Curriculum

As a student of the bachelor's degree programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, you work on cross-domain design projects every other quarter of your studies. You will have design guidance two half-days a week. Your weekly programme furthermore consists of lecturesand a laboratory course. During practical sessions, you carry out research assignments and write academic papers.

Study schedule

De bachelor’s degree programme takes three years (180 credit points) to complete, and consists of six semesters. Five of those have a fixed programme, and one is free of choice (the minor). 

Curriculumstructure BSc Bouwkunde

The semesters are divided into two quarters. A quarter consists of two or three ‘modules’, for example one design project module and one academic skills module. This way, you are not working on ten subjects at the same time, but can focus on two or three modules per quarter.

All study components are part of one of six learning trajectories, which form basis of the programme.

  • Design (6 modules of 10 credit points each)
  • Technology (5 times 5 credit points)
  • Fundamentals (4 times 5 credit points)
  • Society, practice and process (3 times 5 credit points)
  • Academic skills (3 times 5 credit points)
  • Representation, visualisation and form (3 times 5 credit points).

You conclude your studies with a semester focusing on the integration of disciplines. The first quarter is about area (re)development, urban design, spatial planning and real estate. In the second quarter you design a public building with specific emphasis on architecture, building technology and sustainability. Additionally you develop a series of academic papers elaborating and underpinning the public building design project and process.

In the first year, you develop a scientific work attitude and way of thinking. You are introduced to architecture and the built environment as a scientific discipline. Amongst others, you learn the basic principles of: technology, mechanics, construction and supporting structures, climate design, history and fundamental concepts of architecture and the built environment. You learn to design and make hand drawings, scale models, and digital drawings. The design projects are focused on the scale of the building and its environment: House and Settlement in the Landscape and Design and Engineering.

In the second year, the built environment as a broader entity is emphasised. You notice that the design projects and the Fundamentals modules  touch upon more spatial levels and become more complex: the design project City and Public Space focuses on the scale of streets, parks, squares and their interconnectivity. The design project Dwelling and Dwelling Environment focuses on the transformation of existing residential areas.

The modules Society, Process and Practice 1 and 2 concern construction management and the construction process. The modules Technology 4 and 5 focus on the integration of different technical aspects. In the module Academic Skills 2, you examine residents’ preferences through empirical research. The learning trajectory Representation, Visualisation and Form 3 prepares students to design and evaluate design decisions in a digital 3D environment. 

The third year starts with a free minor, which can be filled with electives from the same or another degree programme. Central to the final semester of the bachelor’s degree programme is the integration of the different fields of study. The first quarter focuses on area development, spatial planning and real estate management. Through role play, you develop a common vision and strategy regarding an urban redevelopment task. In the second quarter, you design a complex public building, such as a museum, and you pay extra attention to the interconnectivity of architecture, construction  engineering and sustainability. Simultaneously you’ll have the module Academic Skills 3 Design Reflection, in which you explain, evaluate and position your design choices in Design 6.

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment offers a variety of minors: Archineering, Neighbourhood of the Future - Green Blue Cities, House of the Future, Heritage & Design, Under the Sky - Experiencing Landscape Architecture, Spaces of Display; Retail and Exhibition Design, Spatial Computing in Architectural Design and Architecture Presentation - 'Visions Reviewed'.

More information about Minors 


Read more about: admission requirements 



Binding recommendation

TU Delft employs the BSA system: the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies. This means that you must obtain at least 75 per cent of your credits (i.e. 45 of the 60 ECTS) in your first year in order to continue your programme. If you receive a negative binding recommendation on the continuation of studies, you will not be permitted to enroll in this programme again in the next 4 years.