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Bachelor's Programme Architecture

Programme Code

UE 033 243 - Bachelor's Programme Architecture

Duration of Programme

6 semesters


180 ECTS




Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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Programme contents

The full-time programme takes six semesters and is divided into compulsory subjects (146 ECTS), electives (16 ECTS), free optional subjects (12 ECTS) and soft skills (6 ECTS). The introductory and orientation phase (StEOP) comprises the courses Orientation Course and Contemporary Architecture.

Admission to the exercises from the second semester onwards requires the completion of further subjects from the first semester. The first semester thus serves not only to introduce students to the basics of the subject, but above all to review their choice of study and the necessary basic requirements for an artistic-scientific course of study.

The second semester concludes the orientation programme. From the third semester onwards, the basic study period includes the gradual development of competences, which are applied integratively in the final Bachelor's thesis, an architectural design.

Several architectural models and posters with project descriptions are placed in a large room. The models are on the tables, under the tables and also on the shelves.
Black and white plan of a city with a continuous red line that could mark a public access points in this area.
The plan of Vienna printed on a large scale was placed on a square. Several people stand on it or look at it.
The court of the TU Wien in summer. Many tables are placed outside, students work in small groups.
Office with several workstations. Along the windows is a passageway, after which are some work spaces. On the right and at the end of the room are several shelves with books.
A room with several workstations. Four women are currently working in the room. The tables are delivered with models and working materials.
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A workplace where many different machines for material processing are placed. The room is very well lit.

Admission procedure

625 places are allocated for the Bachelor's Programme Architecture. The allocation of study places is carried out within the framework of a two-stage admission procedure.

As a rule, the Bachelor's Programme Architecture begins in the winter semester, but it is also possible to begin in the summer semester. For both options for beginning studies, timely registration for the respective academic year is a prerequisite. More information on registration can be found in the FAQ.

Furthermore, there is the possibility of diversification into the Bachelor's Programme with admission procedure. The requirements for this can be found under admission procedure Architecture.

Further information about the programme

The Bachelor's Programme Architecture at TU Wien teaches the basic skills of architectural design. It takes an integrated approach that provides an introduction to all of the core areas of architectural practice, from the planning of buildings through structural and detailed planning to town planning and landscape architecture.

The course provides an understanding of the role played by architecture in society, its aesthetic, technical, economic and ecological principles and the interaction between different disciplines in planning and construction processes. At its heart lies training in the technical, aesthetic and intellectual skills that contribute to the successful handling of complex design projects. Methodological clarity and conceptual thinking are as much a part of this as the ability to communicate and cooperate within a team.

The Bachelor's Programme qualifies the student for continuing study at master's level in Architecture or related fields.

The programme is in high demand. Currently around 900 students begin the course, of whom only 300 go on to graduate. 3500 students (across the bachelor's, master's and diploma programmes) are mentored by 18 professors and 90 assistants as well as around 280 external teaching staff.

Our graduates are qualified in the analysis and specification of construction and planning tasks, drafting and designing, presenting and conveying planning-relevant information as well as the management of planning and implementation procedures. A wide range of job opportunities are therefore open to graduates of the department:

  • independent practice in architecture and urban development
  • employment in architectural and planning companies
  • working for a public authority
  • working in the construction or planning department of a company
  • project development and consulting
  • teaching and research at universities and technical colleges, etc.
  • product development in the construction industry
  • IT for architecture
  • architectural journalism
  • new creative disciplines created within the context of the information society

Through partnerships with other universities in Europe and further afield, the department is able to offer a wide range of opportunities for spending a semester abroad. Although a work placement is not a compulsory part of the course, around 80% of students acquire relevant practical experience during the holidays or – more often – whilst working part-time towards the end of the course. In the new degree programme, which was introduced in autumn 2001, it is recommended to take a year-long work placement after completing the first of the final exams, i.e. after three years.

The main location of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning is the main building at Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria.

  • Institute of History of Art, Building Archaeology and Restoration (E251)
  • Institute of Architecture and Design (E253)
  • Institute of Architectural Sciences (E259)
  • Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (E260)
  • Institute of Art and Design (E264)
  • Department of Spatial Development and Infrastructure & Environmental Planning (E280)
  • Computer Laboratory of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning (E290)

Dean of Academic Affairs

Christian Kühn

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

Andrea Rieger-Jandl

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.

Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

Michael Surböck

Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

More Information and Contact

Dean's office of Faculty of Architecture and Planning

Karlsplatz 13
Staircase 3, 4th floor
1040 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 58801 25001
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Student Union

Student Union Architecture

Karlsplatz 13
Hof 2, ground floor
1040 Vienna

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Self Assessment Test

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To provide you with a realistic self-assessment you can take this self-assessment test, opens an external URL in a new window. The included tests and questionnaires provide you with an overview of the requirements we deem necessary for successful studies.