Study architecture in Dubai: Give an edge to your B.Arch degree
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Architecture in Dubai
:  If someone asks you to picture Dubai in your mind, what is the first image that comes to you? Definitely, that of tall skyscrapers illuminating the city’s skyline. The shiny buildings of Dubai and its architectural splendor have become part of its lore. While the feisty city attracts a large number of tourists every year, what it also offers is huge potential for architects to explore their talent. True, if you are considering a career in architecture, it doesn’t get better than Dubai. “Dubai has amazing projects like the Burj Khalifa, The Palm, and so many other man-made wonders. There are architects from various parts of the world who practice in Dubai, hence, I feel Architecture Program can be best studied in Dubai to understand latest trends in design and construction,” says Mrnalini Rithika, a B.Arch students at Manipal University, Dubai.


Here are a few pointers that could help you understand why you should consider pursuing Architecture in Dubai:

Explore your creativity: Simply said, Dubai is an architect’s delight.  One has only to look around and see the proof for themselves. The city is home to some of the tallest and most fantastic buildings in the contemporary world like the Burj Khalifa and Marina 101 to name a few.  Do you know that the Dubai government had enlisted some of the best architecture firms like Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)? In fact, it was Adrian Smith, one of the most sought after architects of the modern world, who designed the Burj Khalifa.


High packages:  If you are someone who dreams of having a high flying job with a head turning salary, studying architecture in Dubai can turn your dream into reality. According to Payscale, entry level architects in Dubai earn a median salary of AED1,17,349 annually and the best part is that it can go upto AED 2,33,085. And this is just the beginner’s package. As you go up the rung and collect more years of work experience, your salary just keeps getting better. A  senior architect can earn an average salary of AED4,50,000.


Internship opportunity: While universities in Dubai offer students with internship opportunities just like universities across the world, what makes the internships stand out is the accessibility to the best architecture firms in the world and getting to be a part of a city in making. Godwin Austen Johnson and National Engineering Bureau of Dubai are some of the most powerful architecture companies in the Middle East.  With UAE’s increasing focus on the infrastructure sector there is bound to be a lot of opportunities for creative architects. Sample this, in 2016, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) jumped into the top 5 of Nabarro infrastructure index, which rates 25 countries across the world in terms of investment attractiveness. If this isn’t enough reason for you to consider pursuing architecture in Dubai, what is?

Here are the career opportunities that one can explore after studying architecture in Dubai:

  • Design Architect

  • Project Architect

  • Design Manager

  • Architectural Designer

  • Design Director

Architecture in Dubai: What and where to study?

Being a hotspot for architects around the world, the universities in Dubai also offer some of the most popular programmes in architecture, including the most common Bachelor’s degree in architecture. The programme is offered for a period of 5 years. Here are some of the areas covered under a B.Arch degree in Manipal Dubai. The subjects are spread across 10 semesters:

  • Architectural Design

  • Building Construction & Materials

  • Visual Arts & Basic Design

  • Architectural Graphics & Computer Aided Design

  • Project Management

  • Landscape Architecture & Ecology

  • Design Management

  • Interior Designing & Detailing

  • Principles of Urban Design

  • Building Services

Here are the top universities in Dubai offering B.Arch:

Manipal University Dubai: The Dubai campus of Manipal University offers a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. The five-year course covers workshops and international study tours to study regional designs. The course starts by the end of August and applications are open till the end of June. To be eligible to study architecture in Dubai, aspirants need to have at least 50% in their 12th with maths as a compulsory subject. Tuition fee at the university is AED 39,000 per year.

Want to pursue B.Arch in Manipal Dubai? Click here to apply!


Canadian University Dubai: The Canadian University Dubai also offers a B.Arch degree after the completion of a 5-year programme. The programme covers 170 credit hours in total and starts in three semesters -- Fall, Spring and Summer. Aspirants are required to score around 70% with maths as a compulsory subject. Tuition fee at the university is AED 71,225.


American University Dubai: The B.Arch programme in the American University Dubai is covered through a series of seminars, workshops and internship programmes. According to the university, the programme has been designed to meet the standards of the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. Tuition fee at the university is AED 2,750 per credit.


Heriot-Watt Dubai: The Heriot-Watt University in Dubai offers a 4-year undergraduate degree in Architecture covered within 166 credit hours. According to the university, around 50% of the programme is covered in a studio environment, and provides students with analytical and practical skills required to attain the RIBA/ARB Part 1 level-the first step towards formal chartership as an architect. The programme starts in September. Aspirants should score at least 70% or GCE A-Level CCC in high school and can even submit SAT scores (above 1500). Tuition fee at the university is AED 58,000 per year.


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