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  • Program name
  • Program code
  • Dept. chair
    Dr. Samah Elkhateeb
  • Program length
    5 Years
  • Credit hours

 About the Program

​The Architecture Department at Effat College ran its first academic year over 2005-2006, founded by the Ministry of Education (MoE). Between 2008-2009, Effat College acquired University status and established three colleges: The College of Business (CoB), the College of Humanities (CoH) and the College of Engineering, which encompasses the Architecture Program.
The overall response to the Architecture Department in Saudi society was promising and showed great potential for sustaining its growth and attracting more students, with about a 30% increase occurring every academic year.
In 2012, the Architecture Program became the first female accredited program in the Kingdom. The Program provided strong applied and interdisciplinary education to produce creative, highly disciplined and critical thinkers, capable of leading the contemporary architectural environments of their communities with strong understandings of both local and international-market needs. Therefore, the department expanded from ten students in Fall 2006 to 890 students in Fall 2015.


The Architecture Department adopts a contextual approach that ensures the sustainability of the indigenous culture, rooted in local identity, whilst also applying contemporary architectural theories and technologies. Faculty and students aspire to meet the demand of the nation's continuous urban, industrial and economic growth under the auspices of Islamic culture. This is achieved through the integration of design, research and practice included in the curriculum.


The Architecture Department is committed to academic excellence that is truly relevant to the needs of the country. It strives to create graduates who are highly qualified female architects with the ability to display creative, innovative, and expressive thinking in the context of their future roles. Faculty and students of the Architecture Department are holistic and self-aware thinkers who actively participate in serving their communities through researching and developing the urban environment. They share learning experiences to develop an understanding of sensitive client and user needs in balanced and meaningful architecture.​

 Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the program will be able to demonstrate the following abilities to: 

  • Define the terminologies common to the field of architecture.
  • Recall the importance of architecture as an area of human activities, both in the past and contemporary times.
  • Describe the various theoretical, historical, social, cultural, environmental and technological aspects of architecture.
  • Design Architecture projects using appropriate computer application tools.
  • Integrate fundamental principles and techniques of problem solving in architecture design.
  • Analyze the various aspects of interactions between humans and their environment both from architecture and urban design point of view to produce sustainable healthy societies.
  • Differentiate between different types of building materials, building technologies and structural systems
  • Demonstrate personal and professional responsibility.
  • Show a deep sense of leadership and responsibility to the culture and a sustainable community.
  • Adhere to professional ethics practices common in designing, presenting, and managing a project.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written forms, including the creation of appropriate technical documentation.
  • Calculate relevant information, statistics and mathematics.
  • Demonstrate mental physical coordination in producing architecture sketches.​

 Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Program, you'll be prepared for a career as a practicing architect in both the public and private sectors.
You'll be able to carry out multiple architectural tasks, from inception through to programming, and from encountering users and environmental constraints, to the development of a coordinated set of construction documents. 
Our set of elective courses in Architecture will also help you develop your post graduate studies in related fields.

Architecture graduates can look forward to the following roles:

  • Architect
  • Architect/Designer
  • Site Engineer/Architect
  • Architectural Designer - AutoCAD
  • Architectural Designer - Residential Architect
  • CAD Manager
  • Interior Architectural Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Landscape Designer
  • Urban Planner
  • Urban Designer
  • Urban Design Manager
  • Urban/City Facilities Planning Engineer
  • Principal City Planner - Urban Design
  • BIM Coordinator
  • BIM Manager

 Program Plan

​Foundation Year
Semester 1 – Foundation 1
Semester 2 – Foundation 2

 Course Title Credit


 Course Title Credit

LANG 011 Reading & Critical Thinking-I 3 LANG 012 Reading & Critical

Thinking II
LANG 013 Academic Writing I 3 LANG 014 Academic Writing II 3
LANG 015 Listening and Speaking - I 3 LANG 016 Listening and Speaking - II 3
SSKL 021 Independent Learning & Research Skills - I 2 SSKL 022 Independent Learning & Research Skills II 2
ARD 051 Visual Communication 3 ARD 054 Creative Design 3
ARD 055 Basic Physics for

Engineering I
2 ARD 056 Basic Physics for

Engineering II
MATH 041 Basic Math I 3 MATH 042 Basic Math II 3
CL 031 Computer Literacy 0 IL 032 Information Literacy 0
Total Credit Hours 19 Total Credit Hours 19
Freshman Year
Year 1 – Semester 1
Year 1 – Semester 2
ARCH 101 Architecture Design

Studio -1
5 ARCH 102 Architecture Design

Studio - 2
ARCH 120 Freehand Drawing 3 ARCH 150 Computer-Aided Architectural Design 1 3
GMTH 141A Mathematics for Architecture and Design 3 MATH 127 Calculus for Engineers 3
Information, Media, and Technology 3 Linguistic Communication (Arabic) 3
GENG 161 Project based Language & Critical Thinking 2 Linguistic Communication (English) 2
 GISL 171 Social and Moral Values in Islam 2
Total Credit Hours 16 Total Credit Hours 18
Sophomore Year
Year 2 - Semester 3 Year 2 - Semester 4
ARCH 203 Architecture Design

Studio -3
5 ARCH 204 Architecture Design

Studio -4
ARCH 231 History of Architecture 3 ARCH 256 Computer-Aided Architectural Design-2 3
ARCH 240 Architecture, Culture, and Environment 3 ARCH 232 History of Islamic Architecture 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3 ARCH 252 Building Constructions 3
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement II 2  GPHY 112 Foundations in Physics 3
Physical & Environmental Wellbeing 2  
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 17
Junior Year
Year 3 - Semester 5 Year 3 - Semester 6
ARCH 305 Architecture Design

Studio 5
6 ARCH 306 Architecture  Design

Studio 6
ARCH 342 Urban Design 3 ARCH 343 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3
ARCH 341 Theory of Architecture 3  

ARCH 351
Structure in Architecture ll 3
ARCH 350   Structure in Architecture 1 3 Cultural Literacy 3
 GSEM 200 Research Seminar 3   Architecture Elective (1) 3
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 18
Senior Year 1
Year 4 - Semester 7 Year 4 - Semester 8
ARCH 407 Architecture Design

Studio 7
6 ARCH 408 Architecture Design

Studio 8
ARCH 454 Mechanical, Electrical and Safety Systems 3 ARCH 453 Energy and Design 3
ARCH 352 Building Structures and Materials 3 ARCH 455 Working Drawings 3
ARCH 340 Research Methods in Architecture and Urban Design 2   Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages I) 2
  Global Awareness 3   Architecture Elective (2) 3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Senior Year 2
Year 5 - Semester 9 Year 5 - Semester 10
ARCH 571 Capstone Project Preparation 2 ARCH 572 Capstone Project 6
ARCH 444 Housing and Economics 3 ARCH 556 Project Management 3
ARCH 446 Comparative Architectural Thoughts 3   Architecture Elective (4) 3
ARCH 557 Professional Practice 3   Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement II 2
  Architecture Elective (3) 3   Civic Engagement 2
  Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages II) 2      
Total Credit Hours 16 Total Credit Hours 16

 Graduation Requirements

    • General Education Requirements:42
    • Major Core Requirements:114
    • Track Technical Core Requirements:0
    • Technical Elective Requirements:12
    • College Core MATH Requirements:3
    • Free Electives:0
    • TOTAL:171​​

 NAAB Substantial Equivalency

​Substantial Equivalency for the Architecture Program from NAAB

The term 'substantial equivalency' identifies a program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects and indicates that it provides an educational experience meeting acceptable standards, even though such program may differ in format or method of delivery. The designation is valid for six years beginning 1 January of the year in which the final visit (Visit 3) took place. In order to maintain the designation, the program must be visited again in the sixth year of the designation.

Effat University, the Effat College of Architecture & Design, the department​ of Architecture has applied for substantial equivalency designation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in USA for the following professional degree program or sequence.

Bachelor of Architecture

The Architecture program of Effat University has completed its initial application and Visit 1 of the process and is progressing towards Visit 2.​

Hi-School Percentage
Science Section
Art Section
Qudurat *(SAT)
Math Level *DTMS
part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
512 - 612 - 712 - 412
Effat Placement Tests
TOEFL (525) - TWE (5)
Additional Department Requirement
Personal Statement
Contact Information
Dept. Chair
Tel.+966 122137924
Tel.+966 122137940 


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