Architecture (BA)

Department Architecture, Facility Management, and Geoinformation

Course content and objectives

The international program in Architecture at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences combines art and design with natural scientific, economic, and ecological requirements. At one of the world’s most renowned locations for architecture, the program conveys all necessary expertise for a successful career start with a focus on practical aspects. Architecture means “designing and planning” - from the urban surroundings to construction details. Cities and buildings influence the lives of each individual; outdoor and indoor spaces as well as landscapes and gardens contribute to society’s well-being.

Vitruvius, architectural theoretician of ancient times, emphasized the interplay among architecture, structural engineering, and art: “Strength, functionality, and beauty.” Even today, architects are involved in planning or construction management for creating and designing buildings for various purposes. In project management, with expert knowledge, or in science, they take on responsibility when it comes to construction projects, traffic projects, or infrastructure improvements.

Designing and structural engineering as well as planning under consideration of urban development aspects are a few of the core learning objectives at Anhalt University. Skills for designing and carrying out the construction of buildings and structures in many different contexts are taught - including aspects from the humanities, artistic design, natural science and technical fields, economics, law, and ecology. In addition, processes of (modern) architectural depictions are taught - from classic architectural drawings to models to virtual moving camera shots and animation.

Requirements

  • Abitur
  • Qualification for universities of applied science (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Master craftsman or previous education or vocational training considered equivalent

Career Opportunities

Architecture means “designing and planning” from the urban surroundings to the construction details. Architects plan cities and buildings, external and internal spaces, and landscapes and gardens, designing our immediate environment and thus also our lives. Architecture integrates “strength, functionality, and beauty” (Vitruvius) and shapes the construction process from the initial idea to the realization of a structure. Architects work as planners and site managers but also as project managers, experts, or scientists when designing and creating buildings for many different purposes as well as traffic projects, infrastructure facilities, and supporting structures.

With the 6-semester Bachelor of Arts, you obtain a first professional degree. It is also the ideal basis for gaining a further qualification in a 4-semester master’s program and obtaining an internationally recognized degree as an architect.

With the 8-semester Bachelor of Arts, you obtain the basis for registering with the German states’ chamber of architects’ lists, which permits you to work as a freelance architect. This 8-semester Bachelor of Arts is notified by the EU according to the Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications (especially Section 8).

The 8-semester degree program adds to the 6-semester program with an in-depth project, a broader spectrum of electives, and more practical work.