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Master of Architecture in Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Academy of Architecture and Urbanism
Architecture & Design

“Many of today’s pressing societal, economic and ecological issues have spatial consequences that architects and urban designers are well prepared to confront.” (Rory Hyde).


The master Architecture and Urbanism at Fontys University of Applied Science offers a concurrent program which means combining work and study at the same time. This master is collaborative, topical, creative and practice based. While firmly rooted in the Dutch architectural tradition, the program has a strong international orientation.


All students of the Master of Architecture obtain the right to use the certified title of ‘Architect’ after having graduated from Fontys Master of Architecture.


Nowadays, spatial challenges to be confronted by architects are global by nature while still requiring context and location specific solutions. The master program’s objective is to educate architects who are able at effectively combining design intelligence with a reflective attitude and practical and entrepreneurial skills. The curriculum is competence based and geared towards achieving mastery skills in seven crucial competences (Desgin, Research, Collaboration, Communication, Entrepreneurial skills, Organizing, Professional skills). The educational concept of this Master program is unique; education in concurrency with employment in a professional practice. This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to their professional formation as architectural designers. Additionally, the Academy itself is a laboratory for spatial assignments from real stakeholders. Our tutors are professionals from a variety of disciplines, but all with a strong relation to practice. The Design Studio is the heart of the master program. In the studio students are trained to apply all kinds of skills and methods towards ever more convincing synthetic design proposals for complex spatial problems. The studio assignments are invariably related to the complexity of contemporary societies and will engage social, cultural, political, economic and technological parameters.


We offer you:


– The opportunity to graduate as a certified Architect in Europe
– An international network and experience
– Research and interdisciplinarity
– A concurrent program that combines work and study
– Theoretical evening lessons once a week
– One day weekly skilled based training and design studio




First year: Design Essentials

Students enter the Academy with a bachelor degree obtained from a range of different schools, disciplines and cultural and professional backgrounds. That is the reason for the first year programme to be fully dedicated to developing a designer attitude towards the world around us. The studio programme ‘Design essentials’ is supported by a range of skill-based trainings and a theory programme on architecture and urban design, economy, sustainable design and art history. Students learning outcomes will be assessed on the basis of portfolios.


Second and third year: Design Practice

During these two years students will follow a total of 8 studios, workshops and a large number of advanced skill-based trainings, research and an intensive theory programme. The studio assessments will confront students with a variety of different assignments, different methodologies and different levels of complexity. Five parameters are used to differentiate the studio projects: Program, Product, Meaning, Context and Geometry. Students will work on a range of different scales (1:1 to 1:10.000). Every second semester, students will organize an international study trip to visit projects abroad. In their third year students are eligible to take part in one of Stadslab’s international Master Classes. Stadslab is the international postgraduate programme of the academy. Because of the continuing development of their professional experience in the firms, students in this part of their studies will be expected to reflect more profoundly on the relationship between their work in practice ad their endeavours in the academic programme. Gradually they will develop a grounded position in the field of architecture and relate to the professional (international ) debate. In the third year, students can define the content and outcome of one full studio. Usually this is the last studio before they enter the graduation studio in the fourth year.


4th year graduation studio: Design Thinking

The graduation studio covers one full year through two possible formats: individual or team driven. Each student, either in architecture or in urbanism, follows the same process-based planning. Both personal external tutors as well as project reviews at the Academy support the process. The team driven graduation format is most popular. Its target is an urgent geography like a city, corridor, enclave or province that is in need of design based strategies and interventions. The graduation team selects the geography and takes three months for research & analysis. Several specialists of the geography address the urgencies. On the threshold to the nine-month synthesis & design process all students present their hypothesis and project target. Throughout the year several lectures of specifically invited professionals fuel creativity. The studio becomes a cloud of knowledge and awareness. All students in this cloud trigger collective discoveries and mutual insights as they become smart designers. At the finish all projects are broadcasted to decision makers of the geography and to the Academy. The strategies and designs have common ground, are interrelated and tackle the urgent societal key issues for the upcoming generations.

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Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for the Master degree programme:


– Bachelor (B/ BSc) Architecture

– Bachelor (B) Art Academy (Architectural design/ Interior design)


According to the Code of Conduct regarding International Students, international students seeking admittance to an English-taught Masters programme must be able to prove that their command of the English language is at least equal to a score of 6.0 of the IELTS Test.


Admission to the study programme is subject to the following qualitative admission requirements.


– CV
– Portfolio
– Motivation letter
– Admission interview


Applicants are required to:


Work a minimum of 20 hours a week in a relevant practice (Architect’s firm or related). The Academy offers alternative practice studio’s for students who are temporarily unable to find a regular job. In these alternative practice studio’s students will work on assignments by real stakeholders and will be supervised by practitioners. There is usually no remuneration for participating students.


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General information
48 months
Ingrid Westendorp - Van Oeteren
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+31 8850 70291
Bisschop Zwijsenstraat 11 5038 VA Tilburg, The Netherlands
Type of Master
Master of Sciences (MS / MSc) or equivalent
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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