Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Design
Faculty of Architecture and Design, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
EUR 3,600 / per year *
31 May 2024
Earliest start date
* per year
Having enrolled in the bachelor’s study program Architecture and Urban Design, you will acquire the basic theoretical and practical background necessary for the profession of an architect and obtain the corresponding knowledge, skills, and competencies. Graduating from the Architecture and Urban Design Study Program will provide you with the diploma that enables you to apply for further architectural studies and you will be entitled to cooperate on architectural and urban design projects under supervision in architecture studios in Europe and beyond. This certainly qualifies you to study architecture and/or urban planning at the Master's degree level at the Faculty of Architecture and Design (FAD) as well as in related study programs at other European universities.
Why the Faculty of Architecture and Design at STU in Bratislava?
The Faculty of Architecture and Design is one of seven faculties at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (hereafter abbreviated as STU, from Slovak “Slovenská technická univerzita”). It is the largest and oldest school of architecture in Slovakia; the beginnings of architecture education date back to the academic year 1946/1947 and are associated with the study field called Civil Engineering.
The Faculty of Architecture and Design today is a creative and competitive institution with an open-minded staff and successfully exploits international cooperation possibilities in research and education. Especially through the Erasmus Plus mobility program, the faculty offers exchange possibilities with more than 50 partner institutions all over Europe. Annually dozens of students of the Faculty of Architecture and Design study abroad. And also the other way round: in the last academic year, 29 international students came to study at the Faculty of Architecture and Design.
Apart from national experts, FAD STU has also been inviting visiting lecturers from abroad: Jan Gehl, Marco Casagrande, Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV), Rainer de Graaf (OMA), Jenny B. Osuldsen (Snohetta), Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects) are just some of the numerous significant foreign experts and personalities of contemporary architecture who have visited the Faculty so far. The Faculty’s international involvement is reflected by membership in international organizations and participation in multinational projects in Slovakia and abroad.
As one of the smallest metropolis in Central and Western Europe, the vibrant city of Bratislava represents an inspiring and at the same time affordable place for international students and travelers. Thanks to its geographical location in central Europe it is the gate to Europe. You will enjoy its proximity to Vienna, Budapest, Prague with perfect traffic connections. The shared history and close distances are common to these capitals and provide many opportunities for cultural, social, and travel experiences. Great bus and railway connections from Bratislava as well as easy accessibility to Bratislava and Vienna airport offer cheap connections to major European destinations.
What do we do and how?
The character of the studies has determined the Faculty’s underlying education strategy, in particular its focus on the development of the students' creativity and critical thinking and their ability to respond to the unpredictable challenges of the future which every graduate is yet to encounter. Project-based learning led by experts with academic as well as professional backgrounds and projects coordinated in tight cooperation with practice provides a faithful simulation of “real-life” experience.
The essence of the study is project-based learning performed in Design Studios, where students apply the knowledge gained in subjects such as Basics of Structures and Technology, History of Architecture, Typology, Urban Design, Restoration of Monuments and Historical Sites, Design Ecology and Sustainability, Interior Design and Universal Design. To help the students develop their sense of aesthetics and artistic expression as well as make them prepared for architectural practice, this program incorporates courses in arts (drawing and 3D clay modeling) and lessons in diverse CAD and BIM software applications.
The first three years of study are composed of compulsory subjects. However, in the fourth year, you may choose from nine topic-based modules with Design Studios, or you can take advantage of the study-exchange and study abroad under the Erasmus+ exchange mobility programs. Faculty of Architecture and Design benefits from partnership agreements with over fifty European universities. The work on the final Bachelor thesis is accompanied by a theoretical seminar and the outcome is an architectural or urban design. In your Bachelor’s work, you will demonstrate the ability to write project documentation on all stages of the design process – from preliminary plans and schemes up to the implementation projects.
When getting closer to practice, the students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of local as well as international contests. The quality of the school is mainly confirmed by the students’ achievements. FAD can proudly boast with the successes of the students in various local and international architectural- urbanistic and design competitions (e.g. Inspireli Awards, Xella, Isover, National Prize for the Design, ABF Slovakia for the best bachelor's work, Prof. Lacko Prize for the best diploma work) and many others.
With such a mindset, we aim at the complex preparation of our students in the field of hard skills as well as soft skills in the context of the upcoming Industry 4.0.
Program Tuition Fee
As a Bachelor’s graduate, you are qualified to develop architectural designs and implement the projects for simple structures independently. When supervised by an authorized architect, you will be able to develop architectural projects of a larger scale, as well as urban design projects and plans. Moreover, you will be eligible for junior positions in the state and regional administration and for different creative, technical, and business positions in the construction industry and beyond. Graduates are allowed to practice the profession all over the European Union.
Based on your results, interests, and proven efforts you can strengthen your engagement through close cooperation with practicing architects on term assignments and/or serving your internship in an architectural studio.
The Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Slovak University of Technology also supports an interdisciplinary start-up incubator, where students can further develop their ideas, design, and work under the close supervision of mentors from the academic field as well as from practice. In this way, they are encouraged to start their business in a familiar environment and initiate a successful career.