BSc Architecture | Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree Program
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Key Fact
  • Program name
  • Program code
  • Chair of the Program
    Dr. Abeer Dawod
  • Program length
    5 Years
  • Credit hours

 About the Program


The Bachelor of S­­cience in Architecture Degree at Effat University investigates the principles and applications of history, theory, drawing, and structures, and is intended for students who seek a professional career in architecture and the building industry. BSc. Degree in Architecture will prepare you 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.

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the BSc Architecture Degree program is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice in Saudi Arabia and throughout the region and the world, according to the requirements of the Saudi Ministry of Education (MoE). In addition, it follows the quality standards set by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) in Saudi Arabia, and the Students Performance Criteria (SPC), set by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the United States of America, for a professional Bachelor Degree in Architecture. The set of elective courses in Architecture helps students to further develop their graduate studies in any of the related fields. 

The practice of Architecture today requires coordinated contributions from a variety of fields. Additional programs in Technology, Art, the Humanities, Engineering, the Physical and Social Sciences, and Management will help lay the foundation for the rest of the Architecture Degree at Effat University. Basic conceptual skills are emphasized early on, along with introducing the elements of Architecture, and Design studios at each level help students develop the skills and intellectual tools to solve problems. Students will be immersed in architectural design; eight design studios and a full-year Capstone Project are required, and it is the focal point of every semester. Studio exercises vary significantly during the five years. Students will learn to communicate ideas through models and graphics.

About the Field

Architecture arises from the same origins as other universal manifestations of material culture. However, the artefacts designated as architecture possess a scale, permanence, and pervasive influence unique among human endeavors. These qualities give the discipline a cultural prominence that few other professions enjoy. The study of architecture is concerned with complex, interdisciplinary issues. Some matters are primarily individual and practical, such as the basic human need for shelter and the desire to contrive efficient, adequate forms for the patterns of daily life. Architecture also serves a higher purpose. For example, often it is an expression of the living values of a culture. It gives form, order, and proportion to human activities.​

 Vision, Mission, and Goals


Architectural Department aspires to prepare professional architects and urban designers of tomorrow, who can contribute to national and international progress of architecture and related fields, share knowledge nationally and internationally through research and community service, develop the profession through practice and contribute to the vision of their country with respect to environmental, social and economic sustainability.


Architectural Department prepares professional leadership and future qualified architects and urban designers with excellent architectural education who can enrich the profession through research and practice, can contribute to national and international progress of architecture​ and share in building the future of their country by interweaving Core Values into an innovative and comprehensive architecture education.


  1. Be recognized as a leading Architecture Department nationally and internationally in the education of creative, innovative architects, and future urban designers who are capable to effectively contribute to Saudi Vision2030.

  2. Provide a professional transparent environment that ensures participation, innovation and ethical values.

  3. Maintain the national accreditation for the architecture program and obtain international accreditation.

  4. Offering a diverse and relevant curriculum led by an accomplished faculty, which induce students creativity and talent through innovation in teaching that can be in tune with evolving landscape of architecture education.

  5. Attract and retain highly qualified, innovative and creative student by creating rich and participatory learning and social environment.

  6. Update the learning resources to match international standards of excellence in terms of new technologies and resources to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

  7. Provide state of the art facilities and equipment that match with the worldwide architectural education and ensures unique program delivery.

  8. Sustain the financial status of the architecture department through future consultancy services and ongoing student recruitments.

  9. Recruit highly qualified and motivated teachers and researchers that engage the department with the international academic network.

  10. Create a vibrant, innovative and interactive research environment that aligns with the Saudi 2030 vision, by contributing new knowledge and applications.

  11. Develop future partnerships with national and international communities that enrich the educational environment and create opportunities that seek to serve society and enrich Saudi culture. ​​​

 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

 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​​

 Program Plan

Architecture Program Plan (PDF)​​

​Foundation Year

Semester 1 – Foundation 1

Semester 2 – Foundation 2

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

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





Freshmen 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





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  





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





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





Senior Year 1

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      






 NAAB International Certification

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  • Effat University, Department of Architecture has received the International Certification designation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. ICert was granted in 2019 for a term of six years

    The term “International Certification" identifies a program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects to a program accredited by the NAAB in the United States 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.

    Schools with programs identified as International Certification are not formally “accredited" as that term is used with reference to programs in the United States and may not refer to their programs as “accredited" by the NAAB. However, students who graduate from International Certification programs are able to apply for individualized review of their credentials on an expedited basis for purposes of the Educational Evaluation Services for Architects program administered by the NAAB on behalf of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

    The following documents are available in the [library or other public area) and also may be downloaded from the Effat University, Department of Architecture

 Fact Sheet


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High-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
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137914

    Program Accreditations and Partnerships

    Our qualifications are recognised globally, so you can study safe in the knowledge that wherever your path may lead, you have the whole wide world to choose from.

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