B.Sc. Architecture


Bachelor of Science

Educational Goal

The contents and the qualification goals of the degree programs and modules of the Faculty of Architecture of the RWTH Aachen University recognize the requirements of the Chambers of Architects resp. Urban Planners and the requirements of the European and international academic guidelines as minimum standards. These standards are reached after completion of the two-stage study program (M.Sc. in Architecture and/or M.Sc. in Urban Planning).

The study program of the B.Sc. in Architecture addresses primarily high school graduates, who are curious and interested in a career as an architect or urban planner. The Bachelor of Science can be described as job-enabling study program, because the graduates can work in an instruction-bound, dependent position within the specific professional fields. However, it mainly functions as a pre-condition for the advanced and job-qualifying Master Studies Program.


The „Bachelor of Science“(B.Sc.)study program offers students a broad and comprehensive education in the fundamentals of architecture. There is no specialization. This is also reflected in the internationally recognized subject diversity at the Aachen School of Architecture, which influences the study program’s structure from the very beginning. At the center are the five thematic foci of the Faculty of Architecture:

  • Cultural and Historical Basics (1)
  • Design, Presentation, Visualization, Communication (2)
  • Construction and Design (3)
  • Building Planning and Design (4)
  • Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture and Design (5).

These are mainly conveyed in the compulsory subjects and compulsory modules. Where reasonable, the compulsory modules are organized cross-disciplinarily. They are complemented by elective modules which allow an individual profiling on a lower level already during the Bachelor studies.

The teaching philosophy of the three study years allows for the following sections and/or goals:

  • In the 1st academic year , basic and traditional learning, design and presentation techniques are taught to enable the students to work on their assignments. Model building and hand-drawn plans are the rule. Simple structures, space typologies and compositions will be outlined and practiced on graphical, exemplary, and terminology levels, while the development of an independent design approach is supported individually. Literature searches are limited to publicly available sources. The emphasis is mainly on scientifically correct citation.
  • With the 2nd academic year of the Bachelor, digital support for design and presentation is introduced. The basic design principles, which should be acquired, as well as the task to develop a residential house in Project B1 (Architecture and Building Planning), are the obvious continuation of the first academic year. The Integrated Project B2 (Architecture and Construction) of the fourth semester, enables the students to work in a team. Project B2 is the first truly comprehensive task – with only a simple space program but yet with complex, interdisciplinary contents and requirement profiles. The cultural and historical subject contents deepen the basic knowledge about the phenomena of architecture, while the range of compulsory elective courses offered in the module “Design and Presentation 2” teaches individually selectable media skills.
  • Urban and Landscape Planning will be introduced parallelly to Project B3 (city and landscape) 5th semester . As already in B2, students work in groups in this Project and learn to analyze and to present the urban context as well as to formulate and design guidelines based on this analysis. Furthermore, they deal with the main actors in planning processes as well as with the active legal rules and regulations of planning. Compulsory and compulsory elective courses from the other thematic focus complement the syllabus.

The Bachelor Study Program is concluded by the intensively supervised Project Work B4 with an additional seminar. Students can individually demonstrate their acquired knowledge, skills and abilities as well as their gained key competences with the final presentation and in the colloquium.



Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
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What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB --- Mehr Informationen ---
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    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German Mehr Informationen
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    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

NC for WS 2021

Admission to Higher Semesters

NC for the 2nd Core Semester
from Core Semester 3

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.