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8 Architecture Courses and Degrees You Can Pursue in Singapore


Try recalling each country with their iconic building. You may not realize it at first, but you actually remember them well and your mind will easily associate these buildings to the countries they represent. You will associate the Pyramids of Giza with Egypt; the Acropolis of Athens with Greece; the Colosseum with Italy; the Eiffel Tower with France and more. Countries are often associated with their architectural structures. It is a dream for many architects to get that one-in-a-lifetime chance to contribute to big projects like this.

If you also hold the same dream, then the first step to achieving it will be, of course, pursuing a degree in Architecture. There are a lot of Architecture courses and degrees offered in Singapore. On top of that, some of the programs are from top universities in Asia known to provide quality education and training.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular architecture courses and architecture degrees in Singapore!


National University of Singapore (NUS)

8 Architecture Courses and Degrees You Can Pursue in Singapore

 1. Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BA Arch) Undergraduate Degree Program

NUS’s BA Arch program consists of a total of 160 modular credits (MCs) to be taken for a minimum of 4 years with 2 semesters taken annually.

Year 1

Semester I

Semester II

Design 1

Design 2

Ideas and Approaches in Design

History and Theory of Western Architecture

Structural Principles

The Tropical Envelope

Year 2

Semester I

Semester II

Design 3

Design 4

History and Theory of SEA Architecture

Spatial Computational Thinking

Architectural Tectonics

Strategies for Sustainable Architecture

Year 3

Semester I

Semester II

Design 5

Design 6 

Introduction to Urbanism

Environmental Systems and Construction

Year 4 General Program

Semester I

Semester II

Level 4000 & Above Arch Related Elective

(in lieu of Design)

Level 4000 & Above Arch Related Elective

(in lieu of Design)

Urban Design Theory and Praxis



Take note that in year 4, there are separate modules for students planning to enroll in the master’s programs under the NUS’ Department of Architecture (DOA). You can read more about the Architecture degree program here.


2. Master of Architecture (M Arch)

The M Arch program by NUS is ideal for students who took up B.S. Arch. under the same department. A total of 40 MCs must be completed to graduate. The architecture courses under this program are tabulated below:

Semester I

Semester II

Options Design Research Studio 1

Options Design Research Studio 2

Urban Design Theory and Praxis

Architectural Practice

Advanced Architectural Integration


Architectural Elective



You can read more about the architecture courses here.


3. Master of Science, Integrated Sustainable Design

The MSc ISD program consists of a total of 40 MCs. The modules under this program are as follows:

Semester I

Semester II

Integrated Project Studio 1

Integrated Project Studio 2

Green Buildings in the Tropics

Principles of Sustainable Urbanism

Energy and Ecology

Sustainability Models and Blueprints

Programme Elective 1

Programme Elective 2


You can read more about the program here.


4. Master of Arts in Urban Design

This program can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis — the former with 2 semesters and the latter with 4 semesters. The general curriculum consists of the following courses:

Semester I

Semester II

Urban Design Studio 1

Urban Design Studio 2

Theory and Elements of Urban Design

Sustainable Urban Design and Development

Planning Process: Quantitative and Policy Dimensions

2 Electives

Methods of Urban Design & Urban Analysis





Read more about the program here.


5. Master of Urban Planning

This program requires its students to complete a total of 80 MCs in order to graduate. The program can be taken in 2      years with 2 semesters each, leaving you to take at least 20 MCs each semester. The courses are tabulated below:

Year 1

Semester I

Semester II

Urban Analysis Workshop

Urban Planning Studio

Qualitative Methods for Urban Planning

Quantitative Methods for Urban Planning

Urban & Regional Economics

Urban Planning & Theory

Planning Process

2 Electives



Year 2

Semester I

Semester II

Urban Design and Regional Planning

Integrated Planning Project

Urban Infrastructure & Mobility

Planning Report

Internship Module

2 Electives

2 Electives



Learn more about the program here.


Nanyang Polytechnic (NP)

8 Architecture Courses and Degrees You Can Pursue in Singapore

Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Design (SDN) offers a variety of Design courses, diplomas, and short-term certificates that aim to guide its students to various career prospects in fields of: Architecture, Green and Smart Building Development, Building Information Modelling, Construction, Urban Design and Planning, and Real Estate Development.

Below are 2 architecture-related courses offered by NP.

6. Diploma in Architecture

NP’s Diploma in Architecture is a 3 years program that focuses on sustainability design and the role of technology in architecture.

These are the core modules for each academic year:

Year 1

Year 2

Architectural Visualization

Building Structures

Building Information Modelling and Management

Effective Communication Skills

Building Construction

Building Systems

History, Theory, and Culture

Studio SA1 and SA2

General Studies

Digital Modelling and Environment Simulation

Digital Engineering in Architecture

Architectonic Studies

Smart Building Technologies

Architectural Practices and Policies

Green and Sustainable Design Strategies

Built Environment Management

Urban Systems

Studio SA3 and SA4

Communication and Personal Branding

General Studies

Year 3

Internship Programs

Portfolio Design and Presentation

Design Entrepreneurship

Studio SA5 and SA6

General Studies


More information for each module is available here.

Based on testimonials from past students, the diploma also serves as a good base for further study. Graduates from the program have proceed to further study in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD); Architectural Association School of Architecture (UK), Manchester University (UK), Sheffield University (UK); Curtin University (Aus), Queensland University of Technology (Aus), RMIT University of Technology (Aus), University of Canberra (Aus), and University of New South Wales (Aus).


7. Certificate in Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Architecture (Level 1 and 2)

NP offers 2 Certificates (Level 1 and 2) in BIM for Architecture which can be completed in 2 to 3 days. These certificates are under their Lifelong Learning Courses or SkillsFuture Short Courses.

The level 1 certificate trains students with the basic principles on BIM and its practical architecture application (from designing, construction, and management levels). A level 2 certificate is available for those who wish to gain more in-depth knowledge and training on BIM.

Read more about the certificate courses here.


Singapore Polytechnic (SP)

8 Architecture Courses and Degrees You Can Pursue in Singapore

8. Diploma in Architecture

Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) School of Architecture and The Built Environment (ABE) offers a Diploma in Architecture with 4 main highlights: (1) hands-on design studio sessions that focus on critical and creative thinking; (2) teaching through design projects and out-of-classroom site visits; (3) 22 weeks enhanced internships; and (4) overseas study trips.

The diploma aims to train its students to cope up with the needs and changes in the modern industry (such as the digital revolution, rapid urbanization, climate change etc.) by ‘Building Smart, Efficiently and Green’.

Watch videos about the students’ and alumni’s experiences with the program here.

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