BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg


Bachelor Study Course in Architecture 

Course of Study

The Bachelor Study Course in Architecture is laid out in 6 semesters. The modularly structured course of study comprises 180 credit points (European Credit Transfer System). The curriculum, organised into fundamental, intermediary, and advanced levels, is subdivided into three core modules as well as a supplemental module and a workshop module.

In the core modules, you will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in architecture. These modules are thematically organised into Design and Urban Planning (M1), Design and Culture (M2), and Technology and Construction (M3). Parallel to these modules, you will practice your skills in small design and construction tasks in workshop modules (M5). In the supplemental module (M4) you will acquire language and soft skills..

During the first year of study (fundamental) the three core modules (M1-M3) focus on structural shells, spaces, and surfaces, which will be examined in terms of formal design, cultural history, and technical construction. 

During the second year of study (intermediary), the modules focus on interior spaces, presentation and technical construction. Each module will be associated with a design project. In the second half of the fourth semester, a three-month practice phase will begin in selected architecture firms in Germany and abroad. As an alternative, you may study abroad at one of our partner universities during the fourth semester.

During the third year of study (advanced), you will concentrate on a project study, which in the fifth semester will involve a more complex design, taking into consideration context and historic buildings as well as landscape and urban planning aspects. A bachelor degree is earned at the end of the sixth semester.


Overview of the module system for bachelor degree in architecture
Course and exam regulations for bachelor degree in architecture

Download module sheets (German language)

1st semester:  › M1-M3   › M4   › M5
2nd semester: › M1-M3   › M4   › M5
3rd semester:  › M1-M3   › M4   › M5
4th semester:  › M1-M3   › M4   › M5
5th semester:  › M1-M3   › M4   › M5
6th semester:  › M1-M3   › M4   › M5

For more information contact architecture course guidance office:
Barbara Ingenweyen, Dipl.-Des./M.A.
Tel. 0355 5818-533 | e-mail


Bachelor's Degree Modules First Year

ModulesSemester 1
Semester 2
M1Structural Shell, Space,  and LightSurface, Verticality and Motion
M2Understanding and  Organising ShapesArchitectural Imaging and Tectonics
M3Massive Load-Bearing  Structures and MaterialSkeleton Construction and  Material,  Verticality and Openings
M4Languages I 

Course Guidance
Languages II 

Course Discussion
M51. Introductory Workshop

2. Drawing Workshop

3. Construction Workshop
1. CAD Workshop

2. Construction Workshop

3. Small Excursion


Overview of the module system for the bachelor degree in architecture
Course and exam regulations for the bachelor degree in architecture


Bachelor's Degree Modules Second Year

ModulesSemester 3
Semester 4
Semester 4
M1Design I – Interiors 
(Space and Use)
Design II - Construction (Construction Plan)

 Urban Spaces and Law
exchange semester
M2Presentation and Communication

Interior Design and Perception
M3Outer Shell and Finish WorkPractice Phase
M4Excursion Preparation 

Erasmus Start-up
Internet and Learning Platforms
M51. Introductory or 
Design Workshop

2. Drawing Workshop 

3. Construction Workshop

Impromptu Design
1. Interior Space Workshop 

2. Design Workshop 

3. International Excursion 

Impromptu Design


Overview of the module system for the bachelor degree in architecture
Course and exam regulations for the bachelor degree in architecture


Bachelor's Degree Modules Third Year

ModulesSemester 5
Semester 6
M1Design III – Context (Historic Buildings and Exteriors)

Urban Planning and Landscape
Bachelor Exam
M2Idea, Image, MaterialisationArchitectural Theory and Discourse
M3Construction Management

Technical Finish Work 

Call for Bids, Allocation, and Invoices 

Construction-Special Topics
Structural Support Construction 

Technical Finish Work 

Conservation and Documentation  of Buildings 

Structural Design
M51. Construction Documentation Workshop

2. Urban Planning Workshop 

3. Design Workshop ABV

Impromptu Design
1. Introduction Workshop Bachelor Exam

2. Design Workshop Bachelor Exam 

Impromptu Design


Overview of the module system for the bachelor degree in architecture
Course and exam regulations for the bachelor degree in architecture


Applying for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor’s degree in architecture begins each winter semester, and applications by students wishing to pursue this course of study must be made on this basis.

Prospective students must fulfil one of the following admission requirements and have completed a practical apprenticeship in order to be admitted to the course. The admission requirements are as follows:

  • Degree in civil engineering from a technical college (proof of a practical  apprenticeship will be waived)
  • Qualification for admission to higher education and extra-curricular vocational  training in a constructional / engineering field (proof of a practical apprenticeship will be waived)
  • Degree from a technical college (in a subject other than civil engineering), or qualification for admission to higher education prospective students must submit proof of the completion of a practical apprenticeship over 8 weeks (of which 4 weeks should take place in a planning office). Proof of the completion must be submitted by the beginning of the 3rd study semester.
  • If university admission has been granted based on an earlier qualification from one of our partner universities, the qualification can replace the pre-study practical  work. This is regulated by cooperation contracts or decided by the examination board of the study course on a case-by-case basis.
  • University admission can also be achieved by students who have completed a Secondary Education Level I (International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED)) and a professional training in an area appropriate for the study of architecture followed by a minimum of two years of professional practice. Proof of examination as a master craftsman in a suitable profession is also recognised for admission to the course.
  • Applicants with university admissions from institutions outside of Germany must provide proof of language proficiency at the time of matriculation. Basic language competency has been determined to be the DSH-1/B2 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Language Proficiency Examination for Entrance to German Higher Education Institutions)) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Applicants with a B1 language qualification can be admitted with the condition that they must provide evidence of having passed the language exam DSH-1/B2 by the beginning of the third semester. A language exam at the university is not required if applicants from partner universities who come to the university on the basis of a cooperation contract or through an exchange programme have already undergone such an exam at their home universities.

Relevant training and professional activities may be credited as part of the practical placement. Applications for credits of this nature should be submitted with the application documents. The activities required within the context of the work placement in civil engineering are as follows: masonry construction, concrete and reinforced concrete construction, timber engineering, construction, joinery, carpentry, roof plumbing. The work placement in a planning office may also be completed in an architect’s office or engineering company. Additionally, professionally qualified applicants who lack the school qualification for admission to higher education may be admitted to the course after passing an aptitude test.

For further information, please contact the architecture study guidance office:
Barbara Ingenweyen, Dipl.-Des./M.A.
Tel. 0355 – 5818-533 | e-mail