About Diploma in Architecture

Architecture comprises all design activity, from the macro level to the micro level. Architecture is the art and science of designing and erecting buildings. Architecture defines the structure or behavior of a building or any other kind of system that is to be or has been to be constructed. Architecture includes the process and product of planning, designing and construction form, the space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social and aesthetic inclusions. It requires the creative manipulation and co-ordination of material, technology, light and shadow.

Architectural engineering diploma is an architecture and related certificate level course in the field of architectural engineering. After completing their 10th course, the course can be followed by applicants. The training lasts three years with a six-month examination system.
Architecture Engineering Diploma is an entry-level domain certification. Students have the basic knowledge and skills to deal with the topic. By going to B. Arch and M. Arch in the long run, students can enhance their knowledge and skills in the respective fields. The course is aimed mainly at providing students with practical skills and theoretical understanding of the subject, in order to give them a comprehensive holistic view of the subject.
Students graduate in Architecture Engineering can search for a number of career options. He can choose a career in the fields of building design, architect's assistant, layout design, teaching, etc. Nevertheless, most students prefer to study in the discipline before they enter the job market (B.Arch lateral entry).
The course equips students, in order to contribute substantially to society and enjoy rewarding careers, with broad technical know-how, design skills, professionalism and communication skills.

Diploma in Architecture Highlights

Course Duration

24 Months

(20 Months course and 4 months Project)



Delivery Mode

Classroom Training

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Students interested in construction
Civil Engineering Students
Specialisation for Civil Engineers and Architectural Engineers
Housewife who want to become free lancers in Interiors
Professionals who have completed Interior designing


Objective : The course will enable the learning in progression , starting from simple building elements, components, materials and construction techniques to develop strong sense of visualization.

  • Unit I:
  • alt text Introduction:
    General introduction of various components of building and material from foundation to roof. Study of types of soils and its load bearing capacity
  • Unit II:
  • alt text Bricks and Clay products: Brief study on manufacturing process of bricks- its properties –suitability- types of bricks – decorative brick work and jail work.
  • Unit III:
  • alt text Mud as a building material – soil stabilization – use for walling and terracing.
  • Unit IV:
  • alt text Drawings of different types Brick bonds, end junctions, attached and detached piers, jointing and pointing. Brick foundations for wall and piers. Cavity walls & rat trap bond. DPC and its uses. Plinth filling details. Types of arches in bricks
  • Unit V:
  • alt text Stone: Classification of rocks- Building stones – their uses – physical properties – brief study of tests for Stone- deterioration – preservation of stone – various stone finishes – cutting and polishing of granites.
  • Unit VI:
  • alt text Drawings of types of masonry – random rubble/Ashlar, etc. - cavity walls- flooring – copings, sills, lintels, corbels, Stone foundation for wall and piers. Types of arches in stones

Objective : The objective of this course is to understand the graphic fundamentals of Architectural drawing.

  • Unit I:
  • alt text Introduction to drafting procedure, lines, lettering, Dimensioning, graphic codes and symbols
  • Unit II:
  • alt text Construction of Architectural scales ( plain scales, diagonal scale, isometric scale). Reduction and enlargement of drawings on different scales.
  • Unit III:
  • alt text Construction of basic and complex geometrical shapes and curves.


  • Unit IV:
  • alt text Principles and projection methods of orthographic projection (third angle projection).Orthographic projection of simple, complex solids and hollow object.
  • Unit V:
  • alt text Projection of straight lines, planes, solids, sections of solids and development of surfaces.
  • Unit VI:
  • alt text Introduction to Architectural plans, Elevations and Sections.

Objective : Art and culture has supplemented architecture in the form of sculptures, paintings, murals art forms and designs. This course will enable the students to have a broad understanding of relationship between art , culture and architecture through various stages of history.

  • Unit I:
  • alt text Introduction to the course – Old Stone Age – the agricultural revolution – The New stone age- Development of shelter.
  • Unit II:
  • alt text River valley civilization and cultures – Indus, Tigris, Euphrates and Nile, its impact, Cultural and religious impact on Egyptian Architecture.
  • Unit III:
  • alt text Comprehensive survey of Indian and Western sculptures of different periods, thematic study of cultural influence.


  • Unit IV:
  • alt text Cave painting - Frescos and Murals of Ajanta, Bagh, Badami, Ellora, Hampi, etc; Mythological influence; Techniques and characteristics.
  • Unit V:
  • alt text Miniature painting – Indian and Islamic miniature paintings; Influence of changing period; Artist, subjects and techniques
  • Unit VI:
  • alt text Impressionism/Expressionism/Cubism/Futurism/ Abstract Art. Famous works of contemporary artist, sculptors and muralist of India and abroad.
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics.

Objective : The prime objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts of computer systems; hardware and software and to develop basic skills in programming, Application of Information Technology tools and technical in Architecture.

  • Unit I: Introduction to computer
  • alt text Technology of small computer system
  • alt text Computer terminology operation principles of P.C.
  • alt text Introduction to application software, and graphic system, and use of printers
  • alt text scanner, plotter, File ‘management, etc.
  • alt text Introduction to windows and its applications.
  • alt text Introduction to Microsoft, Office, word, excel.
  • alt text Introduction to Internet, using e-mail.
  • Unit II: Introduction to computer aided 2D drafting
  • alt text Understanding the use of drawing tools
  • alt text Object editing, drawing objects, filling and setting drawing units
  • alt text scales, limits that size and dimensioning, texting.
  • alt text Setting up of drawings of various simple architectural objects with complete text and dimensioning


  • Unit III: Advance computer aided 2D Drafting
  • alt text Advance command programming – transparent overlays hatching utilities
  • alt text Assigned colour and line type
  • alt text Use of multiline, style, block, symbol Library manipulation for accurate drawings
  • alt text Incorporating the above said utilities.
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics

Objective : To develop skills in effective communication – both written and verbal. Understanding the differences among seminars. Conferences, convention, congress, debates, extempore speeches, panel discussions etc., Verbal presentations on architectural topics

  • Unit I: Language and communication
  • alt text Spoken English and grammar
  • alt text Technical composition (e.g., reports, papers essays) writing
  • Unit II: Public Speaking
  • alt text Making sequences and framework for presentation
  • alt text Importance of posture, gesture, pronunciation, tone etc. on presentation quality
  • Unit III: Architectural communications
  • alt text Presenting simple, complex
  • alt text Architectural concepts and proposal with the help of text
  • alt text Drawings, transparencies, slides, video, photographs, models etc.


  • Unit IV: Computer aided presentation
  • alt text Preparing simple and interactive slide shows and presentations using computer software Article review
  • alt text Presentations and seminars
  • Unit V: Individual and group work on selected theme
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics
  • Sessional work
  • alt text Assignments, reports and seminars on the above topics.

Objective : The objective of the course is to provide an overview of the profession of Architecture and to develop a comprehensive understanding of Design fundamentals.

  • Introduction to Architecture
  • A brief summary of Architecture – its various definitions, aspects/dimensions, approaches through different ages and factors affecting architecture of a region.
  • alt text Introduction to elements of Design like point, line, plane, solid and void etc. with respect to their expression quality.
  • alt text Introduction and Importance of Design principles like Balance, Harmony, Rhythm, Contrast, Symmetry, Scale, Proportions etc. leading to unity in design.
  • alt text Creation of two and three- dimensional composition of abstract and architectural nature.
  • alt text Introduction to external and internal form concept, their quality, concept of space, relation of space and volume
  • alt text Relationship between basic design and Architectural Design, comprehensive understanding of space, form, order and design.
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics. Viva Voce by external examiner at the end of Semester.
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  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the topics given in subject 1SA1 Building Materials & Construction-I. Viva Voce by external examiner at the end of Semester.
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the topics given in subject 1SA2 Architectural Graphics-I. Viva Voce by external examiner at the end of Semester.

Objective : To introduce the develop an understanding of principles of design in abstract and to introduce the student to visual arts.

  • Unit I: Introduction
  • alt text The definition of art – the needs and meanings of the work of art
  • alt text Technical language of the art
  • alt text Technique of lookinan appreciation of art form
  • Unit II: The Techniques of Arts
  • alt text Drawing – architecture – sculpture – paintings – printing minor arts glassware, stain glass, lithographic prints, etc.)
  • alt text Industrual art ( Art Nouveau, Bauhaus )


  • Unit III: Composition – Basic Design
  • alt text Chaos to order scale, proportion, proximity, surface tension
  • alt text balance and rhythm co-ordination skills (eye-mind-hand/ perceptual) drawing and painting:
    • - drawing with both the hand-lines and geometrical shapes
    • - plants and man made objects
  • alt text Creative skills Media exploration
  • alt text ideograms and art lettering.


  • Unit IV: Computer aided presentation
  • alt text Basic Design – harmony character
  • alt text negative and positive space
  • alt text form – space inter relation, juxtaposition, and a contrast
  • alt text Co-ordination skills: (Eye-mind-hand/perpetual) drawing and painting: indoor and outdoor sketching, life drawing (Rapid sketching of man in action/motion) creative skills: Sculpture or optics or kinetics.
  • Sessional work
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics. Viva Voce by external examiner at the end of Semester.

Objective : The course will enable the learning in progression, starting from simple building elements, components, materials and construction techniques to develop strong sense of visualization.

  • Unit I: Timber and allied products
  • alt text Timber – Physical properties and uses – Defects
  • alt text Conversion, Seasoning
  • alt text decay and preservations of timber
  • Unit II:
  • alt text Fire retardant treatment, anti-termite treatment
  • alt text Industrial timbers – plywood, blockboard, particle borad, fibre boards
  • alt text Manufacture and uses – current developments.
  • Unit III: Timber doors and windows
  • alt text Drawings of timber joinery for windows, doors, ventilators
  • alt text Types of timber doors such as ledged, braced and battened, panel, glazed, flush doors


  • Unit IV:
  • alt text Types of windows such as Fixed, side and top hung, pivoted, louvered, ventilators and fanlights
  • Unit V:
  • alt text Timber partitions, paneling, wall paneling
  • alt text Timber staircases – Designed staircase
  • Unit VI:
  • alt text Timber trusses – lean to – close couple
  • alt text Kingpost – Queenpost – Trusses

Objective : The objective of this course is to understand the isometric view, perspective view and Sciography

  • Unit I: Measure drawings
  • alt text Measured drawing of simple objects (like furniture, entrance gates, etc)
  • alt text building components (like columns, cornice, door, window, etc.)
  • Unit II:
  • alt text Introduction to architectural presentations techniques
  • alt text isometric and oblique three dimensional views
  • alt text conical projections, perspectives
  • alt text one point and two point.
  • Unit III: Perspective
  • alt text Introduction to basic terms
  • alt text principles, types and techniques of perspective drawing: realistic expression of ideas.


  • Unit IV:
  • alt text Two point perspective of simple objects. (drafted and free hand) presentation of interior
  • alt text exterior views in one point perspective. (drafted and free hand).
  • Unit V: Sciography
  • alt text Introduction of basic principles of sciography and it’s application to the field of architecture
  • alt text Sciography of two dimensional objects in plan and elevation
  • Unit VI:
  • alt text Sciography of three dimensional objects in plan and elevation and views. (isometric, Axonometric and Perspective)
  • alt text Sciography of simple building elements.

Objective : History of Architecture exposes the student to evolution of different architectural solutions through historical periods to understand the building materials, construction techniques, planning and designing features.

  • Unit I: Ancient India
  • alt text Indus Valley Civilization – culture and pattern of settlement
  • alt text Impact of Aryan culture – Vedic village and the rudimentary forms of bamboo and wood
  • alt text Wooden construction under the Mauryan rule.
  • Unit III: Hindu Architecture
  • alt text Evolution of Hindu Temple – Early shrines of the Gupta
  • alt text chalukyan periods – Tigawa Temple, Ladh Khan and Durga Temple
  • alt text Aihold, Papanatha and Virupaksha Temples, Pattadakal


  • Unit IV: Dravidian Architecture
  • alt text Dravidian culture – Rock cut productions under Pallavas – Shore Temple, Mahaballipuram – Dravidian Order – Brihadeeswara Temple
  • alt text Tanjore – Evolution and form of Gopuram – Complexity in temple plan due to complexity in Ritual – Minakshi Temple, Madurai
  • Unit V: Indo Aryan style
  • alt text Salient features of an Indo Aryan Temple
  • alt text Lingaraja Temple, Bhuvaneswar – Sun temple, Konarak, Kunds and Vavs – Sabali Kund Vav – Adalaj – surya kund, Modhera
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics.

Objective : This course deals with the theory of architectural design as should be understood for professional practice. The principles covered are those pertaining primarily to visual and aesthetic aspects of architecture. Comparisons with nature and other forms of visual art are intended to be understood through study of examples.

  • Unit I: Introduction to Architecture
  • alt text Definition of architecture
  • alt text Elements of architecture backed by need and followed by fulfillment of need.
  • Unit II: Scope of Architectural Design
  • alt text Architectural design – An analysis
  • alt text Integration of aesthetic and function
  • Unit III: Architectural space and Mass
  • alt text Mass and Space, Visual and Emotional effects of geometric froms and their derivatives – the sphere
  • alt text The cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and cone


  • Unit IV: Aesthetic components of Design
  • alt text Proportion, scale, balance, rhythm, symmetry, hierarchy, pattern and axis with building examples.
  • Unit V: Application of colour in architecture
  • alt text Effect of colour in architecture – colour symbolism.
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics.

Objective : The course covers the simple types of structural elements followed by determination of forces and stresses in the elements.

  • Unit I:
  • alt text Concurrent and non-concurrent coplanar forces
  • alt text Moment, conditions of equilibrium
  • Unit II:
  • alt text Statically determinant plane frames
  • alt text Determination of forces in members of pin-jointed frames by analytical and graphical methods
  • alt text Wind forces on frames
  • Unit III:
  • alt text Stress, strain, hook’s law, laternal strain
  • alt text Poisson’s ratio, yound’s modulus, modulus of rigidity, bulk modulus and their relationships


  • Unit IV:
  • alt text Shear force and bending moment diagrams for strained beams subjected to concentrated and distributed loadings.
  • Unit V:
  • alt text Centroid and moment of inertia of plain areas
  • alt text parallel axis theorem, moment of inertia, principal axis
  • Unit VI:
  • alt text Bending stresses and deflection in simply supported beams and cantilever beams.
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and tutorials on the above topics.

Objective : The prime objective of this course is to introduce architectural design as a process and as a final product; to understand fundamentals of space, form and order through basic perception of architectural skills.


  • Basic Exercises :
  • alt text Study of anthropometrics and their relationship with the dimensioning of objects of daily use viz. furniture, fixtures equipments vehicles, etc; determining space for activities, such as, living, dining, sleeping, conveniences, etc
  • alt text Measured drawing of a sample small building, such as a small house or office, etc.
  • alt text Simple circulation/flow diagrams for a small house or a small school or hostel or an office to understand the functional interrelationships of various spaces in building.
  • alt text Three dimensional organization of a variety of forms to create built forms and importance of shades and shadows in the entire composition. Layout of repetitive units within a site to create interesting and functional compositions.
  • alt text Design exercise (Two Nos.) of very small space structures or buildings such as, compound wall, gate, milk booth, vendor stall, guard room, cycle stand, bus stop. Etc.
  • Sessional work
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics. Viva Voce by external examiner at the end of Semester.

Objective : The prime purpose of this course is to guide the students on model making and general principles of use of basic materials for constructional purposes for developing art skills.

  • Unit I:
  • alt text Use of clay, Plaster of Paris, metal scrap
  • alt text Jute fiber etc. for study of forms
  • Unit II:
  • alt text Development of surfaces of simple and composite forms using paper
  • alt text thermocole, wire


  • Unit III:
  • alt text Models in appropriate materials for understanding joinery in wooden construction and bonds in masonry based on the programme of building, construction
  • Sessional work :
  • alt text Assignments and drawing on the above topics. Viva Voce by external examiner at the end of Semester.