In A Nutshell

Bachelor Program:
Architecture B.A.
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Program structure:
8 semester fulltime (incl. required internship semester), 240 ECTS
Program start:
winter semester (October 1)
Requierements:
general matriculation standard, subject-specific matriculation standard or technical college certificate
Aptitude test:
required
Instruction language:
German (level C1 required)
Department:
Applications:
May 02 - June 15
 

Profile

The regular program duration for the Bachelor's degree in Architecture lasts eight semesters. The program is very practice-oriented. Students apply their knowledge early on in projects in which they collaborate with other academic programs. In many cases, partners from the industry are also involved. This way, students not only develop their social and cultural skills but also make first connections for their professional life. Another great benefit of this program is the individual support for the students. Coburg University thus provides ideal conditions for a versatile and successful education.

The studies in Coburg focus:

  • New construction and construction on existing buildings
  • Renovation of old buildings and heritage sciences
  • Energy-efficient and ecological building
  • Barrier-free, intergenerational building
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and personality development

The degree "Bachelor of Arts" (B.A.) is a professional qualification and permits the graduate to work as an architect according to the standards applicable in Federal Republic of Germany and the member states of the European Community.

For world-wide recognition, the standards formulated in the UNESCO/UIA charter apply. They are not yet met with the completion of the 8-semester degree. For more information about the architect profession consult the German Chamber of Architects (BAK) or the respective state chambers, such as the Bavarian Chamber of Architects (BYAK).

Practical Training

Basic internship
By the beginning of the fifth semester, a basic internship lasting a total of 9 weeks must be completed at a construction company in the construction sector. It can be performed in smaller intervals of at least four weeks and must fall on a period outside of the lecture period.

Required internship
The required internship usually takes place in the fifth semester of the program. It is directed systematically and spans a contiguous period of 20 weeks. Students work as an intern for 18 weeks and two weeks are spent at the university in a praxis seminar. The students get to know the typical professional activities of an architect. The required internship can also be spent abroad. The university has good contacts with the professional world and will help students find a suitable internship position.

Structure of the Program

The students will develop their skills in design, draft, and construction. They learn to handle complex planning requirements and to work in a team. Students address people’s individual life requirements while using scientific principles and knowledge related to the history of architecture as a basis. The aesthetic design of buildings plays as great a role as its functional, technical, and economic planning.

Semester 1 - 4 | Fundamentals:

  • Design and representation
  • Building construction, structural engineering, and materials
  • Urban planning
  • Energetic building and construction in existing contexts
  • 3 brief drafts on design and construction
  • History of architecture
  • Supplementary elective modules on theoretical contents, practical know-how, and personality development
  • 9-week basic internship (can also be completed before the start of the program)

Semester 5

  • Required internship spanning 20 weeks - may also be abroad

Semesters 6-8 | in-depth study:

  • Choice of design projects with individual project specialization
  • Interdisciplinary project work
  • Construction design with structural engineering
  • Supplementary specialization in building technology and construction in existing contexts
  • Organization and law
  • Supplementary elective modules on theoretical contents, practical know-how, and personality development
  • Bachelor thesis as project with accompanying seminars

One elective must be chosen per semester. The topics range from courses in neighboring disciplines, such as interior design and interior architecture, civil engineering, and design. In addition, external expert lecture on current trends. For instance: Landscape architecture, experimental design, web design, marketing, fire protection, fundamental principles of sustainable building, urban planning project development, the effect of color on surfaces and in rooms, building biology etc.

Room for creativity

The architecture program includes a model shop, photo lab, and a CAD lab (Apple Macintosh). These installations allow students to work independently and provide space for creativity and interaction.

Curriculum and Examination Regulations

The [study plan]* provides an overview of the structure of the program. The [module manual]* provides information about the content of the individual modules. The [study and examination regulations]* form the legal basis for the study program. Contact your academic advisor Prof. Helmut Bielenski concerning the content of the program.

*only available in german at the moment

Well Networked

Contacts to the practical world, participation in competitions, and international exchange define the architecture program at the Coburg University. Events, such as the Coburg Housing Day (Coburger Wohnbautag) and the Wood Construction Day (Holzbautag), bring students together with practitioners. The student-organized  “Dienstagsreihe" (Tuesday Series) invites renowned international architects to the university as well as trendy newcomers in the fields of design, photography, film, and art. During the Campus.Design Open event, students present their designs to a wider public.

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Job Perspectives

The architecture education at the Coburg University enables students to think and act creatively and with an eye on design. It thus opens up a variety of exciting areas of activity. The eight semester Bachelor's degree and a subsequent two-year professional practice period are the qualifications needed to be entered in the Bavarian list of architects. This entry authorizes a person to call himself an "architect” in the state of Bavaria. The areas of work range from working as a freelance architect with one’s own firm or starting to work in the public construction sector.

Potential employers include:

  • Architecture, planning, and construction firms
  • Agencies, e.g. building authorities and historical monument authorities
  • Businesses in the construction sector
  • Facility services providers, construction and energy consulting etc.

Master's degree

After completing the Bachelor’s degree, good graduates have the possibility of obtaining further qualifications with a Master's degree. For this purpose, Coburg University offers a Master’s degree in Design, focus on interior design and interior architecture & architectural design, and Sustainable Planning and Design, as well as – in cooperation with the University Bamberg – the Master’s degree in Heritage Sciences and Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation.

Application and Admission Requirements

Here you can find all the important information about evaluating your school-leaving certificates and learning German in order to start a bachelor program at the University of Coburg.

Since the program is taught in German, you also have to prove your knowledge in German before the start of studies (level C1/C2).

Status: December 2019.

Further and current informations can also be found on the German website of this course.