Course Details

Diploma In Architectural Studies

UCSI University Kuala Lumpur
Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Architecture is an art form - the learning of which requires professional practice, personal artistic development and technical knowledge of a building. The constant dialogue between society and the architect is what produces architecture - as a product and as a discipline.
The Diploma in Architectural Studies at UCSI University is a 2 and a half years programme, designed to provide necessary technical knowledge and required practical skills for individuals who wish to join the industry’s work force at an early stage. The building industry is in need of competent support groups who are knowledgeable in their field to fill positions as technical draftsperson, CADD draftsperson, site supervisors and material-supplier specialist to name a few. In response to this demand, the Diploma in Architectural Studies at UCSI University offers a well-rounded and integrated range of courses to prepare graduates to enter the working environment, or to pursue their studies at the higher level of the Architecture Degree programs.
The program also emphasises on the latest industry input for each graduate. Students are required to undergo a compulsory Industry Experience attachment for a minimum duration of 6 months, to learn and familiarise themselves with the working environment of the building and construction industry.
The School of Architecture and Built Environment understands that all those who study and work in the field of architecture need a framework for aesthetics and a functional appreciation for buildings and context. This can only be achieved via a thorough grounding in the design process, building sciences and technologies allied to an understanding of the important social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors which influence architecture. This philosophy underpins every teaching and research programme delivered at the School.
The Diploma in Architectural Studies programme develops both the academic understanding and practical skills required for careers in the professional field. Graduates will be equipped for careers in the broad field of design in the built environment sector.

Assessments vary from the list below depending on the course:
  • Project critique session
  • In-class assignment
  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Site investigation/survey
  • Portfolio review
  • Workshop participation

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Course Summary


Jan, May, Oct

Course Fees (estimated)

RM 45,690

Course Duration

2.5 years

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SPMV / SPM / ‘O’ Levels
(Arts/Science stream)
Pass SPM with minimum 3 Credits (grade ‘C’ for O-level) inclusive of Maths
Pass SKM/SKK level 3 in related field AND
*Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass Maths OR
Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass ‘program pengukuhan matematik’
Community College
(Level 3, MQF)
1. Pass Community College Certificate (Level 3 MQF) in the related field AND *Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass Maths
Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass ‘program pengukuhan matematik’
2. Pass Community College Certificate (Level 3 MQF) with CGPA 2.0 in the related field AND *Pass SPM with min 1 credit and pass Maths
Pass with minimum ‘C’ grade (CGPA 2.0) for 1 subject AND credit in Maths in SPM or equivalent
Pass with (Magbul grade) AND credit in Maths in SPM or equivalent
(Commerce/Science stream)
Pass with minimum grade ‘B’ for 3 credits inclusive of Maths
Minimum Grade ‘E’ for 1 subject AND credit in Maths in ‘O’-level
Minimum average of 50% in 5 subjects inclusive of Maths
Minimum average of 50% in 6 subjects inclusive of Maths
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency
Minimum average of 50% inclusive of 50% for Maths
*Art Requirement:
All applicant must pass Art Education/ Engineering Drawing/ related subject at SPM/O level / equivalent

Pass Portfolio Review in replacement of art subject if applicable.

The general rule applied to both local and foreigner applicant.

Upon successfully completion of the Diploma programme, students will gain:
  • Direct entry into Year 2 (semester 3) of B.Sc. (Hons.) in Architecture, UCSI University

English Language Requirements
  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM or minimum A2 in UEC level or Band 4.0 in IELTS or 397 in TOEFL PBT or 30 in TOEFL IBT or 160 IN CAE or 180 IN CPE or 30 in PTE or MUET Band 2.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the English for Tertiary Education (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.

Note / Legend:
Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.
  • SPM: Minimum Credit – 'C' grade
  • O-Level: Minimum Credit – 'C' grade
  • UEC: Minimum Credit – 'B6' grade
  • STPM: Minimum Pass – 'C' grade
  • 'A' Levels: Minimum Pass – 'E' grade
  • SAM/CPU: Minimum Pass – 50% (Diploma)
Year 1: RM 21,690
Year 2: RM 22,000
Year 3: RM 2,000

Total: RM 45,690

  •  ICT  - RM 200
  • Library  - RM 200
  • Student Activities - RM 200
  •  Resource RM  300 

 (Minimum 7 semesters for Diploma)

 1. 2 lab fees of RM200 each (Year 1) 
Year 1 
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Building Construction & Science
  • Intro to Design principles
  • Architecture Drawing I
  • Introduction to Structure
  • English Communication
  • Architecture Design Studio I
  • Architecture Drawing II
  • Building Construction & Materials
  • Architecture History I
  • Architectural Digital Media I (MPU-U2)
  • Introduction to Writing & Research
  • Architectural Digital Media II

Year 2 
  • Furniture Workshop Elective 3
  • Community Architecture (MPU-U4)
  • Architecture Design Studio II
  • Architecture Drawing III
  • Building Construction I
  • Architecture History II
  • Services
  • Architecture design Studio III
  • Building Construction II
  • Professional Practice (MPU-U3)
  • Structure
  • Working Drawing

Year 3
  • Industry Experience

Choose a maximum of 2 courses (4 credits) to graduate.
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2

General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
– For Malaysian students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
– For foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.
Disclaimer: Course Information details may change from time to time. Please check with respective institutions to get updated information.
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