American University of Sharjah

College of Architecture and Design

The Department of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Art and Design of the American University of Sharjah that takes advantage of the unique professional and educational opportunities in the Gulf region. The five-year BArch professional program is equivalent in scope and curricular structure to North American professional degree programs and is the only program outside North America to receive full accreditation from NAAB. The curriculum consists of a total of 159 hours in required design studios, core and elective courses in architecture and open electives. Students can also pursue minors Urban Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design as well as take courses in Film, Visual Communication, Design Management, and Multi Media Design programs in the Department of Design. General education requirements consist of 42 credits and take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the AUS campus. Architecture students are required to complete a 5-week summer internships in local or international architecture firms. Our graduates have significantly contributed to architectural practice in the region and beyond and have been recognized for their professional skills and for their unique contribution to the synthesis of East and West. Many alumni are pursuing or have completed graduate studies in prestigious universities in North America and Western Europe after their undergraduate studies in our B.Arch. program.

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