Are you creative? Do you enjoy imagining how space can be used? Do you want to combine your sense of aesthetics with technology?
In the Bachelor's Degree Programme Architecture, you will gain comprehensive and applied specialised knowledge that will enable you not only to design objects and spaces, but also to design cities of the future.
In the Bachelor's Degree Programme Architecture, you learn how to design living spaces. Four essential topics are introduced:
Students are encouraged to consider the practical relevance of their education in the degree programme. This is supported by teachers who contribute their professional experience to the teaching and by lecture series, such as the “Graz Architecture Lectures”, in which attempts are made to present the broad field of architectural possibilities and topics on an international level. In addition, visiting professors regularly present current developments in architecture.
In this degree programme, you will have the opportunity to apply your projects practically. An excellent infrastructure is available for this purpose, which includes 3D printers, robots, CNC milling machines and other digital devices. This infrastructure enables you to review and present design ideas. As an additional special feature, a furniture construction workshop is available in which students can create their own furniture designs under the guidance of trained carpenters. During your studies, you will also benefit from an excellent mentoring relationship and exciting excursions.
Curriculum (in German)
You have the opportunity to specialise in the following areas:
Basic Methods of Design and Presentation: You will learn how to perform simple design tasks using manual drawings, plan drawings, model building techniques and visual presentation methods.
Basics of Design and Context: You will learn about aspects of form, space, topography, structure, shape, light and colour. By taking part in excursions, you will increase your understanding of the complex relationship between architecture, landscape and urban space.
Design 1: You will learn how to analyse, interpret and master simple tasks related to design. You will then be able to present the designs coherently with the methods you have learned and present them in public.
Design 2: You will solve more complex design tasks, overlay and master urban planning and construction parameters with spatial ideas and present your designs in public.
Design 3: You will learn how to analyse a task, to present it as an architectural form and to argue or present your design using simple language.
Design 4 – Bachelor Paper: Building on what you have learned in previous modules, you will be able to interpret various aspects of architecture, communicate personal architectural decisions and create a work based on the state of the art.
Artistic Practice: You will learn more about the interrelationships among technological, artistic, social and economic conditions.
Basics of Construction: You will learn how to understand construction as an integral part of the design process and acquire a basic understanding of material, construction and form as well as learn how to create technical drawings. You will explore electromagnetic and thermodynamic problems and learn more about the main theorems of thermodynamics.
Construction 1: You will move beyond the basics of model making, learn to apply constructive solutions using different materials and construction methods, and acquire a basic understanding of material, construction and form.
Construction 2 and 3: You will receive an introduction to constructive relationships with medium complexity and learn how to classify them using a holistic approach during the planning process.
Load-bearing Structures: You will gain an understanding of both basic and recurring and complex load-bearing systems. You will learn how to design independent load-bearing structures and develop essential, detailed aspects of construction.
Architecture and Energy: You will learn to assess concepts related to construction physics, building technology and energy and to integrate these into the architectural design.
Fundamentals of Architecture: You will be taught content that serves as a basis for further knowledge acquisition and improves your understanding of connection among content materials, laying the foundation for further education.
Art and Architectural History: You will learn how to distinguish building forms and objects of art in simple stylistic terms and to date them to cultural-historical epochs.
Cultural and Architectural Theory: You will gain an insight into the interaction between architectural and cultural development.
Digital Design Methods: You will acquire basic theoretical and applied knowledge about digital design methods made possible by the use of information technology in architecture and for purposes of architectural design.
I love studying architecture because of the unique opportunity it provides to shape and improve our environment in a creative way. Architecture intertwines numerous different study fields, working as an architect often involves input from individuals with different backgrounds. This diversity supports the creative process and is a springboard for many unique ideas.
The degree programme at TU Graz brings all the many fields of architecture to life for you as a student. You can decide on this basis which areas are most suited for you personally and this is a great help in finding your own path in the vast and spectacular world of architecture.
Architectural issues are current and relevant to the entire construction industry field. This begins with project development, where studies by architects usually form the basis for assessing, e.g. the feasibility of projects.
Furthermore, this also applies to an entire range of topics in urban development and urban renewal. Climate change and the responsible use of resources are the critical issues here, and socio-political aspects must also be taken into account. It is not possible to create attractive and responsible designs for our living spaces without well-trained architects. This means that they usually take a very active role throughout the entire construction process.
Architecture is the most beautiful mix of many different aspects such as social, technical, cultural, artistic and so on. The bachelor degree programme offers many opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge in any problem-solving area and to meet some extraordinary people. In my opinion, architecture is simply endless fun, and if I could, I would choose it all over again.
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Requirements for admission to a bachelor's degree programme at TU Graz
Before you register for your studies, you will need to go through an admission procedure.
The registration deadline for the academic year 2023/24: 1 March 2023 to 15 July 2023
Note: During the admission procedure, the online pre-registration already takes place.
Admission period: 10 July to 31 October 2023
Admission period: 8 January to 31 March 2024
If you are required to take the supplementary examination "Descriptive Geometry" when you are admitted to the Architecture programme, you can take it during the bachelor's programme.
The professional opportunities for graduates are very broad and diverse:
In order to take full advantage of the wide range of career opportunities, you should complete the Master's Degree Programme in Architecture after completing the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Architecture.
After completing the bachelor's degree programme, you can enrol in the following master’s degree programme without further requirements:
Information on other master's degree programmes with requirements you can find on the respective pages for the master’s degree programmes.
In addition, the bachelor's degree offers you the opportunity to apply internationally for master's degree programmes.