Bachelor of Architecture

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Program Description

What are the study program outcomes?

Designed in the 18th century by Laurynas Gucevičius, both Vilnius Archcathedral Basilica and the Town Hall have immediately become the city symbols. The most famous Lithuanian architect not only introduced a new direction in architecture - classicism based on antique architecture heritage interpretations - but also created a classicistic face of the city, although both the Cathedral and  Town Hall have been only two of the many buildings in the center of Vilnius. In addition, these L. Gucevičius' projects clearly demonstrated the architect's supported ideas on social equality of the epoch of Enlightenment.

Although historically Architecture was perceived as the art and science of building design, it now focuses on the social mission. By means of architecture, we can create a living environment for the reduction of social exclusion to promote equality or the formation of sustainable communities. Such an environment can encourage responsible consumption and even help to solve climate change issues. 
It is now possible to design a housing development for safe habitation that would ensure people's communication and cooperation. The architectural expression is influenced by many factors: constantly changing requirements, technology, or even fashion trends. Currently, much attention is paid to eco-friendly and sustainable development principles. A new approach to building longevity has now gained paramount importance. Contrary to the previously prevailing approach, when we had been building once and for all, now we need to evaluate the life cycle of a building. 

The aim of the Architecture study program is to educate a socially responsible, continually improving architect of great erudition, who in cooperation with specialists from other fields is able to carry out architectural activities holistically, rationally and in a creative way, while solving complex problems of physical space shaping in global and constantly changing environment. 

Architecture is one of the professions regulated by the European Union. Thus, meeting these requirements, after five years of integrated studies, the graduate of the program immediately acquires a master's of arts degree. The study program is constantly notified by the European institutions, which are responsible for regulated professions. Having acquired professional experience, the certified graduates of the study program may provide professional services throughout the EU without any restrictions. 

How can you get into the program?

For the Architecture program, the entrance test is required. Foreign students can take the test online at a previously agreed time. The test is reviewed by the vice-dean of the faculty and program coordinator.

The test duration is 4 hours, it consists of two tasks.

The first task is an architectural composition. The aim of the task is to prepare a presentation of the proposed design of the architectural object and its environment. A single A3 sheet of paper should be used for the presentation of the project. The project should include the plan, front and side views of the object as well as a perspective view of the object rendered in the natural environment. Additional views or details are allowed if necessary. The test should be executed in a freehand technique using a graphite pencil.

The second task is the freehand drawing task of proposed construction (two or three elements). A3 size paper sheet and graphite pencil use only.

What will you learn?

Some key abilities that the Architecture study program helps students develop include:

  • The ability to link the resent knowledge of architectural history, theory, and other humanitarian, social, and technological sciences and arts, addressing topical issues in architecture;
  • The ability to apply knowledge of building structures, engineering systems, material science in the preparation of architectural projects;
  • The ability to define architectural tasks, formulate an original hypothesis, carry out studies, interpret the study results and use them to justify architectural design solutions;
  • The ability to create architecture understanding the complexity of the design, combining the aesthetic, functional, social, technical, economic, environmental, and legal requirements;
  • The ability to creatively, innovatively, and responsibly deal with complex architecture, urbanism, landscape, and heritage policy issues and challenges shaping the physical environment in an unfamiliar and constantly changing context.

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Where can you do an internship?

The internship of industrial projection is performed in the companies of architectural projection where students for two months develop practical skills of projection. As a result, during the internship students strengthen their theoretical knowledge and experience of academic projection. Students participate in works of professional and creative collective supervised by an experienced architect. According to this, students understand and gain knowledge about the structure, the particular activity of the company and are associated with teamwork.

Exchange period abroad?

Students may study abroad in the following Universities:

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology, Lund University (Sweden);
  • Alfonso X el Sabio University (Madrid city), Polytechnic University of Valencia, University of Seville, University of Alcala (Spain);
  • Sapienza University of Rome, University of Florence, Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy);
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway);
  • University of Minho (Guimaraes’e city), Technical University of Lisbon, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal);
  • University of Stuttgart, University of Erfurt, University of Frankfurt am Main, Bauhaus University (Weimar city), Braunschweig University of Technology, Dresden University of Applied Sciences, Technical University Munich (Germany);
  • Aarhus School of Architecture, Vitus Bering Centre for higher education (Denmark);
  • Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic);
  • Tampere University of Technology (Finland);
  • Lublin University of Technology, Bialystok University of Technology (Poland); etc.

Overall 34 higher schools.

Faculty of architecture have ERASMUS international study exchange program. This contract is signed with 34 higher schools in EU countries. Students of VGTU have the opportunity to study one semester in the higher schools of Germany, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Latvia. Annually in other universities study more than 40 students of architecture faculty.

What are career opportunities after graduation?

Once you have graduated, you will be employable as:

  • A projecting architect or their assistants at architectural and engineering design, urban planning, construction enterprises;
  • An architect administrator at the Departments of Culture Heritage, Ministries of Environmental Protection and Culture, as well as units supervising regional and national parks, municipal architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and cultural heritage areas;
  • A professional engaged in research and pedagogic activities at universities and colleges.

You may also consider pursuing a doctoral degree. 

In adherence to the procedure established by law, upon graduation and acquisition of design experience the certified graduates of the study program may provide professional services throughout the EU without any restrictions.

Last updated Oct 2020

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Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) is a leading higher education institution situated in Vilnius the capital of Lithuania. Established in 1956 VGTU is one of the biggest research universiti ... Read More

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) is a leading higher education institution situated in Vilnius the capital of Lithuania. Established in 1956 VGTU is one of the biggest research universities in the country with a focus on technologies and engineering and a strong emphasis on university-business cooperation. Read less