Studying Architecture allows you to pursue a career in an exciting, creative and fast-paced industry that hugely influences the world.
In this course, you’ll discover how to bring your visions and designs to life, with successful graduates progressing into rewarding careers which have the potential to improve and enhance the lives of countless people. With the knowledge gained as part of this degree, you can witness your work become tangible creations serving the communities around you.
You will learn about the history of architecture and design, completing technical, practical and professional exercises relating to ethical architecture in the commercial world. You’ll have opportunities to undertake design projects in various spatial, social and topographical settings, from the smallest of residences and objects to complex megacities and events. Graduates pursue successful careers in non-professional pathways using their skills in creative design, strategic thinking, leadership and organisation.
Be part of a community working together to change the construction industry from within so that we can be the changemakers the world needs to address the global climate emergency.
The programme has been designed with reference to the RIBA and ARB criteria. The curriculum provides students with the analytical and practical skills and knowledge required to attain the RIBA Part 1 level (the first step towards formal charters as an architect). However, DMU’s BA Architecture in Dubai does not yet offer Part 1 Exemption because it is working towards Validation by the RIBA. This application to RIBA will take place in the fourth year after the first cohort has completed their degree - for the RIBA to consider then awarding retrospective approval to the course and its students’ degrees (the usual process for new programmes).
Please note: This Dubai Campus BSc Architecture course has the same curriculum and studio culture as DMU’s UK Architecture course - accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). ARB does not accredit courses outside the UK. Applicants should therefore have confidence that the degree will prepare them for the RIBA Part 1 level – and their future careers.
DMU UK’s Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) has a 125-year history of nurturing the next generation of architects with a future-facing curriculum focusing on the ‘craft of making’.Create work with real impact in the community by working on live design projects in the city and the region.
Architecture at DMU UK is in the top 15 for ‘Graduate Prospects in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide 2022. Graduates have gone on to work for some of the best architectural practices in the UK and worldwide, including Heatherwick Studio, Make Architects and Shigeru Ban Architects.
DMU Dubai students can now benefit from the Industry Advisory Board, which comprises leading experts and professionals at the enterprise level. The board provides valuable insights and guidance to ensure the curriculum remains relevant and current with industry trends and demands.
Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.
We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.Read more about Education 2030
- Studio 1
- Studio 2
- Architectural Communication 1
- Building Performance and Technology 1
- Architectural History and Philosophy
- Studio 3
- Studio 4
- Architectural Communication 2
- Building Performance and Technology 2
- Building Performance and Technology 3
- Architectural Theories
- Urban Studies
- Studio 5
- Dissertation: Cultural and Contextual Studies
- Technology and Environmental Studies
- Practice, Profession and Ethics
Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.
Teaching and assessments
BSc Architecture at DMU Dubai emphasises learning through modelling and making, both manually and digitally, making it an important feature of the course. We encourage and support you to become a productive student by focusing on the design studio as your key learning environment.
In the design studio you will:
- Work and collaborate with peers and tutors in drawing, digital drawing and fabrication, model making, discussion and debate
- Meet regularly with design tutors for small group learning, individual advice and guidance, assessment and feedback
- Engage in instructional/guidance lectures and workshops to develop key manual and digital techniques
- Have design work reviewed by guest architects and critics.
- A programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops support your learning in the four key strands of the curriculum:
- Architectural design – project-based learning and assessment
- Architectural communication – project-based learning and assessment around key skill sets including CAD, BIM, digital modelling and fabrication
- Technology and environment – project-based learning and assessment combined with testing your knowledge of key principles
- History and theories of architecture – assessment based on online tests and short written assignments, culminating in a written dissertation, or equivalent, in the final year
- In the final year there is an additional focus on:
- Professional practice and ethics – project-based learning and assessment
Teaching contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 21 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.