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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Architecture, part-time

Architects do many things: design buildings, create the cities of the future and help reverse climate change. Whether you see yourself more as a creative, a detail-oriented designer, or a planner interested in new building materials: Discover your strengths and interests in our practical part-time architecture degree program.

Your heart beats for...

... Designing, Building, Creativity, Social coexistence, Organization, Partical part, Foreign language English

A Degree Program with a Future

Type of Study

Our part-time bachelor’s degree program has a modular structure and is ten semesters long: 

  • four semesters of full-time studies
  • one practical semester
  • four semesters of part-time studies, divided into two days in the classroom, three days practical work in an office/company
  • one semester full-time work on thesis

Part-time degree program coordination Architecture/interior architecture:

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Claudia Fries 
phone: +49 5231 769 6495
e-mail: claudia.fries(at)

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Specialized university entrance qualification
  • Advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Vocational qualification

German language level: C1

For admission to the winter semester, an eight-week basic internship is required before the start of the course. This can be completed in the building trade or in construction planning and must be proven by a corresponding confirmation from the practical training center.

When switching from the full-time Architecture BA to the practical part-time Architecture BA:

  • Completing all modules in the first three semesters and at least two mandatory modules in the fourth semester
  • Submitting an internship contract with an appropriate company or firm Students must submit verification of an internship position by the end of the 4th semester.​​
Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Materials science 1 (building materials)
  • Sculptural design principles
  • Pictorial design principles
  • CAD architecture and interior architecture (creating designs on a PC)
  • Fundamental project

2. Semester

  • Construction 1
  • Structural design
  • Advanced representation techniques
  • Art and architectural history
  • Design project

3. Semester

  • Building physics and building services 
  • History of urban development
  • Basic urban planning
  • Construction work on existing buildings
  • Context project

4. Semester

  • Construction 2
  • Public building law
  • Basic costs and law
  • Design project
  • Elective subjects

5. Semester

  • Internship semester

6. Semester

  • Existing buildings project
  • Elective subjects

7. Semester

  • Basic building organization
  • Architectural theory
  • Elective subject project

8. Semester

  • New construction project
  • Elective subjects

9. Semester

  • Construction 3
  • Advanced studies project

10. Semester

  • Elective subject project: Basic project thesis

  • Cumulative module: Extemporaneous, excursion, workshop

  • Bachelor’s thesis and colloquium

Focus areas/advance courses

  • Projects, elective subjects and cumulative modules


Acquired Knowledge and Skills
  • Expertise in drafting, designing, constructing, and carrying out building projects/structural engineering
  • Prospects for using buildings/urban areas that are usable or no longer in use
  • Strategies for renovating buildings in light of ecological, climate and demographic challenges
  • Integration of future technologies into building use and design

Our part-time degree program offers you an alternative training course with integrated practical components. It fulfills the statutory requirements of the NRW Building Chamber Law with respect to minimum standard period of study in the field of Architecture. Because of this, if other requirements are fulfilled it entitles graduates to enter the NRW Chamber of Architecture. This is required to work as an independent architect. 

Job Profiles
  • Employee or self-employed in a private architectural firm
  • Public municipal administration
  • Real estate or project development
  • Construction/building materials industry
  • Stage/set design for theater and film, Specialist journalism, insurance industry
Cooperation With Companies

We regularly cooperate on projects with numerous companies in the construction and design sectors.

Research in the Department
  • Institut für Designstrategien (IDS - Institute for Design Strategies): The IDS conducts research on fundamental interactions between people and spaces. It develops strategies to help achieve a climate-resilient built environment, and takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization for innovative approaches and complex analyses. 
    Research focal areas: Regenerative design, human centered design and data driven design
  • Institut für Energieforschung (iFE - Institute for Energy Research): Interdisciplinary research institution with members from the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Detmold School of Design, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, and Business Administration and Economics. The iFE develops technologies and solutions for efficient, networked, and innovative energy systems in the fields of districts, mobility, and industry. 

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to life on land

Studying at Creative Campus Detmold

Our Creative Campus in Detmold

Planning and building in one place. This concept can be found on our Creative Campus. Through both topics, a very special teaching and research location has been created. The internationally renowned Detmold School of Design is located here, as well as the Civil Engineering Department and the Center for Sustainable, Digital Construction, which is currently under construction. Architectural ideas thus cross paths with new thinking in civil engineering, such as sustainable 3D printing. The campus is complemented by media production, which together with the Detmold Academy of Music and the University of Paderborn have created a completely new stage for the transfer between creative science and business in the KreativInstitut.OWL. The campus is also adjacent to the city center, which can thus be reached by foot.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Architecture, part-time
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Study model:
Restricted acceptance
Standard period of study:
10 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Creative Campus Detmold
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
English, Mathematics, Physics

Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.07.

Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.06.
Currently no application possible