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Studying Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Bachelor’s program Architecture

Degree and study time needed

3 years to graduation as Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.); a total of 180 credits (analog to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be earned, deviations from the prescribed period of study are possible.

Study program and curriculum

In the bachelor's program in Architecture, students work each semester in a thematically determined design studio. One professor personally supervises each studio. The design work is accompanied by a corresponding basic course. The bachelor's program thus teaches both the scientific fundamentals and the corresponding methodological skills. The study program is divided into the following subjects:

  • Design
  • Integral design
  • Building technology
  • Theoretical and historical foundations
  • Design and presentation
  • Urban and landscape planning
  • Consolidation
  • Interdisciplinary qualification

The aim of the program is to enable students to successfully complete a consecutive master's program and to apply the acquired knowledge in a specific professional field.

In the course of the study program, skills in the following subject and teaching areas are taught, among others:

  • Interior and spatial design
  • Descriptive geometry
  • Building design theory
  • Architectural design and furniture
  • Construction planning
  • Visual and fine arts
  • Theory of architecture
  • Communication of architecture
  • Building construction
  • Basics of building construction
  • Sustainable building
  • Building construction methodology
  • Building Lifecycle Management
  • Structural design and supporting structures
  • Building materials and components
  • Building technology
  • Building science and technical installation
  • Urban housing and development as well as city quarter planning
  • International urban design and development
  • Landscape architecture
  • Regional planning and construction in rural areas
  • Art history
  • History of building and architecture


The study plan of the new study regulations can be downloaded by clicking on it. 


New study regulations as of winter semester 2016/17

As of the winter semester 2016/17, a new study regulation came into effect for the Bachelor of Architecture program. It automatically applies to all students who begin their studies as of the winter semester 2016/17.


The study and examination regulations do not stipulate a compulsory internship. Practical training in the building trade is also not required. It is, however, strongly recommended to complete a six-month office internship during one’s architectural studies, which is suitable to give the student an idea of the practical work of an architect. No credit points are assigned to the six-month office internship. It is not included in the final grade. When an office internship has been proven, it will be included in the transcript of records and noted down as a special qualification.

Selection process

The bachelor's program is admission restricted. There are 156 study places available. After deducting the advance quotas for hardship cases (5%), foreigners (10%) and second-degree applicants (2%), 10% of the study places are allocated to the applicants with the longest waiting period. 90% of the study places are distributed through a selection process.

The selection procedure is based mainly on the academic performance of the applicants. On the basis of these achievements and so-called other achievements, a ranking according to points is established.

  1. General academic school performance:
    Total points in the Abitur (high school leaving diploma).
  2. Subject-specific school achievements:
    Points from the upper school courses in German, Mathematics, the best skill level of a modern foreign language, in an artistic and a humanities subject.
  3. Other achievements:
    A completed vocational training in a relevant training occupation and previous professional practice relevant to the course of study, even without completed vocational training, as well as practical activities, extracurricular achievements and qualifications (e.g. prizes, awards, membership in working groups, special social, political or sporting commitments, voluntary work or social year, etc.). This also includes special subject-relevant education such as taking Physics as a subject in the upper school.


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Further information

Central study advice for the Bachelor's degree in  Architecture