Admissions

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ARCHITECTURE

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For admission as a candidate for the B.A.(Arch), a person must have obtained one of the following qualifications

 

  • 'A' Levels
    H1 pass in Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics;
    OR pass in 'O' level Additional Mathematics. 


    The indicative grade profile of A level applicants offered placement in Architecture in 2017/18 is 90th percentile: AAA/A and 10th percentile: ABB/B

  • Diplomas (excluding Advanced Diplomas/
    Specialist Diplomas/ Certificate Courses) from local Polytechnics
    A pass in E Maths attained at the GCE ‘O’ Level exam 

    Applicants who do not fulfill the minimum GCE 'O' Level Elementary Mathematics             
    requirement but have obtained the relevant Graduate DDP Transcripts /
    Certificate in University Preparatory Mathematics depending on the Polytechnics
    would be deemed as having met the Mathematics requirement.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    Pass in SL Chemistry or Mathematics or Physic

  • NUS High School Diploma
    A good major CAP in either Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics

  • International Students
    Year 12 or Higher Level pass in Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics or Physical Science.

    For international students and detailed admission requirements, please refer to www.nus.edu.sg/oam

Shortlisted candidates would be invited to sit for the AAT and attend an interview as part of the selection process in order to be considered for admission.

FAQ

What are the subject requisites for admission to BA(Architecture) programme.

I) A levels (New Curriculum):

H1 pass in Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics; OR pass in 'O' level Additional Mathematics.

The indicative grade profile of A level applicants offered placement in Architecture in 2018/19 is 90th percentile: AAA/A and 10th percentile: ABB/C

II) A levels (Old Curriculum):

Minimum ‘O’ grade attained at the GCE ‘A’-Level exam for the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Physical Science or Chemistry; OR

A pass in 'AO' Mathematics attained at the GCE 'A' Level exam; OR

A pass in Additional Maths attained at the GCE 'O' Level exam.

III) Diplomas (excluding Advanced Diplomas/ Specialist Diplomas/ Certificate Courses) from local Polytechnics:

A pass in E Maths attained at the GCE ‘O’ Level exam

i) Applicants who do not fulfil the minimum GCE 'O' Level Elementary Mathematics requirement but have obtained the relevant Graduate DDP Transcripts / Certificate in University Preparatory Mathematics depending on the Polytechnics would be deemed as having met the Mathematics requirement.

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to www.nus.edu.sg/oam.

1.2. Who are eligible to be considered under discretionary admission?

For discretionary admission, other factors besides academic grades will be taken into consideration. The following are some samples of exceptional achievements that the University may take into consideration:

  • Medal winner at the International Olympiads (Biology, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics)
  • Winner in the National Science & Talent Search
  • Represented Singapore in Arts and/or Sports
  • Active participation in community service and volunteer programmes.
  • Work experience relevant to the course applied for (supporting document/s is/are required)
  • Key leadership positions in community organisations, sports and athletic clubs, etc (outside school)
  • Other relevant supporting documents related to the course applying for.

1.3. Are exemptions granted to diploma holders?

Yes, please refer to the list of Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) granted to diploma holders from local polytechnics at https://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/media/3512/apc-for-ba-arch-final_-2019-20_final.pdf. It is possible for diploma holders who are given APC in design modules (AR1101 and AR1102) to complete the BA(Arch) course in 3 years.

Architecture Admission Test

2.1. Do I need to sit for the Architecture Admission Test (AAT) and Interview if I’m shortlisted for the programme?

Shortlisted candidates would be invited to sit for the AAT and attend an interview as part of the selection process in order to be considered for admission.

2.2. What is the scope and format of the Architecture Admission Test (AAT)?

The AAT tests the student’s creativity and intuition in design. While technical knowledge in architecture is not essential, common understanding of the subject would be useful.

Shortlisted candidates will complete special design work and carry out set tasks under test conditions. The AAT might include a written section, design illustrations, simple model making, etc.

Your experience in the test is indicative of what is expected in the course: to be able to think creatively, critically and practically, and to communicate your ideas succinctly across various media.  

2.3. Do I need to submit a portfolio together with my application?

You need not submit the portfolio at the point of application.

However, should you be selected to attend the AAT and interview, you are strongly encouraged to bring along your portfolio as evidence of your interest in design.

2.4. What do I need to include in the portfolio?

The portfolio should show the candidate’s creative work.  

If possible, this should document an accumulation of work over several years. The content may include (but should not be restricted to) drawings, paintings, graphic design, magazine layouts, posters, stage design, web design etc. As far as possible, the portfolio should be neatly arranged, bound and indexed in a suitable format, determined by the applicant.

2.5. Is drawing a requisite skill in order to be considered for admission?

Although it is beneficial for applicants to know how to draw, it is not a prerequisite. Drawing is only one of many components needed in the course. It is also a skill which can be picked up if you are diligent and determined.

2.6. How would I know if I have the aptitude for architecture?

You should show an interest in design and a curiosity in how things work. You should also have keen observation skills, and an ability to express and describe ideas in visual and verbal formats.

2.7. How can I prepare for an education in architecture?

You should talk to people who are working as architects and senior students to understand the professional and student life. It would be helpful to acquaint yourself with basic architecture knowledge through books and the internet and have an appreciation of architectural development, locally and internationally. You can also start to learn basic skills such as drawing and use of modelling software such as SketchUp. 

NUS Architectural Education

3.1. What are the strengths in the architecture programme offered at NUS?

NUS Architecture provides a holistic and wider professional development to the student. 

In NUS, your architectural education will begin in your first year of study, providing you with a strong design foundation. This foundational year in design will give you a headstart to better engage the diverse and challenging issues of designing the built environment. It will also enable you to make informed career choices in the future.

Students upon reaching senior years can choose a variety of design paths to develop their interests, strengths and potentials. These paths provide career opportunities beyond architecture. With your NUS Architecture training, you might venture into urban design, city planning, landscape architecture, architectural technology, integrated sustainable design and architectural conservation.

The NUS Architecture environment is enriched by its affiliation to a full-fledged university built on world-class arts, humanities, and STEM programmes. When you join NUS Architecture, you will have access to a variety of cross disciplinary courses and specialised programmes, a broad range of overseas student exchanges, and excellent campus resources.

3.2 What will I learn in the first year of the BA(Architecture) programme ?

The Year One curriculum introduces students to fundamentals of architecture and principles of design. Students are also trained in basic skillsets of visual representation and design thinking.                                   

3.3. Is the BA(Arch) programme offered on part-time basis?

No. The 4-year BA(Arch) programme is only offered on a full-time basis.

3.4. Is BA(Arch) programme a professional programme?

No. NUS Master of Architecture (M.Arch) is the professional programme recognised by the Board of Architects (BOA) Singapore.

Students who wish to eventually practise as an architect in Singapore have to read the M.Arch programme upon completion of the BA(Arch) programme in order to have the requisite degree for registration with the BOA. 

In order to qualify for the professional exam conducted by BOA, M.Arch graduates need to undertake at least 2 years of practical experience after completion of the M.Arch programme.  

For details on professional registration, please refer to http://www.boa.gov.sg/.  

In short, a student may attain his/her professional Architect status after 5 years of education plus 2 years of practical experience.

3.5. What are the exchange and overseas enrichment opportunities available for architecture students?

In its emphasis to engage the opportunities and challenges of globalisation, NUS has implemented Student Exchange Programmes (SEP) to more than 150 universities. Architecture students have the opportunity to participate in SEPs for one semester, with more than 30 partner universities (at Departmental and University Level) in Asia, Europe and USA. 

In addition to the student exchange programme, the Department creates opportunities and sponsors numerous overseas field trips, overseas enrichment programmes and design workshops conducted abroad. These activities enhance our students’ academic experience and enrich their exposure to design conditions under myriad social-cultural milieus.

3.6. Are students able to take part in internships to gain practical exposure?

The majority of students obtain practical experience through internship with architectural practices during the semester break.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a structured 24-week Architecture Internship Programme in their fourth year of study to gain practical experience in the profession. Competitive scholarships through the support of the Milton Tan Memorial Fund, are available to senior students who have secured overseas internship with reputable international design practices.

Some students might decide to take a longer gap year to travel or work before proceeding to the M.Arch programme.

3.7. Are there any scholarships available?

URA/ BCA offer scholarships.

There are also various NUS scholarships and financial aid available. Please refer to the following links for more details:

http://www.nus.edu.sg//oam/scholarships.html

http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/financial-aid

Career Opportunities

4.1. What are the job prospects and types of jobs for a BA(Architecture) graduate from NUS? Is it difficult to get a job? What is the approximate average starting salary expected?

NUS BA(Arch) graduates have several choices. They can work in architectural firms or in other related fields as graphic designers, writers, film makers, animators, model makers, etc. They may continue their study up to masters level, in a variety of Graduate Programmes offered in the Department: Master of Architecture (M.Arch), Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Arts in Urban Design (MaUD), Master of Urban Planning (MUP), Master of Science in Integrated Sustainable Design (MScISD), and the Master of Arts in Arch/Research, further leading to PhD degree. Alternatively, they may also continue their education with other masters programs like MBA, MSc in and across a variety of fields.

Approximate starting salaries vary, depending on several factors including type of company and prevailing economic situations at the time of graduation and job application.

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