Academic Year 2014/15





School of Architecture and Society



Degree Programme of:


Architecture
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Milano, Mantova, Piacenza Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architecture and Society
Code Reference Law1136
NameArchitecture
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-4 - Architecture and Architectural engineering
Degree level Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 2
Years of the programme already activated 1,2
Official language(s) (¹) Italian/English
Campus Milano, Mantova, Piacenza
Dean of the School Ilaria Pamela Simonetta Valente
Coordinator of the Study programme Gennaro Postiglione
Website of the School http://www.arch.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
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(¹) The degree course offers some tracks in Italian and others in English.

Student Office (Study programme) - Milano
Reference office
Centro Orientamento Studenti Scuola di Architettura e Società
Address Via Ampère 2, 20133 Milano
Phone 02 2399 2622


Central Student Office - Milano
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)


Central Student Office - Mantova
Address P.ZZA D'ARCO, 3 (MN)


Central Student Office - Piacenza
Address VIA G. B. SCALABRINI, 76 (PC)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The aim of the Master of Science Degree Programme is to provide students with an advanced level of training that will allow them to perform highly qualified activities in specific areas. The teaching project specifically aims to train Master of Science Graduates in Architecture. The Programme plan as a whole and in its various options aims to provide advanced training in the field of architectural design. The degree programme has a unit matrix, pursuant to the requirements of the European Union for recognising the validity of the qualification obtained. In compliance with this framework, the School's teaching project offers a number of recommended study plans or curricula to help each student to prepare his/her own plan, with the intent of providing a suitable response to the specific nature of the education profiles. A list is provided below.


3. Learning objectives

MILAN

The ‘Architectural Design’ (Progettazione Architettonica) curriculum aims to train Master of Science graduates who are capable of approaching architectural design as experts in transforming environments and living spaces, emphasising their formal, social, functional, technical and design components according to the various scales that link every project to a broader and more complex context. For this reason, within the various skills required by the subject, the curriculum focuses on in-depth analysis and updating the theoretical, methodological and practical tools used in architectural design, to train high-profile design architects who are able, when perfecting and coordinating complex design operations, to address the issues related to contexts, landscape and forms of contemporary living, paying specific attention to sustainability and environmental compatibility.  

The ‘Design and Conservation of Built Heritage’ (Progetto e tutela del patrimonio costruito) curriculum, aware of the increasing importance of projects involving work on existing buildings, not only in Europe, aims to help students to acquire in-depth knowledge and effective skills in this area. For this reason, within the context of effective sustainability, specific attention is paid to diagnostic and assessment skills and to criteria for deciding approaches involving conservation or transformation in varying degrees, with a view to organising, in an informed and sensitive manner, the full range of possible work, from maintenance to restoration, from re-use to redevelopment and from integration to substitution.

The aim of the ‘Interior Architecture’ (Architettura degli interni) curriculum is to train Master of Science graduates who pay special attention to the relationship between humans and constructions, shape and proportion, and size and organisation of interiors, following in the tradition of masters such as Ponti, Albini, De Carli and Viganò who, when teaching in this school, advocated an integral approach to design, mindful of the human aspect of architecture in all its scales, from the domestic to the public. Living spaces, workplaces, urban public places, staging, stage and set design and museography are subjects addressed as part of the curriculum, with particular focus on the need for effective sustainability against a background of suitable and up-to-date awareness.

The ‘Technological and Environmental Design’(Progettazione tecnologica e ambientale) curriculum aims to train Master of Science graduates with detailed expertise in project feasibility, within the framework – in architectural design – of the complex requirements of installation systems, functional requirements and the safety of the work carried out. With a view to acquiring the ability to treat architectural organisms as units resulting from the balanced interaction between shape, function, structure and systems, within a framework of effective sustainability, attention is focused in particular on training Master of Science graduates with a broad skill-set, including the development of the working plans and construction of the building.

The ‘Architecture’ curriculum (an international programme fully taught through English) aims to train Master of Science graduates who are capable of approaching architectural design as experts in transforming environments and living spaces, emphasising their formal, social, functional, technical and design components according to the various scales that link every project to a broader and more complex context. For this reason, within the various skills required by the subject, the curriculum focuses on in-depth analyses and updating the theoretical, methodological and practical tools used in architectural design, to train high-profile design architects who are able, when perfecting and coordinating complex design operations, to address the issues related to contexts, landscape and forms of contemporary living, paying specific attention to sustainability and environmental compatibility.  

 

 

MANTUA

Architecture

From landscapes to individual buildings, architects now work in increasingly well-defined, complex environments that are constructed in various ways. This corresponds to an objective present-day situation in which work on existing buildings has become a considerable, indeed prevalent part of design work. The conservation of building heritage and the environment as a resource, in contrast to the logic of consumerism and wastefulness from a material and cultural point of view, are the key to sustainable development in which health and the saving of energy and natural resources require both technical skills and civil commitment. These are the issues on which the 2nd level Master of Science Degree Programme at the Mantua Campus focuses – a clear study plan that offers students differing personalised curricula directly linked to current research work. From this point of view, new building designs are also designs in the built environment, an encounter – both on a constructive and urban scale – with tangible data, with construction, from the design of details to the solution of static problems. Special opportunities are offered to students wishing to innovatively approach the themes of restoration, a term used not so much to indicate the monumental importance of the buildings to which it is applied, but rather the quality and the specific nature of the methods used in relation to more widespread heritage. The studies and experiments underway at the Mantua campus concern not only the conservation of materials and structures, but also the most advanced techniques for controlling water and heat balances and lighting in buildings, with a view to saving energy and advocating architectural design as an essential quality in work on existing buildings and  in the necessary additions, even when maintaining the strictest coherence with the substance of the building.  

Architecture and Preservation

This English-taught curriculum is devoted to Architecture and Preservation of Historic Heritage and aims to train students from different nations and cultures. The courses and learning activities are designed to provide professionals with solid skills, integrating the theories and techniques necessary for handling complex and multi-scalar problems of architectural design and the preservation of historic heritage (which also includes twentieth century architecture), with focus on cities and contemporary landscapes. In this sense, students will combine disciplines such as architectural design, restoration theory and history, investigative and diagnostic techniques necessary for preservation and maintenance activities, the history of architecture and landscape architecture, urban planning and design and studies on urban culture and on the economic and legislative implications of the preservation of the historic heritage. Lectures and practical work are combined with seminars and intensive workshops on specific case studies. The rich and well-preserved historic, artistic and architectural heritage of the city and region of Mantua and the research experiments conducted on campus provide the ideal conditions for hosting this programme. Through this unique educational path, students are encouraged to develop a critical attitude and integrated and innovative skills with regard to themes involving protecting and intervening on the built environment.

PIACENZA

The “Sustainable Architecture of Multi-scale projects” curriculum is an international programme  taught entirely through English, which, in the final two years of specialisation (of the five year programme), aims to complete a highly qualified training process by taking Architecture and Urban Design as the central theme and addressing it from the dual standpoint of environmental sustainability (spatial, social and technical) and multi-scalar design (from landscape, to urban design, to architectural design). The curriculum seeks to teach architects to develop a particular sensitivity to the issue of sustainable architecture in relation to the multiple scales of design, ranging from the transformation of the landscape, to the design of public spaces and specific components of architecture.

In this instance, the theme of sustainability, as the central focus of the two-year programme, is interpreted from three main standpoints:

Physical and spatial sustainability,

Social and cultural sustainability,

Technical and economic sustainability,

moving away from a strictly specialised view of the theme. At the same time, the multi-scalar approach is central to the training of an architect and is reinterpreted in a dynamic and open manner, where time becomes a key factor of design, ranging from macro-scale planning and urban planning practices, to the intermediate scale of the urban and public space design, to the micro-scale of technical detailing and architectural elements.

 The programme is taught on the Piacenza campus where internationalisation is one of the priorities behind the educational programme, which is essentially based on:

Offering a quality education in line with the best international standards and involving qualified foreign lecturers; - A stable network of connections with European and non-European universities;

A series of international events held every academic year: workshops, international conferences, summer schools etc. To support the ongoing internationalisation project, in both semesters the Master of Science Degree Programme offers intensive periods of activity involving international events.

For more information visit the website: www.archpolopiacenza.polimi.it



4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)


The qualification provides access to the "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialisation Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level Master of Science Degree)

 

Graduates in Architecture have several options for continuing their studies:

- Research Doctorates, held at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, with admission subject to an entrance exam;

- 2nd level Master of Science, held at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, and with admission policies established by the facility offering the course;

- Specialisation Degree Courses held at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, with admission policies established by the facility holding the course.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

This Course requires a full time involvement and includes Courses, constituted by lectures and practicing, and Laboratory activities with compulsory attendance, Seminars and Visits.


The Master of Science in Architecture produces highly qualified designers. The qualification is recognised by the European Union.

EU graduates in Architecture are highly professional figures qualified to work in managerial roles in public and private institutions and organisations (government agencies, local entities, companies) and as freelance professionals at architectural firms and design companies, performing tasks related to the construction, management and transformation of the city and regional areas.

Graduates in Architecture may enrol in Professional Associations after passing the state examination. For additional information, please visit the link listed on the University’s website (www.esamidistato.polimi.it).

5.2 Careers options and profiles

This degree offers an impressively wide array of career opportunities, in general and specific sectors, including professional practice, either independently or employed by architectural firms, businesses and construction companies, public administrations, research institutes or public and private consultancy bodies and international organisations.


University Assessment Commission reports
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1028


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4212

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification


University degree (Laurea) or comparable foreign degree

 

Requirements:

- First or Second Level Degree, or comparable foreign degree,

- English Proficiency Certificate;

Applicants with a 1st Level Master of Science Degree may apply to the M.Sc. Programme, as well as 2nd Level graduates wishing to transfer from a different degree programme.

The admission of candidates is subject to an assessment based on merit and on the courses taken in their previous university careers in order to identify any supplementary courses that must be taken and to transfer applicable credits.

Students accepted with supplementary course requirements must complete these studies before they may be regularly enrolled in the Master of Science Degree Programme. Please note that in accordance with University regulation 270/04, students may not be admitted to the Master of Science Degree Programme unless all of the supplementary curricula requirements have been fulfilled.

Please see the rules for admission to the Master of Science Degree Programme listed on the School's website www.arch.polimi.it where it is possible to download:

-          admission regulations for the academic year 2013/2014, with instructions and deadlines;

-          instructions for students with foreign degrees

Enrolment in the Master of Science programme in Architecture (Class LM/4 – Architecture and Construction Engineering - Architecture) for graduates in:

-          Architecture and Building Construction require a curricula supplement which will be assessed by a Master of Science Programme Board based on the curriculum of the individual student

-          Urban Planning – due to the considerable number of required supplementary courses, admission to the Master of Science Degree Programme is not possible.

6.2 Requested knowledge

English Proficiency Certificates must be submitted by the deadline for submission of the admission application:

- 08/09/2014 for admission in October

- 02/02/2015 for admission in March

Detailed information on the entry test, admissions and enrolment is available on the Guidance and Counselling Office webpage:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1995


The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4991

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

Planned number of previously approved study plans. The table shows the minimum number of guaranteed places for every programme in Academic Year 2012-2013:

First Year Students

October 2014

March 2015

The following study plans will be approved in advance:

No. of new students

Architectural Design (MI)

100

20

Technological and Environmental Design (MI)

80

15

Interior Architecture (MI)

70

15

Design and Conservation of Built Heritage (MI)

40

10

Total

290

60

Architecture (fully taught in English) (MI)

160

40

Sustainable Architecture for Multi-Scale Projects (PC)

70

10

Architecture (MN)

60

10

Architecture and Preservation (MN)

30

10

TOTAL

610

130

*Any places not assigned during the first semester will be made available in October.

 

Allocation will be based on merit until all the available places based on the options expressed by the students have been filled.

Each student may state 4 preferences for entry in October 2013 and 4 for entry in March 2014.

Allocation will be made based on the rules in section 3, bearing in mind the sequence of options stated by the student which will therefore influence his/her position in the ranking.

The preferences indicated in the first year will be classified according to the following criteria:

 

Year of enrolment

Result of the entrance evaluation

A score of 30/30 with honours will be calculated as equal to 33/30.

Students admitted for any reason after the established deadlines will be assigned automatically.

Detailed information on deadlines and available places can be found in the enrolment guide.

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=545


How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2955

6.4 Tutoring and students support

Student orientation and tutoring programmes are offered in the first and second semesters.

The dates of the meetings will be posted on the university website (www.arch.polimi.it) and will take place during the programme presentation.


6.5  Workshop assignments

For programmes offering multiple workshops, students must state up to a maximum of four preferences. Workshop assignments will be issued on a merit-based system in accordance with the criteria listed in section 6.3 of these regulations.

6.6 Single-subject course assignments

In sections where optional courses are offered or different sections of the same single-subject course, students must state up to a maximum of three preferences to be assigned based on merit. The courses may have a maximum enrolment limit of 120 students regularly enrolled for the  2013/2014 academic year.


Guidance and Counselling Office website
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2155


Polinternational
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2155

7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

Attainment of the 120 Credits (ECTS) specified in the didactic regulations. In particular the minimum standard guaranteed by law for the specializing activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 48 Credits (Architectonical and Urban Design, Branches of History of Architecture, Urban Planning and Regional Planning, Analysis and Structural Building Planning, Environmental Technical Physics, Restoration, Building Mechanics, Topography and Cartography, Landscape Architecture). For the related or integrative activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 12. 14 Credits for apprenticeship and the final exam.


The final degree (Master of Science) is awarded to graduates who have earned a total amount of 120 Credits specified in the didactic regulations. In particular the minimum standard guaranteed by law for the specialising activities is 48 credits (Architectural and urban design, history of architecture, structural analysis and design of architecture, valuation disciplines for architecture and urban planning, urban design and rural planning, architectural and environmental representation, Theory and techniques for architectural restoration, physical and technical disciplines and systems architecture, technological disciplines of architecture and building production, and economic, social and legal disciplines for architecture and urbanism). For related activities, the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 12 while 14 credits are assigned to the internship and the final exam.

7.2 Mode of study

The EU Graduate's professional areas are the freelance and the practitioner in institutions and in the public and private sectors (institutional agencies, public and private sector, private firms and studios), working in the field of urban and regional development and transformation.


The Degree Programme is a full-time course and includes participation in educational activities consisting of lectures and tutorials, mandatory workshop activities, seminars and educational visits.

The Degree Programme includes participation in educational activities consisting of  lectures and tutorials, workshop activities, seminars, educational visits and internships. All of the Degree Programmes require mandatory attendance at workshops. If a certificate is not issued attesting to the student’s attendance of at least 75% of the total hours, the workshop must be repeated.

Workshops

The attendance certificate, required in order to be admitted to the final exam, must be prepared by the lecturer in charge of the workshop. Any other compulsory attendance required for the programme will be established in accordance with the school's regulations. Such requirements are published on the school's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and communicated to students by the relative lecturers at the start of the course. The uniformity of the attendance rules for all sections of the same module is guaranteed. The lecturer teaching the course is responsible for ascertaining attendance based on criteria consistent with the organisation of the course, which will be notified to students when the course begins. These requirements may involve classroom attendance and active participation by students.

Single-subject or integrated courses

These courses do not require student attendance and exam procedures reserved for non-attendees will be posted on the lecturer’s page and communicated at the start of the course.

7.2.1  Examinations for returning students

With regard to courses for which attendance does not expire, for a period of one year after the third exam session, the School allows students to take the exams regardless of a change of lecturer, changes to the name of the course or cancellation of the course itself. A course equivalent to the one that has been cancelled will be subsequently identified and in this case the lecturer identified will provide information on his/her bibliography and exam procedures.

7.2.2 Organisation of teaching and exams

The Master of Science programme is divided into two semesters, providing students with the option to enrol in each semester. Therefore, the course of study may begin in the first semester or second semester of each academic year.

1stSemester

- 06/10/2014 beginning of 1st semester lessons

- 30/01/2015 end of 1st semester

- 02/02/2015 - 27/02/2015 examinations

 2nd Semester

- 09/03/2015 beginning of 2nd semester lessons

- 26/06/2015 end of 2nd Semester

- 29/06/2015 – 31/07/2015 examinations

 At the end of each semester there is a period devoted to exam assessments, at the end of which students may:

- pass the course, with the assignment of marks;

- be told to resit the exam, with a subsequent assessment;

- be required to repeat, in this case the exam cannot be repeated in the same session.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

1 Year courses - Track: A12 - Progettazione Architettonica


2 Year courses - Track: A12 - Progettazione Architettonica


1 Year courses - Track: C12 - Progetto e Tutela per il Patrimonio Costruito


2 Year courses - Track: C12 - Progetto e Tutela per il Patrimonio Costruito


1 Year courses - Track: D12 - Architettura degli Interni


2 Year courses - Track: D12 - Architettura degli Interni


1 Year courses - Track: E12 - Architecture


2 Year courses - Track: E12 - Architecture


1 Year courses - Track: M12 - Architettura (MN)


2 Year courses - Track: M12 - Architettura (MN)


1 Year courses - Track: Me1 - Architecture and Preservation (MN)


2 Year courses - Track: Me1 - Architecture and Preservation (MN)


1 Year courses - Track: P12 - Sustainable Architecture of Multi-Scale Project (PC)


2 Year courses - Track: P12 - Sustainable Architecture of Multi-Scale Project (PC)


1 Year courses - Track: T12 - Progettazione Tecnologica e Ambientale


2 Year courses - Track: T12 - Progettazione Tecnologica e Ambientale


2 Year courses - Track: *** - Non diversificato

7.4 Foreign language

Information on English language skills

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2235


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3035

7.5 Degree examination

Information regarding the Master of Science Degree examination process is available at:

http://www.arch.polimi.it/didattica/laurea/regolamenti_specialistica.php?id_nav=8841




Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3115

8. Academic calendar

Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3195

9. Faculty

The names of lecturers and the relative courses are listed in the degree programme published every September on the Politecnico di Milano website.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

MILAN

Modelling Workshop

The Model and Prototype Workshop is for use by students of the Schools of Architecture and Society and Construction/Architectural Engineering at the Leonardo Campus. The workshop is equipped for building models using traditional and digital technologies. Before students may access the workshop, they must attend a safety meeting focused on occupational safety (Legislative Decree 626/94) and reserve a place in advance.

Address: Leonardo Campus, via Bonardi 3 - “ex sottomarino”

Opening hours:  Workshop is open from Monday to Friday from 10.15 am to 5.30 pm.

Capacity: 40

 

Library

The Central Architecture Library contains approximately 60,000 Italian and international scientific works, mainly dedicated to architecture, art, urban planning, design, interior design, landscape, restoration and museology. One section in particular is devoted to works on the city of Milan. All texts used and recommended for M.Sc. Programme courses at the Schools of Architecture and Design are available at the library. In the reference section, it is possible to consult general and specialised encyclopaedias, as well as annuals and codes on the subjects of urban planning and construction. Approximately 1000 journals are also available, 400 of which are currently under subscription. Summaries of periodicals related to architecture and art, as well as a large collection of publications focusing on the same subjects are available for consultation on CD ROM. The library has a collection of dissertations (research doctorates) coordinated by the Departments of Architecture. Opening hours:  For opening hours and consultation procedures, visit the Library's website. Address: Via Bonardi, 3 – 20133 Milan Telephone: +39 02.2399.2684 Website: www.biblio.polimi.it

MANTUA

Cartography Service (Environmental Planning Workshop) 

Consultation of historical maps, land registry maps for the city and province of Mantua, urban plans, thematic maps of  Lombardy and IGM Tables  Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Hours: Tuesday from 9:30 to13:00 and Thursday from 9:30 to 13:00 Telephone: +39.0376.317017 

Modelling (Modelling Workshop) 

Use of machine tools such as milling and sanding machines, drills, jig saws and various manual tools for model making. Access to the modelling workshop and use of the tools is subject to authorisation by the relevant lecturer. Application forms for authorisation can be collected from the Security Office at the following times: Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 13:30. The hours for access to the workshop  will be determined when the application form is submitted.  Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Workshop hours:  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Telephone: +39 0376.317017 

 

Library

The Library at the Mantua Campus belongs to the University Library System and therefore refers to the Service Charter.

- Consultation at the library accessible to all

- Loan service only for Politecnico di Milano users and affiliated users (students of courses offered at the Mantua Campus of Pavia University)

- External interlibrary loan service

- Intra-University interlibrary loan service

- Document delivery

- Direct and on -line reference

- Computer workstations for surfing the Internet, consulting the catalogueUniversity digital resources and Degree theses in electronic format

Wi-Fi service for Politecnico di Milano users 

Based on an agreement stipulated between the Greater Mantua Library System, the University of Mantua Foundation and the Politecnico di Milano Campus, interlibrary loans from the Province of Mantua Library System are organised locally by the travelling library. Libraries in the Province of Mantua can also send requests directly to the Mantua Campus by e-mail (biblioteca.mantova@biblio.polimi.it) or by fax (+39 0376/317024). Students enrolled in Degree programmes taught at the Mantua Campus may apply directly to the staff of the Mantua Campus library to borrow books owned by libraries in the Province. Hours: For opening hours and consultation procedures visit the Library's website. Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Telephone: +39 0376.317024 Website: www.biblio.polimi.it

PIACENZA

Library

The Piacenza library, located on the Arata Campus, at via Scalabrini 113, Building 11, houses all of the texts recommended and included in the bibliographies of the courses relating to the Degree Programmes offered. The library’s collection, which is in the process of expanding, currently includes around 3000 books, scientific works by Italian and international authors on Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Transportation, Logistics, Power systems, Architecture and Planning and Environmental sustainability. It is also possible to consult the Politecnico's electronic periodicals and data banks online, at the computer workstations. The library facilities in both locations consist of communicating rooms for reference, reading and studying. The reference room has a seating area. It is reserved for individual consultation and is equipped with two personal computers for access to the (OPAC) online catalogue. The study room is reserved for students and group study is permitted. All students of the Politecnico di Milano and approved users may borrow materials on loan.

Contact person and loan service:

Silvia Scotti, tel. 0523-356871 – Fax 0523-356377

Email: silvia.scotti@polimi.it


11. International context

The Politecnico is currently conducting a series of comparative analyses with major international universities. Reports and studies will soon be available on the Politecnico di Milano website, in the Degree Programme Bulletin section.


12. Internationalization

All students intending to take part in an international exchange programme are invited to visit their relevant Studesk during the month of January to receive information on study abroad opportunities. The Studesk provides students with information on available places suited to their degree programme, necessary requirements, application procedures, deadlines and selection criteria. Students may also consult the information material on partner universities.

For further information, visit Studesk 1 Via Golgi 42,Milan.


Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4705

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the University Assessment Commission conduct a periodic analysis of the overall results and the quality of the Degree Programmes with the support of educational observers within the faculty, monitoring the learning activities and the employability of graduates. Reports are available for review on the Politecnico di Milano’s website.


The University Assessment Commission conducts a periodic analysis of the overall results and the quality of the Degree Programmes, monitoring the learning activities and the employability of graduates. Reports are available for review on:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3595

and on the pages of the University’s website describing the University Assessment Commission’s activities:
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3515


14. Further information

14.1 Supplementary course requirements and the acceptance of credits

When assessing the candidate’s application, the Board may indicate:

- supplementary course requirements: these are defined by specifying one or more modules related to Bachelor of Science study programmes, for which the student must pass the exam before admission for access to the Master of Science programme.

- transfer of credit: courses that have already been completed may be considered equivalent to course modules offered by the Master of Science programme in which the student intends to enrol.

14.2 Workshops

Students will be assigned to workshops based on their stated preferences, in a way that ensures a balanced distribution of students between workshops. The options must be stated each year and will be classified according to the following criteria:

 

First year

Result of the admission evaluation

Second year

Sorting by decreasing parameter G values

        n

G=∑  Vi •Ci

       i=l

where Vi equals the marks obtained for the i-th exam, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the i-th exam and n is the number of exams taken

 

A score of 30/30 with honours will be calculated as equal to 33/30.

To avoid any possibility that delays in registration or recognition of the exams taken may penalise students, parameter G will be calculated on the student’s academic career as at the summer session. Students admitted, for any reason, after the established deadlines will be assigned automatically. Students are not allowed to attend workshops or courses that are not included in their study plans. In no case may assessments related to activities not included in study plans or attended at times not allocated in the sections be recognised or confirmed.

14.2.1 Erasmus

Marks earned by students returning from the Erasmus programme will not be accepted for courses other than those previously approved in the student’s study programme.

 

14.3 Previously Approved Plans

The term “previously approved plans” used in the web applications refers to the approval of the manner in which the teaching is organised within the sections; it does not mean that the choices made by students when compiling their Study Plans are approved in advance; these choices must be submitted for evaluation and allocation based on merit.

 14.4 Individual courses

The University permits students to attend individual courses subject to payment of the enrolment fee for the course.

Only non-Politecnico students may enrol in individual courses.

Enrolment for individual courses is subject to availability of places in the course itself. Each semester the School will publish the list of available courses.

If an excessive number of applications are received for the first or second semester, a selection will be made based on qualifications earned (degree marks or assessments earned with the book submitted for career assessment).

 Admission to courses gives the right to attend lessons, take exams at the sessions envisaged during the academic year and obtain certification of the score for the exams passed and the corresponding credits earned.

Enrolment in individual courses may be requested for:

- a maximum of 30 credits per year for those who wish to integrate their studies, or do not possess the necessary requisites/prerequisites for admission to a Bachelor’s or Master of Science Degree Programme, and intend to take courses ahead of time to earn credits that may be recognised in the future.

Applicants must submit the application and payment form (available on the www.polimi.it/modulistica website during the appropriate period) to the Registrar’s Office.

Those interested in enrolling are invited to contact the Registrar's Office before submitting their application.

The subsequent recognition of the credits earned, which may in no case be more than 30, is subject to admission and enrolment in the specific Master of Science Degree Programme.

If the exams for such individual courses are not taken/passed, recognition of attendance when enrolling is discretionary.

- a maximum of 80 credits per year

This opportunity is offered only to those who have applied for admission/assessment for Master of Science Degree Programmes, governed by Ministerial Decree 270/04, and who are required to pass courses, defined as required supplementary courses, as a condition for enrolment.

The maximum limit of 80 credits may include both required supplementary courses, assigned by the evaluation Board, and advance study for courses in the Master of Science Degree Programme; the latter may not include workshops or in any case exceed 30 credits.

Students may enrol for required supplementary courses online, using the web tool provided on the same page where the results of the application can be viewed, while applications for advance study courses must be submitted in paper form to the Registrar’s Office.

Students will only be admitted to the Master of Science Degree Programme if they possess all of the prerequisites stated in these regulations.

Having attended individual courses does not give any right to priority for enrolment in the Master of Science Degree Programme.

 

14.5 Precedence of courses and conditions for progression to the next stage of the M.Sc. programme based on successful completion of examinations

In addition to the progression of the curriculum listed in the Degree Programme Bulletin, the M.Sc. Programmes may apply the following types of precedence approved by the Academic Senate:

Recommended order

 

 

Does not define any formal restriction. Its purpose is to provide useful information to students regarding course sequence but has no influence on the study plan or on the recording procedure.

 

Study plan order

 

 

Defines a restriction that must be observed when choosing courses for entry in study plans. Course B may not be entered in the study plan unless course A is also entered (even if it has not been completed). It has no influence on the recording procedure.

 

Recording order

 

Defines a restriction that must be observed both when choosing the modules for inclusion in the study plan and when ‘positive’ results (passed modules) are recorded. Course B cannot be recorded as ‘passed’ unless course A has also been recorded as ‘passed’.

 

For all registered students enrolled in all sections, the Building Technique course takes precedence over the Project and Architectural Construction Workshop.

14.6 Assessment of learning

Suitable forms of coordination are used to guarantee the uniformity of the learning assessment methods and their scheduling between all sections of the same course, according to the directives of the Master of Science Degree Programmes.

At the beginning of the academic year, each lecturer will communicate the learning assessment methods, the contents of the exam and the assessment criteria.

Three exam sessions are planned for each module (courses and workshops). Each exam session will be held on at least two dates, both at the student’s disposition.

Final year students must take the exam on the first date to allow enough time for graduation registration procedures to be completed within the planned deadline.

14.7 Study Plans

Each student is responsible for submitting an individual study plan.

The School considers the plan to be a reference document for all intents and purposes. Its contents also attest to the conformity of the choices made by the student with the standards set by legal regulations and the provisions of the Regulations of the Degree Programme.

The minimum number of credits for which students may enrol each year is 30 (15 for students entering in March); students are permitted to enrol in courses for a maximum of 80 credits per year (40 for students entering in March). 

N.B.: Students are strongly encouraged to save and print the plan of study submitted.

Requests for changes to study plans will not accepted. The presentation of the study plan is final and must be completed in accordance with the time limits and the manner set out in these Regulations.

14.7.1 Late fees

By resolution of the Board of Directors, a late fee of 100.00 Euros will apply for failure to submit a study plan by the due date stated in the Academic Calendar.

The penalty will be applied to the second instalment of tuition fees.

14.8 Self-certification of passing of examinations

If, when submitting a study plan, an exam has already been taken (for which the marks are already known) but has not yet been recorded in the student’s career record, the student may issue a self-certification stating that the exam has been passed.

Students are not permitted to self-certify courses for which the exam has not yet been taken when compiling their study plans.

Students who provide false statements will be prevented from registering for the exam session for which the self-certification was made. For workshops, students will not be allowed to include the workshop on their study plan until the next academic year.

14.9 Changes to Study Plans

From 27/02/2015 to 05/03/2015, changes may be made to study plans using the Poliself stations.

Changes may be made only to the courses offered in the second semester as follows:

- change optional courses;

- add single subject or integrated courses, sub-divided alphabetically

It will not be possible to remove, add or modify Workshop sections.

N.B.:

Since the timetable of the lessons is published before the beginning of the academic year, students are advised to verify that the times of their optional courses do not conflict with the scheduling of the courses included on their plans.

14.10 Conclusion of the study programme and graduation

Students intending to graduate must have earned all the credits related to the courses listed in the M.Sc. Programme Bulletin, including:

            • credits related to activities chosen by the students;

            • 6 credits related to internships;

            • 8 credits related to degree activities (see section 7.5).

14.10.1 Activities chosen by the student

These activities may be chosen from those offered as part of, or outside, the M.Sc. Programme. The former are considered to be automatically approved. Any other choices or initiatives (seminars, workshops or others) must be authorised in advance by the Board of the School.

A number of optional courses are offered by the Programme both in the 1st and 2nd semesters. These courses may be chosen both by students enrolling in October and those enrolling in March.

Each semester, Study Programmes offer Workshop activities that can be chosen by students. While learning credits are given for these courses, they are not subject to assessment. Students can include up to 8 credits of workshops in their study plan.

14.10.1.1 Workshops

As of the 2013/2014 academic year, students may add 1 course identified as a workshop.

All regularly enrolled students can add up to 2 workshops for a maximum of 8 credits.

Repeating students are only allowed to add one workshop for 4 credits.

14.10.2 Internships

The School cooperates with professional associations, public administrations, regional bodies and businesses, to organise outside internships to guarantee students the possibility of earning the credits envisaged in the university education system. The rules for the length of the internship will be defined by the Programmes, according to the School's regulations.

Further information is available from the Internship Office of the School of Architecture and Society and in the appropriate section of the school's website: www.arch.polimi.it

The University also organises grants for Erasmus internships abroad. For more information, visit:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2469

14.10.3 Online presentation of theses

Students may submit their theses online with different deadlines and procedures from those previously implemented. The thesis can only be submitted once, and only in its final version: once submitted the thesis may not be replaced by an updated version.

All regulations related to the submission of theses are available on the www.tedoc.polimi.it website.

 

 

SPECIFIC NOTES

In the following previously approved study plans (PSPA):

1)                    Architectural Design (A12)

2)                    Interior Architecture (D12)

3)                    Design and Conservation of Built Heritage (C12)

4)                    Technological and Environmental Design (T11)

students will no longer be assigned to the Construction Techniques and Theory and Techniques of Architectural Design courses based on alphabetic order but according to merit.

When completing their study plans, students must expand the options and indicate their preferences (as they do for workshop sections).

Students who enrol after the deadline for any reason will automatically be assigned to the section with fewer students.

In the following PSPAs:

1)                    Architectural Design (A12)

2)                    Interior Architecture (D12)

3)                    Design and Conservation of Built Heritage (C12)

4)                    Technological and Environmental Design (T12)

students will no longer be assigned to the Construction Techniques and Theory and Techniques of Architectural Design courses based on alphabetic order but according to merit.

When completing their study plans, students must expand the options and indicate their preferences (as they do for workshop sections).

Students who enrol after the deadline for any reason will automatically be assigned to the section with fewer students.

 

In the following PSPAs:

1)                    Architectural Design (A12)

2)                    Interior Architecture (D12)

3)                    Technological and Environmental Design (T12)

students will no longer be assigned to the History and Theory of Late Twentieth Century Architecture based on alphabetic order but according to merit.

When completing their study plans, students must expand the options and indicate their preferences (as they do for workshop sections). Those who enrol after the deadline for any reason will automatically be assigned to the section with fewer students.

In the following PSPAs:

1)                    Architectural Design (A12)

2)                    Technological and Environmental Design (T12)

the student must choose only 1 of the following courses, with a maximum limit of 120 students:

  • Urban and Environmental Law
  • Environmental Economics and Sustainability
  • Economy of Urban Change
  • Regional Sociology
  • Urban Sociology

When completing their study plans, students must state indicate their preferences (as they do for workshop sections). Course assignments will be based on merit.

Those who enrol after the deadline for any reason will automatically be assigned to the section with fewer students.

In the following PSPA:

1)                    Design and Conservation of Built Heritage (C12)

2)                    Architectural Design (A12)

Architectural restoration Workshops will have 5 sections that are shared by the two PSPAs. Workshop assignments will be based on merit.

When completing their study plans, students must expand the options and indicate their preferences. Those who enrol after the deadline for any reason will automatically be assigned to the section with fewer students.

 In the following PSPA:

1)                    Design and Conservation of Built Heritage (C12)

Students may substitute up to 8 credits of activities with courses offered by the School of Specialisation in "Preservation of Architectural Heritage and Landscape" with admission procedures and deadlines published by the School of Specialization

In the following PSPA:

1)                    Architecture (E12) section in English

The student must choose only 1 of the following courses:

Analysis and assessment of urban transformations,  Urban sociology.

When completing their study plans, students must state their preferences (as they do for workshop sections). Course assignments will be based on merit.

Those who enrol after the deadline for any reason will automatically be assigned to the section with fewer students.

Elective Courses:

For all previously approved study plans, the maximum enrolment limit for elective courses is 120 students. If the number of applications exceed the number of available places, course assignments will be based on merit. Excluded students must submit a new option to the Student Orientation Office within two days of the date course assignments are published.

Information on course assignments

Please note that:

- when assignments to courses and laboratories are based on merit, students will not be allowed to change sections.

- when repeating courses, there is no guarantee that the student will be assigned to the same section as in the previous academic year.


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