Introduction  

Architecture deals with the look, feel and comfort of the structure. Architect focuses on how to make the maximum use of the available area yet build a comfortable structure. While designing the structures, the societies and environments should also be taken into consideration.

The Bachelor of Architecture teaches students how to design the structure incorporating the lifestyle and culture yet make it look modern and creative. Throughout the program, students learn about the materials used while constructing the structures, the process of construction and focus on artistic sides as well.

The curriculum covers subjects such as building sciences, architectural drawing and graphics, design studio, history of architecture, communication skills, design of steel, masonry & timber structure, landscape design, design of RCC structures, interior design, construction management, entrepreneurship, professional ethics, etc.

The Bachelor of Architecture program arms students with the skills that fulfill the demand of the industry including the knowledge of the designing, social responsibility and architectural history. The major objective of the program is to produce competent and responsible architect. In order to fulfill these objectives, the program:

  • Teaches students the drawing and design techniques
  • Provide them with the technical concept and intensive exposure
  • Teaches them about the global structure, historical buildings and architecture history
  • Teaches them to operate computer tools and introduce them to hardware, software, computer programming for structural design, graphics and drawing
  • Build team spirit
  • Provides students with the understanding of the socioeconomic, society, culture and lifestyle
  • To equip students with the skills required to design the structure that is artistic, comfortable and workable
  • Provide students with the skills and knowledge required to function well in different communities
  • To design the structure that reflects the culture of that place
  • To communicated effectively in both form oral and written
  • Teach students to Work with contemporary technologies and address the challenges of sustainability
  • Teach students the application of the contemporary architect tools and technologies

Cost of Study

One of the major concerns of the students before joining the program is the cost of the program and the value you get in return. Well, students willing to pursue the Bachelor of Architecture program should not worry about the tuition fee because the values you get from the program exceed the cost it charge. Most of the universities offering this program in Nepal have set the cost reasonably. The Kathmandu university charges NRs. 7,50,000, Pokhara University charges NRs. 200,000 to NRs. 300,000 and the Tribhuvan University charges  NRs. 2,23,520 for the program. However the private colleges charge little high, they may charge around NRs 600,000 to NRs.12,00,000 depending upon the facilities and infrastructure they provide to their students.

Duration of Course                         

The Bachelor of Architecture is an undergraduate degree awarded for the course that last for five years. The program consists of ten semesters and 185 credit hours.

Career Prospect in Nepal

The Bachelor of Architecture degree holders have a lot of option when it come to chose a career. They can work as interior and spatial designer, architectural technologist, architect, structural engineer, landscape architect, construction manager, tower planner, production designer, planning and development surveyor, commercial/residential surveyor. The BArch grads works in housing associations, supermarkets, teaching institutes, etc.

Admission Requirement          

Eligibility

Candidates willing to join the Bachelor of Architecture program should have completed intermediate level in science faculty. S/he should have studied and passed mathematics. S/he should have secured at least 45% in +2. Applicant should take the entrance examination held by the concerned university or college and pass in order to get the admission.

Document Checklist

Applicant should submit the following documents at the time of admission:

Complete and signed admission form along with an application fee

Official copy of academic certificates (SLC onwards)

Copy of a character certificate issued by the school

Copy of a character certificate issued by the College

Copy of citizenship card

Transfer Certificate

Scholarship

Kathmandu University offers scholarship for both meritorious and needy students as per the university’s rule. Students can apply for the scholarship immediately after admitting to the program.

Pokhara University: College affiliated to pokhara University should award scholarship to 10% of approved students and constituent colleges should award scholarship to 20% of approved students.  Scholarship is divided into two category: open and reservation. Any students can apply for the open scholarship whereas women, differently able, dalits and indigenous groups can apply for the reservation scholarship.

Colleges Offering Bachelor of Architecture in Nepal

Colleges Affiliated to Tribhuvan University

Thapathali Campus: Institute of Engineering, located in Thapathali, Kathmandu

Purwanchal Campus: Institute of Engineering, located in Koshi Hwy, Dharan

Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering (IOE), located in Kathmandu

Himalaya College of Engineering, located in Chyasal, Patan

Kathmandu Engineering College, located in Ganeshman Singh Rd, Kathmandu

Colleges Affiliated to Pokhara University

Cosmos College of Management and Technology, located in Satdobato, Tikabhairab Rd, Chapagaun

Nepal Engineering College (NEC), located in Bhaktapur Road, Changunarayan

Pokhara Engineering College, Located in Pokhara, Lekhnath

Colleges Affiliated to Purbanchal University

Khowpa Engineering College, located in Libali, Bhaktapur

Kantipur International College, located in Buddhanagar, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu

Acme Engineering College, located in Sitapaila, Kathmandu

Kathmandu University School of Engineering, located in Dhulikhel, Kavreplanchowk is also offering Bachelor of Architecture program.

Average Salary

The Bachelor of Architecture graduates who do not have much experience can earn from NRs. 25,000 to NRs. 30,000 per month.

Further Study Option

The Bachelor of Architecture degree holders can enroll in Master of Architectural Design, Master in Architecture and Urban Design, Master in Architecture, Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design, Master of Sustainable Architecture, MArch Design Architecture and Tectonics, Master of Architectural Science – Sustainable Building Design and Performance, etc.

List of Similar Courses

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

Some FAQs

Are there any perquisites to join the program?

No, there are not any specific perquisites to join this program but it would be better if students have basic knowledge of computer tools and designing.

Is it a professional degree?

Yes, it is a professional degree.

Can I specialize in a particular area?

Yes, students have option to choose one subject to specialize from a number of elective disciplines.

Can I get the need-based scholarship?

Yes, both the universities and colleges offer the need based scholarship as per their institution’s rule. However, students willing to apply for the need-based scholarship should have achieved decent marks in +2 examination.

What undergraduate architecture programs are offered in Nepal?

Apart from Bachelor of Architecture, no other undergraduate architectural program is offered in Nepal.

Are students required to bring laptop with them?

Yes, students need to have a laptop. It not mandatory to have a laptop in the first year but students will need one from the second year.

How competitive is the university admission?

University provides a very limited seat so getting admission is not easy. Since, it provides admission on the merit basis; students should be academically bright and perform well in the entrance examination.