The educational concept of this Architecture program at Fontys University of Applied Sciences 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 you 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.
Students are required to find a job in a design firm and work minimum 20 hours a week. Progress will be evaluated through a series of portfolio assessments. If you are unable to find a suitable position in an architectural firm or urban design practice, the Academy will offer alternative practice research studios, where you can engage in practical work for a diverse range of clients.
Graduates from this programme have an integrated, design-led approach to tackle complex issues of the contemporary built environment allowing them to take up a diversity of career prospects in architecture and related fields. The Netherlands has a good global reputation in the fields of architecture and urban planning.
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.
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.
4th year graduation studio: Design Thinking
The graduation studio covers one full year through two possible formats: individual or team driven. Each student follows the same process-based planning.
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