Architectual institute in Prague

  • accredited Master's programme in ARCHITECTURE and URBANISM
  • completely in English
  • 2-year full time study, 120 credits (ECTS)

MASTER'S PROGRAMME

The graduate programme is centered around courses Architectural Design and Urban Design, with a complementary selection of technical and art courses.

In Architectural Design, the students, under tutelage of their teachers-practising architects, work on a specific project which incorporates various aspects of architectural practice. Urban Design teaches students the broad theoretical principles of development/life/design of an urban system supported with case studies. Many other courses work with a specific aspect of the semester project and, aside to the theoretical basis, introduce and develop practical aspects of the project.

All courses included in the programme Architecture and Urbanism are compulsory. The instruction takes mainly the form of individual student-teach consultations: up to 50% of study hours, plus contacts and seminars and lectures. Given the small number of students in the year (max. 30), we have the luxury of a highly personalised approach to our students.

Every regular student has to fulfil the complete Study Plan, to receive the Mgr. degree at ARCHIP.  We also welcome visiting students for one or two semesters.

The credit system and the classification scale is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), allowing for student mobility.

 

Programme graduate profile:

The programme focuses on several key professional competences and skills in the field of theory and practice of Architecture and Urbanism. The graduate learns about the current trends in architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, heritage conservation and design. 

The key course is Architectural Design where the knowledge learned in other courses is systematically applied. The course is the cornerstone of the graduate programme. Students deepen their knowledge and skills in individual phases of the design process, from analysis of the brief, via looking for a concept and form, project design and defending their project. The graduate is a competent user of computer-aided and graphic design software and knows how to use physical models. 

The student builds upon his or her technical knowledge of structures, materials and technologies and their practical application. The graduate programme also gives a practical experience with on-site processes, overview of actual context of design practice, opportunities to visit remarkable buildings, spaces and urban structures, and, last but not least, it conveys the current issues that the profession is facing and examines various ethical aspects.

The programme focuses on special knowledge and skills from the fields of urban design, landscape architecture, professional ethics and psychology, including application in heritage conservation, restoration and revitalisation projects.

Our graduate will be able to present his or her work in front of an audience – a group or an individual – by way of a comprehensive, structured and to-the-point presentation aided with good quality visuals (possibly a short video) and a physical model. The graduate’s writing skills, in the form of a project report or published articles, are based in the context of the issue at hand and skills learned in courses of Architectural Reading and Writing and Project Presentation and Graphics. 

Key competences of an architect include also the ability to engage in a professional dialogue with fellow architects, professionals from other fields and with the public. Our graduate is trained in methods of dealing with both private and public investors, consultants and stakeholders. He or she also knows how to start own private design/consulting practice, supported with know-how in project management in all stages of project documentation, including the permission process from start to finish. 

In the full extent of his or her qualifications, the graduate is equipped for a position of academic researcher or assistant professor of Architecture or in related disciplines, i.e. for research and teaching, as well as for civil service in central or local government institutions.

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ACADEMIC YEAR

2016/2017

WINTER TERM

SEP 19, 2016 (Mo) –JAN 13, 2017 (Fr)

Christmas Holidays DEC 22, 2016 (Th)–JAN 4, 2017 (We)

WINTER EXAMINATION PERIOD

JAN 16, 2017 (Mo)–FEB 10, 2017 (Fr)

SUMMER TERM

FEB 13, 2017 (Mo)–MAY 19, 2017 (Fr)

Easter Holidays APR 14, 2017 (Fri)–APR 17, 2017 (Mo)

SUMMER EXAMINATION PERIOD

MAY 22, 2017 (Mo)–JUN 30, 2017 (Fr)

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

JUL 3, 2017 (Mo)–SEP 15, 2017 (Fr)

STUDY PLAN

The instruction is organised in a simple and straightforward way; the courses are divided into study years as per a fixed framework. Standard week hour load is 20 hours and the duration of one teaching hour is 45 minutes.

TERM 7 credits hours form completion
Architectural Design 7 – AD7 12 2+6 L+ST SW
Planning 1 – PL1 6 2+2 L+S SW+E
Building and Construction Methods – BM 3 1+1 L+S SW
Research in Art and Architecture – RA 3 2 S SW
Contemporary Architecture and Theories – CAT 3 2 L SW+E
Psychology – PS 3 2 L SW+E
         

 

TERM 8 credits hours form completion
Architectural Design 8 – AD8 12 2+6 L+ST SW
Planning 2 – PL2 6 2+2 L+S SW+E
Contemporary Building Materials – CBM           3 1+1 L+S SW
Monument Preservation 2 – MP2 3 1+1 L+S SW+E
Development – DE 3 1+1 L+S SW+E
Professional Ethics – PR 3 2 L SW
         

 

TERM 9 credits hours form completion
Architectural Design 9 – AD9 12 2+6 L+ST SW
Planning 3 – PL3 6 2+2 L+S SW+E
Architectural Detail – ADE 3 1+1 L+S SW
Landscape Architecture  – LA 3 1+1 S+ST SW+E
Architectural Reading and Writing – ARW          3 1+1 L+S SW
Pre-diploma Seminar – PDS 3 +1+ L+S SW
         

 

TERM 10 credits hours form completion
Architectural Design 10 – AD10 20 2+10 L+ST SW
Project Presentation and Graphics – PPG 5 1+3 ST SW
Diploma Thesis (Writing and Rhetoric) – DT        5 2+2 L+S SW
         

 

 

 

L lecture
S seminar
ST studio
SW semestral work
E examination