College of Engineering

BSc Architectural Studies

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40 (For Overall Senior Year Entry: 1547A, 1698A and BG20)

Normal Duration of Programme
2 Years (For Senior Year Entry)
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Why BSc Architectural Studies?

The BSc Architectural Studies programme educates internationally qualified architectural professionals to support Hong Kong's move to a knowledge-based economy and ensure its built environment quality befits its world class city status. The programme provides a basis for continuing professional development, and enables either professional specialization or higher academic study, particularly for holders of associate degree or higher diploma in architectural studies looking for articulation with the corresponding full-time bachelor's degree programme.

The programme aims to offer a well-balanced curriculum with emphasis on the technological aspects of architectural design and construction. It is designed to equip participants with the concept of full integration between architectural studies with other disciplines that produce the built environment, including building services and civil engineering, property development, surveying, property management, landscape architecture and urban planning.

The programme aims to provide an academic environment grounded in research excellence. In order that students may reach their maximum potential, the programme balances intellectual, vocational and the practical constituent elements and seeks to foster an attitude of enquiry, confidence and professionalism.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission*, the minimum qualification of the candidates should be the holder of Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies or related disciplines and CGPA ≥ 3.0 in the scale with 4.3 maximum or equivalent. Applicants may be required to attend an admission interview.

* For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates or students with equivalent qualifications admitted to the senior year.

Curriculum Structure

Admitted students will study the courses of this Major starting from the first year. Students will need to complete a combination of Major courses and Gateway Education courses in order to graduate.

For details about the curriculum structure of the programme, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue’.

Our Target

We aim to provide a basis for continuing professional development and encourage professional specialisation and higher academic study, particularly for those with an Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in Architectural studies looking for articulation with a corresponding full-time Bachelor degree programme. This major is designed to prepare graduates for a multidisciplinary professional architectural practice by equipping them with a deep understanding of diverse architectural knowledge and a command of technology and integration that will enable them to serve the building industry as architects or other professionals. Graduates will become the driving force behind innovative and creative architectural designs that reflect a balance and integration of design and technology.

Start Your Career Here

This major aims to provide students with a sound professional and technological foundation to pursue higher professional degree studies.

Given the fast pace of urbanisation in the Chinese mainland and the rest of Asia, millions of people will move to cities in the coming decades. Constructing new towns and restoring old towns is an immense task. In developed countries, particularly the US, there is one architect for every 1,500 people. In Hong Kong, the number is one for every 3,500 and on the mainland, an architect will serve more than 100,000 people on average. The number of architectural professionals in the Chinese mainland and throughout Asia is far from sufficient to meet the increasing social demand and expected growth as the economy improves and the property market recovers.

What You Will Be Studying

The courses in the curriculum are built around six themes:

  • Architectural Design
  • Communication
  • Environment
  • Technology
  • Social Studies and History
  • Professional Practice

The curriculum is structured around the Architectural Design studio sequence and supplemented by a broad spectrum of courses covering the subject areas.

The first two Architectural Design studios seek to strengthen your overall grasp of the field through courses on the development process of spatial ideas and an emphasis on building typology and urbanism, respectively.  The final year comprises a Final Year Design Research Project, which enables students to integrate their knowledge and skills acquired so far, into exploring a topic of interest selected by themselves, resulting in a related architectural proposition. This takes place under the supervision of an academic staff member.