Profile

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)

Department

Architecture and Design

Start of Studies

Winter semester and summer semester

Standard Class Size

40

Application Deadline

15.January for summer semester ,
15.July for winter semester

Requirements

6 weeks of internship and a selection process

Accreditation

Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA)

This page informs you about the Bachelor's Program in Architecture at the HTWG Konstanz in general. If you wish to study here for one or two semesters as an exchange student, please contact our International Office.

If you are interested in our Master's Program in Architecture you may switch here:
Master's Program in Architecture

Application

You can start your studies either in the winter or summer semester. Students are admitted based on a selection process. Admittance criteria are grades of the qualifications required to study at a German college or university.

Application deadline winter semester:
July 15th
Application deadline summer semester:
January 15th

Before applying to our program, please contact the Center for International Students ("Studienkolleg") at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences to have your foreign educational credentials recognized. They can inform you about the application process and the necessary application documents. Our program requires advanced German language proficiency, so applicants need to pass either the TestDaF or DSH German language exams. In certain cases, international students have to pay tuition.

Please keep in mind that all our courses are held in German!

5 reasons to study architecture at the HTWG Konstanz

  1. Solid, practical and creative education
  2. A bachelor's degree in 6 or 8 semesters
  3. Small groups, friendly atmosphere, committed faculty
  4. Interdisciplinary focus "Design and Space"
  5. International networking in studies and profession

6 or 8 semesters?

We offer both a 6- and an 8-semester degree program to reach a bachelor's degree. They are accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA). It is possible to complete part of your studies abroad.

  6 semesters 8 semesters
Qualification Goal: Entry-level position and master's studies Professional position and chamber registration
Projected Length of Study: 6 semesters 8 semesters
Start of Studies: Winter semester / summer semester Winter semester / summer semester
Standard Class Size: 20 per semester 20 per semester
Application Deadline: July 15th for winter semester, January 15th for summer semester July 15th for winter semester, January 15th for summer semester
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
  You can continue your studies in our competitive master’s program which builds on the content covered in the bachelor’s program. The master’s degree can be completed in 4 semesters. The program provides you with the necessary professional skills to work in an architectural firm and fulfils the requirements for membership in the Chamber of Architects. A EU professional accreditation is included.

The 6-semester bachelor’s degree qualifies you to work in a planning office, however it does not qualify you to pursue the title of »architect«. Students in the 6-semester program therefore normally go on to complete the 4-semester master’s degree, which is the normal international requirement for a degree in architecture. The degree attained after 10 semesters is then recognized in almost every country around the world.
The main goal in our 8-semester program is to provide graduates the qualifications for managing the demands of professional work life.

Students often only figure out which major best matches their professional goals during their studies or internship. For this reason, we offer the possibility of applying to change one’s major after the internship in the 5th semester.

Students can take a break after completing their bachelor’s degree to get professional experience and can start their master’s studies later. Our 4-semester master’s programis scientifically and research-oriented and provides each student the freedom to develop their own individualized focus.

Prerequisites

The work of an architect requires social competence, communication and team skills, artistic talent in the design-creative sense, a developed spatial sense as well as simply finding pleasure in the drawing process. Basic computer and media skills are essential. The German Abitur degree, university qualifications (Fachhochschulreife) or equivalent are required for admittance to our program.

Students who wish to complete their entire course of study at the HTWG Konstanz will need to contact the Studienkolleg Konstanz (Center for
International Students)
in order to have their German language skills assessed and their school diplomas validated before filing a direct application for
admission.

A 6-week internship in an architectural office or the construction industry is obligatory for all applicants. This is intended to provide potential students with an overview of an architect’s work. It also allows students to check their aptitude and motivation for selecting this field and to gain basic knowledge and drawing skills as well as getting to know the technical and organizational process at building sites.

Job Description

Architects plan and design human’s living spaces. They thus create the spatial environment for the living and working conditions of each individual in order that people can attain the highest possible quality of life and reach their full potential. Living space in this profession refers to the spatial environment. It encompasses the entire range of built structures, from the smallest room to all types of buildings and even including cities and regions.
Architects may be self-employed, work for a company or for the government. They may be freelance architects, work in a planning office or in the planning department of a company in the construction and housing industry. The title »architect« is protected. You may only use this title if you are registered with the Chamber of Architects.

The Particularity of Chamber Affiliation

The title »architect« is protected and requires membership in the Chamber of Architects. This requires a minimum 8-semester degree program and at least 2 years of professional experience.

Studies

The program aims to prepare students for the professional tasks required in the architectural profession. You will acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and methods to carry out artistic, creative, scientific and organizational work as well as the leadership skills required in management positions. The Architecture and Design Department at the HTWG Konstanz – University of Applied Sciences offers a 6-semester bachelor’s degree followed by a 4-semester master’s degree. We also offer an 8-semester bachelor’s degree. All 3 degree programs fulfil international standards and are accredited. The international comparability of studies makes it possible to transfer to another university or to go on an exchange program within Germany or abroad. In this way, the acquired knowledge and skills are mutually recognized across international borders.
The title »architect« is protected and requires membership in the Chamber of Architects. This requires a minimum 8-semester degree program and at least 2 years of professional experience. The 6-semester bachelor’s degree qualifies you to work in a planning office, however it does not qualify you to pursue the title of »architect«. Students in the 6-semester program therefore normally go on to complete the 4-semester master’s degree, which is the normal international requirement for a degree in architecture. The degree attained after 10 semesters is then recognized in almost every country around the world.
The modular structure of the program takes credits accumulated from lectures, seminars and self-study into consideration for a total of 30 credits per semester.

Module Overview Bachelor 6

Module Overview Bachelor 8

Offers for prospective students

There are many ways for young people to get information on and ask questions about studying at HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences. Besides the contact persons in the Departmant of Architecture, especially the central study advisors provide the possibility of getting to know the University, life on campus and the different studies.

Bettina Kimmig
Program Advisor
Room C 215
+49 7531 206-192
bettina.kimmig@htwg-konstanz.de

Herman Bentele
Architect, Assistant
Room C 215
+49 7531 206-190
bentele@htwg-konstanz.de

Office hours
Tue-Fri, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm