Bachelor in Architecture

Bachelor in Architecture

Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures.

Mission

The Bachelor of Architecture program at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) educates students to become qualified architects who are capable of generating effective solutions by using architectural approaches in the field of Architecture. The graduates of the program will be well versed in technology and in social and environmental issues.

Architecture program require students to apply principles of architecture and basic science to model, analyze, design, and realize physical environments, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in architectural areas. The program provides students with an excellent foundation in the core technical competencies of the discipline: design, building construction, and history and theory of architecture with special consideration to sustainability and green architecture. In addition, an array of technical electives is offered to enable students to tailor their Architectural education to best suit their career goals. The technical focus is complemented with topics in general education leading to a well-rounded member of the global society.

Goals and Objectives

The program goals have been derived from and support the mission statement of the American University of Ras al Khaimah. The graduate of the Architecture Program is expected to be able to:

  1. Pursue a successful professional career in local and regional markets or higher studies in the field of Architecture.
  2. Conceive, design, model, analyze, test and implement Architectural principles and processes considering their environmental impact.
  3. Professionally apply creative thinking, skills, historical knowledge and experimental techniques in solving practical problems.
  4. Effectively communicate and function in various multidisciplinary environments and engage in lifelong learning and professional development.
  5. Understand the ethical, cultural and environmental considerations of the architectural profession.

Program Outcomes

AURAK has developed the learning outcomes for the Architectural program in compliance with the Student Performance Criteria (SPC) adopted by NAAB (National Architecture Accrediting Board) of the United States of America. According to SPC, the outcomes for the program are organized into realms to more easily understand the relationships between individual criteria.

Realm A: Critical Thinking and Representation:
Architects must have the ability to build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on research and analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural and environmental contexts. This ability includes facility with the wider range of media used to think about architecture including writing, investigative skills, speaking, drawing and model making. Students’ learning aspirations include:

– Being broadly educated.
– Valuing lifelong inquisitiveness.
– Communicating graphically in a range of media.
– Recognizing the assessment of evidence.
– Comprehending people, place, and context.
– Recognizing the disparate needs of client, community, and society.

A. 1. Communication Skills: Ability to read, write, speak and listen effectively.
A. 2. Design Thinking Skills: Ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.
A. 3. Visual Communication Skills: Ability to use appropriate representational media, such as traditional graphic and digital technology skills, to convey essential formal elements at each stage of the programming and design process.
A. 4. Technical Documentation: Ability to make technically clear drawings, write outline specifications, and prepare models illustrating and identifying the assembly of materials, systems, and components appropriate for a building design.
A. 5. Investigative Skills: Ability to gather, assess, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within architectural coursework and design processes.
A. 6. Fundamental Design Skills: Ability to effectively use basic architectural and environmental principles in design.
A. 7. Use of Precedents: Ability to examine and comprehend the fundamental principles present in relevant precedents and to make choices regarding the incorporation of such principles into architecture and urban design projects.
A. 8. Ordering Systems Skills: Understanding of the fundamentals of both natural and formal ordering systems and the capacity of each to inform two- and three-dimensional design.
A. 9. Historical Traditions and Global Culture: Understanding of parallel and divergent canons and traditions of architecture, landscape and urban design including examples of indigenous, vernacular, local, regional, national settings from the Eastern, Western, Northern, and South hemispheres in terms of their climatic, ecological, technological, socioeconomic, public health, and cultural factors.
A. 10. Cultural Diversity: Understanding of the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical abilities, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals and the implication of this diversity on the societal roles and responsibilities of architects.
A.11. Applied Research: Understanding the role of applied research in determining function, form, and systems and their impact on human conditions and behavior.

Realm B: Integrated Building Practices, Technical Skills and Knowledge:

Architects are called upon to comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems and materials, and be able to apply that comprehension to their services. Additionally they must appreciate their role in the implementation of design decisions, and the impact of such decisions on the environment. Students learning aspirations include:

– Creating building designs with well-integrated systems.
– Comprehending constructability.
– Incorporating life safety systems.
– Integrating accessibility.
– Applying principles of sustainable design.

B. 1. Pre-Design: Ability to prepare a comprehensive program for an architectural project, such as preparing an assessment of client and user needs, an inventory of space and equipment requirements, an analysis of site conditions (including existing buildings), a review of the relevant laws and standards and assessment of their implications for the project, and a definition of site selection and design assessment criteria.
B. 2. Accessibility: Ability to design sites, facilities, and systems to provide independent and integrated use by individuals with physical (including mobility), sensory, and cognitive disabilities.
B. 3. Sustainability: Ability to design projects that optimize, conserve, or reuse natural and built resources, provide healthful environments for occupants/users, and reduce the environmental impacts of building construction and operations on future generations through means such as carbon-neutral design, bioclimatic design, and energy efficiency.
B. 4. Site Design: Ability to respond to site characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation, and watershed in the development of a project design.
B. 5. Life Safety: Ability to apply the basic principles of life-safety systems with an emphasis on egress.
B. 6. Comprehensive Design: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates each student’s capacity to make design decisions across scales while integrating the following SPC:

A.2. Design Thinking Skills
A.4. Technical Documentation
A.5. Investigative Skills
A.8. Ordering Systems
A.9. Historical Traditions and Global Culture
B.2. Accessibility
B.3. Sustainability
B.4. Site Design
B.5. Life Safety
B.8. Environmental Systems
B.9. Structural Systems

B. 7. Financial Considerations: Understanding of the fundamentals of building costs, such as acquisition costs, project financing and funding, financial feasibility, operational costs, and construction estimating with an emphasis on life-cycle cost accounting.
B. 8. Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of environmental systems’ design such as embodied energy, active and passive heating and cooling, indoor air quality, solar orientation, day lighting and artificial illumination, and acoustics; including the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
B. 9. Structural Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
B. 10. Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies relative to fundamental performance, aesthetics, moisture transfer, durability, and energy and material resources.
B. 11. Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic principles and appropriate application and performance of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
B. 12. Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.

Realm C: Leadership and Practice:
Architects need to manage, advocate, and act legally, ethically and critically for the good of the client, society and the public. This includes collaboration, business, and leadership skills. Student learning aspirations include:

– Knowing societal and professional responsibilities.
– Comprehending the business of building.
– Collaborating and negotiating with clients and consultants in the design process.
– Discerning the diverse roles of architects and those in related disciplines.
– Integrating community service into the practice of architecture.

C. 1. Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
C. 2. Human Behavior: Understanding of the relationship between human behavior, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
C. 3 Client Role in Architecture: Understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains.
C. 4. Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
C. 5. Practice Management: Understanding of the basic principles of architectural practice management such as financial management and business planning, time management, risk management, mediation and arbitration, and recognizing trends that affect practice.
C. 6. Leadership: Understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities.
C. 7. Legal Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by registration law, building codes and regulations, professional service contracts, zoning and subdivision ordinances, environmental regulation, and historic preservation and accessibility laws.
C. 8. Ethics and Professional Judgment: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in the formation of professional judgment regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
C.9. Community and Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to work in the public interest, to respect historic resources, and to improve the quality of life for local and global neighbors.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

  • Fall 2018 Total Number of Architecture Students – 74
  • Spring 2018 Total Number of Architecture Students –  73 
  • Fall 2017 Total Number of Architecture Students – 70
  • Total Number of Graduated Computer Science Students (up to summer 2018) –  0 

Career Opportunities

Jobs directly related to your degree include:   

  • Building surveyor
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Landscape architect
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film
  • Structural engineer
  • Town planner

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Interior and spatial designer

Admissions Requirements

How to Apply

Please read the following carefully before completing the application form

  1. Applicants must complete the application themselves. All requirements on this application must be filled in. Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is preferable that all items be typed.
  2. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. They should not wait until their final examination results are announced.
  3. Please note that submitting an application, paying the application fee and receiving an ID number does not in any way mean that an applicant is admitted to the university. Admission is offered in writing to qualified applicants only after an official evaluation of their credentials is performed by the Office of Admissions.
  4. The offer of admission is valid only for the academic semester for which the applicant applies. Applicants who wish to defer their admission to the following semester must submit a written request to the Office of Admissions not later than one month before the beginning of the semester. Admission consideration for the following semester will depend on meeting the established requirements and available seats.
  5. In case seats are not available in the semester you selected, AURAK will consider your application for the following semester.
  6. All documents presented to complete an application for admission are the property of the university. Applicants, whether accepted or not, may not claim them back.

Forms and Checklist

High School Requirements

Academic School

Academic Program

Admission Criteria

School of Arts and
Science

BA in English Language
BA in Mass Communication

UAE Curriculum

Advanced (Scientific)

70%

 
General (Literary) 70%  
Non UAE Curriculum The University Recognizes all the other certificates and converts their grades to the equivalent grade.
BS in Biotechnology UAE Curriculum Advanced (Scientific) 70%  
General (Literary) 70% Successful completion of the qualifying subjects: Physics, Biology and Chemistry at AURAK.
Non UAE Curriculum The University Recognizes all the other certificates and converts their grades to the equivalent grade.
School of Business (All Business Programs) UAE Curriculum Advanced (Scientific) 70%  
General (Literary) 70%  
Non UAE Curriculum The University Recognizes all the other certificates and converts their grades to the equivalent grade.
School of Engineering (All Engineering Programs) UAE Curriculum Advanced (Scientific) 70%  
General (Literary) 90% Score 90 or above in Math and Science subjects
in school. And pass one qualifying subject at AURAK.
Non UAE Curriculum The University Recognizes all the other certificates and converts their grades to the equivalent grade.
 

Conditional Admissions:
AURAK offers conditional admissions to students who are slight below the minimum admission criteria and specific curriculum's.

English Proficiency Requirements

Name of Exam

Score

IELTS

5.0 Band

TOEFL - Paper based

500

TOEFL - Internet Based

61

Cambridge English Test - Advanced 41
Pearson's Test of English - Academic 36-41
City & Guilds TESOL B1
Admissions Procedure

Tuition and Fees

Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Undergraduate Program

Amount (AED)

Due by:

Application

500

Application submission, non-refundable

Admission

500

Issuance of Admission Letter; and Non-refundable
Tuition (12-16 credits) 24,150 Per Semester, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Tuition- Part time 1,575 Per credit hour, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
New Program - Undergraduate Amount (AED)  Due by:
Electrical Engineering (12-16 Credits) 24,150 Per Semester, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Electrical Engineering - Part time 1,470 Per credit hour, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Architecture Engineering (12- 16 Credits) 25,200 Per Semester, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with
Finance department
Architecture Engineering - Part time 1,575 Per credit hour, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Petroleum Engineering (12-16 credits) 30,975 Per Semester, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Petroleum Engineering- part time 1,890 Per credit hour, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Chemical Engineering (12-16 Credits) 30,975 Per Semester, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Chemical Engineering 1,890 Per credit hour, payable by first day of class or make arrangement with Finance department
Graduate Program Amount (AED) Due by:
Application 750 Application submission, non-refundable
Admission 2,000 Issuance of Admission Letter; and Non-refundable
Tuition- MBA 2,520 Per credit, payable by first day of class
Tuition- EMBA 3,150 Per credit, payable by first day of class
Tuition- MEEL 2,100 Per credit, payable by first day of class
Tuition- MS Engr. PM 2,730 Per credit, payable by first day of class
Summer Session - Other Fees Amount (AED) Due by:
Technology / Activity Services 400 Per summer session, non-refundable
Lab 400 Per summer session, per lab & non-refundable
Student Visa Fees Amount (AED) Due by:
Visa 2,000 100% due at time of admission payment, non-refundable (Including Emirates ID)
Visa change of status 900 100% due at time of admission payment, or when applicable, non-refundable
Visa Security Deposit 2,000 100% due at time of admission  payment, One time, refundable after the visa cancellation
Others Amount (AED) Due by:
Technology / Activity / Gym Services 750 Per semester, non-refundable
Lab 750 Per semester, per lab & non-refundable
Security deposit 1,500 One time, refundable if no s/ damage charges due
Graduation 1,500 One time, non-refundable
Late Payment 300 Per Month after due date
Late Registration 1,000 Per semester, non-refundable
Check Returned 500 Penalty for every check returned
Transcript- Official 100 Per Transcript
Transcript- True 50 Per Transcript
*Transportation 3,500 Per Semester for Ras AI Khaimah
*Transportation 5,500 Per Semester for Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman,Um AI Quwain, Fujairah
*Transportation 6,000 Per Semester for Abu Dhabi (Only on weekends)
ID Card 100 For Replacement
Official Letter 50 Per Letter
Gymnasium 500 Per month, for Non-AURAK students
Library Books overdue fines 10 Per day per item for Circulating & Reserve materials
Library Books Lost I Damaged Actual Cost Circulating books, Audio-Visual items, Reference Material
Health Insurance 710
Mandatory (non-refundable) To opt out students must produce evidence of viable current health insurance

* For transportation- Minimum 5 students must registered for each zone to provide  service
* AURAK reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees, and other charges at any time such changes are deemed necessary.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate Transfer Students

Prospective students who have attended other accredited colleges and universities may apply to AURAK as transfer students as long as they fulfill the following criteria:

  • Minimum CGPA is 2.0 or higher. If CGPA is below 2.0 but above 1.8, student may be considered for a different program.
  • Student is in good standing at their previous institution.
  • The academic program is accredited and the institution is licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education (or its equivalent for international students).
  • The student submits a detailed course syllabus for each of the courses taken.

Other Undergraduate Transfer Requirements

  • The Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management, in consultation with the respective program chairs, determines whether a course completed at another institution is equivalent to a course offered in the particular program for which the student is seeking credit transfer.
  • The total number of credits transferred to AURAK shall not exceed 50% of the program requirement.
  • The transferred course must offer the same number of credits as the AURAK course to be considered for equivalency and be offered at the same level (upper or lower).
  • Transferred credits and grades will not be used in calculating the cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
  • Only courses graded as “C “or above are considered for transfer credit.

Graduate Transfer Students

A maximum of six graduate credits from a graduate school at an accredited college/university may be transferred to a program of study at AURAK, subject to program-specific rules and regulations.

  • Credits for transfer must be approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research in consultation with the Coordinator of the appropriate graduate degree program according to the guidelines of graduate studies.
  • These credits must have been earned not more than five years prior to the transfer, and the student must have earned a grade of B or higher for any graduate-level course that is requested to be transferred.
  • Likewise, these credits may not have been used to satisfy requirements for another earned degree. Transfer credit will not be accepted for research or thesis/dissertation work.
  • Likewise, these credits may not have been used to satisfy requirements for another earned degree. Transfer credit will not be accepted for research or thesis work.
  • Grades earned in transferred courses do not count in the student’s cumulative GPA (CGPA), though transferred credits count toward the cumulative earned hours and may apply towards meeting graduation requirements.
  • Applicants must request that credit transfers be reviewed at the time of application.
Payment Mode

Option A: CASH (OR) CREDIT CARD
The fees can be paid in person in cash or through credit card (Visa & Master card) at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah between 8.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Accounts Office.

Option B: CHECK
Persons with UAE bank accounts may write a check made payable to American University of Ras Al Khaimah. The check can be sent to the address below or taken to the Accounts Office on the AURAK Campus.

Accounts Department
American University of Ras Al Khaimah Ras Al Khaimah Campus
P O Box 10021
Ras Al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates

Option C: BANK TRANSFER

Beneficiary

:

American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Account Number

:

0002-257074-001

Swift Code

:

NRAKAEAK
IBAN Number : AE700400000002257074001
Bank Address : RAK Bank
Nakheel Branch, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Note: For USD transfers ONLY use the following additional information
Correspondence Bank : Standard Chartered Bank, New York, USA
New York
Swift Code : SCBLUS33XXX
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