M.Sc. On Campus

Architecture - Advanced Architectural Design

12 months
54964 USD/year
54964 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Architecture - Advanced Architectural Design at the University of Pennsylvania is a three-semester post-professional degree for advanced students who have already earned a professional degree or are practicing in the field.


Key facts:

  • Our curriculum emphasizes innovation in architectural design with material significance through a sequence that moves from design research to fabrication.
  • The purpose of the MSD-AAD is four-fold: 1) To prepare students for high level contemporary design research in the profession or academy 2) To develop skills in emerging design techniques and cross-disciplinary tools 3) To foster critical engagement with technology in conversation with contemporary architectural discourse and theory 4) To integrate advanced digital modeling techniques in a design methodology that has direct bearing on material production, fabrication, and construction processes and aesthetics.
  • The Architecture - Advanced Architectural Design program at the University of Pennsylvania begins with a mandatory ten-day workshop in design technique to build a foundation of shared skills. A coordinated semester of advanced architectural design and complementary courses in theory and design innovation follow. In the second term, students select a design studio and seminar within the focus of the program from the wide range of courses offered by the Weitzman School of Design, and they receive continued education in contemporary cultural issues in architecture including visual literacy and new materials. The third and final semester concentrates on the material, concluding with a design studio centered around large-scale fabrications combined with courses focused on aesthetics and production.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Architectural Design Studio
  • Contemporary Theory 1989-Present
  • Architecture Design Innovation
  • MSD-AAD Design Research Studio
  • New Materials and Methods
  • Visual Literacy and its Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Portofolio
  • Recommendation Letters (3)
  • Personal Statement
  • Evaluations / Transcripts
  • Resume
  • GRE scores
  • English Proficiency Test
  • Prerequisites

Tuition Fee

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    54964 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 54964 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    54964 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 54964 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
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