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Master Architecture and Urban Design

Politecnico di Milano
School of Architecture Urban Planning Contruction Engineering
12/22BAM Ranking 2021
Milan
Italy
Architecture & Design
Overview

The programme in Architecture and Urban Design provides students with an advanced training in the field of Architectural Design and develops theoretical, humanistic, artistic and design competences based on the Italian tradition, facing different housing cultures, the new forms and spaces of contemporary cities, the development of new urban settlements in developing countries, the innovation in building techniques and environmental sustainability. The educational path meets adequately the increasing need to face the complexity of problems and the new professional responsibility of architects, as required both in Europe and worldwide. The programme focuses on the core Architectural Design experience at various scales, both in theory and in practice. The educational offer makes it possible to characterize one’s study plan thanks to optional courses and to elective thematic and final Design Studios.

 

Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Design

 

The study programme in Architecture and Urban Design lives and is fed by the experience of the project at different scales, from the architectural scale to the urban one, with both their theoretical and operative aspects, always within the context of the city.

 

The range of interests that have in common the centrality of the project and the intervention on the physical environment revolve mainly around the architectural and urban design, the landscape design and the enhancement of the architectural heritage.

 

The study programme comes to life in Milan, the most groundbreaking and ever-changing city in Italy, but it also travels virtually all around the world exploring other cultures and cities, always looking for new architectural stimulus and inspiration. This programme truly has an international spirit, because not only one of the tracks is taught in English and is attended by students from over 30 countries, but also it takes on the challenges typical of other cities all around the globe.

 

The programme merges different points of view with a typically Italian approach, thanks to teachers with an international experience, like Kazuyo Sejima, Stefano Boeri and Visiting Professors who offer different insights on their experiences in the contemporary city.

 

Objectives

 

The outcomes that characterize the study programme in Architecture and Urban Design are:

 

1.- An ability to understand the phenomena and solve the complex problems of the architecture of the city;

 

2.- An ability to know, select and apply the theoretical-scientific aspects, together with the methodological and operational tools;

 

3.- An ability to formulate experimental hypothesis and pilot studies for the transformation of the physical environment, in continuity with the physiological evolution of the city.

 

Research and teaching

 

The personal attitudes of the students are central to the course programme. Innovative educational paths are organized to the improve individual skills and to learn new ones, in order to build the foundations of a future professional career that is remarkable and successful on the job market. In addition to a tested offer, some thematic characterizations of the studios, related to the research of the department, enhance the relationship between the educational and research activities.

 

The new approach of the Thematic Research Seminars stimulates the ideation of a suggestion for an individual study topic and the definition of a reference work programme for the elaboration of a Degree Thesis. In addition, the Thesis Seminars, organized by clusters of experts on specific topics together with groups of students, become a place for discussion and experimentation to support the Degree Thesis.

 

Perspectives

 

This two-year experience strengthens the essential aspects of polytechnic culture, in which the project defines the knowledge addressed to the transformation of the spaces of the city.

 

The 2019 employment data confirmed that 85% of the graduates in Architecture and Urban Design at Politecnico di Milano find a job in the architectural planning field within the year, the 11% of the Italian graduates go abroad and the 40% of the international graduates decide to stay and work in Italy.

 

More info:

 

https://www8.ceda.polimi.it/manifesti/manifesti/controller/extra/RegolamentoPublic.do?jaf_currentWFID=main&EVN_DEFAULT=evento&aa=2020&k_corso_la=1217&lang=EN

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Admission Requirements

The «Laurea Magistrale» (equivalent to Master of Science) is obtained after two years of postgraduate studies and aims to provide rigorous, advanced training in specific sectors. Applicants who already have a “Laurea” (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in a different field or have attended a vocational school, as well as those who obtained an undergraduate qualification at a University of Applied Science (or any other university with a similar study profile), cannot apply directly for a “Laurea Magistrale” (equivalent to Master of Science), but they must first obtain the necessary credits.

 

Laurea Magistrale programmes under the School of Design and under the School of Architecture accept students only in the first semester of the academic year (September intake).

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

STUDENTS WITH A UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATION OBTAINED OUTSIDE ITALY

 

Find below the minimum mandatory requirements for eligibility to a Laurea Magistrale programme:

 

A UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATION

 

In order to be eligible you must be graduated or get your degree by:

 

the end of July if you apply for Master of Science programmes starting in September (1st Semester)

 

the end of December if you apply for Master of Science programmes starting in February (2nd Semester)

 

Your undergraduate level programme must contain subjects closely related to the MSc programme you are applying to. Check here the requirements of each programme.

 

AN ENGLISH OR ITALIAN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE

 

Check the details and deadlines.

 

If your bachelor degree was taught in English, you have to upload a document certified by your university attesting the teaching language instead of the language certificate.

 

COUNTRY-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO YOUR DEGREE

 

If you studied in one of the following countries please read carefully the information below and the details about the documents to be provided available here.

 

The requirements (minimum GPA included) are strict and no exceptions will be considered.

 

LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE

 

Official academic documents (Academic transcript, University qualification, Detailed study programme and letter of recommendation) are accepted in Italian, English, French or Spanish. Motivation letter(s), Portfolio and Cv must be provided in English or Italian.

 

1.- ON LINE APPLICATION RECEIPT

 

2.- ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT

 

3.- UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATION

 

4.- DETAILED STUDY PROGRAMMES/COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

5.- CURRICULUM VITAE (RÉSUMÉ)

 

6.- LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

 

7.- LETTER OF MOTIVATION

 

8.- LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

 

9.- PORTFOLIO: ONLY FOR APPLICANTS TO ARCHITECTURE, URBAN PLANNING AND POLICY DESIGN OR ANY DESIGN PROGRAMMES

 

10.- GRE: ONLY FOR APPLICANTS TO ENERGY ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING

 

11.- IDENTITY DOCUMENT /RESIDENCE PERMIT (ONLY FOR EEA CANDIDATES AND NON-EEA RESIDENTS IN ITALY APPLYING DURING THE 3RD AND 4TH APPLICATION CALLS)

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General information
Length
24 months
Language
English / Italian
Fee
Italian & EEA: 1.342 € / Overseas: 7.796 €
Email
domenico.chizzoniti@polimi.it / laura.montedoro@polimi.it
Telephone
+39 0223992618
Address
Via Andrea Maria Ampère, 2, 20133 Milano MI, Italy
Type of Master
Master of Sciences (MSc)
Website
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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