Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture

We plan and design the cities of the future
Type of programme
Official degrees
Duration
10 semesters
Credits
300 ECTS
Price
€170.00 / ECTS x 60 = €10,200.00* (1r course 2021-2022). *Subject to change each year.
Places
60
Schedule
Mornings
Language
English, Spanish and Catalan
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bachelor's degree in architecture at uic barcelona
We are people with passion, we are architects

Prepare yourself for greater job opportunities

At UIC Barcelona, we are aware of the profound changes architecture has experienced in recent years.

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Urbanism
  • Landscaping
  • Environment
  • Design
  • Project design
  • Site management
  • Building calculations
  • Expert appraisal
  • Real-estate development and management
  • Work as a civil servant in city councils and other administrations
  • Teaching
university staff

Lecturers and active architects

Out of all our lecturers, 79% are active professionals in the field of architecture who work on real-life projects outside the classroom, and in some cases, from their own studios. This direct contact with professional architectural practice allows them to share their day-to-day professional experiences with their students, as well as divulging what the industry is really like. Similarly, many of our lecturers are also well-respected researchers and experts in fields such as robotics, biodigital architecture, humanitarian design and accessibility, which reinforces the multidisciplinary nature of our students’ education.

Complete part of your degree abroad

Earn ECTS in the summer with the Berkeley Summer Sessions, at the world’s best public university, or at Boston University. Earn a double international degree at the University of Belgrano (Buenos Aires). Take part in the AA London Spring Semester Programme. Gain work experience in the summer at Manipal University (Dubai). Put your talent into practice with international workshops (without academic credit).

international mobility bachelor's degree in architecture at uic barcelona

Presentation

UIC Barcelona is committed to providing its students with the best academic preparation in both the theoretical and practical realms, and also to providing them with the tools which are necessary for successful access to the labour market.

In order to achieve these objectives effectively, UIC Barcelona has developed a pedagogical approach based on the following tools and methodologies:

Personalised attention
Individualised attention is paid to our students. The ratio is a maximum of 20 students per lecturer

Job offers
We have a list of national and international job offers. This allows students to have access to a job in any city in the world, involving professional pathways into publishing houses, public administration, office work, promotion, consultancy, industry...

International approach and teaching in English
At the end of their studies our students know how to defend their projects in English and communicate with the adequate terminology and vocabulary related to their discipline. For this reason, many subjects are taught in English from the 1st academic year and we also include English for Architecture as a subject in our degree programme

Advice and coaching*
Each student is assigned an academic advisor and a professional coach*

Working transversally and on different levels
A small university like ours allows subjects to be taught in a crosscutting or transversal way and they all interact with each other. Students also learn to work on various different levels, from the territorial to that of construction, within the same project

Vertical Workshop
An intensive project Workshop involving teams of students from second through to fifth year

Forum
Series of conferences involving prestigious national and international architects

Architecture placed at the service of society
UIC Barcelona School of Architecture is the only school of architecture in Spain which teaches compulsory subjects on cooperation, sustainability and accessibility

Advanced technology
We carry out a workshop on how to make scale models and digital architecture which is pioneering in Spain, we provide students with a laser cutting machine, a computer numerical control machine and a rapid prototyping tool (3D Z Printer) in order to make volumetric scale models

Chairs: links to companies in this sector
We innovate by awarding various chair positions and by carrying out research projects sponsored by prestigious companies such as Ascer, Capital Reig, Uralita, Saloni Ceràmica, Hispalyt, Fundación Adecco, and Valentine

*Coach: a professional who helps students to develop their full potential from both a personal and a professional point of view. 

Competences. Course objective

The teaching and learning process is based on the acquisition of competences:

Crosscutting competences

Critical thinking, creativity, analytical and synthesis skills, the ability to plan and organise, good decision-making skills, responsibility, observation, teamwork and leadership, positive study skills, self-discipline, and dedication

Specific competences

  1. The ability to create architectural projects that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements. Adequate knowledge of architectural history and theory, as well as of art, technology, and the related areas of social sciences. Knowledge of fine art and the role it plays in architectural concepts. Sufficient knowledge of urban design and applied planning techniques
  2. The ability to perceive and understand the relationships between people and buildings, between buildings and their surroundings, as well as the need to link buildings to the spaces around them, depending on requirements and human scale. The ability to understand the architect's profession and its function in society, particularly in terms of becoming involved in projects which take social factors into account
  3. Knowledge of research methods and construction project preparation. Knowledge of the potential problems in structural design, construction, and engineering involved in construction projects
  4. Sufficient knowledge of physical problems and various technological tools, as well as the different functions of different buildings, and the ways they are endowed with internal structures or features which provide comfort and protection from climate related factors. Ability to plan in order to satisfy the demands of the building’s users in a way that respects the limits imposed by planning budgets and building regulations
  5. Sufficient knowledge of the industries, organisations, regulations and procedures relevant to launching construction projects, and incorporating designs into project planning

These competences are worked on through a variety of methodologies: lectures, problem-solving, research projects, site visits, project planning, and group and individual learning.

Their acquisition is evaluated using a variety of assessment tools that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the course material. These include objective tests, papers, projects, portfolios, dossiers, memos, self-evaluation and interviews.

The competences are divided between theoretical classes, seminar-workshops, practical classes, external work experience, group and individual tutorials, and group and individual projects and study.

Academic accreditation

Graduate of UIC Barcelona Architecture programme

Study programme and subjects 2020-2021

Subjects in course 1 Type Term ECTS
Architectural Drawing Type: FB Term: First semester ECTS: 9
History of Art and Architecture Type: FB Term: First semester ECTS: 6
Mathematics Type: FB Term: First semester ECTS: 6
Spatial and Formal Analysis Type: FB Term: First semester ECTS: 9
Computational Design Type: FB Term: Second semester ECTS: 9
Design Studio 0 Type: FB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6
Introduction to Architectural Construction Type: FB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6
Physics Type: FB Term: Second semester ECTS: 9
Subjects in course 2 Type Term ECTS
Building Construction I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
Critical Thinking I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
Design Studio I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
English I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
History and Theory of Architecture I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 6
Structural Calculation I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
Vertical Workshop I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 1
Building Construction II Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Critical Thinking II Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Design Studio II Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Foros I Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 1
History and Theory of Architecture II Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6
Urban Design I Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6
Subjects in course 3 Type Term ECTS
Accessibility Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 2.5
Building Construction III Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5.5
Design Studio III Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
English II Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 4.5
History and Theory of Architecture III Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 6
Urban Design II Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5.5
Vertical Workshop II Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 1
Building Construction IV Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Building Mechanics and Facilities I Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Design Studio IV Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Ethics Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 3
Foros II Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 1
History and Theory of Architecture IV Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6
Structural Calculation II Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Subjects in course 4 Type Term ECTS
Architectural Theory and Criticism Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 2.5
Building Construction V Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 6.5
Building Mechanics and Facilities II Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
Cooperation I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Design Studio V Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5.5
Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Ceramics Chair Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Site Management Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 3
Theory and Practice in the Restoration of Architectural Heritage Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 3
Sustainability I Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 2.5
Vertical Workshop III Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 1
Building Construction VI Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6.5
Cooperation II Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 3
Design Studio VI Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5.5
Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 3
Ceramics Chair Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Site Management Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 3
Theory and Practice in the Restoration of Architectural Heritage Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 3
Foros III Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 1
Structural Calculation III Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6
Urban Design III Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 6
Subjects in course 5 Type Term ECTS
Design Studio VII Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 6.5
Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Climate Concrete Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Constuction of the Ephemeral Installation Llum BCN 2020 Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Climate Concrete Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Constuction of the Ephemeral Installation Llum BCN 2020 Type: OP Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Management Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Professional Ethics Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 3
Sustainability II Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 3.5
Urban Design IV Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 1.5
Vertical Workshop IV Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 1.5
Work Experience Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 6
Building Construction VII Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5.5
Design Studio VIII Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 7
Final Degree Project Type: TF Term: Second semester ECTS: 15
Foros IV Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 1.5
  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer System
  • Term: calendar period
  • (a): subjects which are taught in English

Teachers

Internship

Work placement

UIC Barcelona School of Arquitecture currently has various work placement agreements with a large number of professional practices and companies in the construction sector, at home and abroad, willing to take on students.

Before starting a work placement, it is essential to check that the university and the practice or construction-related company has signed a “Work Placement Agreement”.

Objectives

The objective of these work placements is to apply the theoretical concepts learnt in the Degree in Architecture course and to initiate the student into the real professional world, an experience which will help when it comes to entering the job market in the future.

Operation

UIC Barcelona School of Arquitecture includes the compulsory subject of work placement in its Degree in Architecture course as part of the study plan for the fifth grade. Work placement in professional practices or in companies related to the construction sector is worth six ECTs (equivalent to 180 hours of work).

Given the level of practical content in the Degree in Architecture course, the work placement period is particularly important as this is when students are faced with their first professional experiences. Work placements represent a further educational tool in terms of knowledge and skills and they are undertaken in agreement with the office or the company under the supervision of the university and a representative of the office or company.

These work placements are linked to all the degree subjects as all of them are necessary in a professional practice. Depending on the field of work chosen by the student, some will be more relevant than others.

Professional opportunities

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Urban planning
  • Landscape design
  • Environment
  • Design
  • Project design
  • Construction management
  • Drawing and drafting
  • Calculating structures and facilities
  • Expert appraisal
  • Property promotion and management
  • City council and public administration
  • Teaching
  • Etc.

Prerequisites & admissions

Grants & financial aid

International mobility

Study abroad temporarily

As a student in this degree programme, you may complete part of your degree or a work experience placement abroad and receive academic recognition.

Spend a semester or a full academic year at one of your Faculty’s partner universities or find a company abroad to do an internship. Among other opportunities, you may also:

  • Obtain ECTS during the summer at the Berkeley Summer Sessions, the world’s best public university, or in Boston University Summer Sessions
  • Obtain an international double degree at Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires)
  • Participate in AA London Spring Sessions (London)
  • Do a summer traineeship in Manipal University (Dubai)
  • Participate in the SICUE mobility programme (in Spain)
  • Enhance your talent in international workshops (without academic recognition)

For more information, please visit the Study Abroad and download the specific documentation of your faculty:

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Study with us temporarily

If you are a student at another university in Spain, or in another country, you can come to do a mobility stay at UIC Barcelona during a semester or academic year.

Visit the international exchange students site for more information and, download here all the specific documentation of this faculty:

Contact

Information and admissions

More information for national and international students (Europa, Asia, Africa and Oceania)
Pablo Sánchez
psanchezc@uic.es
Telèfon / WhatsApp: +34 655 999 061

For more information for international students (North America and Latin America): 
Susana Expósito
susanaexposito@uic.es
Phone number / WhatsApp: +506 8627 5629 
Skype: susana_ex