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Programme Aims and Features
The Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies BA(ArchStud) is a four-year full-time course. It provides an education that crosses the divide between the arts and the sciences. It is not only the first degree needed to qualify as an architect but also provides an excellent general education that equips students to enter a number of other related fields. The course focuses on problem-based learning in the design studio and is structured to foster a sense of community, develop deep knowledge of the discipline and encourage creativity. Design programmes in the studios are based on topical issues while encouraging a wide range of approaches to functional, environmental and social challenges.
The BA(ArchStud) programme provides multiple opportunities for knowledge exchange within Hong Kong and China, including a full term of study at the faculty’s Shanghai Study Centre, study tours to foundational sites of Asian architecture and urbanism, and practical experience on real-world projects through the faculty’s Community Projects Workshop. Courses in the programme include Architectural Design, History and Theory of Architecture, Technology, and Visual Communication.
The BA(ArchStud) degree is recognised by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The BA(ArchStud) is a first degree leading to the more specialised, professional Master of Architecture (MArch) degree, and then to a professional qualification and registration as an architect. The BA(ArchStud) degree provides an education that crosses the divide between the arts and the sciences. It also provides an excellent general education that equips students to enter a number of other related fields.
Most students who have completed the BA(ArchStud) degree apply to enter the two-year Master of Architecture curriculum. Qualified architects are employed by both the private and public sectors. Further career information is available from the HKIA Office, 19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (website: http://www.hkia.net or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students are increasingly encouraged to look at special areas of expertise and to explore the wide range of openings available to graduates with design expertise.