Diploma In Architectural Studies

Approval Code R2/581/4/0095; 01/2022
Accreditation Code A6301
Classification Diploma
Subject Area Architectural Studies
Course Mode Full-time
Course Duration 2.5 Years / 7 semesters (inclusive of 24 weeks Professional Internship)
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January, May and October

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
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
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
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

  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM or minimum A2 in UEC level or Band 4.0 in IELTS or 397 in TOEFL PBT or 30 in TOEFL IBT or 160 IN CAE or 180 IN CPE or 30 in PTE or MUET Band 2.
  • 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 for Tertiary Education (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.

SPM: Minimum Credit – 'C' grade
O-Level: Minimum Credit – 'C' grade
UEC: Minimum Credit – 'B6' grade
STPM: Minimum Pass – 'C' grade
A-Level: Minimum Pass – 'D' grade
SAM/CPU: Minimum Pass – 50% (Diploma)


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
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-months Industry Experience
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.


- For Malaysian student: Malaysian Studies

- For foreign students: Communication in Bahasa Melayu

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.