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Diploma in Architecture
School of Architecture & the Built Environment (ABE)

Are you passionate about architecture? Have you found yourself stopping to admire and guess how skyscrapers, museums and bungalows were designed? Do you have a dream of impacting the way people live, breathe and interact with the spaces they fill? If you do, then unlock your talent here at DARCH, Singapore’s first (and only) full-fledged architecture diploma.

At DARCH, we believe that anyone and everyone can be trained in architecture. Anyone who enters the course will be equipped with essential skill sets to one day fully realize your ambition of contributing to the architectural and design industries. The unique pedagogy in place will aid in your holistic development into an adaptable, open-minded and motivated individual as well as a team player.

From laying your design foundations in the first year, to strengthening your analytical and conceptual thought processes by the third year, DARCH is a design-cum-technical program that adopts a unique project-based learning approach, to develop you into an investigative design innovator equipped with knowledge of the latest building technologies.

  • Study in an exploratory environment that values critical and creative thinking in hands-on studios.
  • Be equipped in the fundamentals of architectural design processes and practices through project work and out-of-classroom learning sessions.
  • Participate in overseas study trips and real-life projects with MNCs and government agencies through archiLAB, our student-centric agency.

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-D
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 7

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6


To be eligible for admission, you must also have sat for one of the following subjects:

  • Art / Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Higher Art
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

The Diploma in Architecture is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Architectural Design Studio I
  • History & Theory of Architecture I
  • Materials & Architectural Technology I
  • Environmental Science I
  • Computer-Aided Design & Presentation I
  • Vertical Studio Elective I
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2

Second Year

  • Architectural Design Studio II
  • History & Theory of Architecture II
  • Materials & Architectural Technology II
  • Environmental Science II
  • Architectural Visual Communication II
  • Vertical Studio Elective II
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3

Third Year

  • Internship Programme (12 weeks)
  • Architectural Design Studio III
  • History & Theory of Architecture III
  • Materials & Architectural Technology III
  • Environmental Science III
  • Architectural Practice
  • Vertical Studio Elective III

Vertical Studio Electives:

  • A 2 week workshop based programme that is offered to all years

Career Options

You could be:

  • An architectural assistant to render support in design development, documentation and presentation,
  • An architectural technologist to assist in technical aspects supporting micro design and detailing,
  • A sales executive or coordinator in companies involved in building materials/ finishes or architectural products
  • An architectural co-ordinator on building sites
  • A designer in graphics and other creative services
  • A designer in a computer graphics firm supporting architectural services

Further Studies

Our graduates have gained direct entry into the second or third year of degree courses in architecture in both local and overseas universities.A number of our outstanding graduates have also been awarded scholarships locally as well as overseas.