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Bachelors in Architecture

Our Bachelors in Architecture programme is a one-of-its-kind undergraduate degree programme in the field of architectural education in India.

Module System of Teaching

Instead of a conventional system of teaching where all the subjects run parallel throughout the semester, we follow a module-based teaching system wherein the subjects similar to each other are categorised as one module and other similar ones as another module. Only one module is functional at a time and runs for its stipulated window of days until it is finished and then the next module begins. The design module comes in the end as the most important part of the learning and thus all the preceding modules are designed in a way that they lead to a better outcome in the design module.

At IDEA, our pedagogy is poised between the intellectual, conceptual processes as well as the tacit methods that embody unconscious activities informing the design. Our syllabus for the design studios in ten semesters is premised on a balanced development of the skills of hand-eye-andmind to empower students to think and perform like a professional architect. Other modules like Skill, Design Processes, Technical, and Theory modules are designed in concert with the Design module to further augment it.

The FIVE modules are as follows:

  • Skill
  • Design Process
  • Technical
  • Theory
  • Design Studio

The five year Bachelors in Architecture programme is divided into two phases. During the first three years, students are encouraged to discover forms, materials and society; and in the last two they synthesise their learning for a global scenario—progressing gradually, into a professional.

Acts of Discovery

During the first year, we begin by subjecting students to a major disorienting experience in which they unlearn and start reconditioning their mental frames. They start reconsidering notions of design and instilling professional attitude.

During the first three years, students are encouraged to discover forms, materials and cultural ethos. Thus in the first year they primarily explore forms through modules like Architectural Studio, Design Principles and Processes, Humanities, etc. While through Skill modules, they acquire and hone their skills for drawing and model-making, Theory-based modules enhance their mind-eye coordination and refine aesthetic sense. The first year studios initiate students into observing their environs, and observe how people use them for daily activities. They interact with them, sketch, and make three dimensional models individually as well as in a group. Students explore materials and forms by articulating them for light and shadows, human movement, and site contexts to create suitable architectonic experiences. In parallel modules (design principles & practices, humanities) they will study modern art movements and artists (Constructivism, Mondrian, Purism, etc.), media (collage, montage, etc.) and theoretical constructs (chiaroscuro, transparency, etc.).

Acts of Synthesis

The second phase of academic plan aims to help students to synthesise and integrate what they learnt in the school in three years with the current developments and attitudes in the profession. With the completion of this phase students develop not only the analytical ability to explore and understand design issues, they are also ready to synthesise them in a creative manner to address concerns beyond those of the local contexts and prepared to collaborate with other professionals.

Masters in Architecture

IDEA is in talks with prominent national and international institutes to bring a masters programme in architecture and design disciplines.