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Department of architecture


Architecture encompasses designing, creating and developing forms and spaces for buildings that inspire, cultivate and satisfy human needs and aspirations. It is concerned with inquiry into principles and applications of technology, art, humanities, engineering, physical and social sciences, business and management.

The Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree is intended for the student seeking a professional career in architecture. The program entails five years of university studies plus professional training.

The curriculum is designed to meet the requirements for licensure that prevail in the United Arab Emirates, and to prepare the graduate for professional practice throughout the region.

The curriculum also aims to meet or exceed established international accreditation criteria.

Curriculum and Courses

Detailed information on the program and course descriptions can be found in the online version of the university catalog.



In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre- professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The American University of Sharjah, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: B. Arch. (159 undergraduate credits) Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2013


P.O. Box 26666 Sharjah, UAE, Phone: +(971) 6 515 5555, Office of Enrollment Management: Phone: +(971) 6 515 1000

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