Architecture Studies

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The intent of the programme is two-fold: to reduce the length of time graduands would need to attain a professional degree in architecture and to equip graduands with the necessary skills to practice efficiently at the entry-level of an architecture office.


Why Study Architectural Studies at Barbados Community College? 


This programme introduces students to the field of Architecture allowing them to discover the richness of the built environment and hone their skills for their future contribution to tomorrow’s spatial environments. 


With the objective of being the best Associate Degree in Architectural Studies in the world, we challenge:


  1. Our students to pursue and  achieve excellence 
  2. Ourselves to maintain a high quality delivery. 


Our graduand track record has proven a smooth transitioning, whether it may be to further academic studying or practicing in the workplace. 


We offer a strong supportive environment, where our staff are friendly and approachable, helping you to get the most out of your studies.


Admission Requirements


The minimum requirements for entry into the College are:


  • Four (4) passes at CSEC General Proficiency Level with Grade 1, 2, or 3 (from June 1998 only) OR
  • Four (4) passes at GCE Ordinary Level with Grades A, B or C OR
  • Any qualification considered by the College to be equivalent to the abovementioned. 


NB: Mathematics and English are compulsory. The other two subjects may be a combination of any of the following: Visual Art, Technical Drawing or a Technical subject and Geography. Applicants are also required to submit a portfolio that best displays their creativity.


Mature Applicants

Persons 25 years or older who do not satisfy the above academic requirements may be admitted to the College as mature students. Such persons may be required to attend an interview to determine their eligibility for admission.


Architecture Portfolio


Persons applying for admission to this programme are required to submit a portfolio on 12 July 2019.


The portfolio should consist of the following:


  • A written submission- an 800 word essay entitled, "My idea of architecture is… and I want to study architecture because…." 
  • A graphic submission- A drawing of a chair or chairs, a drawing of a bicycle or bicycles and, a drawing of a bag or a group of bags.


The portfolio should also contain five examples of artistic and design work.  Your examples could be any of the following areas:


Freehand sketches/drawings

Life drawing


Models/3D work



Sketch studies

Graphic design

Orthographic drawings

Precedent studies/research projects (artists/architects)


ALL submissions must be no larger than 11” X 17” size paper.


If a group collaborated on any of the samples included in the portfolio, please clearly indicate what you were instrumental in contributing.


The Architectural Studies selection committee strongly discourages the inclusion of technical/mechanical construction documents in the portfolio.  It is very important that the portfolio contains work illustrating your creativity rather than only your technical ability. We are looking for observation skills, criticality, invention and representation. 


Any queries concerning this correspondence please contact Ms Marisha Browne at




There are several paths that one may follow to be able to practice as a Registered Architect. Indeed the requirement will be country specific, hence, one should research the necessary steps involved to ensure that one meets the requisite standards. Below are three of the more common routes to be observed for Registration in Barbados.


Route One

4 year BA/BSc. in Architecture + 2 year Masters in Architecture + 3 year Internship + Examination before the Registration Board.


Route Two

5 year Bachelor of Architecture (which is a full Professional Degree) + 3 year Internship + Examination before the Registration Board.


Route Three

3 year BSc. in Architecture + 1 year Internship & Exam 1 + 2 year Diploma in Architecture & Exam 2 + 1 year Internship & Exam 3. (This route is the British system).

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