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Diploma in Architectural Studies
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Approval Code R/214/4/0037; 11/2016
Accreditation Code A 6301
Classification Diploma
Subject Area Architectural Studies
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 2.5 Years / 8 semesters (inclusive of 16 weeks Professional Internship)
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
Intakes January, May and September
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 Diploma in Architectural Studies at UCSI University is a 2 and a half years programme, designed to provide necessary technical knowledge and required practical skills 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 at 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 a compulsory Industry Experience attachment for a minimum duration of 6 months, to learn and familiarise themselves with the working environment of the building and construction industry.

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 Diploma in Architectural Studies programme develops both the 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.

Professional Recognition

Malaysian Qualifications Agency


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
Qualifications Academic Requirements
SPMV/SPM/‘O’ Levels
(Arts/Science stream)
Pass SPM with minimum 3 Credits (grade ‘C’ for O-level) inclusive of Maths
SKM / SKK Pass SKM/SKK level 3 in related field AND
*Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass Maths OR
Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass ‘program pengukuhan mathematik’
Community College
(Level 3, MQF)
1. Pass Community College Certificate (Level 3 MQF) in the related field AND *Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass Maths
Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass ‘program pengukuhan mathematik’
2. Pass Community College Certificate (Level 3 MQF) with CGPA 2.0 in the related field AND *Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass Maths
STPM Pass with minimum ‘C’ grade (CGPA 2.0) for 1 subject AND credit in Maths in SPM or equivalent
STAM Pass with (Magbul grade) AND credit in Maths in SPM or equivalent
(Commerce/Science stream)
Pass with minimum grade ‘B’ for 3 credits inclusive of Maths
A-Level Minimum Grade ‘E’ for 1 subject AND credit in Maths in ‘O’-level
SAM/ CPU SAM - Minimum average of 50% in 5 subjects inclusive of Maths
CPU – Minimum average of 50% in 6 subjects inclusive of Maths
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum average of 50% inclusive of 50% for Maths
Any other equivalent qualifications Pass in drawing/engineering drawing at SPM or equivalent
Pass Portfolio test for those who failed or never take the drawing paper at SPM or equivalent

Upon successfully completion of the Diploma programme, students will gain:
  • Direct entry into Year 2 (semester 3) of B.Sc. (Hons.) in Architecture, UCSI University
English Requirements
  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 196 (computer-based) / 525 (writing-based) / 69-70 (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 to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
* International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the English Enrichment programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.
Note / Legend Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

S.P.M : Minimum credit – ‘C’ grade
U.E.C : Minimum credit – ‘B6’ grade
‘O Levels : Minimum credit – ‘C’ grade
STPM : Minimum Pass – ‘C’ grade
‘A’ Levels : Minimum Pass – ‘E’ grade
SAM/CPU : Minimum Pass – 50% (Diploma)
This post graduate degree programme is an excellent preparation for a life-long professional career in the sector of power and energy.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
  • Draughtsperson
  • Marketing Promoter
  • Facility Manager
  • Visualiser
  • Model Maker
  • Supervisor
Year 1
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Building Construction & Science
  • Intro to Design principles
  • Architecture Drawing I
  • Introduction to Structure
  • English Communication
  • Architecture Design Studio I
  • Architecture Drawing II
  • Building Construction & Materials
  • Architecture History I
  • Architectural digital Media I (MPU-U2)
  • Introduction to Writing & Research
  • Architectural digital Media II
Year 2
  • Furniture Workshop Elective 3
  • Community Architecture (MPU-U4)
  • Architecture Design Studio II
  • Architecture Drawing III
  • Building Construction I
  • Architecture History II
  • Services
  • Architecture design Studio III
  • Building Construction II
  • Professional Practice (MPU-U3)
  • Structure
  • Working Drawing
Year 3
  • Industry Experience
Elective :
to choose max 2 courses to make up 4 credits to graduate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.

U1 –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Malaysian Studies

–   For Foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2

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