study programme

Architecture and Urban Design

Original title in Czech: Architektura a urbanismusFaculty: FAAbbreviation: B_A+UAcad. year: 2020/2021

Type of study programme: Bachelor's

Study programme code: B0731P010001

Degree awarded: Bc.

Language of instruction: Czech

Accreditation: 9.6.2020 - 9.6.2030

Profile of the programme

Professionally oriented

Mode of study

Full-time study

Standard study length

4 years

Programme supervisor

Degree Programme Board

Fields of education

Area Topic Share [%]
Architecture and Urbanism 100

Study aims

The aim of the study is to equip students with knowledge of theoretical, technical, and related disciplines in the field of architecture and urban design, as well as an adequate set of technical competences and skills. The range and level of skills and knowledge is defined so that the graduates may be able to hold the post that require the independent solution of complex constructional and technical, architectural and/or urban design problems. In practice, the graduates are supposed to attain the positions that require the ability to perform demanding technical tasks associated with building design. The graduates may attain the position in design offices, in public administration, and similar positions.

Graduate profile

The graduates of the bachelor’s study programme Architecture and Urban Design have an adequate range of up-to-date knowledge in the field of architecture, urban planning, and construction industry. The programme focuses on mastering the technical and theoretical knowledge of architecture, urban design and urban planning in their complex coherence. This knowledge is complemented with the related human sciences that are the essential basis for the quality performance of architect’s practice. The graduates of the bachelor’s study programme are able to interpret their designs and place them in the social context. The graduates are able to apply the knowledge gained in the individual courses into practice.

Professional knowledge
The graduates will have the professional knowledge required for the field of study Architecture and Urbanism. In terms of the prospective employment, the graduate will have the knowledge defined by the Czech Chamber of Architects (CCA) adequate for the level of bachelor’s degree. If the graduates deepen their knowledge in the master’s study programme, their knowledge will comply with the requirements for the CCA certification, namely in the field of Architecture, and in the field of Urban Planning.
The extent of the graduate’s knowledge is based on the CCA Certification Code (§4 a §5), namely:
– comprehensive knowledge of the history and theory of architecture,
– comprehensive knowledge of the history and theory of urban design (town development) and urban planning,
– comprehensive knowledge of the related arts disciplines,
– comprehensive knowledge of the technical disciplines
– comprehensive knowledge of the physical problems and technologies and of the functions of buildings,
– comprehensive knowledge of the relationships between architecture and urban design, urban planning and the process of designing buildings,
– comprehensive knowledge of the technology how to design built environment in relation to health care, nature and landscape components of environment, with aim to improve the quality of life,
– basic knowledge of the related human sciences,
– extensive knowledge of the methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project,
– comprehensive knowledge of the urban planning process and urban design process,
– extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture, as one of the fundamental influences on the quality of land-use planning documentation, land-use planning data, and/or urban design plans and projects,
– extensive knowledge of industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in the designer’s profession,
– developed knowledge of professions, industries, technologies, regulations and procedures involved in the urban planning profession.

Professional skills
The graduates of the bachelor´s study programme will gain all professional skills required for the field of Architecture and Urbanism for the bachelor’s level. The range of skills is defined by the graduate’s prospective employment as an independent employee in the design office focused on architecture and urban design. The graduates acquire skills that comply with the CCA requirements on the education in the field of Architecture and in the field of Urban Planning (the CCA Certification Code, §4 and §5):
– competences to create architectural projects that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements,
– competences to understand the relations between people and architectural projects, and between architectural projects and their environment, and to the need to relate architectural projects and the spaces between them to human needs and scale,
– competences to understand the profession of architect and the role in society, in particular in preparing briefs that take into account of social factors,
– competences to understand building design, and constructional and engineering problems associated with building design,
– necessary design skills to meet users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations,
– competences to create land-use planning documentation and land-use planning data, as well as urban design projects that comply with the natural, cultural, social, economic, technical, and aesthetic requirements,
– competences to understand the relationship between people and urban environment, and between urban environment and landscape, to understand the need to compose various spaces and environment to the human needs and scale,
– competences to understand the profession of urban planner and their role in society, in particular in preparing briefs that take into account of social factors,
– competences and skills of design planning to meet local users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations.

Profession characteristics

The graduates of the bachelor’s study programme (BSP) Architecture and Urban Design have acquired the up-to-date scientific and technical knowledge integrated in a complex of interdependencies. They are able to apply the knowledge gained in individual courses to solve the problems of the given field of study. They are able to hold the positions that require independent solution of complex construction and technical or managerial problems. They will find employment in technical and managerial positions that require the ability to work independently on demanding technical tasks associated with building design. They will find work in design studios, in public administration, and at positions with similar technical requirements. In exceptional cases the BSP graduates may become a certified architect under the conditions defined in §3, paragraph 5, the CCA Certification Code, however, they may become an employee in an architectural office or studio working under the professional supervision by a certified person. The BSP graduate may work as construction supervisor as defined in the Building Act.

Fulfilment criteria

The final state exam in BSP Architecture and Urban Design has two parts: the defence of the bachelor’s thesis and the oral exam. Both parts are evaluated using A-F grading scale in accordance with the Study and Examination Rules of BUT.
The oral part of the final state exam verifies the graduates’ knowledge in the field of theory of architecture, namely the history of architecture and the development of towns/urban design (corresponding with the theoretical courses of the study programme profile: History of Architecture 1-5, Urban Design History, Theory of Architecture 1 – Introduction, Architectural Heritage Conservation). Further, it verifies the knowledge of technical requirements on the design of buildings and their complexes, namely legislation, standards, operation, structural design, construction, and others (corresponding with the courses of the study programme profile: Building Elements 1-3, Building Project, Current Construction Techniques, Basics of Building Physics, Design of Buildings 1-2, Designing Towns).
The requirements on the defence, evaluation, and the overall evaluation of the final state exam are given by the Study and Examination Rules of BUT, Part 2, Article 23, 25, 26, and 27. Students may take the final state exam when they have performed all their study duties, i.e. obtained the required credits determined by the study plan to successfully complete the bachelor’s study, and submitted their bachelor’s thesis within the set deadline.

What degree programme types may have preceded

The graduates of the programme Architecture and Urban Design can directly continue their studies in the master’s study programme Architecture and Urban Design at FA BUT. The graduates may also continue their studies in other master’s study programme in the field of study of Architecture and Urbanism, at FA BUT or at other universities.

Course structure diagram with ECTS credits

1. year of study, winter semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DA1-THistory of architecture 1 – introductioncs2CompulsoryExP - 26yes
DEU-THistory of artcs1CompulsoryExP - 26yes
MAG-NMathematics and geometrycs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / C1 - 26yes
PS1-KBuilding elements 1cs3CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 39yes
PRT-NPresentation toolscs2CompulsoryGCrCp - 26yes
STM-KBuilding materialscs1CompulsoryExP - 26yes
VK1-NArt techniques – drawingcs2CompulsoryGCrP - 2 / C1 - 26yes
UVY-TUrban design historycs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 20 / S - 6yes
ZAR-ABasics of architecturecs12CompulsoryGCrP - 26 / A - 78yes
ZSM-KBasics of structural mechanicscs3CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 26yes
1. year of study, summer semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
AT1-AStudio – Small Housecs12CompulsoryGCrA - 104yes
DA2-THistory of architecture 2cs2CompulsoryExP - 26yes
INT-TInteriorcs1CompulsoryExP - 26yes
NS1-KDesign of buildings 1cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 12 / EX - 6yes
NK1-KLoad-bearing structures 1cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 26yes
PS2-KBuilding elements 2cs3CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 39yes
RET-NCrafts techniquescs2CompulsoryGCrS - 8 / CPR - 27 / C1 - 27yes
TA1-TTheory of architecture 1 – introductioncs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 4yes
P2D-NComputer skills – 2D CADcs2CompulsoryGCrC1 - 26yes
VBA-NArt techniques – colourcs2CompulsoryGCrP - 2 / C1 - 26yes
VYA010English Upper-Intermediate 1cs, en2Compulsory-optionalCrC1 - 261yes
VYA011English Upper-Intermediate 2cs, en2ElectiveCrC1 - 261yes
VYA004English Upper-Intermediate 3cs, en2ElectiveCrC1 - 261yes
VYA005English Upper-Intermediate 4cs, en2ElectiveCrC1 - 261yes
VYA008English Intermediate 1cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 261yes
VYA009English Intermediate 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 261yes
VYF005Professional Technical Frenchcs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYF003French for Pre-intermediate Studentscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYF004French for Pre-intermediate Students 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYF001French for Beginnerscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYF002French for Beginners 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYI005Professional Technical Italiancs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYI003Italian for Pre-Intermediate Studentscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYI004Italian for Pre-intermediate Students 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYI001Italian for Beginnerscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYI002Italian for Beginners 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYN007Professional German 1cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYN003German for Pre-intermediate Students 1cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYN004German for Pre-Intermediate Students 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYN005German for Intermediate Studentscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYN006German for Intermediate Students 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYN001German for Beginnerscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYN002German for Beginners 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYR005Professional Russian in Architecturecs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYR003Russian for Pre-Intermediate Studentscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYR004Russian for Pre-Intermediate Students 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYR001Russian for Beginnerscs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYR002Russian for Beginners 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYS005Professional Spanish in Architecturecs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYS003Spanish Pre-Intermediate 1cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYS004Spanish Pre-Intermediate 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYS001Spanish - Elementary 1cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
VYS002Spanish Elementary 2cs2ElectiveCrC1 - 262yes
2. year of study, winter semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
AVY-TArchitectural expressioncs1CompulsoryExno
AT2-AStudio – Large Housecs12CompulsoryGCrA - 104no
CAM-NCAM techniquescs2CompulsoryGCrS - 12 / PR - 14no
DA3-THistory of architecture 3cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 18 / S - 8no
NS2-KDesign of buildings 2cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 12 / EX - 4no
NK2-KLoad-bearing structures 2cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 22 / S - 26 / EX - 4no
PS3-KBuilding elements 3cs3CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 39no
TA2-TTheory of architecture 2 – compositioncs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 12no
P3D-NComputer skills – 3D CADcs2CompulsoryGCrC1 - 26no
VMO-NArt techniques – sculpturing cs2CompulsoryGCrP - 2 / C1 - 26no
2. year of study, summer semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
AT3-AStudio – Town and Placecs12CompulsoryGCrA - 104no
DA4-THistory of architecture 4cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 18 / S - 8no
MOT-NModelling techniques cs2CompulsoryGCrP - 2 / C1 - 26no
NK3-KLoad-bearing structures 3cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 22 / S - 12 / EX - 4no
OA1-NTechnical English 1 (B2 level)en2CompulsoryExS - 26no
USM-KDesigning townscs3CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 39no
TA3-TTheory of architecture 3cs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 24 / S - 2no
URK-TUrban design compositioncs1CompulsoryCr,ExP - 18 / S - 8no
GIS-NInformation technology – introduction to GIScs2CompulsoryGCrP - 4 / S - 12 / C1 - 10no
ZSF-KBasics of building physicscs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 26no
3. year of study, winter semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
AT4-AStudio – free assignment 1cs12CompulsoryGCrA - 104no
DA5-THistory of architecture 5cs2CompulsoryExP - 26no
OA2-NTechnical English 2en1CompulsoryGCrS - 26no
USO-KCities and settlements cs3CompulsoryCr,ExP - 39 / S - 26no
SOA-TEContemporary architectureen2CompulsoryGCrP - 26no
SP1-KConstruction lawcs1CompulsoryExP - 26no
TZB-KBuilding servicescs3CompulsoryCr,ExP - 26 / S - 39no
BIM-NInformation technology – BIMcs2CompulsoryGCrCp - 26no
ZGE-TBasics of geoecologycs1CompulsoryExP - 26no
3. year of study, summer semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
OP1-AInternshipcs30CompulsoryCrPX - 760no
4. year of study, winter semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
AT5-AStudio – free assignment 2cs12CompulsoryGCrA - 104no
FIL-TPhilosophycs2CompulsoryP - 26no
PAP-TArchitectural heritage conservationcs2CompulsoryCr,ExP - 24 / S - 2no
SOC-TSocial sciences and architecturecs1CompulsoryGCrP - 18no
SPR-KBuilding project cs7CompulsoryGCrPR - 65no
4. year of study, summer semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
AST-KCurrent construction techniquescs3CompulsoryGCrP - 18 / S - 39no
BPP-AElaboration of bachelor´s thesiscs27CompulsoryCrA - 104no
All the groups of optional courses
Gr. Min. courses Courses
1 6
1 3
1 1
2 1 VYF005, VYF003, VYF004, VYF001, VYF002, VYI005, VYI003, VYI004, VYI001, VYI002, VYN007, VYN003, VYN004, VYN005, VYN006, VYN001, VYN002, VYR005, VYR003, VYR004, VYR001, VYR002, VYS005, VYS003, VYS004, VYS001, VYS002
1 1 VYA010, VYA011, VYA004, VYA005, VYA008, VYA009