Architecture (Bachelor of Science)
|Degree: Bachelor of Science|
Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: A six-week construction internship must be completed at the latest when registering the Bachelor’s Thesis; further information|
|Requirements for Admission: Entrance qualification for higher education, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: Restrictions on admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
The main task of architects is planning, drafting, designing, and executing the construction of buildings.
Creative design constitutes the main focus of the Architecture degree programme at the TU Darmstadt. There are other constructive, artistic, and historical-scientific areas arranged around it. This links systematic knowledge transfer and creative-playful elements. Building construction and urban development are considered an entity. These areas are: Historical fundamentals, Design and presentation, Construction and Technology, Building Planning as well as Urban development.
In the focus of teaching of every semester, there is a central drafting project that is directly or indirectly related to a majority of the other courses of that semester. This project will be designed in turns by the Departments of Interior Design, Building Construction, Building Theory, and Urban Development.
Advice for Prospective B.Sc. Students
In order to be able to create possible technically functional and aesthetically appealing structural solutions, potential students should possess a fundamental understanding of technical basics of construction as well as an artistic-creative aptitude. It is also important to be aware of the diverse economic, cultural-social, legal, etc. ties of construction. Good communicative and written skills are also necessary as the students have to defend and communicate their own drafts. Furthermore, craftsmanship is also a factor, as making exact design models is part of the study programme. A high level of motivation and commitment is absolutely imperative.
On their job, architects cooperate with different groups of people (building owners, craftsmen, communal offices, etc.). Apart from a basic technical understanding and design competence, they therefore require communicative skills, empathy, and tact, for instance when balancing the interests of the aforementioned groups. This context also includes the ability to bear conflicts of opinion and other difficult conflicts and shape them constructively. Those running their own firm need to have the ability to lead a team. It is also important to keep in mind that the future everyday working life will not exclusively consist of grand designs but is shaped at the minimum to an equal extent by day-to-day and unspectacular, but not always simple routine tasks (e.g. precise project management, complying with deadlines, and monitoring costs).
Furthermore, it is recommended that the students themselves explore the reality of professional life and studying at an early stage by means of a detailed discussion, a trial internship, or a different way of gaining insight into the day-to-day work of today’s architects – or a visit during the lecture period (October-February, April-July) to the building of the Department of Architecture on the Lichtenwiese Campus in the southeast of Darmstadt. Visiting the workrooms in the Architecture building on the Lichtenwiese Campus and direct talks with students allow concrete insight into the reality of studying, as practical work and creative corrections (tutorials) say a lot more about this subject than lectures.
The Department of Architecture has developed an online self assessment test with the aim to assist you in your decision whether to enrol in our programme. This test offers a broad view on the manifold subjects and projects that you will typically encounter when studying architecture at TU Darmstadt. The test covers various aspects of the practical professional life of architects and tries to prevent misunderstandings and wrong perceptions etc. Taking the test has no impacts on your application whatsoever. it can serve as a helpful feedback, though, when testing your own interests and talents – provided you perform the test with the amount of time and concentration that it requires.
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|Environmental Engineering (B.Sc.) (Umweltingenieurswissenschaften, B.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Civil Engineering (B.Sc.) (Wirstschaftsingenieurswesen – technische Fachrichtung Bauingenieurwesen, B.Sc.)|
|Building Technology (B.Ed.) (Bautechnik, B.Ed.)|
General Information: With the Bachelor of Science, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Science is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. If you have any questions, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Architecture (M.Sc.) (Architektur, M.Sc.)|
Architects are responsible for planning, drafting, designing, and executing the construction of residential, public, and industrial buildings. Their tasks also include the design of complex urban facilities at home and abroad as well as renovations. Technical-constructive matters need to be taken into consideration as well as, for instance, creative, economic, cultural-social, ecological, and legal aspects and standards. Ideally, functionality, aesthetics, and environment/target group relevance are most deeply intertwined in the work of architects.
Unfortunately, the career start for architects is not always easy, as over the past few years, a large number of architects has been trained, but the job offers and the building industry have not kept up with this supply. Meanwhile, architects are thus working in many different fields. Oftentimes, architects start their own firm as “generalists” on a self-employed basis. Apart from that, there is also the possibility to work in large firms as an employed architect while, if applicable, being specialised in one or only few areas (e.g. tenders). Other fields that architects can work in are communal and other administrative bodies (e.g. building authorities), engineering and construction firms, in the real estate sector, in expert and consulting firms (self-employed or, for example, for insurances), or in the building industry/property development companies. As “Facility managers”, architects optimise the efficiency of buildings. Some architects specialise in specific areas such as renovation and/or energy-efficient construction etc. Due to the aesthetic-creative side of the architecture programme, there are interfaces to professional fields such as photography, design, advertisement, and graphics. Finally, architects can be employed with monument conservation authorities, in museums, in journalism, in the art trade, or in humanistic or scientific research (e.g. art history).
For this reason it is important to start gaining practical work experience in architecture businesses or other relevant organisations early in the degree programme. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
Regarding the B.Sc. Architecture it furthermore must be taken into consideration that a Bachelor’s degree (so far) does not suffice for a chamber entry or for working as a self-employed architect, as this requires a minimum of 8 semesters of studying architecture. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen (Hessian Architect and Urban Development Chamber)
Verband Deutscher Architekten e.V. (VDA) (German Architect Association)
Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine e.V. (DAI) (Federation of German Architect and Engineering Associations)
Vereinigung Freischaffender Architekten Deutschlands e.V. (Association of Freelance Architects in Germany)
Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA) (Federation of German Architects)
Bund Deutscher Baumeister, Architekten und Ingenieure (BDB) (Federation of German Master-builders, Architects, and Engineers)
Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V. (Central Association of the German Construction Industry)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (The Association of German Engineers)