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The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture programme comprises a two-semester foundation course followed by a four-semester core curriculum, concluding with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

An internship must be completed and documented before the start of the 3rd semester of study. At the end of the two-semester foundation course students are offered orientation guidance. The Bachelor programme aims to give students a basic grounding in the subject, enabling them to practise the profession of architect in a wide variety of fields. The Bachelor’s degree is the prerequisite for enrolment in a Master’s programme.

Course objective

The Bachelor programme aims to impart technical and scientific fundamentals in a condensed, modular course of study. In line with the departmental profile based on interdisciplinary collaboration between design, art and technology, the programme at the same time fosters stu- dents’ creative potential in seminars dedicated to design and model-making, backed by methodological support. The basic course objectives of the former “Diplom” degree programme in architecture have been newly consolidated in a “Bachelor of Arts in Architecture” programme. This academic degree qualifies graduates for the job market, but does not entitle them to register with the Chamber of Architects. For students who, despite having acquired certain technical skills, have difficulties meeting the extensive requirements of a “Diplom” or Master’s programme, the concentrated 6-semester Bachelor’s qualification now provides an alternative to long, drawn-out studies. The generalist approach taken also offers graduates the opportunity to specialise and continue their studies, for example by enrolling in a Master’s programme, either at the htw saar or another higher education establishment.

Study modules

Foundation course

The Bachelor programme commences with a 2-semester foundation course, which is design-oriented and also covers the basic technical principles of archtectural design. The teaching methods used include tutorials, seminars and accompanying lectures. The foundation course is intended to sharpen students’ haptic perception, hone their senses and develop their creative abilities. The skills acquired in this first study phase can also be put to good use in other creative study programmes and occupations. In these first two semesters, students also acquire basic theoretical and practical knowledge leading to the qualification of Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Orientation guidance after the foundation course
The objective of the foundation course is to give students the chance to reconsider their choice of degree course and to prepare them for the core curriculum phase. At the end of the second semester they are therefore offered orientation guidance, which is designed to help them to better evaluate their results and prevent them from dropping out of the programme later on. The results and recommendations are presented to students in a personal interview.

1st semester: BASIC PRINCIPLES
The first semester aims to introduce students to the basic principles of architectural design. Entitled «Introduction to spatial design», the main module in this semester looks at correlations between space, concept and design. The teaching of other basic principles is covered by the subjects Construction, Construction materials technology, History of art & architecture, Theory of Architecture, Descriptive geometry and Visualisation methods. A project week dealing with a common topic area brings together students from all semesters.

2nd semester: IN-DEPTH STUDY
The second semester takes a more in-depth look at the acquired basic principles of architectural design. The main module in this semester is the project «Fundamental principles of architectural design» that examines correlations between conceptual design and construction. This central design project is flanked by other related foundation subjects such as Construction, Construction physics, History of art & architecture, Sociology, Structural design and CAD, which provide a more in-depth grounding. Freehand drawing completes the basic competences of the future architects. The project is also accompanied by an excursion.

Core curriculum

The foundation course is followed by the 4-semester core curriculum phase, which places greater emphasis on technical design. Here, students acquire the basic professional qualifications they need to pursue a career in architecture through practical exercises, especially in the are- as of project design and construction. The four project modules build on one another and progressively introduce tasks of ever greater complexity. The didactic goal behind these increased demands in terms of project design and construction and their complexity is to provide students with the most comprehensive and in-depth knowledge possible.

3rd semester: SOCIO-CULTURAL CONTEXT
The third semester expands the basic knowledge gained so far. The main module consists of a project focusing on socio-cultural aspects. This design module is flanked by more in-depth subjects such as Urban development, Building technology, Construction, Structural design and Technical building equipment. A project week dealing with a common topic area brings together students from all semesters.

4th semester: REFURBISHMENT AND UPGRADING
The focus in the fourth semester is the many possibilities that present themselves for refurbishment and upgrading of existing buildings. The main module is a project that looks at refurbishment and upgrading from the points of view of restoration, conversion, modernisation and interior design. This module is flanked by more in-depth subjects such as Interior design and Building technology, Construction, Heritage conservation, Building restoration techniques and Building surveying. The project is also accompanied by an excursion.

5th semester: BIOCLIMATIC ARCHITECTURE
The thematic focus in the fifth semester is the design of green buildings. The main design project is flanked by subjects such as Urban development, Landscape planning, Construction, Eco-friendly construction and Building management. A catalogue of elective subjects allows students to specialise in an area of their choice. A project week dealing with a common topic area brings together students from all semesters.

Thesis

The Bachelor programme concludes with the Bachelor’s thesis written in the sixth semester. The thesis module comprises producing three project drafts in a weekly rhythm, the actual Bachelor’s thesis and thesis specialisation in theory or construction. The Bachelor’s thesis consists of preparing a project on an appropriate architectural topic and is written during the 6th semester. Candidates must be capable of tackling a problem related to their field of study within a given time frame, independently and applying scientific methods. The teaching staff propose different topics with the same level of difficulty for the Bachelor’s thesis each year.

6th semester: BACHELOR’S THESIS
The sixth semester is devoted to preparing and writing the Bachelor’s thesis. The main design project is an urban design concept, which is flanked by complementary subjects from the modules Building and facility management and Project optimisation with consideration of building law and climate change. A catalogue of elective subjects allows students to specialise in an area of their choice. The thesis consists of producing three project drafts, the actual Bachelor’s thesis and thesis specialisation in an elective subject. It leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Arts.

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