The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) is a bachelor’s degree designed to satisfy the academic component of professional accreditation bodies, to be followed by a period of practical training prior to professional examination and registration. It is awarded for a course of study that lasts up to five years. In some cases, a B.Arch. can be undertaken after having completed a three-year generalized architectural degree plus an additional two years
There are also universities that offer a four-year degree such as a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies or a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S.Arch) or a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (B.A.Arch). These are non-accredited, pre-professional degrees, and so these students must enroll in a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program to be professionally licensed. However, enrolling in a pre-professional program often gets a student into a shorter M.Arch program. Any architecturally-related curriculum may eventually make licensure possible, depending upon the laws or regulations of the jurisdiction in which you wish to be licensed.
The course of study of the Bachelor of Architecture includes studio courses on design and aesthetic theory, as well as practical courses on structures, building mechanical systems, electrical systems, *plumbing and construction. Student work is often in the form of drawings and renderings, either through computer-aided design or drafting by hand. Students also build physical models and create presentation boards for drawings and graphics.
In nearly all architecture schools in the United States, student life and work revolves around a studio class. Other classes in the architecture curriculum are designed to support the concepts emphasized in studio. One particularly rigorous aspect of studio classes is the “critique” or “review.” Students “pin-up” their models and presentation drawings for instructors (and students) who offer constructive criticism.
In India, five year B.Arch course is offered by various schools in India. These schools are recognised by council of architecture (COA). Below is the list of most prestigious universities in India. With KRVIA, JJ Mumbai, CEPT, SPA-Delhi and MIDAS usually among top 5.
Al Salama Institute of Architecture Cheerattamala Road, Malaparamba P.O Palachode, Pin – 679338 Malappuram Dt. Kerala, India
KRVIA, Mumbai Address: Vidyanidhi Marg, J.V.P.D. Scheme, Mumbai – 400 049
Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture. Address: Karvenagar, BNCA Campus,Pune – 411052
School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi Address: 4-Block-B, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi – 110 002
School of Planning & Architecture, Bhopal Address: Neelbad Road, Bhauri, Bhopal – 462030
School of Planning & Architecture, Vijayawada Address: Near Nidamanuru, Gudavalli, Vijayawada – 521 104
IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur Address: Post Technology, Paschim Medinipur, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721 302
NIT Calicut, Kerala Address: NIT CAMPUS PO, Chathamangalam, Kozhikode, Kerala 673601, India
Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai Address: 78/3, Dadabhai Naoroji Rd, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Address: BIT Mersra Road, Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand 835 215 Phone: 0651 227 5444 Website: www.bitmesra.ac.in
Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh Address: Sector 12, Chandigarh – 160 012
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi Address: Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110 025
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad Address: 120, Feet Ring Rd, University Area, Amdavad, Gujarat 380 009
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Address: Manipal-Udupi District, Karnataka-576 104