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.
Assessments vary from the list below
depending on the course:
Project critique session
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 MathsOR 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 OR Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass ‘program pengukuhan mathematik’ OR 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
Pass with minimum ‘C’ grade (CGPA 2.0) for 1 subject AND credit in Maths in SPM or equivalent
Pass with (Magbul grade) AND credit in Maths in SPM or equivalent
UEC (Commerce/Science stream)
Pass with minimum grade ‘B’ for 3 credits inclusive of Maths
Minimum Grade ‘D’ for 1 subject AND credit in Maths in ‘O’-level
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 OR 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
All applicant must pass Art Education/ Engineering Drawing/ related subject at SPM/O level / equivalent
Pass Portfolio test in replacement of art subject if applicable
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 Certificate in English 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.
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
Dip. Architectural Studies
Building Construction & Science
Intro to Design principles
Architecture Drawing I
Introduction to Structure
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
Furniture Workshop Elective 3
Community Architecture (MPU-U4)
Architecture Design Studio II
Architecture Drawing III
Building Construction I
Architecture History II
Architecture design Studio III
Building Construction II
Professional Practice (MPU-U3)
Elective : to choose max 2 courses to make up 4 credits to graduate
Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1
Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
–   For Malaysian students:
–   For Foreign students:
Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2
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