B.A. Architecture (Hons.) Programme

The B.A.(Arch) Hons. is a four years degree programme that comprises a general programmeallowing for a choice of fourforms of specialisation. The specialisation tracks are in Design, Design Technology & Sustainability (DTS),Landscape Architecture(LA) and Urban Planning. The curriculum content for the first three years is common to both general andspecialisationcourses. The B.A.(Arch) Hons. programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) to Part One standard.

The general programme terminates at the B.A.(Arch) Hons. degree whereas the specialisationcourses are concurrent with the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.),Master of Landscape Architecture (M.LA.)or Master of Urban Planning(M.UP) degree programme. Only students who have achieved creditable grades in design, i.e. at least a B- in design at the third year level will be permitted to opt for a specialisation. Students who obtain a C grade at third year level will continue in a general degree program leading to B.A (Arch). 

Under this programme, students will no longer be required to take the design modules at fourth year level. In its place, students will take modules on Advanced Architectural Studies 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 an B.A.(Arch)Hons. degree who have completed Advanced Architectural Studies on Design Computing, Architectural & Urban Heritage or Urban Studiespursue career in architectural practices, government agencies or in research and academia.
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 and graduate with B.A.(Arch)Hons.may also work in LAor UP.

 

 

he B.A.(Arch) Hons degree does not in itself qualify graduates for registration with the Board of Architects. The M.Arch. degree is RIBA  Part Two accredited. In order to eventually register as an architect with the Board of Architects, Singapore. B.A.(Arch) Hons. 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 B.A. (Arch) Hons. Programme

NO.

MODULES

MCS

1

University Requirements

20

a

General Education Modules (GEM)

1 from Group A: Science & Technology

1 from Group B: Humanities & Social Sciences

8

b

Singapore Studies (SS)

4

c

Breadth

8

2

Programme Requirements

120

a

Essential modules taken within the Department

120

3

Unrestricted Electives (UE) [1]

20

 

Total

160

Note 1:
The elective modules for the various  specialisations can be used to fulfil the UE requirements.  

Specialisations

Students who have achieved creditable grades in design, i.e. at least a B- in design at the third year level will be permitted to opt for specialisation. The two specialisation tracks in Design and Design Technology & Sustainability (DTS) will lead to the M.Arch. degreeprogramme. 
The Design specialisation track offers students the opportunity to focus on design ideas, innovation and conceptualisation from a theoretical framework. The DTS specialisation track is driven by the need to adopt evidence based research and simulative design processes in pursuing sustainability in architecture. Specialisation modules will be offered at the fourth year level.

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

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

Please refer to Table 2 for admission criteria to the general programme and specialisation tracks in the B.A (Arch) 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 B.A. (Arch) Hons./B.A. (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

with specialisation in Design Technology &Sustainability

 

Admission Criteria to Level 5

  • Min B- average for AR4101 & AR4102
  • Min 2.5 CAP
  • Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission

 

•   Min B+ average for AR4101 and AR4102

•   Min CAP of 2.5

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

  • Min B- average for AR4103 & AR4104
  • Min 2.5 CAP
  • Portfolio Review and Interview for

Discretionary Admission

  • Min B- average for LA4701 & LA4702
  • Min 2.5 CAP
  • Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission
  • Min CAP of 3.0 for MUP modules

Subjected to
admission criteria of M.A.(Architecture) or other NUS Graduate programmes

 

Level 4

B.A (Arch)/ B.A (Arch) Hons

Specialisation in Design

Specialisation in Design Technology &Sustainability

Specialisation in Landscape Architecture

Specialisation in Urban Planning

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
  • (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 leading to RIBA Part 1

Level 2

Level 1

Listing of Modules

The four-year B.A. (Arch) programme is structured as follows:

Table 3: B.A. (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)

AR4001

 

Advanced
Architectural
Study 1

(8 MCs)

AR4002

Advanced
Architectural
Study 2

(8 MCs)

History
Theory

Intro Art
&
Design [1]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
01 [2]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
02 [2]

(4 MC)

 

 

 

Urban & 
Landscape

 

AR1724 
Intro to
Landscape
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2223
Theory
of UD &
Planning

(4 MC)

 

 

 

UD5221
Theory &
Elements
of UD

(4 MC)

 

Tech 
Environment

AR1327
Structural 
Principles

(4 MC)

AR1721
Climate 
Responsive
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2521
Digital
Modelling 
and 
Simulation

(4 MC)

AR2723
Strategies 
for 
Sustainable
Arch

(4 MC)

 

AR3721
Environmental 
Systems and
Construction

(4 MC)

 

 

 

AR1326 
Arch
Construction

(4 MC)

 

AR2327
Architecture,
Structure &
Construction

(4 MC)

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

AR3421 
Intro to
Arch
Practice

(4 MC)

 

 

 

General Education Modules (GEM) – 8 MCs
Singapore Study Module (SS) – 4 MCs
Breadth (Elective modules outside SDE) – 8 MCs
Unrestricted Electives (within/outside SDE) (UE) – 20 MCs

Note 1:
Select one module – either AR2224 Ideas and Approaches in Design or AR2225 Reading Visual Images 

Note 2:
Two History & Theory modules selected from a basket: AR2221 History and Theory of SEA Architecture, AR2222 History and Theory of Western Architecture and AR2226 History and Theory of Modern Architecture

Table 4: B.A. (Arch) Curriculum – Specialisation in Design

 

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)

AR4101 
Design 7^

(8 MC)

AR4102
Design 8^

(8 MC)

History
Theory

 

Intro Art
&
Design [1]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
01 [2]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
02 [2]

(4 MC)

 

AR5011
Research
Methodology^#

(4 MC)

AR5221
Contemporary
Theories^#

(4 MC)

Urban &
Landscape

 

AR1724
Intro to 
Landscape 
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2223
Theory
of UD &
Planning

(4 MC)

 

 

 

UD5221
Theory &
Elements
of UD

(4 MC)

 

Tech
Environment

AR1327
Structural
Principles

(4 MC)

AR1721
Climate
Responsive
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2521
Digital
Modelling 
and 
Simulation

(4 MC)

AR2723
Strategies
for
Sustainable
Arch

(4 MC)

 

AR3721
Environmental
Systems and
Construction

(4 MC)

AR5321
Advanced
Architectural
Technology^#

(4 MC)

 

 

AR1326
Arch
Construction

(4 MC)

 

AR2327
Architecture,
Structure &
Construction

(4 MC)

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

AR3421 
Intro to
Arch
Practice

(4 MC)

 

 

 

General Education Modules (GEM) – 8 MCs
Singapore Study Module (SS) – 4 MCs
Breadth (Elective modules outside SDE) – 8 MCs

Unrestricted Electives (within/outside SDE) (UE) – 8 MCs

Note 1:
Select one module – either AR2224 Ideas and Approaches in Design or AR2225 Reading Visual Images 

Note 2:
Two History & Theory modules selected from a basket: AR2221 History and Theory of SEA Architecture, AR2222 History and Theory of Western Architecture and AR2226 History and Theory of Modern Architecture

^ Five Design Specialisation modules – two studio-based and three other modules
# Specialisation Elective

Table 5: B.A. (Arch) Curriculum – Specialisation in Design Technology and Sustainability

 

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)

AR4103
Arch &
Tech
Design 1^

(8 MC)

AR4104
Arch &
Tech
Design 2^

(8 MC)

History
Theory

 

Intro Art
&
Design [1]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
01 [2]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
02 [2]

(4 MC)

 

 

 

Urban &
Landscape

 

AR1724
Intro to
Landscape
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2223
Theory
of UD &
Planning

(4 MC)

 

 

 

UD5221
Theory &
Elements
of UD

(4 MC)

 

Tech
Environment

AR1327
Structural
Principles

(4 MC)

AR1721
Climate
Responsive
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2521
Digital 
Modelling
&
Simulation

(4 MC)

AR2723
Strategies
for
Sustainable
Arch

(4 MC)

 

AR3721
Environmental
Systems and
Construction

(4 MC)

AR5321
Advanced
Architectural
Technology^#

(4 MC)

 

 

AR1326
Arch
Construction

(4 MC)

 

AR2327
Architecture,
Structure &
Construction

(4 MC)

 

 

Tech
Module
1 ^#*

(4 MC)

Tech
Module
2 ^#*

(4 MC)

Management

 

 

 

 

AR3421
Intro to
Arch
Practice

(4 MC)

 

 

 

General Education Modules (GEM) – 8 MCs
Singapore Study Module (SS) – 4 MCs
Breadth (Elective modules outside SDE) – 8 MCs

Unrestricted Electives (within/outside SDE) (UE) – 8 MCs

Note 1:
Select one module – either AR2224 Ideas and Approaches in Design or AR2225 Reading Visual Images 

Note 2:
Two History & Theory modules selected from a basket: AR2221 History and Theory of SEA Architecture, AR2222 History and Theory of Western Architecture and AR2226 History and Theory of Modern Architecture

^ Five DTS specialisation modules – two studio-based and three other modules,
# Specialisation Elective
* Two modules selected from a basket of Technology modules as advised by the Department

Table 6: B.A. (Arch) Curriculum – Specialisation in Landscape Architecture 

 

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

 

Intro Art
&
Design [1]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
01 [2]

(4 MC)

 

Hist
Core
02 [2]

(4 MC)

 

 

 

Urban &
Landscape

 

AR1724
Intro to
Landscape
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2223
Theory
of UD &
Planning

(4 MC)

 

LA3201
History &
Theory of
Landscape
Arch^

(4 MC)

LA4212
Tropical
Plant
Identification
^#

(4 MC)

LA4301
Material
and
Design^#

(4 MC)

LA4202
Planting
Design^#

(4 MC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA5301
Geo 
Design^#

(4 MC)

LA5302
Detail
Design^#

(4 MC)

Tech
Environment

AR1327
Structural
Principles

(4 MC)

AR1721
Climate
Responsive
Arch

(4 MC)

AR2521
Digital
Modelling 
&
Simulation

(4 MC)

AR2723
Strategies
for
Sustainable
Arch

(4 MC)

 

AR3721
Environmental
Systems and
Construction

(4 MC)

 

 

 

AR1326
Arch
Construction

(4 MC)

 

AR2327
Architecture,
Structure &
Construction

(4 MC)

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

AR3421
Intro to
Arch
Practice

 

 

(4 MC)

 

 

 

General Education Modules (GEM) – 8 MCs
Singapore Study Module (SS) – 4 MCs
Breadth (Elective modules outside SDE) – 8 MCs

Note 1:
Select one module – either AR2224 Ideas and Approaches in Design or AR2225 Reading Visual Images 

Note 2:
Two History & Theory modules selected from a basket: AR2221 History and Theory of SEA Architecture, AR2222 History and Theory of Western Architecture and AR2226 History and Theory of Modern Architecture

^ Eight LA specialization modules – two studio-based and six other modules
Specialisation Elective

Table 7:      B.A. (Arch) Curriculum Specialisation in Urban Planning

 

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

 

Intro Art & Design*(1)

 

 

(4 MC)

 

Hist Core 01*(2)

 

 

(4 MC)

 

Hist Core 02*(2)

 

 

(4 MC)

 

 

 

Urban /

Landscape/ Urban Planning

 

AR1724

Intro to Landscape Arch

 

(4 MC)

AR2223 Theory of UD & Planning

 

 

(4 MC)

 

 

 

DEP5102

Urban

Planning

History

&Theory

(4 MCs) ^

DEP5104

Urban &

Regional

Economics

(4 MCs) ^ #

 

 

 

 

 

 

UD5521

Planning

Process

(4 MCs) ^ #

MUP Elective 2

(4 MCs) ^ #

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUP Elective 1

(4 MCs) ^ #

MUP Elective 3

(4 MCs) ^ #

Tech

Environment

AR1327 Structural

Principles

 

 

(4 MC)

AR1721 Climate Responsive Arch

 

(4 MC)

AR2521

Digital Modelling  & Simulation

 

(4 MC)

AR2723 Strategies for Sustainable Arch

 

(4 MC)

 

AR3721 Environmental Systems and Construction

 

(4 MC)

 

 

 

AR1326

Arch Construction

 

 

(4 MC)

 

AR2327 Architecture, Structure and Construction

 

(4 MC)

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

AR3421

Intro to Arch Practice

 

(4 MC)

 

 

 

 

General Education Modules (GEM) – 8 MCs

Singapore Study Module (SS) – 4 MCs

Breadth (Elective modules outside SDE) – 8 MCs

 

*(1) – Select one module – either AR2224 Ideas and Approaches in Design or AR2225 Reading Visual Images 
*(2)- Two History & Theory modules selected from a basket: AR2221 History and Theory of SEA Architecture, AR2222 History and Theory of Western Architecture and AR2226 History and Theory of Modern Architecture
^Ten UP specialisation modules – four studio-based and six other modules,
# Specialisation Elective

 

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/SS/Breadth/UE module may either replace it with a new GEM/SS/Breadth/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/SS/Breadth/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 grade. Students who achieve a D 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 grade

Graduation Requirements for four-year B.A. (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

  • B.A. (Arch) Hons.: Minimum Grade C for Design and CAP 3.2
  • B.A. (Arch): Minimum Grade C for Design and CAP 2.0

Students who exit the concurrent degree programme at B.A. (Arch) Level 4 and consequently seek admission to M.Arch,M.LA or M.UP would be required to fulfil a minimum CAP of 3.5 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_%20as%20of%203%20Jan%202013.pdf