Bachelor's Programme Architecture

Course ID

UE 033 243 - Bachelor's Programme Architecture

Duration of Course

6 semesters


180 ECTS

Certificate received upon completion

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Course Programme
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TU Wien attempts to support prospective students in their decision making phase for their studies, while ensuring the high and internationally recognized quality of their studies and teaching.

As of the winter semester 2019/20, there will be either admission or selection procedures (for bachelor's programmes with limited places) for all bachelor's programmes at TU Wien or a study preparation and reflection phase (PRe phase) for bachelor's programmes without place restrictions.

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 full-time course is six semesters and is arranged into compulsory subjects (146 ECTS), elective subjects (16 ECTS), optional subjects (12 ECTS) and ‘soft skills’ (6 ECTS). The introduction and orientation phase (StEOP) covers a study orientation course and present-day architecture.

In order to be admitted to the second semester, it is necessary to pass additional subjects in the first semester. Thus in addition to providing an introduction to the principles of the subject, the first semester serves to check that the right course has been chosen and that basic requirements for studying this artistic-scientific subject have been met.

The orientation study phase is completed in the second semester. From the third semester onwards, the foundation study develops, step-by-step, the skills that will be put to use in an integrated manner in the architectural project that forms the final bachelor's thesis.

The course 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 Studies

Christian Kühn

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

Vice Dean of Studies

Helmut Schramm

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

Vice Dean of Studies

Michael Surböck

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

More Information and Contact

Dekanat der Fakultät für
Architektur und Raumplanung
Karlsplatz 13
Stiege 3, 4. Stock
1040 Wien

T +43-1-58801-25001

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Student Association

Student Association Architecture

Karlsplatz 13
Hof 2, Erdgeschoss
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Self Assessment Test

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