The art and science of designing and constructing structures that ranges from houses to skyscrapers is known as architecture. The work of an architect usually revolves around buildings. It is a field that focuses on the aesthetic and cultural importance of buildings.
BArch, short form of Bachelor of Architecture is an undergraduate course that provides an individual with knowledge and expertise enough to be an architect. Any individual who has an artistic approach to the world and has a keen interest in engineering can go for this degree.
Bachelor in Architecture (BArch) primarily focuses on comprehensive knowledge about the creative and technical aspects of buildings. The course emphasizes the architectural history, the science of buildings and the safety aspects of the structures.
Bachelor in Architecture is one of the most important engineering courses. Designing and building the structures are two different things. It is the architect's job to help build a structure so aesthetically pleasing and astounding in form that it is remembered for centuries.
However, it doesn't mean that the architect should construct such structures that should be remembered for ages. They are also responsible for building houses, residences and factories that can shape society. It wouldn't be exaggerating to assume that it is architects who make our home a perfect place to live in.
BArch course offers various important features to its students such as:
The architectural history of Nepal dates back centuries. The temples and stupas of different styles are still to be found which were made hundreds of years ago. This proves the architectural importance in our country.
However, the Bachelor in Architecture (BArch) course was introduced way later in Nepal. The Institute of Engineering (IOE) of Tribhuvan University (TU) started teaching Certificate level of Architecture from 1995 AD.
Since then the course is being taught in multiple colleges both government and private by other universities as well. Currently, there are a total of 4 universities in Nepal that actively teaches BArch. They are:
The Bachelor in Architecture is an undergraduate semester-wise course. The total duration of the BArch is 5 years with 10 semesters. The number of seats available for the course is low if compared to BE civil.
The duration to study BArch courses in all the universities is the same. The table below provides the information on duration, no. of colleges offering the degree and the no. of seats available in respective university. The credit hours are also mentioned below.
The pie chart below showcases the number of colleges providing the BArch course shown in Nepal. The maximum number of colleges that provided the degree is affiliated to TU and the minimum is that of KU.
The primary objective of BArch course is to provide its students with the comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in the field of architecture. It focuses on creating capable architects who can contribute to the engineering field and to society.
The detailed objectives of the BArch course are as follows:
Skyscrapers, Stadiums, Factories and other various structures are still being built. There is a high demand to work on these projects for the architects across the world and are well paid and respected. BArch course graduates are capable enough to work on these kinds of projects.
They can also contribute to society on the local level. They can design the residences warm and comfortable for anyone to make a better place to live inside home or a house.
BArch is a course with huge job prospects. Graduates can choose from multiple sectors. Let us look at some of them:
The eligibility criteria for studying BArch course in Nepal depends upon the educational qualification one has, the marks they obtained and on entrance examination. Every applicant must meet the following criteria to be eligible to study the BArch.
Note: This is the base criteria required to study the BArch course. It might differ depending upon the university. The factors like grade and passed percentage might differ depending upon institutions.
Those who are interested in studying the BArch course should first pass the entrance examination conducted by the university with the threshold score. They can get the entrance form from the respective administration of the college or university. If the form is available online, students are advised to opt for this.
Applicants who are appearing for the entrance examination should keep following things in their mind:
If the applicants are accepted into their chosen college, the following documents might be required:
The fee structure for BArch courses is considerably on the higher end as compared to other engineering degrees. There are several factors which determine the cost. The price for studying BArch courses depends upon universities. The fee structure of one university might be lower than others. But, the range of the fee structure is similar.
The fee structure also depends upon the type of institution one is studying in. The cost is somewhat on the cheaper side in government funded colleges. While, studying the course in private college can be expensive.
Approximate Fee Structure in NPR
The range of the fee structure provided is an approximate value. Students are advised to visit the preferred college and get the detailed fee structure from the concerned administration. By doing so, they can also inquire about the scholarship and discounts available.
Almost all of Nepal's universities provide BArch scholarships. However, not everyone might be qualified for it. Several criteria must be met for any student to receive a free education,
The scholarships provided are usually of two types: Full Scholarship and Partial Scholarship. If the students are awarded with full scholarship, their entire tuition fee is waived. However a certain amount of the tuition fee is reduced if they are awarded with the partial scholarship.
Students can get information regarding scholarship. They will be provided for the scholarship if they are eligible with it.