The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSArch) is a 5-year college degree intended for people who wish to pursue a career in Architecture. Architectural education provides students with knowledge and skills in planning, designing and constructing buildings taking into account the principles of utility, strength and aesthetics.
The BS in Architecture curriculum comprises of CHED-mandated general education courses; technical subjects in Math, Science and Basic Engineering; and professional Architecture courses presented thru classroom lectures, laboratory classes and studio design activities.
Keeping abreast with the current trends in Architectural industry, most schools provide technologically upgraded studio facilities for the study of computer aided designs.
The BS in Architecture program in the Philippines is offered in ladder type curriculum:
The first three years put emphasis on providing opportunities for the students to draw and design with a sense of quality and technical expertise; to develop visual perception, and to understand construction as a means of communication of principles. Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses at certain level, students will be granted Certifications for the technical skills acquired, such as Certificate in Drafting Technology; Certificate in Building Technology and Utilities; and Certificate in CADD.
The last two years are used to plan actual projects and explore the more detailed spatial and visual considerations and to gain knowledge in computer science as applied to Architecture. Special emphasis is given on the importance of research as evidenced by the thesis requirement for the course. Additionally, the knowledge and understanding of the ethical guidelines of the profession is a significant component of the program.
Is Architecture a profession?
Architecture is a profession. A graduate of BS in Architecture who passed the Architecture Licensure Examination is called an Architect. An Architect is technically defined as a person professionally and academically qualified, registered and licensed under Republic Act No. 9266 with a Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture and the Professional Regulation Commission.
What are the admission requirements for BSArchi?
Requirements at each school may differ, but these are the common requirements:
What skills will help you succeed in this course?
How difficult is this course?
BS in Architecture is both interesting and challenging. Natural artistic talent plays a big part into it, as this profession requires a lot of drawing skills and creativity. Students are expected to draw extensively and build chipboard models or building prototypes. The course also requires numerical proficiency used for cost estimation, surveying, structural load and other mathematical computations. Production of the required drawing projects and presentation materials require lots of hard work, patience and careful attention to details. But since Architecture is not just a science but also an art, a passionate student who overcomes these challenges might really enjoy studying Architecture.
How long does it take to complete BS in Architecture in the Philippines?
Normally, the BSArchi takes 5 years to complete. Universities which go by the Trimester school calendar require less time to finish the course. (3 to 4years using trimestral calendar)
On The Job Training / Internship
CHED Memorandum Order no.61 mandates that Schools of Architecture shall have an active and organized program for on-the-job and diversified training for its students which shall include: assistance in organizing student employer interviews; maintenance of a job-available card file with an index of potential local employers; and if needed, assistance to employers, and fast transfer of students' academic transcripts to speed up the employment process.
The Board Exam
An Architecture graduate needs to take and pass the Architectural Licensure Examination (ALE) before he/she can practice as a Licensed Architect. The examination is conducted by the Board of Architecture under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It is scheduled twice a year in the months of January and May.
The licensure examination for Architects shall cover the following subjects: History and Theory of Architecture; Principles of Planning and Architectural Practice; Structural Design, Building Materials, Urban Design and Architectural Interiors; and Architectural Design and Site Planning and Architectural Specifications, and Methods of Construction and Utilities.
Most Architecture students who completed the regular 5-year course opt to review for several months before the January licensure exam. However, those who finished the course on irregular timeframe typically choose the March examination date. Review programs are usually provided for by the school. However, some students decide on enrolling at specialized review centers.
Career opportunities for BS Architecture graduates