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Bachelor programme Architecture

Content and focus of the degree programme:

The degree programme teaches students about experimental, methodically-critical and creative ways of dealing with technically constructive knowledge, the ecological and sustainable use of concepts and materials, the use of digital and analogue forms of production, an understanding for buildings, landscapes and towns and their discussion by means of history, theory and critique. The five core skills are structured in the form of a platform. They are: 1. methods of analogue and digital production, 2. the area of materials, supporting structures and technology, 3. questions of ecology, sustainability and cultural heritage, 4. history, theory and critique and 5. the context of geography, landscapes and towns. The medium of instruction is German and English.

Higher education institution:
Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
Group of fields of study:
Engineering Sciences
Degree programme:
Bachelor programme
Academic degree:
Bachelor of Architecture, BArch
6 Semester / 180 ECTS*

Contact & Information materials:

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 20,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2017/18, Stk. 58 (Nr. 1)

Definition of the field of studies

The core skills of architecture are planning, construction and design. Tasks include detailed planning, support structure planning and object planning, urban development, landscape design and spatial planning as well as the design of virtual spaces, always taking into account artistic, technical, ecological and social aspects.


The bachelor's programme follows a project-based structure from the very first semester onwards. The first semester is an orientation phase which provides an introduction to all five platforms (core competences) for the students. Each of the five platforms becomes the focus of the programme for one semester; the priority topics of the relevant semester revolve around it. The elective subjects make up a separate module. At least one of these electives should be studied outside the department. Moreover, excursions are also supported, which serve to illustrate the course contents in a real-life context. The degree programme concludes with a bachelor's thesis.

Entrance examinations

The entrance examination consists of the following elements: submission of a portfolio and a letter of motivation, work on specified tasks in a specified period of time and an interview.

Supplementary examinations

DG (DP) - Descriptive Geometry (examination has to be passed before the final part of the diploma degree examination or bachelor?s examination)