The Degree of Bachelor of Architecture


Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) program is to train students to develop critical thinking through deep analysis of architectural history and theory, to increase awareness of environmental, urban, social, and cultural issues, and most importantly, to design, based on a process of research, analysis, and conceptual thinking that lead to innovative architectural applications.

Learning Objectives
The B. Arch. program offered by the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design (FAAD), aims at:

  • Providing the learner with the proper exposure to enhance reflective approach to design and foster students’ critical thinking;
  • Developing the intellectual and theoretical backgrounds of the students through the study of ancient, modern and contemporary history, and theories of architecture;
  • Increasing student’s awareness with respect to environmental and social issues. This concern mainly focuses on the interrelated influence between the human being, society, and architecture;
  • Contributing in building-up an architectural epistemology; and
  • Preparing the learner for professional practice and post-graduate studies.

Program Learning Outcome
B. Arch. graduates will:

  • Develop design and communication skills;
  • Practice critical thinking in design research;
  • Relate cultural and historical knowledge to architectural design;
  • Integrate environmental, financial, and social concerns to conduct sustainable design approaches;
  • Conduct comprehensive design approaches including technological and structural systems and assemblies;
  • Implement design solutions related to safety, regulations, and accessibility standards; 
  • Manage design projects including various stakeholders;
  • Appraise professionally and ethically the requirements of clients, the public, and other stakeholders; and
  • Lead in supporting communities on projects to meet social needs in a collaborative manner.

Admission Requirements
In addition to the University admission requirements, prospective candidates must complete all remedial courses, Math and/or English, if any, during their first year at NDU. Students who fail to meet the above requirements will not be allowed to proceed to the degree courses in Architecture and other majors of the Faculty of Architecture, Art & Design.

Graduation Requirements
To obtain the degree of bachelor of architecture, a student must complete a total of 182 credits with an overall GPA of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3/4.0 in the Core and Major requirements. In addition, all core and major courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of “C-”. In addition, all Architectural Design courses (ARP 311, 322, 433, 444, 555, 556, 590, 591, and 593) must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of “C+”.
Prior to enrolling into the ARP 590-Senior Study courses, student will have to fulfill the following requirements:
A minimum of 21 credits of their GER’s must be completed prior to taking ARP 590.
Prerequisites: ARP 438ARP 552ARP 556ARP 557ARP 562
Students must have a minimum of 2.3 (C+) GPA in their cumulative major courses before joining the Senior Courses series.

Courses CSC 201, MAT 201 and MAT 202 cannot be taken by Architecture students

General Education Requirements (27 cr.).

The GER are distributed as follows:

Communication Skills in English: ENL 213 & ENL 223 or ENL 230 (6 cr.)
Communication Skills in Arabic, One course from: ARB 211, ARB 212, ARB 224, ARB 231, ARB 317 (3 cr.)
Religion, One course from: REG 212, REG 213, REG 313, REG 314, REG 215 (3 cr.)
Philosophy, One course from: ENS 205, PHL 211, PHL 311, POS 345 (3 cr.)
Cultural Studies, Two courses from: HUT 305, HUT 306, PSL 201, SOL 201, SOL 301, SOL 313, MUS 210, FAP 215, BAD 201, ECN 200, ARP 215, COA 359, COA 315, NTR 215, ECN 211, ECN 212 (6 cr.)
Citizenship, one course from: HIT 211, IAF 301, POS 201, POS 210, POS 240, POS 319, POS 337 (3 cr.)
Science and Technology, one course from: AST 201, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 203, CHM 211, ENS 201, ENS 202, ENS 206, GIS 211, HEA 201, MAT 204, MAT 211, MIS 201, NTR 201, PHS 211, STA 202, STA 210, PHS 207 (3 cr.)

CSC 201, CSC 202, MAT 201, and MAT 202 courses should not be taken by Architecture students

Core Requirements (3 cr.)
FAP 211

Major Requirements (146 cr.)

ARP 221, ARP 222, ARP 223, ARP 224, ARP 225, ARP 226, ARP 232, ARP 233, ARP 301, ARP 311, ARP 313, ARP 316, ARP 317, ARP 322, ARP 324, ARP 325, ARP 327, ARP 328, ARP 424, ARP 425, ARP 433, ARP 435, ARP 438, ARP 444, ARP 446, ARP 551, ARP 552, ARP 553, ARP 554, ARP 555, ARP 556, ARP 557, ARP 561, ARP 562, ARP 563, ARP 568, ARP 590, ARP 591, ARP 593

Choose one course from the following Major Electives I (3 cr.):
ARP 439, ARP 564, ARP 565, ARP 566, ARP 567, ARP 568, ARP 569, ARP 571, ARP 572
Choose two courses from the following Major Electives II (2 cr.):
ARP 422, ARP 423, ARP 581, ARP 582, ARP 583, ARP 584, ARP 585, ARP 586

Free Elective (6 cr.)

Suggested Program

Year I
Fall Semester I (15-18 Credits)
FAP 211 Drawing I 3 cr.
ARP 222 Principles of Architectural Design 3 cr.
ARP 226 Technical Drawing I 3 cr.
ARP 223 Descriptive Geometry 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Remedial (if any) 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester I (15-18 Credits)
ARP 221 Architectural Sketching and Rendering 3 cr.
ARP 232 Methodology of Architectural Design 3 cr.
ARP 313 History of Architecture I 3 cr.
ARP 301 Technical Drawing II 3 cr.
ARP 317 Building Technology I 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Summer Session I (2-9 Credits)  
ARP 233 3D Architectural Survey 2 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
   
Year II
Fall Semester II (15-18 Credits)
ARP 311 Architectural Design I 6 cr.
ARP 225 Statics of Architecture 3 cr.
ARP 324 History of Architecture II 3 cr.
ARP 328 Building Technology II 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester II (18 Credits)
ARP 322 Architectural Design II 6 cr.
ARP 435 History of Architecture III 3 cr.
ARP 551 Construction Detailing Studio I 3 cr.
ARP 224 Applied Architectural Design I 3 cr.
ARP 316 Strength of Materials 3 cr.
       
Summer Session II (6-9 Credits)
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
       
Year III
Fall Semester III (18 Credits)
ARP 433 Architectural Design III 6 cr.
ARP 327 Structural Analysis 3 cr.
ARP 325 Applied Architectural Design II 3 cr.
ARP 446 History of Architecture IV 3 cr.
ARP 552 Construction Detailing Studio II 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester III (15-18 Credits)
ARP 444 Architectural Design IV 6 cr.
ARP 424 Bio-climatic Architecture 3 cr.
ARP 438 Reinforced Concrete Design 3 cr.
ARP 557 Architectural Theories 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Summer Semester III (9 Credits)
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
       
Year IV
Fall Semester IV (15-18 Credits)  
ARP 555 Architectural Design V 6 cr.
ARP 561 Urbanism I 3 cr.
ARP 563 Building Rulesand Regulations 3 cr.
ARP 568 Social Architecture 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester IV (15 Credits)  
ARP 556 Architectural Design VI 6 cr.
ARP 553 Specifications & Quantity Surveying 3 cr.
ARP 554 Surveying and Field Surveying 3 cr.
ARP 562 Urbanism II 3 cr.
       
Summer Session IV (6 Credits)  
ARP 590 Senior Study 2 cr.
ARP 425 Architectural Practice 2 cr.
ARP 58_ Major Elective II 2 cr.
       
Year V
Fall Semester V (9-12 Credits)  
ARP 591 Senior Project I 6 cr.
ARP 5__ Major Elective I 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester V (9-12 Credits)  
ARP 593 Senior Project II 6 cr.
ARP 5__ Major Elective I 3 cr.