Courses in architecture on offer

The various courses in architecture on offer are informed by the premise that the future built environment practitioner should be able to design, develop, model and make. This approach forms the basis of all the subjects. It is defined with the following formula:

TUT(arch grad) = d² + m²

Graduates from the TUT Architecture Department are confident in the discipline of architecture, they are self-motivated, career-focused, entrepreneurial and ethical. TUT students and graduates think creatively, while being socially accountable and sustainable. The Architecture Department at TUT presents the following architectural qualifications:

Undergraduate degrees

BArch (Extended) Bachelor of Architecture (Extended curriculum)
(NQF Level: 7)
5 years (min) full time
[360 credits]

BArch Bachelor of
Architecture

(NQF Level: 7)
4 years (min) full time
[360 credits]

Professional Senior Architectural Technologist
[PrSArchT]

 

Specialisation in DESIGN or TECHNOLOGY takes place in the final undergraduate year. Specialisation is based on the option selected by the student and/or academic performance. Arch. Design III ≥ 70% A min. of 70% in Arch. Design III is required to continue with DESIGN. Students complying with this requirement are allowed to choose the specialisation stream. Arch. Design III < 70%

If a student has less than 70% in Design III, the student is automatically transferred from the Design stream to the TECHNOLOGY stream.

Postgraduate degrees

Design stream

MArch (Design)
Master of Architecture (Design)
NQF Level: 9

(Structured coursework and mini-dissertation)
min 2 years, max 4 years (full time)
[180 credits]

Technology stream

MArch (Arch Tech)
Master of Architecture (Architectural Technology)
NQF Level: 9

(Structured coursework and mini-dissertation)
min 2 years, max 4 years (full time)
[180 credits]

MArch (Design)
Professional Architect
[PrArch]

MArch (Arch Tech)
Professional Senior Architectural Technologist
[PrSArchT]

DArch
Doctor of Architecture

Full time: min 2 years, max 5 years
[360 credits]
NQF Level: 10

Not applicable

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE

Presentation: This course is offered on a day-class basis.
Registration will take place In January only.
Duration: Four years, presented as follows:
First year: Formal academic training at the University.
Second year: The subject Architectural Technology Practice II takes place in an architectural office in two six-month modules. A student will be allocated to either the first or second six-month period. The other six prescribed subjects are then offered at the University in the alternative six months.
Third year: Formal academic training at the University.
Fourth year: Formal academic training at the University.
Options: After the completion of the third year, students have the following options regarding registration for the fourth year:
i. BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)
ii. BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE (TECHNOLOGY)

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE

(Extended curriculum programme with foundation provision)

FIRST YEAR (EXTENDED)

SUBJECTS
Foundation Architectural Language and Communication
Foundation Building Business Law and Practice
Foundation Building Science
Foundation Principles of Architectural Design
Foundation Technical Architectural Drawing

SECOND YEAR (EXTENDED)

SUBJECTS
Applied Building Science I
Architectural Design I
Computer-Aided Draughting I
Contract Documentation I
Computer Applications I
Communication I
Construction Materials I
History of Architecture I
Construction Methods I
Presentation Techniques I
Theory of Design I

THIRD YEAR (EXTENDED)

MODULE
Architectural Design II **
Architectural Technology Practice II
Contract Documentation II
Computer-Aided Design II
Construction Materials II *
Construction Methods II *
Theory of Design II **

FOURTH YEAR (EXTENDED)

MODULE
Architectural Design III
Architectural Practice III
Building Services III
Computer-Aided Draughting III
Contract Documentation III
Construction Materials III
Construction Methods III
Landscape Design III
Surveying for Architecture III
Specification and Quantities III
Theory of Design III

FOURTH YEAR

MODULE
Architectural Design IV**
Construction Materials IV*
Construction Methods IV*
Law and Contract Management IV
Project Management IV
Principles of Urban Design IV**
Structures IV**
Theory of Design IV**

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)

(Qualification type: Professional Bachelor’s Degree)

FIRST YEAR

MODULE
Applied Building Science I
Architectural Design I
Computer-Aided Draughting I
Contract Documentation I
Computer Applications I
Communication I
Construction Materials I
History of Architecture I
Construction Methods I
Presentation Techniques I
Theory of Design I

SECOND YEAR

MODULE
Architectural Design II
Architectural Technology Practice II
Contract Documentation II
Computer-Aided Design II
Construction Materials II
Construction Methods II
Theory of Design II

THIRD YEAR

MODULE
Architectural Design III
Architectural Practice III
Building Services III
Computer-Aided Draughting III
Contract Documentation III
Construction Materials III
Construction Methods III
Landscape Design III
Surveying for Architecture III
Specification and Quantities III
Theory of Design III

FOURTH YEAR

MODULE
Architectural Design IV
Construction Materials IV
Construction Methods IV
Law and Contract Management IV
Project Management IV
Principles of Urban Design IV
Structures IV
Theory of Design IV

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)

(Qualification type: Structured Master’s Degree)

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE IN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY

(Qualification type: Structured Master’s Degree)

FIRST YEAR

MODULE
Architectural Design V
Architectural Practice V
Advanced Computer Applications V
Business Management V
Computer Hardware V
Construction Materials V
Construction Methods V
Network Systems V
Theory of Design V

SECOND YEAR

MODULE
Research Report: Architecture: Professional V
Research Report: Architecture: Professional V (re-registration)
Contract Documentation V
Contract Documentation V (re-registration)
Research Methodology
Specification V
Specification V (re-registration)

FIRST YEAR

MODULE
Construction and Materials and Methods
Environmental Science
Project Management
Research Methodology V
Technical Design Studio

SECOND YEAR

MODULE
Research Report: Architectural Technology: Technology V
Research Report: Architectural Technology: Technology V (re-registration)

DESIGN THINKING

Design thinking to solve complex problems stands central to architectural education at TUT. Our students are passionate about architecture and they are trained to understand and solve complex design problems. Our graduates integrate theory, design and technology when they practise the discipline of architecture. Students are prepared for their future leadership role in society through the well-rounded educational programme on offer in our School.

Design specialisation:

DegreeMin. durationSACAP Registration Category
BTechArchProf / BArch (Extended curriculum, with specialisation in Design)5 yearsSenior Architectural Technologist
BTechArchProf / BArch (with specialisation in Design)4 yearsSenior Architectural Technologist
MTechArchProf / MArch 2 yearsProfessional Architect

Technology specialisation:

DegreeDurationRegistration Category
BTechArchProf / BArch (Extended curriculum, with specialisation in Technology)5 yearsSenior Architectural Technologist
BTechArchProf / BArch (with specialisation in Technology)4 yearsSenior Architectural Technologist
MTech(ArchTech) / MArch(ArchTech)2 yearsSenior Architectural Technologist

Doctorate Degree

DegreeDurationRegistration Category
DArch2-5 yearsNot applicable

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