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A unique Bachelor in Architectural Studies

The study plan for the Bachelor in Architectural Studies at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.

The Bachelor in Architectural Studies aims to teach young ambitious individuals to build the proper skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.

Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students from the Bachelor in Architectural Studies will find the perfect ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and the projects that are applied based on real-world scenarios.

This will aid them to develop profiles that are able to adapt to new trends happening now in the 21st century.
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Bachelor in Architectural Studies Study Plan

YEAR 1

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO 1: IDEA AND FORM
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION 1
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN ARCHITECTURE 1
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURE HISTORIES AND CONTEXTS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DESIGN STUDIO 2: FORM AND MATERIAL
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION 2
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRY 1
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
APPLIED PHYSICS IN ARCHITECTURE 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

ANUAL

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
DIGITAL TOOLS AND OPERATIONS
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 2

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN ARCHITECTURE 2
Type Core
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRY 2
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 3: EXPERIENCE
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
EXPERIMENTATION WORKSHOP 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND STRATEGIES 1
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
STRUCTURAL TYPES AND CALCULATION 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 4: PROGRAM
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
APPLIED PHYSICS IN ARCHITECTURE 2
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
INTRODUCTION TO URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES
Professors
Type Core
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 3

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 5: TECHNIQUE
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
URBAN STRATEGIES 1
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
EXPERIMENTATION WORKSHOP 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND STRATEGIES 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN STUDIO 6: THE EXISTING
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus PDF
DESIGN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS 3
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
STRUCTURAL TYPES AND CALCULATION 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus PDF
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus PDF

YEAR 4

1ST SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Global Challenge
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Construction Systems 4
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Professional Practice
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus
Design Studio 7: Aggregation
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus
Architecture History and Theory 3
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus
Urban Management
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus

2ND SEMESTER

Courses
Professors
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Design Studio 8: Territory
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 9
Syllabus
Advanced Structures and Foundations
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Advanced Architectural Graphics
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Syllabus
Architecture History and Theory 4
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus
Urban Strategies 2
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus
Design Entrepreneurshop Workshop 3
Professors
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Syllabus
Components
Credits
Basic Courses
66
Core Courses
228
Final Projects
6
Credits needed to graduate
300

*This study plan may be subject to change.

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THE JOURNEY TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT

ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES IN A NUTSHELL

First Year

Your journey into the world of architecture begins as soon as you arrive on campus. A coordinated sequence of Design Studio and Graphic Communication courses will teach you a vocabulary of architectural operations, and the tools to represent them properly in architectural graphic language. You will also study the latest digital tools, and will ground your studies in a broader context with an introductory course in architecture history. In your applied math and physics coursework, you’ll prepare yourself for the structural and environmental calculations you will undertake later, and will come to understand the principles that underpin the technical component of architecture. In addition, you will have the chance to work on real-life projects by applying for one of our IEU Labs, like the d-Lab, which will allow you to participate in the design and construction of real projects near our campus in Segovia.

Second Year

In your second year of study you will broaden your focus to include building technologies, with an introduction to the world of building construction, structures, and environmental technologies. You will also begin to address the city and the region in your introduction to Urban Studies coursework. All these concerns are synthesized in Design Studio, where you will explore how architectural elements and operations can create different experiences, and how architecture can accommodate-or even generate—new uses. You will also start the Experimentation and Design Entrepreneurship workshops, and develop your creativity by stepping outside the boundaries of architecture to work in photography, film, and site-specific art. In this year you will explore entrepreneurship and discover that it goes beyond starting your own studio.

Third Year

Design Studio in third year deals with an exploration of building systems and materials, and also with the challenge of working within existing built contexts. You’ll strengthen this work by broadening your knowledge of structures and environmental technologies. In your Architecture History and Theory coursework, meanwhile, you will experience a global approach to architecture, with a survey of architecture across centuries and cultures. For the next two years, you will continue your practical experience by having the chance participate in our international internship program, and to work directly with leading architects and designers in the field.

Fourth Year

In the fouth year, your studies will increasingly come to focus on the city as a central element of study. Design Studio will deal with collective housing in the urban context, and with the role of architecture on the scale of the broader territory. This work will be linked with real-world global challenges, as part of the IE Module. Urban Management and Urban Strategies will complement this focus. During your fourth year you will also have a chance to learn the latest digital technologies and continue to deepen your understanding of building structures and foundations. In Architecture History, meanwhile, you will analyze, appreciate, and evaluate the development of modern architecture from the Enlightenment to the present day.

Fifth Year: Applications

In your final year in the bachelor degree, you will begin by exploring the broad range of areas in which architects can apply their skills, through our unique one-class-at-a-time Alternative Practices sequence, in which students participate in a series of short design workshops, each focusing on a different area of expertise, such as Landscape and Environment, The City, Management and Entrepreneurship, and Design, or Digital Studies. In second semester, you will undertake a complex and comprehensive architectural project, with special emphasis on real-world challenges and building constraints. The second semester also features the Capstone Project, an individually-driven research project that serves as a culmination of your academic and intellectual experience. You will follow your own area of interest in architecture, and will work with a faculty advisor to develop research on that topic.