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Bachelor programme Architecture

Study Code E 033 243 - Bachelor programme Architecture
Duration of Study 6 Semesters
Credits 180 ECTS
Degree Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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Qualification profile

The Bachelor's course in Architecture at TU Wien teaches the basic skills of architectural design. It takes an integrated approach that provides an introduction to all of the core areas of architectural practice, from the planning of buildings through structural and detailed planning to town planning and landscape architecture.

The course provides an understanding of the role played by architecture in society, its aesthetic, technical, economic and ecological principles and the interaction between different disciplines in planning and construction processes. At its heart lies training in the technical, aesthetic and intellectual skills that contribute to the successful handling of complex design projects. Methodological clarity and conceptual thinking are as much a part of this as the ability to communicate and cooperate within a team.

The Bachelor's course qualifies the student for continuing study at Master's level in Architecture or related fields.

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Course structure

The full-time course is of six semesters and is arranged into compulsory subjects (146 ECTS), elective subjects (16 ECTS), optional subjects (12 ECTS) and "soft skills" (6 ECTS). The introduction and orientation phase (StEOP) covers a study orientation course and present-day architecture.

In order to be admitted to the second semester, it is necessary to pass additional subjects in the first semester. Thus in addition to providing an introduction to the principles of the subject, the first semester serves to check that the right course has been chosen and that basic requirements for studying this artistic-scientific subject have been met.

The orientation study phase is completed in the second semester. From the third semester onwards, the foundation study develops, step-by-step, the skills that will be put to use in an integrated manner in the architectural project that forms the final bachelor thesis.

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Study conditions

The course is in high demand. Currently around 900 students begin the course, of whom only 300 go on to graduate. 3,500 students (across the Bachelor's, Master's and Diploma studies) are mentored by 18 professors and 90 assistants as well as around 280 external teaching staff.

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Career prospects

The qualifications of our graduates cover the analysis and specification of construction and planning tasks, drafting and designing, presenting and conveying planning-relevant information as well as the management of planning and implementation procedures. A wide range of job opportunities are therefore open to graduates of the department:

  • independent practice in architecture and urban development
  • employment in architectural and planning companies
  • working for a public authority
  • working in the construction or planning department of a company
  • project development and consulting
  • teaching and research at universities and technical colleges, etc.
  • product development in the construction industry
  • IT for architecture
  • architectural journalism
  • new creative disciplines created within the context of the information society



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Study abroad and work placements

Through partnerships with other universities in Europe and further afield, the department is able to offer a wide range of opportunities for spending a semester abroad. Although a work placement is not a compulsory part of the course, around 80% of students acquire relevant practical experience during the holidays or — more often — whilst working part-time towards the end of the course. In the new degree programme, which was introduced in autumn 2001, it is recommended to take a year-long work placement after completing the first of the final exams, i.e. after three years.

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Locations and Institutes

The Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning´s main site is the main building, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna.

  • E251 - Institute of History of Art, Building Archaeology and Restoration
  • E253 - Institute of Architecture and Design
  • E259 - Institute of Architectural Sciences
  • E260 - Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
  • E264 - Institute of Art and Design
  • E280 - Department of Spatial Development,Infrastructure,Environmental Planning
  • E290 - Computer Laboratory of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning

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Further Information

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