Introduction: Architects envision, design, and
create habitats for people. The architecture program at Premier University
prepares qualified students for careers in this comprehensive field. The focus
of the program is on creativity, innovation, diversity and interactive skill
development in design process. Course outline focused on making a strong foundation of art and design courses and to
bring those skills and abilities into the design studio, combined with the
study and applications of structures, construction technology, environmental
systems, urban design and architectural history. The design studio is the
ground where all the courses come together to form the professional experience
OBJECTIVES OF THE B. ARCH
PROGRAM: Premier University is a non-profit
organization with an ambition to create professionals with a high competency
level. Learning from the ongoing practice in the developed world and
transforming the design idea with respect to local context can bring better
environment. Bachelor of Architecture program is organized in such a way that
students can acquire knowledge with better perception and satisfaction.
The B.Arch program focuses on
skill development and knowledge accumulation in an interdisciplinary exchange
manner. Students will learn how to create spaces as well as habitats with a
desired environment. Philosophical background, ethno-geographic roots,
environment concerned, economically viable and technically advanced learning
approach gives it a pedagogic stand. The students will be exposed to a variety
of general subjects at the junior level, often with moderate specialization.
They have to go through a rigor of theory courses and studios to develop
specific professional and academic competence.
The year-wise thematic sequence
starts with exposing students to artistic skills and communication techniques,
and general appreciation of art and culture, preparatory and basic theories,
intermediate and advanced knowledge, environmental and contextual awareness,
and professional knowledge and skills.
The foundation year of the
program helps students to build up their basic design skills and opens up their
level of imagination. It brings out the basic composition sense, artistic
orientation, creativity and awareness of the local context that build up the
ground for basic design understanding that will remain with the students
throughout their study and will be helpful in pursuing other courses. The
foundation year develops the students’ capacity to experience and acquire
knowledge through different media and methods.
The second year of the program is
designed to let the students grasp the knowledge of different core areas-both
basic theories and advanced or specialized knowledge. This starts with design
theory and process, covering building design as an interactive investigation of human factors, environmental
forces and technology.
While in the remaining years,
students will interact with the practical problems in a local context where
they will learn the nature and means of creating architecture. Students will
learn how to work in a group while dealing with bigger scale projects like
housing, master planning and thus add a new dimension into their academic
career. Internship in the eighth semester will make students capable of
understanding practical job market. In the final semester, students formulate
and accomplish a terminal project or thesis. Working closely with their
advisors, the students prepare programmatic statements, meet informally on a
regular basis, and have formal periodic reviews throughout the year.
This curriculum has been designed
carefully for imparting knowledge of architecture to the students so as to
enable them to become future professionals. The supporting courses provide the
basic knowledge of science, Commerce and Humanities that are essential for
architectural education and to help students to enrich their skill development
procedure. The program will also focus on their personal development as
socially and environmentally aware citizens and lifelong learners.
Design of the Program: The Bachelor of Architecture
(B.Arch.) program extends over a period of five years divided into ten
semesters. Each semester is of 18 working weeks duration where 14 weeks are
assigned for the classes, 2 weeks for pre-examination leave and the remaining 2 weeks are for the examination.
Normally 1 week of mid-term break is provided after 7 weeks of classes, which
is followed by another 7 weeks of classes.
Each theory course is assigned 3
(three) or 2 (two) credits according to the size of detailed syllabus for each.
The studios/ sessional are of 1.5 to 12 credits according to the level of the
studio. There are also 2 (two) credits for professional practice theory course,
9 (nine) credits for internship, 12 credits for thesis/project and 1.5 credits
project report. Thus a total of 208.5 credits are offered in this B.Arch
The curricula structure of the 5
year 208.5 credit B. Arch. program has several core courses including
Foundation and supporting coursed (90 credit lecture, 99
credit studio), and few Optional Courses(19.5 credit). The foundation core
courses are designed to equip the students with the basic knowledge and skills
in the major architectural areas. The
supporting courses provide the basic knowledge of science, commerce and humanities.
The optional courses allow students to select advanced courses according to
their particular interest in a given area of concentration.
The main component of the
architectural subjects are the design studios. Related studio subjects are
working drawings, landscape and interior design. To support them there are some
studio courses in communications which include courses in graphic and digital
media. In the 9th semester Seminar is offered to complement design studio work.
The design studios carry a substantial amount of credits so that the emphasis
remains on design.