Diploma In Architectural Studies

January, May and October
Course Duration
2.5 Years / 7 semesters (inclusive of 6-month Industry Internship)
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Approval Code
R2/581/4/0095; 01/2027
Accreditation Code


From laying your design foundations in the first year to strengthening your analytical and conceptual thought processes by the third year, UCSI’s Diploma in Architectural Studies is a design-cum-technological programme that adopts a unique project-based learning approach..., to develop you into an investigative design innovator equipped with a knowledge of the latest building technologies. You will also engage in real-life community-based research projects and spend at least six months apprenticed to architectural firms. By the end of the programme, you will emerge with a solid portfolio and foundational knowledge in architectural design.

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* This programme received a 100% graduate employability score in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Graduate Employability 2022. (Source:

About 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 Requirements

SPMV/SPM/‘O’ Levels

(Arts/Science stream)
Pass SPM with minimum 3 Credits (grade ‘C’ for O-level) inclusive of Maths


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 matematik’

​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 matematik’
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 (Arts/Science)

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


(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


Minimum average of 50% in 5 subjects inclusive of Maths


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

*Art Requirement:

All applicants must pass Art Education/ Engineering Drawing/ related subject at SPM/O-Level / equivalent


Pass Portfolio Review in replacement of art subject if applicable.

The general rule applies to both local and foreign applicants.


Upon successfully completing the Diploma programme, students will gain:

  • Direct entry into Year 2 (semester 3) of Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architecture, UCSI University

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
Band 3
SPM English
Grade B+
UEC English Language
Grade A2
Grade C
Cambridge English Qualification Test / Linguaskill
Pearson Test
B1 (with at least 2 skill at B1)

For International Students
Band 4.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
Pearson Test of English
Band 3
B1 (High B1)
Grade C

  • International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00920) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and / or the outcome of the English Placement Test.
  • The applicants who have met the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement may be advised by Faculty to improve their proficiency by undertaking the additional English proficiency courses.

Courses Offered

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 
  • Introduction to Writing & Research
  • Architectural Digital Media II
Year 2
  • Furniture Workshop
  • Community Architecture 
  • Architecture Design Studio II
  • Architecture Drawing III
  • Building Construction I
  • Architecture History II
  • Services
  • Architecture design Studio III
  • Building Construction II
  • Professional Practice 
  • Structure
  • Working Drawing
Year 3 (**6 months)
  • 6-month Industry Experience
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
For Malaysian students:
  1. Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations
    (Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban)
For foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2
    (Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2)

Career Opportunities

This postgraduate 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


Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 57,830

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 73,040

Note: This is an estimated fee, as different countries have different visa processing charges and administrative fees. For more information, kindly refer to your region’s counselor for the detailed fee breakdown.

International Degree Pathway (IDP)
IDP ProgrammePathwayUniversityCountryFee
Bachelor of Design (Architecture)Diploma + 2Deakin UniversityAustraliaAUD33,600

For enquiry, please contact us at [email protected] or call us at +603 9101 8880 ext 2066.

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