• Award:Associate Degree
  • Study Mode:Full-Time
  • Duration:2 Years


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

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.

Persons applying for admission to this programme are required to complete a Portfolio to the Student Affairs Office, Barbados Community College. The portfolio should consist of the following projects:

  • Written submission - an 800 word essay enti-tled, "My idea of architecture is… and I want to study architecture because..."
  • Graphic submission - A drawing of a chair or chairs, a collection of organic material (eg leaves, bark) and, a drawing of a bag or a group of bags.
  • Five examples of artistic and design work. Your examples could be any of the following areas:
  • Freehand sketches/drawings life drawing
  • Photography models/3D work
  • Paintings collages/montages
  • Sketch studies graphic design
  • Orthographic drawings precedent stud-ies/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 Mr. Samuel Bowen at samuel.bowen@bcc.edu.bb or Marisha Browne at marisha.browne@bcc.edu.bb.

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.


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).

Programme Structure

Year 1
Semester 1Code
Architectural Design 1 ARCH113
Environmental Psychology ARCH152
2-D Communications ARCH133
Architectural Drafting I ARCH143
Construction & Materials I ARCH193
Mathematics 1 MATH153
Semester 2Code
Architectural Design 2 ARCH114
3-D Communications ARCH134
Architectural Drafting II ARCH144
Construction & Materials II ARCH194
Origins Of Architecture ARCH223
Calculus 1 MATH152
Mathematics 2 MATH163
Year 2
Semester 1Code
Architectural Design 3 ARCH213
Computer Design Communications ARCH233
Conceptual Structures 1 ARCH273
Building Services ARCH282
English & Communication CORE100
Practical Maths CORE103
Semester 2Code
Architectural Design 4 Project ARCH214
Caribbean Architecture ARCH224
Conceptual Structures II ARCH274
Sustainable Architecture ARCH263
Ethics & Citizenship CORE101
Caribbean Politics & Society CORE102

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Practical Maths


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Mathematics 1


This course places emphasis on the principles of algebra and trigonometry as they relate to the solution of engineering problems. It also introduces students to the theory and application of complex numbers. This is an introductory course that lays the foundation for other courses such as calculus and finite mathematics.

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Calculus 1


This course is designed to develop students’ appreciation for the powerful tool of calculus. The first unit introduces concepts which are fundamental to calculus as well as classes of problems whose solutions only attain ultimate accuracy with the introduction of the techniques of calculus. The student is introduced to the concepts of differential and integral calculus and given an appreciation for their importance in mathematical modeling.

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Mathematics 2


This course is designed to further enhance students’ ability to use mathematics in the solution of engineering problems. Topics include geometry and mensuration, algebra, including the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequations. Students will also be introduced to the binomial expansion and its applications. The concepts of matrices and determinants are applied in the solution of simultaneous equations in 2 or 3 unknowns.

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Architectural Design 1


This course serves as an introduction to the study of architectural principles and processes of design. As the first course in the Design series, students will explore architectural design by visually interpreting and manipulating form, spaces, order and events. The development of various design ideas will be achieved through research and hands-on investigations of scaled constructed models and orthographic drawings. Documentation of these processes will be compiled in sketchbook and a portfolio.

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Environmental Psychology


This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to exploring people in a physical context, bringing together elements of environmental psychology and the design principles of architecture to cover a broad range of the social and behavioral aspects of the built environment. It provides a comprehensive study of the way the physical environment contributes both positively and negatively to the mental, physical and environmental well- being of occupants. It contains useful information which can guide the design of buildings such as houses, offices and schools, as well as communities, cities and towns to better meet the needs of their occupants and user groups. At the end of the course, students should be able to create environmentally friendly buildings using environmental psychology and social principles.

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2-D Communications


This course introduces students to 2-Dimensional communications as essential to the discipline of Architectural visualization. It covers the principles and elements of art, drawing and graphics. Students will ‘interface’ with exemplars in Architecture in order to gain understanding and skills in the areas covered. At the end of the course, students should be able to translate a concept or idea in Architecture and express it artistically.

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Architectural Drafting I


This course is designed to introduce students to drafting building elements and the fundamental concepts of architectural drafting and design. The goal of this course is for the student to develop and demonstrate the fundamental drafting skills required for the building process. Students will manually produce sketches, technical and freehand drawings. Students should gain an appreciation of architectural presentations. The skills developed in this course will be a strong base for further studies in design media.

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Construction & Materials I


This is the first of two courses that encompasses the process of building construction, elements of buildings and the properties of materials used in construction. The course will examine the influence that climate, geographical situation, geological formation, and disposition of natural materials will have upon the form of a building. It will also cover the construction process from foundations, through to floors, walls, and plastering. The properties of materials encountered at these stages will also be discussed and reference will be made to relevant Building Regulations and Codes of Practice.

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Architectural Design 2


This second course in the design series focuses on design as a means of solving simple architectural problems at a small scale. Integration of simple building elements applied to selected building sites will be the focus. Students will learn to assess the influence of climate, topography and environmental issues. Topics are dealt with from a global perspective, with Caribbean contexts given an in-depth treatment.

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3-D Communications


This second course in the visual communication series, introduces the principles of 3D design and guides students in the making of physical and computer-generated models. The course explores materials and techniques that are used in making models. Students are provided with tools to transform 2D Architectural drawings into 3D form and understand its relationship, when expressing architectural ideas.

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Architectural Drafting II


This course is a continuation from the Architectural Drafting I and focuses on the drafting of building elements allowing students to develop further drafting techniques and skills in the area of construction documentation. It also focuses on preparing a rudimentary set of working drawings from measuring an existing building using AutoCAD. Students will be working in teams in a collaborative effort to acquire a sound understanding of basic architectural drafting skills.

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Construction & Materials II


This is the second of two courses that encompasses the process of building construction, elements of buildings and the properties of materials used. The topics covered in this course include stairs, roofs and finishing work. The properties of materials examined will also be treated and reference will be made to relevant Building Regulations and Codes of Practice. Students will be exposed to the components and details guiding various components to complete a building.

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Origins Of Architecture


This course explores the wide context of the main chronologies and major themes of world architectural history. It provides the student with the basic vocabulary of the built environment as it examines the manifestations and relevance of architecture in the past. The course focuses on origins of architecture as it relates to influences in past civilizations that continue to impact on customs and architecture today. At the end of this course, students should have developed an awareness of self as an architectural practitioner and their potential contribution to the field. This course serves as a foundation for ARCH 222, Development of Caribbean Architecture.

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Architectural Design 3


The third course in the Architectural Design series continues the exploration of key elements of architectural design. Bubble diagrams, space analysis and planning, elevations and massing are explored in order to complete the integrated design process. Students shall be challenged to develop designs which will integrate all the elements previously explored in year 1 design courses with more complexity. It will also draw on other courses (Construction and Materials, Structures and Environmental Psychology) taught in the Architecture Programme.

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Computer Design Communications


This third course in the communication series, introduces the student to concepts, methods and technology of computer aided and generated art. The course explores methods and techniques that are used in digital communication for architectural practices. Students are taught how to use applicable software to the architectural industry to graphically manipulate media to express architectural ideas.

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Conceptual Structures 1


Conceptual Structures I will provide an understanding of structural concepts. Students are introduced to the structural requirements of form and function, structural properties of materials, philosophies of structural design and rules of thumb in sizing structural members. This first course covers forces, bending moments, stress and strain, the elastic and plastic range of materials and primary and secondary loads. It also examines framed structures, arches, two and three-dimensional trusses and the parallelogram, triangle and polygon of forces and Bow’s notation. Students should appreciate how structure may be integrated into the architectural design rather than be applied afterwards.

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Building Services


This course introduces the students to mechanical and electrical equipment used in buildings. It studies the application and accommodation of these items, the affect upon the layout, building process and the final design of a construction project. Students will be exposed to topics such as plumbing and drainage, electrical services, illumination, ventilation, mechanical circulation, fire safety and security. At the end of the course, students should have developed the knowledge and skills to integrate these services into a building’s design.

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Architectural Design 4 Project


This final course in the design series culminates with a Comprehensive Design Project which seeks to integrate elements previously explored in Architectural Design courses and leads to a summative design solution. Students shall be challenged to develop designs which integrate all the elements previously explored with a more complex programme incorporating: Sustainable features; Conceptual Structural Design; Visual Communications and Construction Technology and Materials.

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Caribbean Architecture


This course covers the historical development of “Caribbean Architecture” tracing the different cultural, colonial, climatic and architectural factors that have given rise to the architectural environment past and present of the Caribbean region. Topics explored include dwellings typical of the colonial period, the chattel house, large and medium size dwellings, and public and institutional buildings. Students will gain an understanding of the development of Architecture in the Caribbean, the factors that influenced its development and the new trends influencing the direction of Caribbean Architecture.

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Conceptual Structures II


Conceptual Structures II builds upon the knowledge and competencies gained in Conceptual Structures I. Conceptual Structures I and II courses give student the opportunity to appreciate how structure is an important ingredient that should be integrated into the architectural design during the design process. Conceptual Structures II explores the theory of structure as it relates to simple beams and columns. The course analyses the cause of beam failure, loading methods, laws of bending and introduces simple shear force, bending moments and defection diagrams. Column properties and causes of failure are treated in an examination of slenderness ratio, stress and strain, effective length and radius of gyration. For the final evaluation of the Conceptual Structures segment of the Architectural Programme, students will integrate into the programme’s Comprehensive Design Project a component of structure. This will be evaluated against the main criteria of appropriateness of material, stability, form and size.

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Sustainable Architecture


This course introduces students to the six sustainable components for integration in the design process and overall living. The major themes of climate, energy, behavioural change and sustainable values will lay the foundation for the sustainable components. The course focuses on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. At the end of this course, students should have developed an awareness of the impact and consequences of our lifestyle and the variables of incorporating sustainable strategies to building design.

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