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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Architecture and Urban Design


Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Field Engineering Sciences
Language German
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions Restricted admission for the 1st to the 6th program semester:
Overview of the restricted admission procedure (German only)
Further information Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)

Short profile

Apart from the creative concept, functional, technical, economic, ecological, social, political and historical aspects also play an important role when an architect designs a building, as do building law and urban development considerations. The B.Sc. in Architecture and Urban Design prepares students for these tasks. It allows them to pursue advanced studies in the shape of a Master’s program and gives them a first professional qualification for planning and executing tasks in the construction sector.

Taught, among others, are the fundamentals of design, drafting and architectural representation in the framework of what is referred to as the  “Dortmunder Modell Bauwesen”. Within this interdisciplinary educational concept, in particular in the framework of project work, students already learn during their studies about professional practice and cooperation between architects and civil engineers. This fosters team and social skills.

This model is unique in Germany and embodies a teaching concept which aims – in addition to giving them a thorough grounding in their subject – to teach students how to work together in an interdisciplinary team with the other stakeholders involved. The projects, on which a group of both Architecture as well as Civil Engineering students work together, play a key role here. In this way, realistic planning tasks form the basis for later successful teamwork in practice.

Knowledge and skills

Apart from a general higher education entrance qualification and a good general education, future architects should enjoy and be interested in design and architectural representation and especially bring with them a creative and holistic way of thinking. Creativity, imagination, good observation skills, spatial perception, technical and constructional understanding, the ability to work in a team and to interlink different and complex elements are essential, as well as a strong sense of responsibility and resilience.

Prerequisite for the Bachelor’s program in Architecture and Urban Design is the completion of a motivation and aptitude test. The task to be treated can be downloaded at the beginning of June each year and must be submitted by email by 15 July.

Professional fields

The professional opportunities for architects are highly diversified: Apart from typical design, planning and implementation tasks in an architecture firm or planning department, there are many other openings for graduates, e.g., as real estate experts or in construction companies, housing corporations, project development or the civil service. The close dovetailing with civil engineering within the “Dortmunder Modell Bauwesen” means that graduates of the Architecture program have received thorough interdisciplinary training which makes them particularly well prepared for the reality of the employment market.

The Bachelor’s degree gives graduates a first professional qualification for posts in construction planning and also allows them to pursue advanced studies in the shape of a Master’s program, such as the M.Sc. in Architecture and Urban Design or the M.Sc. in Construction Management and Real Estate Management at TU Dortmund University.

Further information

A four-week (120 hours) internship in the construction sector is compulsory. It is recommended that students complete the internship before commencing their studies, but it is also possible after the start of the program.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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