50 and other criteria governing admission as determined at the point of application.

Advanced Placement Credits

Polytechnic diploma holders admitted to the programme may be granted advanced placement credits (APCs) for relevant modules. This is subject to Departmental consideration, given the wide range of subject modules from the polytechnics.

For up-to-date APCs list, please refer to:
http://www.sde.nus.edu.sg/acad/download/SDE_APC.pdf