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B1 Architecture and Urban Design B.Sc.



Brief Profile of the Field of Study B1 / Bachelor Architecture and Urban Design

In the Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Design, the Faculty provides technical, artistic and scientific principles and knowledge, enabling the students for an advanced academic qualification in a Master program and a first professional qualification for planning and execution of tasks in construction. Among others, the program communicates the basics of illustration, design and construction in what we call the ‘Dortmunder Modell’. Within this interdisciplinary training concept, particularly in the context of project work, the professional collaboration between Architects and Civil Engineers is already practiced during the studies and encourages teamwork and social skills.


Why study this Degree at TU Dortmund University?

At the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering of TU Dortmund, Architects and Civil Engineers study together in the ‘Dortmunder Modell’. This model is unique in Germany and represents a teaching concept that encourages the interdisciplinary team collaboration with other Engineers involved in the construction process. A key component for the acquisition of these cooperation skills are the projects that students of Architecture and Civil Engineering work on together as a team. Thus, the basis for future successful collaboration is created by realistic planning tasks.


Occupational Area and Scope of Duties

The career opportunities for Architects are diverse: In addition to classical design, planning and execution activities in an Architecture or Planning office, the graduates have diverse fields of activity to choose from, i.e. as authorized expert, in construction companies, housing associations, project developers or in public service. Due to the tight integration with Civil Engineering students in the ‘Dortmunder Modell’, graduates in Architecture are comprehensive and interdisciplinary formed and thus prepared for the reality of the labor market.


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Previous Knowledge – Helpful for the Studies

In addition to the general qualification for university entrance and a good general education, future Architects should bring interest and joy in presentation and design and particularly in a creative and holistic thinking. Creativity, imagination, good observation skills, spatial imagination, technical and constructive understanding and the ability to collaborate and link diverse and complex issues as well as a high level of responsibility and resilience are essential.


'Motivation and Aptitude Test' as Enrolment Requirement

The experiences of the previous years as well as the communication with other Architecture Faculties showed that many applicants for Architecture do not have a clear picture of what will await them in their future studies and profession. Often they choose the academic course because Architecture sounds "nice" and the privileged presentation of the profession in media. However, high motivation, perseverance, resilience as well as a certain degree of artistic talent are necessary for a successful study of Architecture. Therefore, the Faculty grants prospective students the opportunity to document their motivation (1. priority) and their aptitude (2. priority) through a test. The initial admission is still through the NC-Procedure. Taking the motivation and aptitude test is a mandatory precondition for enrollment after successful admission through the NC-Procedure. The test is designed the following: The applicants have to work on a small assignment that tests their motivation on the one hand and their aptitude on the other hand. A new assignment is released every year and available for download from 15. June (simultaneously to the NC-Procedure). The fully completed assignment has to be submitted no later than 15. July via e-mail. The reception will be confirmed at the latest around mid-August. This confirmation has to be provided at the enrolment (deadline see letter of acceptance) together with the other documents necessary for enrollment. The results of the test will be integrated into the curriculum in the first semester and discussed with the students. The aim of this extra step in the application process is for applicants to question their aptitude and interest in their upcoming study early on and thereby to once more asses the correctness of their course of study.

Download 'Motivation and Aptitude Test' WS 2020/21



For admission to the studies, no pre-study internship is required. To scrutinize its own study or career aspiration an internship in an Architecture office can be very useful. During the course, it is mandatory to perform an internship on a construction site - this may also be completed before the start of the lectures. Guidelines can be found in the download area.


Important Documents

All important documents for the academic studies - Examination Regulations, Curriculum of studies, module manuals and Catalogue of Compulsory Optional Subjects, guidelines for internships and BaföG as well as the Schedules and Examination Dates can be found in our download area.


Course of Studies Bachelor Architecture and Urban Design

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Formalities / Application Bachelor Architecture and Urban Design

Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Qualification First professional qualification in the Construction Planning (Architecture and planning offices, construction companies, project development, public service, etc.). Qualification for further academic path as part of a Master degree program, i.e. Architecture and Urban Design (M.Sc.) or Real Estate and Construction Management (M.Sc.)
Regular Study Time 6 Semesters
Credits / Workload 180 ECTS-Credits / 5.400 Hours
Language of Instructions German
Start of Studies Winter Semester
Admission Requirements General Qualification for University entrance (Abitur)
Restriction on Admission Yes. The program is restricted by a local Numerus Clausus. The allocation of places is made by the ranking of high school grades and waiting time. The NC Scores of previous years can be found here. These Scores are only for information. Since the grade limits are a result of the procurement procedure and will be established annually resulting from the number of places available and all incoming applications.
Admission Requirements

Yes, it is mandatory to absolve a motivation and aptitude test. The assignment is released every year at the beginning of June simultaneously to the NC-Procedure and has to be submitted by than 15. July via e-mail. The delivery of the fully completed assignment will be confirmed at the latest around mid-August via e-mail. This confirmation has to be provided for enrolment (deadline see letter of acceptance) at the Student Registration Office or International Office together with the other mandatory documents.

Download motivation and aptitude test WS 2020/21
Enrolment for International Students

From 15. March to 15. July at the International Office of the TU Dortmund University.

Enrolment for Higher Semesters

From 15. August to 15. September for the Winter Semester or from the 15. February to 15. March for the Summer Semester at the Student Registration Office. You can only apply for a degree program with restricted admission in a higher semester on the base of acknowledged academic study courses. The acknowledgment is done by the faculty. Please use the provided form and submit the form together with the necessary certificates at least two weeks before the end of the application deadline at the study coordinator Ms. Dipl.–Ing. Katrin Lichtenstein.

Semester Contribution

Information on the amount of the Semester Contribution can be found here.


The student has to complete a 4-week Internship at construction site (120 hours) before registering for Project 2 / Thesis.





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