Basic Structure

The total credit requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Architecture is 199 credits. A regular student should take about 15 credits per semester. Depending on the student's academic standing and the advisor's recommendation a student may take a maximum of 21 credits per semester. Considering a reasonable and even distribution of credits the length of study for the degree is recommended to be 5 years (15 semesters).

The following are the core areas in which courses are offered:

Design and Communications and Lecture Courses in the following streams
Architecture / Planning
History of Architecture
Building Science / Services
Environmental Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences


These are supported by elective courses offered at various stages.

Architectural subjects

The main components of the architectural education are the design studios; related studio subjects are working drawings, landscape and interior design. To support them are the studio courses in communications that include courses in graphic and digital media. In the final semesters, Seminar courses are offered to complement design studio work. The design studios carry a substantial amount of credit hours so that the emphasis remains in design.

The course wise distributions of credits in architectural subjects are as follows:

Core Courses

Areas No. of Courses Credit Hours
Studio courses    
Design Studios 10 81
Studios related to Design 4 6.5
Communications Studios 8 13.5
Graphic 3 6
Digital 3 4.5
Written 2 3
Total in Studio Courses 22 101
Lecture courses    
History of Art and Architecture 6 12
Planning and Urban Design 4 8
Building Sciences/Services 5 10
Environmental Sciences 3 6
Electives 5 10
Others (research methods) 1 2
Total in Lecture Courses 24 48
Total in Architectural subjects 46 149


The distribution of courses and credits are as follows:

Architectural subjects (incl. electives) 46 courses   149 credits
Non Architectural subjects  24 courses   47 credits
Practical Training    110+ credits 


The main component of the architectural subjects are the design studios. Related studio subjects are working drawings, landscape and interior design. To support them are the studio courses in communications which include courses in graphic and digital media. In the final semester Seminar is offered to complement design studio work. The design studios carry a substantial amount of credits so that the emphasis remains on design.


Unlike the taught courses, in the studio courses of the B. Arch program credits earned do not correspond to the contact hours/week.

In the design studio courses the credits earned for the ARC101 (Design I) is 4.5 and the corresponding contact hours/week is 9. In the design studio courses that follow this gap is narrowed and in the final design studio ARC502 (Design X) the contact hours are 15 and the corresponding credits earned is 12. In other studio courses related to design such as ARC311 (Working Drawings I), ARC413 (Estimation) etc the credits earned are almost always half of the contact hours/week (1.5 credits for 3 hours/week). The studio courses require one-to-one contact between the teacher and the student and usually there is more than one teacher per studio and it is only on occasions (project briefing, reviews etc) that the teacher addresses the whole class (unlike the case in lecture courses).


A student is required to complete 10 credits in elective courses. Of the number of elective courses on offer students may choose from a list of 8 courses from the second semester of studies onwards. The rest 5 are higher-level courses and may only be taken from the fifth semester onwards.


Non-Architectural subjects

The course wise distribution of credits in non-architectural subjects are as follows:

Areas No. of Courses Credit Hours
English  2/3 3.5 
Sociology/social history
Basic Computing 1.5 
Environmental Sciences
Civil Engineering 14 
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Total in Non-Architectural subjects 24 courses  47 credits 

Practical Training

Practical Training As a requirement for the degree of B. Arch a student is required to complete a semester of practical training in an Architectural office and go through work in the office as well as at the site of a construction project undertaken by that office. A student will have to complete 110 credits before being able to undertake practical training. Students will have to maintain a daily log of their activities signed by the supervisor and a complete portfolio of the work done. Grade will be assigned on the basis of the supervisor's confidential report and an interview by board consisting of teachers of the department. List of Courses

List of Courses

a) Architectural Courses

Studio Courses

ARC101 Design I
ARC102 Design II
ARC201 Design III
ARC202 Design IV
ARC301 Design V
ARC302 Design VI
ARC401 Design VII
ARC402 Design VIII
ARC501 Design IX
ARC502/ Design X

Related to Design
ARC311 Working Drawings I
ARC312 Working Drawings II
ARC411 Interior Design
ARC412 Landscape Design

ARC111 Graphic Communication I
ARC112 Graphic Communication II
ARC413 Estimation

ARC113 Computer Aided Design
ARC214 Computer Graphics
ARC315 Digital Visualization

ARC511 Seminar I
ARC512 Seminar II

Lecture Courses

History of Art and Architecture
ARC121 Introduction to Architecture
ARC122 History of Art and Architecture I
ARC123 History of Art and Architecture II
ARC224 History of Art and Architecture III
ARC225 History of Art and Architecture IV
ARC326 History of Art and Architecture V
ARC327 History of Bengal Art and Architecture

Planning/Urban Design
ARC331 Urban Design
ARC431 Rural Architecture
ARC432 Housing and Development

Building Sciences/Services
ARC241 Construction I
ARC242 Construction II
ARC343 Technology and Construction
ARC441 Specifications
ARC541 Professional Practice

Environmental Sciences
ARC251 Design with Climate
ARC252 Lighting and Acoustic Design
ARC452 Design for the Environment

ARC522 Research Methods

b) Elective Courses

Studio Courses
ARC291 Sculpture
ARC292 Painting
ARC293 Music Appreciation
ARC294 Photography

Lecture Courses
ARC391 Rural Housing
ARC392 Tropical Architecture
ARC393 Building for Disasters
ARC394 Contemporary South Asian Arch.
ARC491 Architectural Conservation
ARC492 The City in Development
ARC493 Contemporary Architecture Thought
ARC494 Ecology and Sustainable Development
ARC495 Computers in Architecture

c) Non-Architectural Courses


ENG091 Foundation Course
ENG101 English
ENG203 Communication Skills

Sociology / Social History
ANT103 Society and Development
SOC102 Bangladesh History Culture and Society

PHI521 Philosophy & Architecture

PSY421 Psychology for Architects

ECO104 Introduction to Economics

Planning / Urbanism
ARC231 Concepts in Planning
ARC232 Urbanism


Basic Computing
CSE103 Introduction to Computing

PHY103 Fundamentals of Physics

MAT104 Mathematics

Environmental Sciences
ENV151 Introduction to Environmental Sciences

Civil Engineering
CEE211 Structure I
CEE212 Structure II
CEE213 Plumbing
CEE311 Structure III
CEE312 Structure IV
CEE411 Structure V
CEE412 Structure VI

Mechanical Engineering
MEE344 Mechanical Services

Electrical Engineering
EEE345 Electrical Services

ACT511 Accounting

MGT511 Construction Management

d) Practical Training
ARC300 Practical Training