Academic Year 2019/20





School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering



Degree Programme of:


Architecture - Building Architecture
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
Code Reference Law1017
NameArchitecture - Building Architecture
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 Lorenza Petrini
Website of the School http://www.auic.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
http://www.architetturadellecostruzioni.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 aim of the EU Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Architecture - Building Architecture is to train a European architect who, on the basis of advanced professional knowledge, can give suitable and updated answers to problems tied to the Design and Construction of the Architecture of complex works, and also carry out the professional duties and responsibilities requested today in this sector at a European and international level.

To obtain this, the best critical and design tradition of the school of Architecture in Milan cooperates with the scientific and technical tradition of the School of Engineering at the Politecnico. Training is mainly aimed at deepening the relationship between the architecture and  structural design, considering the construction as technical tool in the design, but also fundamental expressive element of the architectural works.

Today, the profession demands the project as "as complex system", result of the relationship among different knowledges. Its management entrusts to the architect the central role of director, able to drive and recap this process, aiming at guarantee the realization of works and places architectural quality.

The ability to consciously play this role is, briefly, the purpose that the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme follows.

In other words, the goal of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme is to educate on the realisation and preservation and enhancing of complex works – where complexity refers both to works and places they define -  in harmony with the environment they are positioned in, answering requirements of sustainability, functionality, well-being, and also suitably robust and durable in their normal use and in relation to severe natural events.

For this purpose, Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Architecture - Building Architecture offer a training process based on the Design Studios, that are the central moment of the master student training. These Studios are based on an interdisciplinary framework, where different disciplines contribute to elaborate the architectural project through a continuous debate applied to different themes

 

 


3. Learning objectives

Contemporary backgrounds call for cities and territories to be redeveloped and regenerated with interventions that can add structure and character to living areas. Complex architectural buildings, namely new buildings or the restoration of pre-existing ones, can add to defining new urban centres through important connection systems, mobility infrastructures, specialised equipment and services on a local and supralocal scale, etc. The realisation and preservation of these works require, on the one hand, satisfaction of increasingly higher levels of architectural quality, safety, functionality and suitability for human living, while on the other they involve the use of natural resources and the consumption of energy that condition the economy and the environment in an important manner, and the effects of which will continue over time, involving several generations.

The design of the manufactured products must incorporate extremely high levels of scientific and ethical awareness, and a construction knowledge that is the expression of form and content.

The purpose of the EU Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Architecture - Building Architecture is to train a European architect who, on the basis of advanced professional knowledge, can give suitable and updated answers to the complexity of problems tied to the Design and Building of Architecture, to the duties and professional responsibilities requested today by this sector in Europe, and who is able to operate design briefs with the contribution of a multiplicity of knowledge and techniques. This purpose can be reached by making the best critical and design tradition of the school of Architecture in Milan to cooperate with the scientific and technical tradition of the School of Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

 From this point of view, and in respect of the training objectives below that qualify a class LM-4 degree, namely:

- to have an extensive knowledge of the history of architecture, building, urban planning, architectural renovation and the other environmental and territorial transformation activities pertaining to the professions relative to architecture and building engineering-architecture, as defined by Directive 85/384/EEC and relative recommendations;

- to have an extensive knowledge of the instruments and forms of representation, the theoretical-scientific, as well as the methodological-operative, aspects of mathematics and the other basic sciences, and be able to use this knowledge to thoroughly interpret and describe problems that are complex or which required an interdisciplinary approach;

- to have an extensive knowledge of the theoretical-scientific, methodological and operative aspects of architecture, building, urban planning and architectural renovation, and be able to use this knowledge to identify sustainable solutions;

- to formulate and solve, even in an innovative manner, problems that are complex or which require an interdisciplinary approach;

- to have awareness of ethics and professional ethics;

- to have knowledge of the field of company and enterprise organization;

- to be able to use English, both written and spoken;

The EU Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Architecture-Building Architecture aims at educating on the realization, preservation and enhancement of complex works

  • in harmony with the environment they are located in;
  • developed according to environmental sustainability standards;
  • that answer the requirements of functionality, well-being, fruition and use;
  • that are suitably robust for normal use and with regard to severe natural events such as earthquakes, flooding, etc.

Along their educational path, therefore, students extend their knowledge of building logic, intended as the coherence between the environment, architecture, technology and structure, against the arbitrariness of form and the casualness of building phenomena. It is clear, therefore, that the main objective of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) course is to guide the student towards an in-depth knowledge of the core disciplines, the ability to use this knowledge in order to identify, formulate and solve in a suitable manner the problems of the design, building and preservation of Architecture, making him able to manage and control the whole process: from the design to its realization.

The study route therefore requires maximum commitment from the student in the Architectural Design Studio for Complex Architecture, present both in the first and second year of the programme and characterized by the compresence of the architectural, structural and technological disciplines. The Studio activities allow students to express their planning skills and to confront each other and professors in a process of continuous dialogue.

When attending the Studios, students can grasp, together with the freedom of choice, the difficulties in coherently designing works that answer all the requirements of the contemporaneity. The professors of the Studio work in a coordinated manner on the same project, beside the students, in the classroom, guiding them until definition of the architectural and executive details, and placing attention both on the development of suitable solutions and on the appropriateness of the choices of the building products of the building industry, in such a way that the project is developed by the students in all the architectural, structural and technological aspects.

This way of working, that characterizes all the training process, anticipates the professional modalities of integrated design process, develops personal, professional and interpersonal skills (soft skills), makes the student aware of their choices, capabilities, role and contribution in the design process.  

Today, the profession demands that the work or architecture "as a system" be placed at the centre of the project, the management of which sees the architect as the main player. The ability to consciously play this role in its complexity is, briefly, the objective that the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme follows.

On the basis of this wide and founding commitment that all the responsibilities take on, the Studio becomes a place where all the disciplines meet. This is the reason for the name of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science): "Architecture", in the sense of a search for the quality of Architecture in the building world; "Building Architecture", in the sense of a search for relations between the structural and architectural design, between technical-scientific and expressive choices.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

From academic year 2016/2017 the training path of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture - Building Architecture presents two previously approved Study Plans (PSPA), one in Italian and the other in English.

- The PSPA in Italian, called “Architettura-Architettura delle Costruzioni”, in the first year, moves around the “Laboratorio di architettura delle costruzioni complesse 1” (second semester) and the optional studios “Laboratorio per la Conservazione delle Architetture complesse” and “Laboratorio di Strutture e Infrastrutture nel Paesaggio” offered in the first semester. In the second year the student may choice between two annual design studios: “Laboratorio di Architettura delle costruzioni complesse 2” and “Laboratorio di Architettura per la conservazione delle costruzioni complesse”.

- The PSPA in English, called “Architecture - Building Architecture”, in the first year, moves around the “Architectural design studio for complex architecture 1” (second semester) and the optional studios “Architecture preservation studio” and “Architecture construction studio” offered in the first semester. In the second year, the student may choice between two annual design studios: “Architectural design studio for complex architecture 2” and “Architectural design studio for restoration and transformation of complex architecture”.

Complex project themes dealing with contexts that are currently very important and intricate are proposed in the studios. The studios, placed among the composition, structural, technological, material, preservation and landscape disciplines, promote an integrated multidisciplinary research process focused on the project, also using tools offered by design in BIM environment. 

During their learning process, students are called on to carry out two duties: acquire an advanced knowledge of project disciplines and use this knowledge, summarising it in the elaboration of the project.

This process directly involves the core activities in each single Studio, and the specific programmes that introduce the students in an organic manner to the theoretical disciplinary aspects, unavoidable for humanistic training, intended in the "politecnico" sense, and to acquire the first elements of what to do, according to rigorous criteria, with planning and terminology properties.

Teaching also includes the organisation of seminars with professors from this and other universities, as well as representatives from the great national and international studios of architecture and engineering, where students can feel as if they are involved in a wider and more committed intellectual discourse on the same themes.

The courses and studios are accompanied by innovative educational experiences. In particular, in all the second-year design studios, two credits are dedicated to maximising students’ acquisition of transversal skills during the various experiences involved in the studio teaching, such as group work, collective presentations of design work outcomes, and classroom discussions of texts or designs proposed by the Professor. In addition, the courses on criteria for design and adaptation under risk conditions and risk-based design include mixed teaching methods (a “blended classroom”), involving face-to-face lectures, class discussions and independent work, in such a way that students are not limited to understanding and memorising risk topics but are stimulated to analyse and assess real situations, leading them to acquire skills useful both in developing the graduation design that they will prepare at the end of the programme and in their future professional life.

 

The high number of ECTS credits reserved for the Architecture and Science Composition and Building Techniques quantitatively answers the objectives of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) presented here.

Finally, the learning process takes on the form of a recovery, within the Project definition process, of all the cultures and disciplinary instruments that are part of its definition; the main result requested from the student is the ability to create an independent and original project road based on the advanced disciplinary knowledge that he/she must acquire and learn how to use.

The design studio professors alternate from the first to the second year, thus giving students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the study programme with the same professors or to change studio after the first year.

 

The second-year studio is, by choice, the environment in which students will prepare their graduation work. In any case, students have the opportunity to further develop other designs developed during the first-year studios, in agreement with the relevant professors, in order to lead them on to their graduation work.

The expected learning results (expressed by the European Descriptions of the qualification) involve:

Knowledge and understanding

The fundamental teaching instruments used to reach these training objectives are, together with lectures-exercises (during Programmes) and lectures-project reviews (in the Studio), other teaching instruments that substantially integrate knowledge, such as teaching seminars of connection and comparison between Programmes, and between Programmes and Studios, and the displays of the projects elaborated by students in the Studios year by year.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Along the path of the architectural design studios, which during the second year become the seat where the Degree thesis is elaborated, graduate students are called on to demonstrate their design skills in extremely complex contexts that necessary require the search of not standardised solutions, adequate for the theme and the place where the project is applied. In this context, the student must show that he/she knows how to look after and manage the whole project from its conception to its production in the building site, showing capabilities and consciousness in the performed choices.

Making judgements

Transversal skills and a good knowledge of technical and scientific problems, in different application areas, means that the graduate will be able to integrate knowledge and manage complexity in order to formulate solutions, generally based on limited or incomplete information. The graduate will also be able to design and conduct experimental investigations, in order to evaluate data analytically and draw conclusions. During Studios, the student has periodically to argue the adequacy of the design choices he/she made, with respect to the complexity of the faced problems, and has to demonstrate critical abilities regarding adopted solutions. Thus, the graduate has acquired skills that make him/her capable of analyzing and recognizing the critical points of the proposed project and evaluating its social repercussions. The student's learning assessment system matches to these training methods:

  • As for Courses: they possibly include ongoing tests in order to evaluate the progressive learning of the disciplinary concepts. They also include a final exam that consists in a face-to-face interview with the course professors, during which the student has to demonstrate his abilities to synthesize the acquired knowledge
  • As for Studios: the evaluation foresees first: project reviews, which have the aim to evaluate the level of maturity acquired in understanding the project theme. Reviews have also the aim to verify the ability of building the project step-by-step by taking into account the points of view of the different disciplines at the level of knowledge acquired.Second: a presentation of the project in the final state of processing through appropriate ways of communication and graphic representation.Third: discussion of the project outcomes. Each student discusses outcomes in an interview with all the Studio professors.

 The autonomy of judgment and the attitude to “problem solving” permeate the entire training path as described above. Both are tested during the preparation of the thesis.

Communication skills

The ability required as specific communication skill is to be able to clearly and thoroughly explain one’s project ideas and the results of a personal research work to a specialist, but also non-specialist audience. These skills are developed in project laboratories, as students work on the project individually or in small groups; the examination of their knowledge is always individual. Doing analysis and discussions about design choices within and between the groups and with all the professors, the student matures communication skills of the project. These student must show these skills while discussing the Degree Thesis with multimedia methodologies. In this way, the graduate has acquired communicative sensitivities, which allow him/her to apply and make his/her own methods and technologies of communication and representation of the project in their continuous evolution and innovation.

Learning skills

The study course intends to promote learning related to the ability of arguing about choices that the student is going to make into the project. This ability requires depth of judgment and awareness, and is developed through continuous dialogue and comparison with other students (by working in groups, for instance) and professors of the various disciplines involved in the project, as well as the traditional study of the single humanistic, scientific, technical, of representation, subjects, included in this process. The need to give an answer to complex problems finalizes the knowledge and amplifies the learning ability. The student is compelled to explain the reasons behind his/her choices: this leads to a deeper study of the issues dealt with. The necessity to connect problems of different nature, sometimes even conflicting - typically technical-constructive with artistic-expressive ones - promotes elasticity of thought, open-mindednessand capacity to develop solutions, new and appropriate, such as an architectural project requires.This exercise also promotes communication skills, carried out with the architecture's own means, such as drawings,models, videos, etc., as well as verbal language abilities, precision, capability to synthesize and expressive efficiency.These methods of study encourage judgment autonomy, a fundamental skill for dealing with complex design issues, which induces a non-secondary cultural, technical and professional updating capacity, which the student learns by addressing different issues and problems during the course of studies.The possibility of dealing with multiple issues also allows the development of personal interests and predispositions for specific disciplinary fields, and leads the student to reach awareness and maturity in the choices of future professional life.The graduate then acquires a cultural base and a professional qualification that enables him/her to update skills in the rapid evolution of methods, techniques and study, analysis and project tools in the field. The student is able to improve and extend his/her own knowledge by him/herself, by consulting and interpreting different types of national or international material (monographs, magazines, regulations, software, multimedia material, online resources in computer labs, etc.). He/she can do that, thanks to continuous learning exercise, consisting of laboratory experiences, in which the student is called to elaborate the Architecture Project in its multidisciplinary complexity with particular reference to innovative, constructive, structural and plant technologies according to the personal study and research interests, and in the courses provided in the Study Plan. The learning ability is tested during exams, for Courses and Studios, and it is verified in a deeper way in the discussion of the Degree Thesis.The graduate has therefore cultivated the ability to manage his own study and design research independently in perspective of the profession of European Architect or a third cycle of studies.

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)


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The educational career of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture - Building Architecture results in the qualification of Architect valid in the European Union.

The multidisciplinary approach of the studios permits students to experiment with group work, leading them to develop, in particular, independent judgement and communication skills. The teaching structure and the work topics proposed enable them to develop critical learning methods and the ability to tackle in-depth study independently.

Within the design studios, the integration of different skills into the construction of a design also combines mathematical and calculation skills with the finite elements, thus introducing students to the architectural profession through teaching very close to the professional practice they will be required to conduct.

Through the teaching methods used, students become directly and personally aware of the complexity of design and its interdisciplinary qualities. The coexistence of two possible in-depth study directions (Complex Architectural Design and Architectural Design for Conservation and Enhancement of Built Environment) within a single teaching environment provides a rich and varied educational offering and consequent job opportunities.

 

The teaching approach of the single-subject and/or integrated courses, together with the assessment methods adopted, permit students to develop learning abilities that enable them to pursue and further their studies independently even beyond their degree.

The introduction of integrated BIM courses into the design studios meets the demands of the job market.

As regards the didactics, the Laurea Magistrale is part of the innovative didactics programme promoted by the University (2018-19/2019-20), which provides for the enhancement of the skills and abilities of students, increasing the flexibility and multidisciplinarity, focusing on soft skills and internship activities, and on the the digitization of training. In this regard, starting from a course of study in which students are exposed to a number of diversified learning experiences, to multidisciplinarity and to the passion of teachers who propose this diversified approach, we will focus on highlighting the existing heritage, and on the wealth of skills that will be developed. The work will consist not so much in adding (knowledge, experiences, methods), but in making the students aware, in giving a structure of reference to what implicitly happens, to what is generated and developed in the laboratory. In particular, we aim at bringing out all those cross-cutting competences on which the European Union's education and training policies have been insisting over the past years.

As a result, graduate students in Architecture - Building Architecture easily find opportunities in the European construction market, entering it as a professional figure unifying the world of architecture with that of civil and infrastructural engineering.

 

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) graduate students 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.

Given the direction of the Programme, the preparation of graduate students is particularly suitable for preliminary, definitive and executive designs of complex architectural products, and the project of preservation and use of existing buildings, with particular skills in the field of consolidation and renovation even in seismic areas.

Various testimonies confirm their ability to position themselves in European and international markets in a short time, in not insignificant roles. This also demonstrates parallel aptitudes, developed during the training years, in terms of interpersonal, self-promotion and organisational skills and the ability to present their own work and to acquire communication skills, independent judgement and awareness of their own abilities.

The employment rate among graduate students in Architecture - Building Architecture recorded in 2016 (the most recent figure available) was 92.4%, 85.9% of which in the first six months


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
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5.3 Qualification profile

Architect

profile in a work context: The study programme wants to train an architect profile able to properly answer and in an innovative way to the complex problems related to Design and Construction of complex architectural products, whether working in the field of the project and management of new buildings, as well as the intervention on the built environment. The laurea magistrale graduate student can carry out duties and take the right professional responsibilities required today from the architectural design sector. skills of this function: Specific skills:  - apply the knowledge of the history of architecture, building, urban planning, architectural restoration and other activities of transformation of the environment and territory related to the professions related to architecture and building-architecture engineering, as defined by Directive 85/384/EEC and related recommendations; - use the tools and forms of representation, the theoretical and scientific aspects as well as methodological and operational aspects of mathematics and of other basic sciences to understand and define in detail complex problems that can require also an interdisciplinary approach; - use the theoretical-scientific, methodological and operational aspects of architecture, building, urban planning and architectural restoration to identify suitable and sustainable solutions; - identify and solve also in an innovative way complex problems or that require an interdisciplinary approach;

- be aware of ethics and professional ethics; - design the whole system, at different levels, from project creation to its realization;

-manage and organize team work;

- interact with disciplines not strictly related with the design, but nowadays strictly connected and essential for the complex organization of the architectural project at different scales.

Job opportunities: The new legislation (according to Presidential Decree 328/2001) has increased the profiles that can be included in the Register of Architects, as landscape designers, planners and curators. The law also divides the Register in two sections, called A and B, section A is for LM (Laurea magistrale) and section B is for L (Laurea) (only in architecture and planning). The title of Architect belongs to the members of Section A of the Professional Register of Architects. To register in the professional registers as an Architect, it is necessary to pass a State Examination, to be carried out at the end of the studies and after obtaining the Laurea magistrale. The State Examination consists of a practical test on a project to be drawn up in one day, two written tests and one oral test. The Commission, chaired by a university professor appointed by the Ministry, is made up of professionals, public officials and university professors suggested by professional orders and chosen by the Ministry. The possibility, for both sections A and B of the Register of Architects, to replace the practical exam with certified periods of professional training to be performed also during the study programme, if the student has passed all the exams, is under consideration. Laurea Magistrale graduate students, registered in the Register of Architects, can carry out all activities as architect professionals, furthermore, they can find positions of high responsibility in institutions and public and private bodies (institutional bodies, institutions and public and private companies, professional studies and design companies), operating in the fields of construction, transformation and restoration of the city and territory.


6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification


- a diploma of the class of degree L-17 (or of the class 4 former Ministerial Decree 509/1999) without curricular integrations or degree obtained abroad, recognized as valid;

-          fulfilled the indispensable training activities shown in the table and relating to the degree in Architectural Science L-17, considered a mandatory educational requirement, in accordance with EEC Directive 85/384 and its recommendations;

-          having passed the entrance test required for enrolling for a degree programme and/or single-cycle Laurea Magistrale, explicitly finalised for “architect training”, as regulated at national level.

General information relating to admission and enrolment is available on the Guidance and Counselling Office site

http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/

The Admission Regulations to Laurea Magistrale Programmes of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering are available on

http://www.auic.polimi.it/en/

6.2 Requested knowledge

Curricular requirements are the degree qualification obtained and the skills and knowledge that the student has acquired during the previous educational career, expressed as credits referring to specific scientific and disciplinary sectors.

For admission to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programmes, an appropriate and certified level of English language is required, as decided by the University.

In order to be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture - Building Architecture, students must pass the selection test, consisting of a comparative assessment which takes into account their previous career (on the basis of documentation submitted by the applicant at the time of pre-enrolment) and other significant training or adequately documented professional experiences.

More detailed information is provided in Chapter 15 of these regulations.


The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
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6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Building Architecture has 150 places for academic year 2019/2020, devided as follows:

PSPA

A

Italian Student, EU Student, Non EU student resident in Italy

B

resered places for non EU students (including "Marco Polo" students)

C

of which for "Marco Polo" students

TOTAL

Architettura -

Architettura delle Costruzioni

78 2 2 80

Architecture -

Building Architecture

30 40 0 70

 Any places remaing vacant after enrolemnt in the first semester will be made available for admission to the second semester.

 


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6.4 Tutoring and students support

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

For more information, consult the Guidance and counselling office site:

http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/


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7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

As specified in the didactic regulations, 120 credits are required to obtain the degree. More specifically: 82 credits are devoted to characteristic activities (architectural and urban composition, historical disciplines, structural design and mechanics, economic evaluation of project, urban planning, architecture and environment representation, theories and techniques for preservation, engineering physics disciplines, technological disciplines for architecture and building engineering, social, economic and juridical sciences); 24 credits are devoted to integrative and elective activities; 14 credits are reserved for traineeship and final work.

7.2 Mode of study

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme requires a full time involvement and includes single-subject courses, integrated courses, studios and workshops.

 

Teaching organisation, attendance and assessment methods

The activities in centered on the architectural design studio of the first (second semester) and second year.

In parallel to these, optional studios of the first year, single-subject courses, integrated courses allow the student to acquire competences specific for the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme, about history of constructions, risk-based design, preservation of complex structures, structural modelling, economic and juridical aspects.

Characteristics of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme, is the strong interaction among all the subjects that helps the student to focus and apply the acquired knowledge and expertise in the architectural project.

In the following it is indicated the teaching organization and evaluation method.

- Single-subject Programmes are organized in ex-cathedra lessons and practise exercises. They can include assessments in-course and end with an exam.

- Integrated Programmes are organised into modules held by several professors that are part of a single Exam Board. They can include exams in-course. Each Integrated Programme has a single exam for the student.

- The Studios have Integrated Modules that are coordinated. Studio attendance is obligatory. Attendance is ascertained by all professors in charge of the Studio, on the basis of criteria that are coherent with how their teaching activities are organised. Studio activity ends with an exam held by the Board, which is made up of all the professors in charge. During the year, the Integrated Modules can include exams in-course, the results of which are added to the student's final assessment.

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 students’ cultural and professional training are lessons, exercises, Studio activity (design, computer, experimental), seminars, studio visits, traineeships. In some cases, the didactic offer foresees innovative learning modules.

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

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

Starting from academic year 2016/2017, the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Building Architecture will be divided over two PSPAs:

  • Architettura -Architettura delle Costruzioni (in Italian)
  • Building Architecture (in English)

 

Degree programme

In academic year 2015/2016 the curriculum of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Building Architecture was reformulated, to make it strongly centred on topics such as the design and preservation of complex works.

In academic year 2019/2020 the course is in full operation with the first and second years activated both on the Italian and English PSPA, with two sections each.


1 Year courses - Track: BA - Building Architecture


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
054717BICAR/18HISTORY OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION14.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
4.0
099922BICAR/21PLANNING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS MANAGEMENT14.04.0
099923BIUS/10PLANNING LEGISLATION14.04.0
054757B,CICAR/19
ING-IND/22
ARCHITECTURES AND MATERIALS FOR HISTORIC HERITAGE18.08.0
099911BICAR/06
ICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/12
ARCHITECTURE CONSTRUCTION STUDIO112.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
053235B,CICAR/06
ICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/19
ARCHITECTURE PRESERVATION STUDIO112.0
099915B,CICAR/08
ICAR/09
MAT/08
STRUCTURAL MODELLING IN ARCHITECTURE AND NUMERICAL COMPUTATION28.08.0
054718BICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/11
ICAR/14
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO FOR COMPLEX CONSTRUCTIONS 1220.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
20.0

2 Year courses - Track: BA - Building Architecture


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
053266B,CICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/10
ICAR/11
ICAR/12
ICAR/14
ING-IND/11
ING-IND/22
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO FOR COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION 2A30.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
30.0
(Grp. Opz.)
054537B,CICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/10
ICAR/11
ICAR/12
ICAR/14
ICAR/19
ING-IND/11
ING-IND/22
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO FOR RESTORATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF COMPLEX CONSTRUCTIONSA30.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053668BICAR/08
ICAR/09
RISK-BASED DESIGN14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
4.0
051639BICAR/22ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF PROJECT24.04.0

1 Year courses - Track: COS - Architettura - Architettura delle Costruzioni


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
097580BICAR/21PROGETTAZIONE TERRITORIALE PER LA GESTIONE DEI RISCHI14.04.0
054531BIUS/10DIRITTO DELL'EDILIZIA E DEGLI APPALTI14.04.0
054712BICAR/18STORIA DELLE COSTRUZIONI14.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
4.0
099877B,CICAR/19
ING-IND/22
ARCHITETTURE E MATERIALI PER IL PATRIMONIO STORICO18.08.0
099874B,CICAR/06
ICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/15
LABORATORIO DI STRUTTURE E INFRASTRUTTURE NEL PAESAGGIO112.012.0
(Grp. Opz.)
099875B,CICAR/06
ICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/19
LABORATORIO PER LA CONSERVAZIONE DELLE ARCHITETTURE COMPLESSE112.0
099881B,CICAR/08
ICAR/09
MAT/08
MODELLAZIONE STRUTTURALE PER L'ARCHITETTURA E CALCOLO NUMERICO28.08.0
054713BICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/11
ICAR/14
LABORATORIO DI ARCHITETTURA DELLE COSTRUZIONI COMPLESSE I220.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
20.0

2 Year courses - Track: COS - Architettura - Architettura delle Costruzioni


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
053222B,CICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/10
ICAR/11
ICAR/12
ICAR/14
ING-IND/11
ING-IND/22
LABORATORIO DI ARCHITETTURA DELLE COSTRUZIONI COMPLESSE IIA30.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
30.0
(Grp. Opz.)
053228B,CICAR/08
ICAR/09
ICAR/10
ICAR/11
ICAR/12
ICAR/14
ICAR/19
ING-IND/11
LABORATORIO DI ARCHITETTURA PER LA CONSERVAZIONE DELLE COSTRUZIONI COMPLESSEA30.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
053234BICAR/08
ICAR/09
CRITERI DI PROGETTAZIONE E ADEGUAMENTO IN CONDIZIONI DI RISCHIO14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
4.0
093789BICAR/22VALUTAZIONE ECONOMICA DEI PROGETTI24.04.0

2 Year courses - Track: *** - offerta comune


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
051726--L-ANT/10ARCHAEOLOGY, ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES14.08.0
099543--MAT/07ARCHEOASTRONOMIA14.0
053308--L-OR/02ARCHEOLOGIA E ARCHEOMETRIA14.0
098578B,CICAR/19ARCHITETTURA PER IL PATRIMONIO COSTRUITO14.0
092101--MED/42ARCHITETTURA SOCIALE14.0
091560CICAR/02CLIMATE AND HYDROLOGY14.0
081626BICAR/09COSTRUZIONI IN CEMENTO ARMATO14.0
099902BICAR/06DATE PROCESSING14.0
099540CING-IND/22DURABILITA' E CONSERVAZIONE DEI MATERIALI DELL'ARCHITETTURA14.0
053313CICAR/02EREDITÀ NUCLEARI E SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053315--M-FIL/04FONDAMENTI DI ESTETICA14.0
081632BICAR/17FOTOGRAFIA DELL'ARCHITETTURA14.0
054568BICAR/20IC URBAN ETHNOGRAPHY18.0
053307BICAR/17INFORMED ARCHITECTURE14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053716BIUS/10LEGISLAZIONE SUGLI APPALTI PUBBLICI14.0
051710CING-IND/22MATERIALI PER L'ARCHITETTURA14.0
052706BICAR/12
ING-IND/11
METABOLISM OF CITY AND LANDSCAPE18.0
053312--M-FIL/02PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY14.0
091557--ICAR/16PROGETTAZIONE DI GRANDI MOSTRE E MUSEALIZZAZIONI14.0
087217BICAR/12PROGETTAZIONE TECNOLOGICA ASSISTITA14.0
084361BICAR/21PROGETTAZIONE URBANISTICA DI STRUTTURE COMMERCIALI14.0
099529--ICAR/16PROGETTO DEL PRODOTTO D'ARREDO14.0
051829--SPS/07SOCIOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY CITIES14.0
099541CING-IND/22SOSTENIBILITA' AMBIENTALE E LCA DEI MATERIALI DELLE COSTRUZIONI14.0
099924--ICAR/16SPAZIO INTERNO E ARREDO14.0
050448BICAR/18STORIA DEL GIARDINO E DEL PAESAGGIO14.0
071207B,CICAR/19TEORIE E STORIA DEL RESTAURO *14.0
053306CING-IND/22TRADITIONAL AND INNOVATIVE MATERIALS FOR BUILDINGS14.0
093342--ICAR/05TRASPORTI, MOBILITÀ E SOSTENIBILITÀ14.0
053310BICAR/18URBAN HISTORY14.0
083739BING-IND/11ACUSTICA AMBIENTALE24.0
099899--MAT/07APPLIED MATHEMATICS FOR ARCHITECTURE24.0
099900BICAR/14ARCHITECTURE AND TOWN IN CHINA24.0
074650BICAR/08
ICAR/09
COSTRUZIONI IN ZONA SISMICA24.0
050547--L-ART/04CRITICA D'ARTE E DI ARCHITETTURA24.0
097783BICAR/12DESIGN OF ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT BUILDING SYSTEM24.0
083360BICAR/17DISEGNO CAD PARAMETRICO 3D24.0
053474BICAR/14ECO-CITY EUROPE. THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY24.0
054902BSECS-P/06ECONOMIA DELLA CREATIVITÀ, CULTURA E INNOVAZIONE24.0
054710--M-FIL/04ESTETICA DELL'ARCHITETTURA24.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
054574--M-FIL/04FILOSOFIA DELLA CONOSCENZA24.0
099544--M-GGR/02GEOGRAFIA POLITICA URBANA24.0
089364BICAR/17GEOMETRICAL COMPLEMENTS OF GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION24.0
051831BICAR/18IBRIDAZIONI E CONTAMINAZIONI TRA L'ARCHITETTURA MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA24.0
099959BICAR/14IC ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN WORKSHOP (a)28.0
094946BICAR/14IC ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN WORKSHOP28.0
050425--ICAR/16ITALIAN DOMESTIC INTERIORS24.0
099538B,CICAR/19PATOLOGIE E DIAGNOSI DEGLI EDIFICI STORICI24.0
050426BICAR/17PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ARCHITECTURE24.0
083958BICAR/12PROGETTAZIONE COSTRUZIONE GESTIONE DELLE INFRASTRUTTURE SPORTIVE24.0
053314CICAR/15PROGETTAZIONE DEL PAESAGGIO E DEGLI SPAZI PUBBLICI24.0
083891BING-IND/11PROGETTI DI ILLUMINOTECNICA24.0
055255BICAR/14PROGRAMMING FOR THE CITY DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA24.0
091558--ICAR/16SCENOGRAFIA E SPAZI DELLA RAPPRESENTAZIONE24.0
054571BICAR/20SMART CITIES AND URBAN INNOVATION28.0
099548--SPS/07SOCIOLOGIA24.0
053309--SPS/09SOCIOLOGY OF URBAN SPACE24.0
053417BICAR/06SPATIAL ANALYSIS24.0
051653--L-ART/03STORIA DELL'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA24.0
083744BICAR/17STRUMENTI DI RAPPRESENTAZIONE INNOVATIVA DEL PROGETTO24.0
093043--ICAR/16TEORIE E STORIA DEGLI INTERNI24.0
094952BICAR/08TIMBER, MEMBRANE AND GLASS STRUCTURES24.0
053424----WORKSHOP (b)--14.0
053424----WORKSHOP (c)--24.0
054791BICAR/14MIAW A14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
4.0
(Grp. Opz.)(d)
054792BICAR/14MIAW14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
054793BICAR/14MIAW C14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
054794BICAR/14MIAW14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
054795BICAR/14MIAW14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
054796BICAR/14MIAW F14.0
[4.0Innovative teaching]
053424----WORKSHOP--24.0
087398----INTERNSHIP--14.04.0
087398----INTERNSHIP--24.0
054721----FINAL EVALUATION--110.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
10.0
054721----FINAL EVALUATION--210.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]

(a) Only twenty students will be admitted to the course. You have to be enrolled in the second year (Master of Architecture - Built Environment - Interiors, Architecture and Urban Design, Building Architecture) and have an exam average equal to or greater than 27/30 acquired before August 1, 2019.
(b) Educational credits from elective courses. A list of the workshops accredited by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering is available in the dedicated section of the School's website and updated several times during the year: http://www.auic.polimi.it Recognition of a maximum of 4 ECTS earned from participation in workshops is permitted.
(c) Educational credits from elective courses. A list of the workshops accredited by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering is available in the dedicated section of the School's website and updated several times during the year: http://www.auic.polimi.it Recognition of a maximum of 4 ECTS earned from participation in workshops is permitted.
(d) The Miaw workshop is not compulsory and will be held from 13 to 24 January 2020. It replaces 4 cfu of optional teachings. While filling in the study plan (August 26 - September 6, 2019), students will be able to choose the international professor expressing the order of their preference for a section. Students will be allocated meritocratically based on the weighted average of the exams (summer session). A generic workshop code will be automatically inserted In the study plans of the students who are not admitted. The workshop then may be defined, or replaced by a teaching of the second semester, during the period of modification of the study plan in February.

7.4 Foreign language

Certified English language knowledge is necessary in order to be evaluated for admission.


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=5166

7.5 Degree examination

The study path of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture-Building Architecture mainly involves the Architectural design studio for complex architecture. At the second year it is integrated among the disciplines of Architectural Composition, Structural Analysis, Technology, Plants, Infrastructures, Preservation, Materials and it is configured as a Laurea Studio.

 

The Degree exam consists of a critical dissertation relating to an Architectural Project: it is a deepening of a project developed by the student in the Architectural design studio of the second year or in continuity with one of the Studios offered during the first year (Architectural design studio or optional Studios), upon agreement with the professors of the Studio.

The project must be a synthesis of the different disciplinary points of view that contribute to Project construction and it must be developed using suitable graphic printouts and a project report.

Thesis mentors are professors from one of the Studios attended; these professors can be flanked by other professors from the Programme or external experts, if requested by the student and if the opportunity is recognised.

 

The Degree exam attributes a score from -1 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. Honours are assessed where the Degree exam is held, to support possible honours proposals.

The honours will be appointed only if the final score is equal or greater than 111/110 (before rounding) and having obtained a score of 7 for the Degree exam. The proposal of honours must be unanimously approved by the Degree Board members. 

 

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

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


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=5147

8. Academic calendar

The teaching activities is organized in two semesters, with the possibility for the student to enroll at each semester, compatibility with place availability.

The calendar for presenting the request for admission, presentation of the English language certificate and enrolment in a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Mater of Science) Programme is published on the Guide for the Student and on the Regulations for admission to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering.

 We advise periodically consulting the notice boards of the site of your School or Campus to check for variations in the dates given in the calendar and the schedule. http://www.polimi.it/calendario-accademico/


Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=5128

9. Faculty

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Structures that support teaching

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Mater of Science) Programme has an advanced and well-equipped electronic archive and library available at the website:http://www.biblio.polimi.it/

The following strctures are also available for the strudents:

  • Archivio Piero Bottoni

  • CECH (Climate and Energy for Cultural Heritage)

  • Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana

  • Laboratorio interdipartimentale di ricerca sui tessuti e i materiali polimerici

  • Laboratorio MOA - Modellistica Architettonica

  • Laboratorio per la diagnostica e il monitoraggio e il monitoraggio strutturale

  • SuperLab - laboratorio di ingegneria delle superfici ed elettrochimica applicata

  • UrbNetLab

     

    For more information on the following facilities, please check http://www.auic.polimi.it/didattica/laboratori-didattici.

The following laboratories are also usable:

 

The Historical archives of Politecnico di Milano can also be consulted.

  


11. International context

Briefly, the objective that the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) follows is that of training a European Design Architect who can organise the project elaboration process of a complex building in the field of systemic logic in which, beside the disciplines of architectural composition, the technical-scientific disciplines are positioned such as dimensions in architecture.

From there the teaching organization around the Architectural design studio, the continual need to decompose the cognitive and methodological contributions of the disciplines into parts and then recompose them into a detailed project construction descend; it is an approach in which experimentation plays a fundamental role.

The assessment of what the student has learned is therefore necessarily carried out in a perspective of integration of knowledge.

The assessment of the effectiveness of this type of teaching is corroborated by a twenty year old tradition and it is compared with the teaching experiences of other Schools of Architecture, above all in an international sphere.

Important operative instruments in this sense are the different experiences of an integrated design Studio organised together with foreign Faculties which, for several years, have represented an important aspect in the multidisciplinary teaching of the School.

 


12. Internationalization

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

Methods

Students can spend a study period abroad in the circle of international exchange projects (EU and non-EU); the period, which usually lasts one semester, is usually taken:

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

The Academic calendars of the partner Schools do not always coincide with that of the School. 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 to be attended, 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 exchange projects that are different from 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 will recognise the credits and the relative equivalent Programmes and Laboratories passed by the student in another country. Regarding 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 opportunity, he/she must present his/her withdrawal.

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

The LLP programme, which is 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, allowing them to insert themselves into the daily life of the host country, and understand its practices and customs. The LLP programme allows students to compare not only different cultures but also different traditions and teaching and project methods. The universities where students can do an Erasmus exchange period are those indicated in the Institutional agreements that the School has made with each individual host university. The mobility professors are indicated in the LLP notice; 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 students must refer in order to define their study curriculum for the period they will spend abroad.  The exchange is finalised with the student's acceptance of the place assigned to him/her and 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 traineeships

The Erasmus Sector Programme allows students from higher education institutes with an "extended EUC" to do traineeships with companies, 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 traineeship period, 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 traineeship period must be covered by a Placement Contract, signed by the beneficiary and by the higher education institute or the departure consortium. Disabled students are entitled to specific contributions. In addition, students heading towards one of those countries in which the language is less widespread and taught, have the possibility of taking part in intensive courses for linguistic preparation (EILC - Erasmus Intensive Language Courses), in order to prepare them for their subsequent period of Erasmus mobility.

 



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=4695

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di Milano.


14. Further information

TECHNICAL ANNEX TO THE EDUCATIONAL RULES

 

1 Admission to the Programme - Students with Italian Degrees

1.1    Programme Requirements and Specifications

1.2    Procedures for Submission of Admission Applications for AUIC School Candidates

1.2.1. Programme and Previously Approved Study Plan Options
1.2.2. Establishment of the Ranking List for the Programme/Previously Approved Study Plan

1.3    Evaluation parameters

1.3.1. Graduate Students from the Politecnico di Milano Automatically Entitled to Admission
1.3.2. Students Admitted with Assessment of Merit

1.4    Documents Required for Students Automatically Entitled to Admission to the Programme

1.5    Documents Required for Students Admitted with Assessment of Merit

1.5.1. Students of the Politecnico di Milano
1.5.2. Students from Other Universities
1.5.3. Students who have Submitted an Admission Application during Previous Sessions

1.6    Results and Publication of the Ranking List of Students Admitted

1.7    Examination Validation

2 Admission to the Programme – Students with Foreign Degrees

3 Transfers and Changes

4 Deadlines for First-Year Enrolment Administrative Procedures

5 Study Plan

5.1      Deadlines for Annual Study Plan Submission

5.2      Half-year Change of Study Plan

5.3      Additional Payment

5.4      Attendance

5.4.1 Studios

5.5      Courses as Extra

6 Allocations

6.1      Studios

6.2      Single-subject and Integrated Courses

6.3      Course Priorities

15.7 Elective Activities

7.1      Optional Courses

7.2      MIAW

7.2.1 MIAW Attendance and Registration Procedures

7.3      Workshops

8 Traineeship

9 Examinations

9.1      Procedures

10 Final Test

___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

1 Admission to the Programme - Students with Italian Degrees

 

All candidates for admission to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of  Science) Programmes at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering are required to submit an application for career assessment using the specific function available on the University website, in the Online Services section (www.polimi.it/servizionline).

 

1.1      Programme Requirements and Specifications

The requirements are those previously described in paragraph 6.1 of the Educational Rules.

 General University information on admission and enrolment PROCEDURES is available on the University website: 

http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/

  

1.2      Procedures for Submission of Admission Applications for AUIC School Candidates

 

1.2.1 Programme and Previously Approved Study Plan Options

Starting from the 2017/18 academic year, candidates submitting an application for assessment must choose their Programme (CdS) together with their Previously Approved Study Plan (PSPA) options where required.

The University rules establish a maximum of three options for application for admission to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes. It is therefore possible to indicate up to three Programme preferences.

For each Programme, it is possible to specify the available Previously Approved Study Plans in order of preference.

For AUIC School Programmes, the various Previously Approved Study Plan options within the same Programme are only counted once towards the maximum of three preferences that may be expressed.

Example:

  1.              Programme B: (non-AUIC programme)
  2.              Programme A: (AUIC programme) ITA Track
  3.              Programme A: (AUIC programme) ENG Track
  4.              Programme C: (AUIC programme) X Track
  5.              Programme C: (AUIC programme) Y Track 

5 Programme-Previously Approved Study Plan options entered / 3 Programme preferences counted

Students may, within the established deadline, change/overwrite their choices up until the time the application is processed for assessment by the Commission.

 

1.2.2 Establishment of the Ranking List for the Programme/Previously Approved Study Plan

For each Programme, students may indicate their Previously Approved Study Plan choices in order of preference (differentiated by Italian or English language, campus or curriculum). For the admission ranking list, only the first Previously Approved Study Plan choice indicated is taken into account.

If the student is not admittted to the PSPA (track) expressed as first choice because of unavailability of places, he/she will be considered for the second choice, with regard to the position in the ranking and to the places available.

 

1.3      Assessment Parameters

1.3.1 Graduate Students from the Politecnico di Milano Automatically Entitled to Admission

The following are automatically entitled to admission to their first-choice Programme and precede all other candidates in the ranking list the students who have gained a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science), in accordance with the admission requirements, from the Politecnico di Milano and who:

  •                   Are graduated within 4 years of their initial enrolment;
  •                   have a fulfilled N/V parameter* by 10th October of the second calendar year after their initial enrolment;
  •                   hold certification of English language learning by the established deadline.

The Previously Approved Study Plan allocation is determined using the ranking list calculated based on the weighted average achieved by the final deadline for submission of the assessment application.

For Architecture-Building Architecture Programmes, the N and V parameters are as follows:

- Students enrolled since the A.Y. 2003/04 and the A.Y. 2009/10: N/V 100/25

- Students enrolled since the A.Y.  2010/11 and the A.Y. 2016/17: N/V 100/27

- Students enrolled since the A.Y.  2017/18: N/V 104/27

Admission to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes of category LM-4 is not permitted for graduate students in categories L-21 and L-23 (with the exception of graduate students in Architecture and Building Production from the Politecnico di Milano, admitted with educational debits), even with a fulfilled N/V parameter, or from other non-compliant degree categories.

 

*The N and V parameters (number of ECTS and weighted average) required can be found in the student’s Study Plan.

 These may vary depending on the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme applied for.

 

1.3.2 Students Admitted with Assessment of Merit

Students not automatically entitled to admission, external students and students transferred from another Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme are subject to assessment of merit.

This assessment is performed by the relevant Programme, which may award up to 150 points:

- up to 110 points = assessment of the educational curriculum (weighted average of examination scores on a basis of at least 145 credits earned). The average of the examination scores recorded in the Plan at the time of assessment will be considered valid;

- up to 20 points = assessment of a portfolio of work including text and iconographic material, which will be assessed according to the criteria of content originality and coherence, formal quality, discursive and graphic ability and linguistic expression;

- up to10 points = assessment of experiences of traineeship or extra-curricular work fully documented, certified by the company, relevant and significant to the training of an architect and not used to validate required credits during the previous career; The starting/end date of each traineeship experience/extracurricular activity must be specified;

- up to10 points = assessment of other qualifications (certified) in research or extra-curricular training thoroughly documented, relevant and significant to the training of an architect and not used to validate required credits during the previous career.

Students required to submit a portfolio are eligible for admission with a minimum score of 100. At each deadline date, the top ranked students are accepted according to the planned number of admissions for that semester. Should there be eligible students with equal scores, their precedence in the ranking will take into account their weighted average until all available places have been filled.

 

1.4      Documents Required for Students Automatically Entitled to Admission

All students automatically entitled to admission must submit an admission application. Assessment is based solely on the educational curriculum (Study Plan) for identification of any examination or attendance validation requirements.

No documents should be attached to the career assessment application.

 

1.5       Documents Required for Students Admitted with Assessment of Merit

1.5.1 Students of the Politecnico di Milano

- Admitted with assessment of merit

  • Curriculum Vitae, European format
  • Portfolio
  • Professional and training activities

The guidelines for submission of the portfolio are published on the AUIC School website:

admission-msc-programmes

portfolio_guidelines_19_20_ENG

 

 

1.5.2 Students from Other Universities

- Admitted with assessment of merit

  • Self-certification of the degree held (graduate students only
  • Self-certification of examinations passed for at least 145 credits.
  • Other certifications of any university degrees held: Masters, PhDs, and Postgraduate Schools

The documentation may be self-certified in accordance with the statutory provisions governing Substitute Declarations (Dichiarazioni sostitutive). It must contain the exact titles of the examinations taken, the Disciplinary Scientific Sectors, the number of credits per scientific sector, the score and the examination recording date. The applicant must sign the documents, otherwise they are not legally binding and cannot be accepted by the Selection Committee.

  • Curriculum Vitae, European format
  • Portfolio
  • Professional and training activities

The guidelines for submission of the portfolio are published on the AUIC School website:

admission-msc-programmes

portfolio_guidelines_19_20_ENG

 

 

1.5.3 Students who have Submitted an Admission Application during Previous Sessions

Students wishing to confirm the score obtained by a portfolio submitted during previous semesters must to re-enter the previously-assessed portfolio indicating  in the "student's notes”:

“I confirm the portfolio assessment previously obtained during semester ….  of the academic year ……”

 Students who have already applied for admission in previous application windows, and wish to integrate their portfolio, should upload the portfolio used for previous applications/s, adding a section dedicated to integrations. In the notes of the application, it should be specified:

“Integration to the portfolio already evaluated for application to the academic year ……, ….semester.”

The application will not be considered, should the student not specify one or the other indication in the notes of the application. 

1.6      Results and Publication of the Ranking List of Students Admitted

With regard to the points above, at the end of the evaluation sessions, a merit based ranking will be published, in order to the determine the number of admitted students in relation to the places available.

In order to guarantee the foreseen number of places, a student that has been positively evaluated for admission (green check) might not be able to enroll. Enrolment will be enabled to students who appear in the merit based ranking as “admitted to enrolment”.

The ranking reporting the indication of the admitted students will be published at the end of the evaluation session at the page: www.auic.polimi.it

It is not possible to re-assign places in the ranking, in case not all admitted students proceed with enrollment. Vacant places will be added to those foreseen for the second semester.

Admitted students should proceed with enrolment following the modalities and deadlines set by the the University. Appeals to enroll after the deadline will not be accepted. In order to complete the enrolment procedure, you must have achieved your bachelor degree.

 

 

1.7      Examination Validation

The deliberation n. 14779 23/03/2015 of the Academic Senate, establishes that in case of abbreviation of a study career, it is necessary to achieve at least 60 ECTS credits at Politecnico di Milano, in order to achieve a degree at this University: the 60 ECTS credits include curricular subjects, except for the internship and final thesis, which must be carried out in addition to the 60 ECTS credits. The School establishes that credits which can be validated from a previous career are only those belonging to a Master of Science career carried out in a country of the European Union.

Validated credits will automatically appear in the student’s study plan.

2 Admission to the Programme - Students with Foreign Degrees

Students with foreign degrees should follow the pre-enrolment procedure described on the Polinternational website (http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/), observing the established deadlines. By following this procedure, students can apply for merit scholarships and obtain further information on organising their stay in Italy during the post-admission phase.

3 Transfers and Changes

Transfer from other Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes or other universities is only permitted through submission of an admission application.

Transferred students’ previous examinations may be validated if deemed compatible with the course catalogue of the degree programme applied for. As per University regulations, students transferred from other universities are required to take examinations at the Politecnico di Milano for at least 60 credits, plus the traineeship and final test.

Enrolment on a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) is not a guarantee of transfer without educational debits: the Commission will always take into account the first-level Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) gained, applying the regulations indicated in point 6.1.

Transfer to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture-Building Architecture is not permitted for candidates enrolled at Italian universities on single-cycle Laurea Magistrale Programmes.  Students from foreign universities in countries with educational systems that do not include Laurea Triennale (equivalent to three-year Bachelor’s Degree) Programmes must guarantee enrolment on the 4th year of the programme, passing of examinations worth at least 180 ECTS credits and meeting of the minimum curricular requirements for category L-17. 

4 Deadlines for First-Year Enrolment Administrative Procedures

Deadlines will be published every year on the website: http://www.auic.polimi.it/

 

5 Study Plan

Students are required, under their own responsibility, to submit their individual Study Plan.

The Study Plan is taken by the School as a supporting document for all intents and purposes. Its compilation also attests to the compliance of the choices made by the student with the rules specified by law and the provisions of the Programme Rules.

The Study Plan for the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture - Construction Architecture consists of 120 ECTS, to be included in the Plan as required credits, subdivided as follows:

- single-subject or integrated courses

- studios

-elective activities

- traineeship

- final test

The minimum number of credits for which students may enroll each year is 30 (15 for entry in March). Simultaneous enrolment on courses for a maximum of 80 credits per year is permitted.

It is necessary to include a course in the Study Plan in order to benefit from the associated educational services, i.e. attend lectures, appear on the Professor’s lists, participate in exercises, participate in practical and complementary activities (studios, seminars, projects, etc.), be admitted (through enrolment in exam sessions) to in-course assessments and examinations, and receive an examination assessment.

Please note: It is advisable to always save and print the Study Plan submitted.

Plan variation requests will not be accepted. Submission of the Study Plan is definitive and must be performed within the deadlines and according to the procedures established by the School. When choosing courses, the teaching timetable must be consulted in advance in order to avoid timetable clashes.

 

5.1      Deadlines for Annual Study Plan Submission

Study Plan submission is performed through Online Services (www.polimi.it/servizionline > Customized Services > Career Data > Study Plan Submission), exclusively during the specific periods established by the academic calendar: http://www.auic.polimi.it/en/educational-offer/academic-calendar/

 

5.2      Half-year Change of Study Plan

In the period shown by the academic calendar, it will be possible to change the Study Plan submitted during the academic year in progress.

Half-year change of Study Plan is optional. Students not wishing to make any alterations do not need to change the Study Plan.

 

It is possible to change only courses included in the current academic year. It is not possible to add or deselect first-semester courses. Students must deselect the second-semester courses they wish to change.

It will therefore be possible to add or remove, within the second semester only, optional and compulsory courses not subject to allocation of merit, final test and traineeship.

 

5.3      Additional Payment

Through resolution of the Board of Governors, an additional payment of 100.00 euros is applicable for failure to submit the Study Plan within the deadlines established by the academic calendar.

The payment will be required with the second instalment.

 

5.4      Attendance

Once entered in the Study Plan, courses remain in the following years as attendance achieved. During compilation of the Study Plan for the following year, it will be possible to remove the attendance achieved and re-enter the courses as new attendance.

Final test and traineeship: attendance does not expire, and these are entered in the career one time only.

 

5.4.1 Studios

Attendance of at least 70% of the Studio hours is compulsory. The attendance achieved does not expire but the examination must be taken within the three sessions of the academic year following the one in which attendance takes place. Should this time expire, the Studio must be entirely re-attended.

 

5.5      Courses as Extra

It is possible to add courses/educational activities to the Study Plan as extras. These courses will not count towards the overall credits required for admission to the final test and will not be used in calculation of the score average.

It is possible to change the status of a course from required to extra, and vice versa, during the annual Study Plan submission period.

For all regulations, reference should be made to the specific University guide.

 

6 Allocations

 

6.1      Studios

In the first year, students enrolled on the Architettura – Architettura delle Costruzioni Previously Approved Study Plan must indicate in order of preference 2 options for Laboratorio di Architettura delle Costruzioni Complesse 1 and for the Optional Studio.

Students enrolled on the Building Architecture Previously Approved Study Plan must indicate in order of preference 2 options for the Architectural design studio for complex architecture 1 and for the Optional Studio.

In the second year, students enrolled on the Architettura – Architettura delle Costruzioni Previously Approved Study Plan must indicate in order of preference 2 options for the Laboratorio di Architettura delle Costruzioni Complesse 2 e Laboratorio di Architettura per la Conservazione delle Costruzioni Complesse.

In the second year, students enrolled on the Building Architecture Previously Approved Study Plan must indicate in order of preference 2 options for the Architectural design studio for complex architecture 2 e Architectural design studio for restoration and transformation of complex architecture.

Placement of students in the studios will be based on their position in the ranking list and the order of the preferences expressed.

Preferences must be expressed each year will be ordered according to the following criteria:

 

First Year

Graduation score

 

Second Year

Order by decreasing values of the parameter G

        n

G=Σ  Vi •Ci

       i=l

where Vi is the score obtained in the i-th examination, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the i-th examination and n is the number of examinations taken.

 

The score 30/30 cum laude will be calculated as equal to 33/30.

To avoid students being penalised due to any delays in examination enrolment or validation, the parameter G will be calculated based on the career followed during the summer session.

For all students returning from Erasmus, it will not be possible to take the scores into account unless previously validated on the Plan prior to allocation.

Any admitted students who, for whatever reason, delay enrolment beyond the established deadlines will be automatically placed in the available sections.

Students are not permitted to attend studios or courses not included in the Plan. Under no circumstances may assessments relating to activities not included in the Study Plan, or not attended in accordance with the section allocations, be recognised or validated.

 

6.2      Single-subject and Integrated Courses

In sections in which there are elective courses or various sections of the same single-subject or integrated course, students must express their preferences as set out by the online system and will be allocated places according to merit in accordance with the criteria indicated in the above point. Courses may have a maximum of 120 regular students enrolled for the A.Y. 2019/2020.

 

6.3     Course Priorities

The University, upon resolution of the Academic Senate, has established the following priority types:

Suggested priority

Does not establish any formal restriction. Aims to provide students with useful information on the sequence of courses but does not affect the composition of the Study Plan or examination recording.

Study Plan composition priority

Establishes a restriction which must be observed when choosing courses upon submission of the Study Plan. It is not possible for course ‘B’ to be included in the Study Plan if course ‘A’ (even if not passed) has not been included. This does not affect examination recording.

Examination recording priority

Establishes a restriction which must be observed both during Study Plan compilation and during 'positive' examination recording (passing of the course). It is not possible for ‘B’ to be recorded if ‘A’ has not been recorded.

 

For the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture-Building Architecture, the course progression established by the Degree Programme must be observed.

 

7 Elective Activities

In their educational path, students are required to include optional courses designed to further explore and complete the specific topics of the individual curricula. The course catalogue of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering offers numerous courses termed ‘optional’ which serve to complete the elective course ECTS.

As an alternative, the School recognizes Workshops as specified below.

 

7.1      Optional Courses

Upon Study Plan compilation, students may add a number of optional courses dependent on the course catalogue of the Previously Approved Study Plan enrolled upon.

A list of the courses offered and their programmes may be consulted in the Degree Programme.

No allocation is required for optional courses. However, if the number of students should exceed 120, an additional section will be activated and students will be allocated places either alphabetically or according to merit, on a case-to-case basis.

 

7.2      MIAW

For students enrolled on the three-year Laurea Triennele (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) Programme in Architectural Design Programme and the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes in Architecture - Building Architecture, Architecture - Built Environment Interiors and Architecture and Urban Design, the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering offers an intensive international programme: MIAW-Milan International Architecture Workshop.

This activity offers an international design forum for teachers and students but also an informal platform for discussing the issues and ambitions for sharing that education entails.

MIAW will take place from 13/01/2020 to 24/01/2020 in the Milan Campus.

7.2.1 MIAW Attendance and Registration Procedures

During Study Plan compilation, students may choose between the various international Professors, expressing their section preferences, and will be allocated places according to merit based on the weighted average of examinations taken before the date shown on the School website.

The number of places for students enrolled on the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes, the three-year Laurea Triennele (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) Programme and the Erasmus student will be fixed yearly and published on the School website. If the planned number is not reached, any available places may be assigned.

Any students not admitted will automatically be issued a generic workshop code (see specifications relating to workshops), which may be changed during the half-year Study Plan change period.

MIAW involves a final assessment and, on completion of lectures, students must register for a dedicated examination date in order to obtain the score in the career.

Credits recorded in this way will substitute 4 ECTS from the student’s elective activities.

After allocation, it will not be possible to delete the course from the Study Plan or replace it with another course, but it may be included as extra the following academic year.

Students enrolled on the first yearof the Programme may only bring the MIAW activity forward if they have entered all the first-year courses.

 

7.3      Workshops

Workshop activities are of two types:

- workshop recognized as optional courses or extra;

- workshop recognized as traineeship.

In relation to degree sessions, workshops can be accredited only if they end at least a month before graduation day

Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) students cannot request the accreditation of a workshop attended while being enrolled in a Laurea Triennale (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programme; if the workshop has been carried out as an “excess course” during the Laurea Triennale (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programme, it cannot be validated within the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme.

Educational credits earned from workshops may only be recognized if authorized in advance by the School Board, following a reasoned and supported programme proposal by a Professor (of the School or the Politecnico di Milano) coordinating the activities.

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

In order to participate in workshops, students must follow the procedures indicated on the individual webpages and refer to the relevant Professors indicated by the Professor responsible.

Students who have attended or wish to attend a workshop must observe the following procedures:

-students enrolled since the academic year 2016/17, must enter the “Workshop” line during Study Plan compilation. After having obtained the credit allocation certificate, they must submit the dedicated application form (which can be downloaded from the School’s website, under Students/Forms: http://www.auic.polimi.it/studenti/modulistica/) to the Office of the Programme on which they are enrolled, together with a copy of the participation certificate.

- students enrolled in academic years prior to 2016/17 may, during Study Plan compilation, include the “Workshop” line or, alternatively, an optional course. Students may replace the optional course with attendance of a workshop. In this case, the change of line in the Plan will be performed by the appropriate Offices during recording of credits (students wishing to attend a Workshop are advised to include in their Study Plan the “Workshop” line available in the list of optional courses). After having obtained the credit allocation certificate, students must submit the dedicated application form (downloadable from the School’s website http://www.auic.polimi.it/studenti/modulistica ) to the Office of the Programme on which they are enrolled, together with a copy of the participation certificate.

For the Architecture - Building Architecture Programme, recognition of a maximum of 4 ECTS earned from participation in workshops is permitted.

 

8 Traineeship

The School cooperates with professional associations, public administrations, local authorities and companies, to organize external traineeship activities, in order to guarantee the student the opportunity to acquire the credits required by the educational system.

In addition, students may carry out a Practical Activity (traineeship) within the Departments of the Politecnico di Milano.

The rules on traineeship duration will be established by the Programmes, in accordance with the directives of the School. All further information is available at the Traineeship Office of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering and in the dedicated section of the School’s Website:  http://www.auic.polimi.it/studenti/tirocini-curriculari-obbligatori/

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

 

9 Examinations

9.1      Procedures

The uniformity of procedures for checking of learning across all sections of the same course and planning of these procedures is ensured through appropriate forms of coordination, in line with the directives of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme.

At the start of the academic year, each Professor will communicate the procedures for checking of learning, the content of the examination and the assessment criteria.

For each course (individual courses or studios) there are three exam sessions. Each exam session involves one or more exam session date as established by the School’s academic calendar, each of which students may use.

Students may only participate in the exam sessions if duly registered online for the examination date. Failure to register makes it absolutely impossible to take the test and record a score in the career.

Graduating students must observe the specific deadlines established by the academic calendar in order to permit completion, within the established deadlines, of the procedures for registration for the degree exam session.

 

10                       Final Test

 The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture - Building Architecture concludes with a Final Test involving presentation and discussion of the graduation work. The graduation work consists of an architecture project developed and explored based on the work carried out in one of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Studios attended and completed by the student, and must be approved by one of the Programme’s Professors.

The graduation work must develop an important architectural theme, with particular attention to the theoretical and practical aspects that contribute to defining the design and to the division of the work according to the specific competencies of the different Studios. The work must also highlight the analytical, critical and design skills developed by the candidate. The point of view of design and its centrality within the educational path must guide the development of the work.

For all information on the Final Test, students must refer to the Final Test Regulations for the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) and Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering and the Additional Final Test Regulations for the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme in Architecture - Building Architecture published on the School’s website:

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




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