Attention: this is a draft of the Degree Programme and therefore contents may change until final approval by the Academic Senate.

Academic Year 2016/17





School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering



Degree Programme of:


Architecture - Architectural Design
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
Code Reference Law1018
NameArchitecture - Architectural Design
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
Dean of the School Ilaria Pamela Simonetta Valente
Coordinator of the Study programme Francesca Bonfante
Website of the School http://www.auic.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
http://www.progettazionearchitettonica.polimi.it/
(¹) The degree course offers some tracks in Italian and others in English.

Student Office (Study programme) - Milano
Reference office
UFFICIO SERVIZI AGLI STUDENTI E DOCENTI DEI CORSI DI STUDIO DI LAUREA MAGISTRALE
Address Via Ampère 2, 20133 Milano


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

2. General presentation of the study programme

The Programme aims at training an architect who can critically blend the contributions of humanistic and artistic culture with those of technical-scientific culture. This training suitably answers the growing complexity of problems and the new responsibilities demanded by Europe and the world.

Graduate students are required to prepare work projects and manage their realisation using the tools of an architect. The resulting figure is a master of the constructive feasibility of the created work who can coordinate other specialists and operators in the fields of architecture, engineering, urban planning and renovation.

In coherence with European Union directives, this programme promotes the cultured and conscious figure of an architect who can unite knowledge with 'knowing what to do', and operate design syntheses at various scales with the contribution of wide knowledge and multiple techniques.


3. Learning objectives

The Programme moves around the central experience of the Laboratories that face, continually and strengthening what was done during the first study cycle, the complexity and multidisciplinarity question of an Architectural project, in various scales. In the Laboratories, which are also where Degree theses are developed, students acquire the knowledge and ability to understand that are needed to become aware of the experimental work of the project and to express and apply original ideas in this field. Along the learning path, students are in fact called on to acquire advanced knowledge in the field of project disciplines, and integrate them into the project elaboration process.

The experience of the Laboratories, where the different disciplines that are part of the Project formation integrate and are flanked by single-subject and additional programmes, train the student on the theory and in practice, to elaborate and formulate original ideas, even in a research context.

The core objectives of the programme are:

- the ability to use the knowledge obtained to interpret the phenomena, and face the complex problems of, architecture, cities and territories;

- knowledge of the fundamental disciplines in their theoretical-scientific and methodological-operative aspects, in particular Architectural Composition, Building Techniques and the Technology of Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design, Renovation and Interior Architecture;

- the ability to use this knowledge to identify, formulate and solve, even innovatively, problems at different intervention scales.

- awareness of professional ethics.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The training path moves around the central experience of the Architecture project intended as being in its theoretical and operative aspects. The solid material culture of the manufactured products and places are positioned at the centre of the description and interpretation of reality; the design work is measured together with the changed framework of needs and resources, in a dialogue closed by the values that have sedimented in the contexts.

The study process requires maximum commitment from the student during the Architectural Design Laboratories, which are held both during the first and the second year of the programme. The experience of the Architectural Design Laboratories is placed alongside that of an optional Laboratory, chosen by the student from Urban Planning, Urban design and landscape architecture, Renovation, Landscape architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior architecture and preservation.

As a result, the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) is aimed at increasing the architectural project in the following sectors, which have the centrality of the project and intervention on a physical level in common.

- architectural project in different scales;

- architectural and landscape heritage preservation project;

- urban planning and landscape project;

- interior architecture project.

Along the Laboratory path, which can be spread over two years, students acquire and are called on to demonstrate their ability to design in complex and problematic contexts which require solutions that are not standardised and homologated but which implicate, instead, the search for innovative solutions. Graduate students will therefore be able to apply themselves to new themes that are proposed to them with skill and originality, developing the ability to independently manage study and project research in view of the profession of European Architect or a third study cycle.

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification enables students to access Research Doctorate, Level II Specialisation Courses and Level II University Master's programmes.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

Post graduate Master's degree students in Architecture can do all activities relative to the freelancing profession of a European architect; they can also hold offices of high responsibility in institutions and public and private companies (institutional companies, public and private companies), that operate in the fields of building, transformation and restoration of the city and the territory. Students are required to take a qualifying examination/register in the relative Order if they want to work in the profession.

 

The recent norms (pursuant to Presidential Decree 328/2001) widened the figures that are part of the Order of Architects by including also landscape artists, planners and conservationists. The law, in addition, has divided the Order into two sections, A and B; section A is reserved for Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) graduate students, and section B is for Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) graduate students (only architecture and planning). Those who are registered in section A of the Professional Order of Architects are called Architects. To register in the professional Orders as an Architect, you must pass a State professional examination, to be held when finished studying and after obtaining a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science). The State professional examination is made up of a practical test consisting of a project to be outline in one day, two written tests and an oral test. The Board is headed by a University professor appointed by the government, and is made up of professionals, public officials and university professors indicated by the professional orders and selected by the Government. For sections A and B of the Order of Architects, the studio can replace the practical part of this exam with certified professional internship periods, to be carried out even along the study path, should the student have passed all the exams.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Master's graduate students in Architecture-Architectural design can do all the activities required to freelance as a European architect; they can also hold offices of high responsibility in institutions and public and private companies that operate in the fields of building, transformation and restoration of the city and the territory.


6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or comparable foreign qualification

 

The Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) and the skills and knowledge that the student acquired in his/her past career, expressed as credits referring to specific scientific-disciplinary sectors, are curricular requirements. The knowledge of English at a suitable level decided on by the University is also requested for admission to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme.

6.2 Requested knowledge

In order to be admitted to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme, applicants must have a Class L-17 (ex L-4) first cycle degree, or a 3-year Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or university qualification, or another qualification recognised as being suitable.

 

To be admitted, students may have to pass curricular integrations, in the same manner as recognition of already-acquired credits that vary according to the source Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science).

 

In order to be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme, any curricular integrations in terms of ECTS credits must be acquired before enrolling.

 

To enrol in a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture-Architectural Design Programme, the student must have passed the programmed selection test.

Specific indications for admission, as well as the characteristics of the selection test, are given in the Technical attachment to the Educational rules.

 

On the basis of the selection test, a ranking will be drawn up of the applications, and names will be added until the available places have been filled. A number of students equal to the number of unfilled places in September will be admitted with the March admission window.


The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4982

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Architectural Design has 280 places for academic year 2016/2017, with 105 places reserved for non-EU students residing abroad and the Marco Polo quota.

6.4 Tutoring and students support

During the first and second semesters the school organises guidance and tutoring activities for students. The dates of the meetings will be indicated on the School site.


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

To earn a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science), students must obtain the 120 ECTS credits specified in the Educational Rules: for the core activities (Architectural Design, Plants, Technology, Urban planning, Structural design, Renovation, Representation, History of Architecture, Estimates, social, economic and law) 88 ECTS credits are required; for equivalent and free-choice activities 20 ECTS credits are required; for the internship and final exam 12 ECTS credits are required.

7.2 Mode of study

The Programme is full-time; it includes participation in: Programmes with lectures and exercises; multidisciplinary and additional Design Laboratories, with obligatory attendance; Workshops.

Teaching organisation, attendance and assessment methods

The teaching is organised on the basis of Single-subject or integrated teaching Programmes and Laboratories. A number of credits is associated with each one, as indicated in the Degree programme.

 - Single-subject Programmes can include in itinere assessments, and end with an exam.

 - Additional Programmes can include in itinere exams and are organised into modules held by several professors that are part of a single Exam Board. Each Additional Programme has a single exam to be taken by the student.

- The Laboratories are annual and coordinated by the professors in charge of the Additional Modules in the Laboratory. Laboratory attendance is obligatory. Attendance is ascertained by all professors in charge of the Laboratory, on the basis of criteria that are coherent with personal teaching organisation. Laboratory activity ends with an exam held by the Board, which is made up of all the professors in charge.

   The University has established that a university credit (ECTS credit) corresponds to 25 hours of work by the student, including face-to-face teaching and individual study.

Types of teaching

The types of teaching used to guarantee the cultural and professional training of the students are lessons, exercises, laboratory activity (computer, experiments and design), seminars, studio visits, internships.

The learning tests, tutoring and Guidance are an integral part of the teaching.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

1 Year courses - Track: ACP - ARCHITETTURA CITTA' PAESAGGIO


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
091744B,CICAR/12
ICAR/14
ICAR/17
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE ARCHITETTONICA 1A20.020.0
099847BICAR/21LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE URBANISTICA 1A12.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
099849B,CICAR/19
ING-IND/22
LABORATORIO DI RESTAURO 1A12.0
099850CGEO/03
ICAR/15
LABORATORIO DI ARCHITETTURA DEL PAESAGGIOA12.0
084266CM-FIL/04ESTETICA14.04.0
091956BICAR/19RESTAURO URBANO14.04.0
091746BICAR/21CULTURA DEL PROGETTO URBANO24.04.0
084265BICAR/18STORIA DELL'ARCHITETTURA CONTEMPORANEA24.04.0
099984B,CICAR/08
MAT/07
MATEMATICA E MECCANICA DEI SOLIDIA8.08.0

2 Year courses - Track: ACP - ARCHITETTURA CITTA' PAESAGGIO


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
093828B,CICAR/09
ICAR/14
ING-IND/11
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE ARCHITETTONICA 2A20.020.0
096602BICAR/19LABORATORIO DI RESTAURO 2A12.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
093829BICAR/21LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE URBANISTICA 2A12.0
099856B,CICAR/15
ICAR/21
DISEGNO URBANO E ARCHITETTURA DEL PAESAGGIO 2A12.0
087460BSPS/10SOCIOLOGIA URBANA14.04.0
091748BICAR/22VALUTAZIONE ECONOMICA DEI PROGETTI24.04.0

1 Year courses - Track: ASI - ARCHITETTURA SPAZIO INTERNO


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
091744B,CICAR/12
ICAR/14
ICAR/17
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE ARCHITETTONICA 1A20.020.0
093827CICAR/16LABORATORIO DI ARCHITETTURA DEGLI INTERNI 1A12.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
089719B,CICAR/16
ICAR/19
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE DEGLI INTERNI E CONSERVAZIONE DEL COSTRUITO 1A12.0
084266CM-FIL/04ESTETICA14.04.0
091956BICAR/19RESTAURO URBANO14.04.0
091746BICAR/21CULTURA DEL PROGETTO URBANO24.04.0
084265BICAR/18STORIA DELL'ARCHITETTURA CONTEMPORANEA24.04.0
099984B,CICAR/08
MAT/07
MATEMATICA E MECCANICA DEI SOLIDIA8.08.0

2 Year courses - Track: ASI - ARCHITETTURA SPAZIO INTERNO


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
093828B,CICAR/09
ICAR/14
ING-IND/11
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE ARCHITETTONICA 2A20.020.0
099858B,CICAR/16
ICAR/19
LABORATORIO DI PROGETTAZIONE DEGLI INTERNI E CONSERVAZIONE DEL COSTRUITO 2A12.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
075922CICAR/16LABORATORIO DI ARCHITETTURA DEGLI INTERNI 2A12.0
087460BSPS/10SOCIOLOGIA URBANA14.04.0
091748BICAR/22VALUTAZIONE ECONOMICA DEI PROGETTI24.04.0

1 Year courses - Track: ADL - ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
096438B,CICAR/12
ICAR/14
ICAR/17
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO 1A20.020.0
099859B,CICAR/16
ICAR/19
INTERIOR DESIGN AND PRESERVATION STUDIO 1A12.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
096448B,CICAR/09
ICAR/14
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES 1A12.0
051066B,CICAR/19
ING-IND/22
RESTORATION DESIGN STUDIO 1A12.0
096455B,CICAR/08
MAT/07
MATHEMATICS AND MECHANICS OF SOLIDA8.08.0
096578CING-IND/22MATERIALS FOR BUILDINGS14.04.0
096454BICAR/19URBAN RESTORATION14.04.0
096453BICAR/21CULTURE OF URBAN DESIGN24.04.0
096451BICAR/18HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE24.04.0

2 Year courses - Track: ADL - ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
097637B,CICAR/09
ICAR/14
ING-IND/11
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO 2A20.020.0
099860B,CICAR/16
ICAR/19
INTERIOR DESIGN AND PRESERVATION STUDIO 2A12.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
097668B,CICAR/09
ICAR/14
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES 2A12.0
097643BICAR/22ECONOMIC EVOLUATION OF PROJECTS24.04.0
097644BSPS/10URBAN SOCIOLOGY14.04.0

7.4 Foreign language

The knowledge of English at a suitable level decided on by the University is required for admission to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme.

The knowledge of English is a pre-requisite for enrolment.

7.5 Degree examination

The Architectural Design laboratories - held both in the first and second year of the programme - and the optional Urban Design, Renovation, Interior Architecture, Urban design and landscape architecture, Landscape architecture, Interior architecture and preservation Laboratories which are aimed at deepening the architectural project in different spheres of interest, are configured similarly to the Degree Laboratories. The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Thesis consists of an architectural project developed and analysed starting from the work carried out in one of the two Degree Laboratories that was attended and has ended.

 

The project must be presented using suitable graphic documents and a written report. 

 

For the methods, contents and minimum requirements for thesis preparation, students should refer to the Technical attachment to the Educational Rules: 

http://www.auic.polimi.it/didattica/esami-di-laurea-e-laurea-magistrale/

 

The thesis, an expression of the tight bond between teaching and research, is the moment when the synthesis and proposal autonomy obtained by the student are assessed.

The professors who are in charge of the Laboratories where the project selected for the thesis was created by the students act as the thesis mentors. Even other professors or external experts can become second mentors, either because called justifiably by students, or because involved in the Laboratory teaching activities.

 

The Degree exam attributes a score from 0 to 8 that is added to the average obtained during the two-year period. The average is calculated on the basis of the scores obtained for the individual exams, excluding honours. The honours are assessed where the Degree exam is held, to support possible honours proposals. The proposal of honours must be approved unanimously by the Degree Board members.


8. Academic calendar

The calendar indicating the deadlines for Study plan, exam session and degree exam session presentation is published on the University site

http://www.polimi.it/calendario-accademico/


9. Faculty

The names of the Programme Professors and what they teach will be made available in the degree programme from July onwards.
The Degree Programme is published each year on the Politecnico di Milano website.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Libraries

 

The Central Architecture Library has around 60,000 scientific works in Italian and other languages, dedicated mainly to architecture, art, city planning, design, interior furnishings, landscape, renovation and museology.  A particular section is reserved for works on the city of Milan.  All the texts used by and recommended for the Degree Programmes offered by the School of Architecture and Design are available. In the reference sector, students can consult the main thematic and general encyclopaedias, as well as yearbooks and city planning and building codes. More than 1,000 magazines are available, with a current subscription to 400 of them. The main magazines related to architecture and art can be consulted on CD ROM, together with a wide class of publications centred on the same themes.  The Library has the PhD theses relative to the PhDs coordinated by the Departments.

Opening hours: The opening hours and consultation methods are indicated on the Library site (http://www.biblio.polimi.it/) Address: Via Bonardi, 3 - 20133 Milan Phone: 02.2399.2684

The Durando Teaching Library of Architecture was opened to the public in September 1997. Aimed at creating a sufficiently large base, enough to cover the areas of interest of students, professors and researchers, it holds the texts indicated in the bibliographies of the official teaching programmes and the texts that go further into the disciplinary contents tied to design problems in architecture and which document the progress of design culture in Italy and abroad. The main encyclopaedias, dictionaries, codes and yearbooks, historical essays, normative texts can be freely consulted in the reference section. More than 160 magazines are available for open-shelf consultation; the library has subscribed to these magazines since 1997.

 

In addition to the classrooms for Programmes and Laboratories:

- Computerised classrooms 

 

University or Department Laboratories and Archives:

Computer library: supplies computer support to the research and teaching activities for: the elaboration of urban theme maps reported on a data base of archive and historical sources; graphic return in scale of photogrammetric surveys; urban surveys for the elaboration of intervention and implementation Plans; comparative analysis of typological and architectural schemes; the acquisition, drafting and production of textual, graphic and photographic layouts for producing displays and hypertexts and for digital publishing;

 

Modelling laboratory: Sets up and produces architectural models in various scales, from territorial and urban to those for building, interiors and objects of use, using multiple executive, material and finishing techniques scaled to the different possible uses of the models, which go from assessment of the projects still being studied to the final presentation of the designed architecture or the building in scale of existing works.

 

Macro-scale urban planning, Landscape and Computerised cartography: prepares reliable macro-economic and macro-scale urban planning transformation scenarios using statistical and cartographic instruments and elaborations, in addition to simulations and developing proportions of the transport system. It also faces complex project themes with activity project quantification and urban re-design.

 

Analysis and diagnostic of built laboratory: identifies the degradation and diagnostic for the preservation, management and re-use of built architecture projects. In particular it deals with the metric, static, materic consistency of buildings, identification of the pathologies of degradation and the relative causes, and the most suitable graphic rendering in order to proceed with the next preservation project.

 

- Piero Bottoni Archive

 

- Historical Archives of Politecnico di Milano


11. International context

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Architectural Design supports and promotes collaboration and comparisons with the teaching experience of other international Schools of Architecture.

Numerous international agreements have been made for the exchange of students and professors, and also for the realisation of workshops and common projects.

12. Internationalization

Students that can be admitted to the Erasmus Programme or non-EU Bilateral Exchanges

 

Methods

In the circle of the international exchange projects (EU and non-EU), students can spend a study period abroad, which usually lasts one semester according to the following methods:

  • during the 1st year of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) (the permanence could become annual if previously approved by the School authorities);
  • during the 2nd year of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science), only during the 1st semester;
  • students who are doing a thesis with double mentor (one person in charge of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Laboratory selected by the student as the Degree Laboratory, and one foreign person in the exchange premises), prior to agreements with the involved professors can take their mobility period in the 2nd semester.

The Academic calendars of the partner Schools do not always coincide with that of the Study Plan. Students must therefore view them to present an informed application, evaluating possible overlaps.

The selected students must agree on a Study Plan with the mobility promoter; the plan must be equivalent to the teachings of the foreign university they will attend, for a maximum total of 80 ECTS credits.

Foreign students enrolled in a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme and who are taking part in an international mobility programme, can acquire a maximum of 30 ECTS credits.

Students can repeat the foreign study experiences, but only with different exchange projects than the one done previously, for up to a maximum of 90 ECTS credits (Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) and Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science)). The mentor who promotes the exchange project recognises the credits and the relative equivalent Programmes and Laboratories passed by the student in another country,

In the exchange project field students cannot ask for the Italian programmes on Italian law to be validated.

In the event that a student selected for a study period abroad is forced to turn down the opportunty, he/she must present his/her withdrawal.

 

Life Learning Programme (LLP) / Erasmus - Student mobility for studying

The LLP programme, promoted by the European Union, allows European students who are enrolled at European universities that are part of a partnership network, to follow study programmes at foreign universities, with the guarantee that the programmes and exams taken will be recognised. The main purpose of this programme is to offer European students the opportunity to study and live abroad, insert themselves into the daily life of the host country, and understand its practices and customs.

The LLP programme allows students to confront, not only different cultures but also different traditions and teaching and project methods.

The universities where the students can do an Erasmus exchange period are those indicated in the Institutional agreements that the School has made with each individual partner seat. The mobility professors are indicated in the LLP announcement; these professors created the exchange and coordinate the exchange activities between our University and the foreign one.

The "Coordinating" professor is, instead, someone to whom the student must refer, in order to define his/her study curriculum for the period he/she will spend abroad. 

The exchange is finalised with the student's acceptance of the place assigned to him/her and the confirmation of acceptance by the host university, subject to control of the profile and forms of the students sent within the established deadlines.

 The following can take part in the exchange project:

  • - citizens from a European Union country or another country taking part in the programme;
  • - citizens from other countries registered with the university.

 

 

Life Learning Programme (LLP) / Erasmus - Student mobility for internships

The Erasmus Sector Programme allows students from higher education institutes with an "extended EUC" to do internships with companies, and training and research centres (excluding European institutions or organisations that run European programmes) in one of the countries taking part in the programme.

The student, who can receive an ad hoc community contribution for the period of the internship, can acquire specific skills and a better understanding of the social-economic culture of the host country, with the support of preparatory or updating programmes in the language of the welcoming country (or in the working language), with the ultimate purpose of favouring the movement of young workers throughout Europe.

Before their departure, students must have a Training Agreement signed by the beneficiary, the higher education institute and the welcoming organisation.

The internship period must be covered by a Placement Contract, signed by the beneficiary and by the higher education institute or the departure consortium.

Disabled students have specific contributions available.

In addition, students heading towards a country where the main language is less known and less taught have the possibility of taking part in intensive courses for linguistic preparation (EILC - Erasmus Intensive Language Courses), to prepare them for their subsequent period of Erasmus mobility. 

UNIVERSITY: PARTNER, NATION AND PROMOTER

The School promotes international agreements with numerous European countries (Austria, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, France, Poland, etc.) and non-European Union countries (Brazil, Australia, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, etc.).


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=4696

13. Quantitative data


The University Assessment Commission performs periodic analysis on the overall results and on the quality of teaching degree programs, by monitoring teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the job market. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di Milano.
http://www.polimi.it/ateneo/organi/nucleo-di-valutazione/

14. Further information

Technical Attachment to the Regulation of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Architectural Design

 

  1. Admission to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Architecture-Architectural Design

 

1.1 Admission requirements

First cycle degree or second cycle degree

- English language certification

 

 

1.2       Applicant selection

ALL applicants, even those who are entitled to be admitted, are required to present a career assessment request using the online application on www.polimi.it, Online services, “Admission to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science): request presentation, result consultation and enrolment" within the deadlines given in the Regulations of Admission to Lauree Magistrali (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction Engineering. Even graduating students can register for a career assessment, as long as they have obtained at least 145 credits.

There are two assessment windows during the year: one for the first semester, one for the second.

The following are required for being admitted to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Architectural Design:

- a Class L-17 qualification in Science of Architecture (or Class 4 ex Min.Decree 509/1999), without curricular integrations, or a qualification obtained abroad that is recognised as being suitable;

- a laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or 3-year university qualification (Min.Decree 270/04, art. 6);

- fulfilment of the essential educational activities given in the table relative to the class L-17 laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in Architecture and Science, held to be a mandatory curricular requirement, in compliance with Directive 85/384 EEC and relative recommendations;

- having passed the obligatory entrance tests for enrolment in a Programme and/or single-cycle Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science),

Admission to the LM-4 Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Architecture-Architectural Design is permitted if the selection test is passed; the selection test consists of a comparative assessment that considers the student's past career (on the basis of the documents presented by the applicant when pre-enrolling) and possible other important and suitably documented training or professional experiences.

For students who graduated from classes other than L-17, an assessment of their previous career may result in them having to retake and pass failed exams before enrolling in the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science). Students with curricular integrations that are worth more than 30 ECTS credits cannot be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Architectural Design (except for Graduate students in Architecture and Building Production from Politecnico di Milano).

 

1.2.1 Entitlement to admission

Students who enrolled in the three-year Programme of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering (class L-17), who graduated within 4 years from their first enrolment and who, on 30 September of the 2nd calendar year from their first enrolment acquired the N and V parameters (number of ECTS credits and average) required by the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme they intend taking (identifiable by their study plan) are entitled to be admitted.

These are the parameters requested, separated into their years of entry:

 

- Students enrolled from academic year 2003/04 until academic year 2009/10: N/V 100/25

- Students enrolled from academic year 2010/11: N/V 100/27

 

A high number of curricular integrations does not permit students who graduated from L-21 and L-23 degree classes to be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Architectural Design  (excluding students who graduated in Architecture and Construction at Politecnico di Milano), even if the N/V parameter has been passed.

 

 

1.2.2 International students

International students coming from foreign Universities are selected according to

the times and using the methods indicated on http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/

 

Additional information

The Regulation for Admission to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering is on www.auic.polimi.it.

 

 

 1.3 Transfers from other Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes or from other university campuses

Transferring from other Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes or other university campuses is only permitted subject to presentation of the request for admission.

Transferred students can have past exams validated if held as being compatible with the offered curriculum of the Programme they want to do.

Enrolling for a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) does not guarantee transfer without having to retake exams: the Board will always consider the first cycle degree acquired, applying what is indicated in point 1.2.

Applicants who enrolled in single-cycle Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes at other Italian Universities cannot be transferred to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture-Architectural Design.  Students from foreign universities in countries with programme schedules that do not contemplate three-year Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programmes must guarantee enrolment in the 4th year of the course, must have at least 180 ETCS credits, and must respect the minimum curricular requirements indicated for class L-17.  

 

 

1.4 English language certification

English language certification is a prerequisite for admittance: students who do not have the necessary certification cannot be admitted to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programmes.

The certification must be acquired as indicated in the "Guide to the English language" published on the University site http://www.polimi.it/studenti/guide.

The original English language certificate must be presented to the Registrar's Office in Via Golgi 42 within the deadline indicated for presenting the request for admission relative to the entry semester:

I semester: 09 September 2016

II semester: 14 February 2017

 

1.5 Curricular integrations

A curricular integration refers to an exam that has to be retaken and which is assigned to students who have graduated in a class that is not L-17. They are university credits determined by the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Admission Board and chosen from the courses of the first cycle degree.

Registration for curricular integrations can be done through the Online Services: "Admission to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science): application submission, result consultation and enrolment".

Students who receive curricular integrations cannot enrol in a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science); they can only do so after having taken the relative test/s again and presenting a new request for admittance.

 

 

1.6 Exam validation

Students transferring from other Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes can have already-taken exams validated, if compatible with the curriculum of the programme they intend doing. As per University regulations, students who transfer from another university are required to take exams worth at least 60 ECTS credits at Politecnico di Milano, in addition to doing an internship and taking the final exams.

The validations will be indicated in the career assessment and loaded automatically in the Study Plan.

 

 

 

 

1.7 Single-subject courses

The University permits students to do single-subject courses, subject to payment of the enrolment cost.

Students who wish to do single-subject courses must not already be enrolled at Politecnico di Milano.

Enrolment in single-subject courses depends on the availability of places in the course itself; each semester the School publishes its list of available courses online on www.auic.polimi.it.

In the event that the requests for the first or second semester exceed the number of places available, a selection will be made on the basis of the qualifications matured (laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) score and assessment of the request for admission to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science)).

When admitted to a programme, students can attend courses, take exams during the exam sessions of the academic year and obtain certification confirming the score of the exams passed and the corresponding ECTS credits obtained.

 

Enrolment in single-subject courses can be requested for:

- max. 30 ECTS credits per year by those who wish to integrate their education, or who do not have the requirements/prerequisites necessary for taking a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme, and who intend taking the curriculum in advance in view of possible subsequent recognition.

 

The subsequent recognition of the ECTS credits acquired, which can never be higher than 30, depends on admission to and enrolment in the specific Laurea Magistrale (Master of Science) Programme.

In the event that the exams for single-subject courses were not taken/passed, attendance validation is discretionary during enrolment.

 

Enrolment in single-subject courses can be requested for:

- max 80 ECTS credits per year, only for those who presented an application for admission to/assessment of Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes, disciplined by Min.Decree 270/04, who are required to pass courses defined as curricular integrations, before being able to enrol.

The maximum limit of 80 ECTS credits can include both curricular integrations assigned from the assessment and early courses of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme; the latter cannot include the laboratories or exceed 30 ECTS credits.

Students can enrol for curricular integrations using the Online Services function "Admission to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science): application submission, result consultation and enrolment".

The other credits can be obtained by presenting a request specifically for enrolment through the Online Services "Request for and enrolment in Single-subject Programmes".

 

What is indicated in point 1.2 of these regulations is also valid for the Architecture-Architectural Design Programme.

 

Having attended Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) single-subject courses does not give priority for enrolment in the Programme and cannot become part of the assessment of merit.

 

 

1.8 Enrolment

Only students who presented a request for career assessment and were evaluated as "SUITABLE" by the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Admission Board can enrol in a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Architectural Design.

Students can only enrol in the Architecture-Architectural Design Programme using the Online Services function: "Admission to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science): application submission, result consultation and enrolment".

 

 

Additional information

The Regulations for Admission to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering are published every year on www.auic.polimi.it.

The text includes the methods used for admission and the deadlines for semesters I and II 2016/2017.

 

                                       2. PSPA (Previously Approved Study Plan) option presentation

 

 

2.1 Options and allocation, year I

Once their enrolment has been confirmed, students admitted to the Programme can select up to 3 options on the available PSPA (www.polimi.it Online services PSPA option presentation).

Only after being allocated in one of the indicated PSPAs can students move on and present their Study Plan.

During year I, the PSPA is assigned on the basis of the laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) score and considering the order of the preferences expressed by the student.

Students who enrolled after the indicated deadlines cannot present their options and will be positioned in the PSPAs that still have available places.

Due to allocations established by merit, newly-enrolled students CANNOT make any changes to their PSPA. 

 

 

2.2 Options and allocation, year II

Students are obliged to present the options in the PSPA also for the second year; PSPA continuity is, however, guaranteed. Students who intend modifying their PSPA as to the previous year can reformulate their preferences; students will be assessed again and positioned on a merit basis according to the weighted average acquired within the summer exam sessions.

In order to select other Programmes or Campuses of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, students must again present their request for career assessment as indicated in the Regulations for admission.

 

 

 

                                       3. Presenting your Study Plan

 

 

3.1 Times and methods

Students are obliged, under their own responsibility, to present their personal Study Plan (www.polimi.it, Online Services, “Study Plan Presentation”).

The Plan is considered by the School to be probative to all effects. Its compilation also confirms compliance of the choices made by the student with current rules and the Programme Regulations.

The Study Plan of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture-Architectural Design is made up of 120 University credits, to be inserted in the plan as Effective, divided into:

- single-subject or additional courses

- laboratories

- free-choice activities

- internship

- final test

Students can register yearly for a minimum of 30 credits (15 for March entries); contemporary enrolment for courses is permitted for a maximum of 80 yearly credits.

N.B. We suggest always saving and printing the plan that was inserted.

Changes made to the plan will not be accepted. Presentation of the Study Plan is definitive and must be completed in the times and methods established by the School. When choosing courses, students are required to consult the timetable beforehand, to avoid overlapping attendance.

 

 

3.1.1 Arrears

As approved by the Board of Directors, arrears of 100.00 Euro will be payable if the Study Plan is not presented within the dates indicated in the academic calendar. Payment will be requested with the second instalment.

 

 

3.1.2 Attendance

- Laboratories: attendance is obligatory and is uninterrupted; students who do not attend the laboratories for the correct number of hours must re-insert them in the subsequent academic year, presenting a new Study plan in September;

- Single-subject or additional programmes: attendance is uninterrupted, therefore they are inserted in the Plan only once during the student's career; once inserted in the Study plan they remain in the subsequent years as acquired attendance; when drawing up the study plan of the subsequent academic year, the acquired attendance can be eliminated and the courses re-inserted as new attendance.

- Final exam and Internship: attendance is uninterrupted, therefore they can only be inserted in the student's career once.

 

3.1.3 Study Plan modifications

You can modify your Study Plan from 01 March 2017 to 08 March 2017 using the Online Services.

With regard to the courses offered for the second semester, you can:  add or eliminate optional and obligatory programmes, the end test and internship.

 

Students cannot eliminate, add or change the Laboratory sessions and the first semester programmes.

 

 

3.2 Allocations

 

3.2.1 Laboratories

In the 1st year, students enrolled in the Architecture City Landscape PSPA are obliged to indicate 4 options for Architectural Design Laboratory 1 and 3 options for the optional Laboratory.

Students enrolled in the Architecture and Interior Space PSPA are obliged to indicate 4 options for Architectural Design Laboratory 1 and 2 options for the optional Laboratory.

Students enrolled in the Architectural Design PSPA are obliged to indicate 2 options for Architectural Design Laboratory 1 and 2 options for the optional Laboratory.

In the 2nd year, students enrolled in the Architecture City Landscape PSPA are obliged to indicate 4 options for Architectural Design Laboratory 2 and 3 options for the optional Laboratory.

Students enrolled in the Architecture and Interior Space PSPA are obliged to indicate 4 options for Architectural Design Laboratory 2 and 2 options for the optional Laboratory.

Students enrolled in the Architectural Design PSPA are obliged to indicate 2 options for Architectural Design Laboratory 2 and 2 options for the optional Laboratory.

Students are placed in the laboratories on the basis of their position in the ranking relative to the sequence of options expressed.

The options must be expressed every year and will be ordered according to the following criteria:

 

First year

 

Degree score

 

Second year

Ordered in decreasing values of the G parameter

 

 

where Vi is the score obtained for the nth exam, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the nth exam, and n is the number of exams taken

A score of 30/30 cum lode will be calculated as equal to 33/30.

 

To prevent students being penalised by possible delays in recording or validating the exams taken, the G parameter will be calculated on the career matured during the summer session. 01/08/2016).

The scores of all students returning from an Erasmus cannot be considered if not already validated in the plan before being assigned.

Admitted students who for any reason enrol after the indicated deadlines will be placed in the ranking.

Students cannot attend laboratories or programmes that are not included in the plan. Assessments relative to activities that are not in the study plan or which have been attended differently from allocation in the sections cannot be recognised or validated for any reason whatsoever.

Laboratory attendance is obligatory and must be equal to at least 70% of the total hours.

 

3.2.2 Single-subject and Additional programmes

The single-subject and additional course sections are assigned to students in alphabetical order by surname.

 

 

3.3 Course priorities

The Architecture-Architectural Design Programme does not indicate any priority.

 

 

3.4 Free-choice activities

Students are obliged to insert, in their educational path, free-choice courses aimed at deepening and completing the specific themes of their individual curricula; the educational offer of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering includes activation of numerous optional courses that are useful for completing the ECTS credits of the selected programmes.

Alternatively, the School offers recognition of Workshops as specified below.

 

3.4.1 Optional courses

When compiling their study plan, students can insert a number of optionals that depends on the offer of the enrolment PSPA.

The list of courses offered and the relative programmes in the Degree programme can be consulted.

Optional programmes do not require any allocation; should the number of students be above 80/120, an additional session will be started and the students will be distributed alphabetically or allocated by merit, evaluating case by case.

 3.4.2 Workshops

Credits for free-choice programmes, deriving from participation in extra-curricular activities (Workshops, Seminars, etc.) will only be recognised if authorised beforehand by the School Committee, following a motivated proposal and equipped with a programme by a professor (from the school or Politecnico di Milano) who coordinates the activity.

The list of workshops accredited by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering is available in the dedicated section of the School site and is updated several times during the year: http://www.auic.polimi.it/didattica/workshop/

To take part in a Workshop, follow the methods specified in the individual sheets and refer to the reference professors indicated by the supervising professor.

Students who have attended or will attend a workshop must respect the following procedures:

 

  •          Students who enrolled from academic year 2016/17

-          are obliged to insert the Workshop line when drawing up their study plan.

-          after having obtained confirmation of credit assignment, must give the relative application form (which can be downloaded from the School site under Students/Forms: http://www.auic.polimi.it/students/forms/) to the Office of the Programme the student enrolled in, attaching a copy of the participation certificate.

 

  •          Students who enrolled in academic years prior to 2016/17

-          when compiling their study plan, can insert the Workshop line or, alternatively, an optional course. Students can replace the optional course with Workshop attendance; in this case the plan line will be modified by the competent offices when the credits are verbalised (for those students who intend attending a Workshop, we suggest inserting the Workshop line,which is available in the list of optional courses, in their study plan).

-          after having obtained confirmation of credit assignment, must present the relative application form (which can be downloaded from the School site under Students/Forms: http://www.auic.polimi.it/students/forms/) to the Office of the Programme the student enrolled in, attaching a copy of the participation certificate.

 

The Architecture-Architectural Design Programme recognises a maximum number of 4 ECTS credits deriving from participation in Workshops.

 3.5 Internship

The School cooperates with professional orders, public administrations, territorial institutes and companies to organise internships so that students are guaranteed the possibility of acquiring the credits indicated in the regulations.

In addition, students can also do their internship in the Politecnico di Milano Departments.

Internship duration is defined by the Study Plans, according to School regulations. More information is available from the Internship Office of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering and in the specific section of the School site http://www.auic.polimi.it/studenti/tirocini-curriculari-obbligatori-career-service/.

The University also promotes Erasmus scholarships for internships abroad. For further information: http://www.polimi.it/it/studenti/esperienze-allestero/

 

 

3.6 Courses as extra for the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science)

Courses/training, even selected from other programmes that are part of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, can be inserted in the Study plan as extra (select the purple trolley icon "Extra").

Courses as extra:

- are not considered in the total of credits required for admission to the final exam (120 ECTS credits for laurea magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programmes), therefore passing them is discretionary.

- are not included in the average score calculation

- are part of the maximum limit of 80 ECTS credits necessary for drawing up the Study plan, and are also included in the total number of ECTS credits that define the amount of the second instalment of the university contributions

- are recorded in the student's career and included in the certifications issued if passed

 

A course position can be modified from effective to extra or vice versa when presenting the Study plan; this change results in the payment of the enrolment fee even if new attendances are not included.

There is no guarantee that the ECTS credits acquired as extra will be recognised, if admission is requested to laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) and laurea magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programmes. The possible recognition of exams and/or attendance is the exclusive prerogative of the structure that evaluates the request for admission.

The exams of courses as extra can be taken until the day before the Degree exam sessions, but not after that date. Exams of courses as extra can be taken in the first useful session after enrolment in the laurea magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) should the attendance have been validated, or new attendance inserted.

http://www.polimi.it/studenti/guide/

 

 

                                      4. State examinations

 

4.1 Methods

The uniformity of the methods for learning assessment and programming from among all the sections of the same course is guaranteed by suitable forms of coordination, in coherence with the directives of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme.

At the start of the academic year, each professor communicates the learning assessment methods, the contents of the exam and the assessment criteria.

Three exam sessions are programmed for each course (programmes and laboratories). Each exam session has at least two session dates, both of which can be used by students.

Students can only take part in the exam sessions if they are regularly enrolled online by the exam date; if not enrolled, the students cannot take the exam for any reason, and the score cannot be recorded in their career.

Graduating students must only use the first exam date of the relative session, in order to permit completion of the enrolment procedures in a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Exam session within the indicated terms.

 

 

 

 

                                       5. Final exams

 

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture-Architectural Design ends with the Final Exam, where the student's thesis is presented and discussed. The thesis consists of an architecture project that is developed and analysed stating from the work carried out in one of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Laboratories that were attended and completed by the student, and must be approved by a Programme professor.

 

The thesis must develop an important architectural theme, placing special attention on the theoretical and practical aspects involved in defining the project and division of the work according to the specific responsibilities of the different Laboratories. The thesis must also highlight the analytical, critical and project skills developed by the applicant. The point of view of the project and its centrality inside the training path must guide its elaboration.

 

 

For all information on the final exam, students should consult the "Regulation for the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) and Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) final exam of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering and the integrative Regulation of the final exam for the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) of the Programme in

Architecture-Architectural Design published on the School site:

http://www.auic.polimi.it/index.php?id=371


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