Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture


Program Description

Architecture bachelor option 1

The UIC is committed to providing its students with the best academic preparation in both the theoretical and practical realms, and also to providing them with the tools which are necessary for successful access to the labor market.

In order to achieve these objectives effectively, the UIC has developed a pedagogical approach based on the following tools and methodologies:


Personalized attention

Individualized attention is paid to our students. The ratio is a maximum of 20 students per a lecturer.

Job offers

We have a list of national and international job offers. This allows students to have access to a job in any city in the world, involving professional pathways into publishing houses, public administration, office work, promotion, consultancy, industry, etc.


International approach and teaching in English

At the end of their studies, our students know how to defend their projects in English and communicate with the adequate terminology and vocabulary related to their discipline. For this reason, many subjects are taught in English from the 1st academic year and we also include English for Architecture as a subject in our degree program.

Advice and coaching*

Each student is assigned an academic advisor and a professional coach*.

Working transversally and on different levels

A small university like ours allows subjects to be taught in a crosscutting or transversal way and they all interact with each other. Students also learn to work on various different levels, from the territorial to that of construction, within the same project.

Vertical Workshop

An intensive project Workshop involving teams of students from second through to the fifth year.


Series of conferences involving prestigious national and international architects.

Architecture placed at the service of society

ESARQ is the only school of architecture in Spain that teaches compulsory subjects on cooperation, sustainability, and accessibility.

Advanced technology

We carry out a workshop on how to make scale models and digital architecture which is pioneering in Spain, we provide students with a laser cutting machine, a computer numerical control machine (CNC) and a rapid prototyping tool (3D Z Printer) in order to make volumetric scale models.

Chairs: links to companies in this sector

We innovate by awarding various chair positions and by carrying out research projects sponsored by prestigious companies such as Acer, Capital Reig, Uralita, Saloni Ceràmica, Hispalyt, Fundación Adecco, and Valentine.

*Coach: a professional who helps students to develop their full potential from both a personal and a professional point of view.

Competencies. Course objective


The teaching and learning process is based on the acquisition of competencies:

Crosscutting competences

Critical thinking, creativity, analytical and synthesis skills, the ability to plan and organize, good decision-making skills, responsibility, observation, teamwork and leadership, positive study skills, self-discipline, and dedication.

Specific competencies

  1. The ability to create architectural projects that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements. Adequate knowledge of architectural history and theory, as well as of art, technology, and the related areas of social sciences. Knowledge of fine art and the role it plays in architectural concepts. Sufficient knowledge of urban design and applied planning techniques.
  2. The ability to perceive and understand the relationships between people and buildings, between buildings and their surroundings, as well as the need to link buildings to the spaces around them, depending on requirements and human scale. The ability to understand the architect's profession and its function in society, particularly in terms of becoming involved in projects which take social factors into account.
  3. Knowledge of research methods and construction project preparation. Knowledge of the potential problems in structural design, construction, and engineering involved in construction projects.
  4. Sufficient knowledge of physical problems and various technological tools, as well as the different functions of different buildings, and the ways they are endowed with internal structures or features which provide comfort and protection from climate-related factors. Ability to plan in order to satisfy the demands of the building’s users in a way that respects the limits imposed by planning budgets and building regulations.
  5. Sufficient knowledge of the industries, organizations, regulations, and procedures relevant to launching construction projects, and incorporating designs into project planning.

These competencies are worked on through a variety of methodologies: lectures, problem-solving, research projects, site visits, project planning, and group and individual learning.

Their acquisition is evaluated using a variety of assessment tools that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the course material. These include objective tests, papers, projects, portfolios, dossiers, memos, self-evaluation, and interviews.

The competencies are divided between theoretical classes, seminar-workshops, practical classes, external work experience, group, and individual tutorials, and group and individual projects and study.

Academic accreditation

Graduate of the UIC Architecture program.

Architecture bachelor option 2


Study program and subjects 2017-2018

Subjects in course 1

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computational Design
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Mathematics
  • Design Studio
  • Introduction to Architectural Construction
  • Physics
  • Spatial and Formal Analysis

Subjects in course 2

  • Building Construction
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Studio
  • English
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Structural Calculation
  • Vertical Workshop
  • Building Construction
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Studio II
  • Foros I
  • History and Theory of Architecture II
  • Urban Design

Subjects in course 3

  • Accessibility
  • Building Construction III
  • Design Studio III
  • English II
  • History and Theory of Architecture III
  • Urban Design II
  • Vertical Workshop II
  • Building Construction IV
  • Building Mechanics and Facilities I
  • Design Studio IV
  • Ethics
  • Foros II
  • History and Theory of Architecture IV
  • Structural Calculation II

Subjects in course 4

  • Architectural Theory and Criticism
  • Building Construction
  • Building Mechanics and Facilities II
  • Cooperation I
  • Design Studio V
  • Elective Course I
  • Sustainability I
  • Vertical Workshop III
  • Building Construction VI
  • Cooperation II
  • Design Studio VI
  • ESARQ Option 3
  • Foros III
  • Structural Calculation III
  • Urban Design III

Subjects in course 5

  • Design Studio VII
  • ESARQ Option 2
  • ESARQ Option 4
  • Management OB
  • Professional Ethics
  • Sustainability II
  • Vertical Workshop IV
  • Work Experience
  • Building Construction VII
  • Design Studio VIII
  • Final Degree Project
  • Foros IV
  • Urban Design IV

ECTS: European Credit Transfer System

Term: calendar term

Work placement

ESARQ-UIC currently has various work placement agreements with a large number of professional practices and companies in the construction sector, at home and abroad, willing to take on students.

Before starting a work placement, it is essential to check that the university and the practice or construction-related company has signed a “Work Placement Agreement”.


The objective of these work placements is to apply the theoretical concepts learned in the Degree in Architecture course and to initiate the student into the real professional world, an experience which will help when it comes to entering the job market in the future.


ESARQ-UIC includes the compulsory subject of work placement in its Degree in Architecture course as part of the study plan for the fifth grade. Work placement in professional practices or in companies related to the construction sector is worth six ECTs (equivalent to 180 hours of work).

Given the level of practical content in the Degree in Architecture course, the work placement period is particularly important as this is when students are faced with their first professional experiences. Work placements represent a further educational tool in terms of knowledge and skills and they are undertaken in agreement with the office or the company under the supervision of the university and a representative of the office or company.

These work placements are linked to all the degree subjects as all of them are necessary for professional practice. Depending on the field of work chosen by the student, some will be more relevant than others.

Professional opportunities

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Urban planning
  • Landscape design
  • Environment
  • Design
  • Project design
  • Construction management
  • Drawing and drafting
  • Calculating structures and facilities
  • Expert appraisal
  • Property promotion and management
  • City council and public administration
  • Teaching
  • Etc.
Last updated Mar 2020

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