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(30 m) 2 years 6 months
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UCSI Heights, Cheras
Location of Study:
Kuala Lumpur
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
Awarding University:
UCSI University

Diploma Architectural Studies

  Institution: UCSI University

Field Of Study:
Architecture & Building
Level Of Study:
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Course Intake:
January, May, September

The Diploma in Architectural Studies at UCSI University is a 3-year program, designed to provide the necessary technical knowledge and the required practical skill for individuals who wish to join the industry’s work force at an early stage. The building industry is in need of competent support groups who are knowledgeable in their field to fill positions as technical draftsperson, CADD draftsperson, site supervisors and material-supplier specialist to name a few. In response to this demand, the Diploma in Architectural Studies at UCSI University offers a well-rounded and integrated range of courses to prepare graduates to enter the working environment, or to pursue their studies act the higher level of the Architecture Degree programs.

The program also emphasises on the latest industry input for each graduate. Students are required to undergo Industry Experience programme under Co-operative Placement Scheme with a minimum duration of 12 weeks, to learn and familiarize themselves with the working environment of the building and construction industry.

Unique selling points of the course
Architecture is an art form – the learning of which requires professional practice, personal artistic development and technical knowledge of a building. The constant dialogue between society and the architect is what produces architecture – as a product and as a discipline.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment understands that all those who study and work in the field of architecture need a framework for aesthetics and a functional appreciation for buildings and context. This can only be achieved via a thorough grounding in the design process, building sciences and technologies allied to an understanding of the important social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors which influence architecture. This philosophy underpins every teaching and research programme delivered at the School.

The architecture programme develops both academic understanding and practical skills required for careers in the professional field. Graduates will be equipped for careers in the broad field of design in the built environment sector.

Programme Details

Students are required to complete approximately 40 credits comprising seven compulsory core courses, one elective course, and a project. The project is research-based and is carried out over two semesters. The project work must have research potential in an area of study interest relevant to the field of energy and power. It may also be carried out at the university or as part of an industry project. The project will be assessed by a panel of examiners at the end of the programme.


Assessments vary from the list below depending on the course:

  • Project critique session
  • In-class assignment
  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Site investigation/survey
  • Portfolio review
  • Workshop participation

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirement

  • SPM/ O-Levels/ SPMV: 3 credits
  • A-Level: 2 principals (grade D,D)
  • SAM: SAM – Average score of 50% in 5 subjects (inclusive of Mathematics or Science)
  • CPU: CPU – Average score of 50% in 6 subjects (inclusive of Mathematics or Science)
  • Other Year 11 Equivalent: Average score of 50% (inclusive of minimum grade B for Mathematics or Science)

English Requirements

  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 213 (computer-based) / 550 (written-based) / 80 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or Band 5.5 in IELTS.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior or concurrently with undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.

*International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but of non-English curriculum, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the Certificate in English programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfill the above English requirements prior commencing their studies at the university.

Career Opportunities

The Architecture programmes develop both the academic understanding and practical skills required for careers in the professional field. Graduates will be able to gain professional working experience in an Architectural Firm, Interior Architectural Firm, Developer Firm, Construction Firm, Supplier & Manufacturer Firm and Educational Institution. Graduates with Diploma possess technical skill knowledge crucial to the existence of the built environment as a whole. Graduates can opt for work force in the technical support designation such as Draftsperson, 3-D Visualiser, Industry Resource Supplier, Site Supervisor or advance their studies in the Architecture Degree program. Opportunities also exist in the other areas, including marketing, promotion, facility management and development. Many large organisations, such as departmental stores hotels, resorts and property developers, also employ architectural graduates as designers as well as managers and supervisors in their architectural and design team.

Dip. Architectural Studies

  • Technical Assistant
  • Drafts person
  • Marketing Promoter
  • Facility Manager
  • Visualizer
  • Model Maker
  • Supervisor

Source: UCSI University