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Aarhus School of Architecture

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Aarhus School of Architecture

Studies at the Aarhus School of Architecture require a basic artistic, aesthetic, technological and societal understanding. The education is project-oriented and trains students for a wide range of architectural tasks where design qualifications are in demand.

The school places great emphasis on being very active in the development of interdisciplinary cooperation schemes and gives top priority to the training taking place in an international as well as interdisciplinary environment where international students, visiting teachers, and lecturers form part of the research and teaching environment.

The graduates of the school find work within the fields of architecture, design, and planning, as well as within other interdisciplinary environments working with e.g. process, component, and communication design, plus research communication.

What you can study here

Architecture - MAD - Making Architectural Design

In the continuing spirit of making, we are pre-occupied with introducing skills to develop and articulate architectural design, promoting new and relevant methods and tools for students, and encouraging an individual approach appropriate to each student. The aim is to advance from diagram to design and fabrication of space through various introduced methodologies where making is essential. 

MAD focuses upon architecture’s intimate scale emphasizing specific architectural qualities and spatial formations, using component design, system design, pre-fabrication,  customization, interior design, furniture design, and daylight and artificial lighting conditions. The workshop facilities and MLAB are at the heart of the school’s endeavours as well as our platform´s daily activity. The workshop facilities and MLAB offer wood, metal an casting workshop, wind laboratory, laser cutter, water jet, CNC milling, facilities for scanning and printing 3D models and a new material library at the school´s main library – all run and managed by a dedicated professional platform team. This ensures well coordinated and state-of-the-art workshops as well as knowledge facilities.

Teaching language: English and Danish


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Architecture - Regenerative Architecture

This studio is a collaboration between Aarhus School of Architecture and GXN, the innovation unit of 3XN architects. The studio will focus on contemporary and traditional sustainable building praxis and investigate how contemporary science and theory, as well as the traditional materials and techniques can inform and enrich architectural design at any scale.

With inspiration from Cradle to Cradle and research into new materials and building technologies as well as regional traditions and considerations, the studio will develop a regenerative design methodology, where integration of material metabolisms, renewable energy, water purification, active climate and increased biodiversity are part of the architectural means and aims.

Learning from Nature The studio finds inspiration in the world of biomimicry and is focused on designing manmade ecosystems in the built environment. Furthermore the studio will investigate how well- known materials and techniques from vernacular regional architecture can affect the green architecture of tomorrow. The teaching will be based on parallel assignments and interdisciplinary knowledge from science in order to create innovative project specific solutions.

Teaching language: English and Danish


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Architecture - Studio Architecture and Ressources

The studio Architecture and Resources investigates the approach to finite and infinite resources in the field of architectural space and technology on all scales, from urban life and urban developments to infrastructures and buildings, their materialization and resource consumption over life span. By conducting critical, radical and visualized analyses as a precondition for experimental design approaches  without methodological preconceptions – and by building up a continuity and library of documented investigations and processes, the studio transforms from a studio into a laboratory.

The laboratory’s investigations and research inseminate the student’s design projects. The laboratory outcome is inspiring and surprising spatial solutions on different scales, that are grounded on a robust analysis, ask questions, look into critical scenarios and dare to be speculative. It is not about ‘greening’ objects. The setup of this new studio promotes the amalgamation between fact orientated and transdisciplinary scientific and political analyses with genuine artistic experiments as a precondition for a needed paradigm change in architectural practice.

Teaching language: English

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Architecture - Studio Context

Studio Context deals with habitation and a sustainable architecture based on complexity on all scales of a specific context, that involves geographical, historical, anthropological and social reflections, a cross cultural involvement and mutual learning as well as investigations into the most basic elements to define the core qualities of architecture: space, light and material in a human perspective.

Studio Context deals with the challenges in connection with the new emerging economies, BRICS , N11 or MINT. A main focus is an investigation into the cross-cultural characteristics involved in the design process when different agents with different backgrounds collaborate. Our projects involve always collaboration(s) with local representatives. The Studio addresses all master students (candidate and diploma students) who seek their field of interest for architecture within a global perspective.

Teaching language: English


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International Master in Energy and Green Architecture

Description

In cooperation with THUPDI (Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute) and Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University the Aarhus School of Architecture educates Masters in Energy and Green Architecture (MEGA).

The professional practice master is aimed at professionals with a minumum of two years' experience. MEGA, takes place at Aarhus School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark and at THUPDI, Beijing, China. The MEGA master equals 60 ECTS, which equals 1 year of full time studies or 2 years of studying at half time.

Apart from education sessions, MEGA is based on e-learning, group work via Internet (Skype), literature studies and exercises. 

See the programme for MEGA 2015-17

The master has the following main themes:
  • Energy and sustainable development
  • Green architecture and design
  • Management and personal development
  • Business development and intercultural understanding 

Career Opportunities  

For more information on career paths, please contact Aarhus School of Architecture. Tel.: +45 89 36 02 04, e-mail: trine.Berthold@aarch.dk

About the Programme

The International Master in Energy and Green Architecture educates architects and similar professional groups to meet the challenges presented by sustainable building in the future, focusing on energy efficiency, sustainable energy, architecture, planning and intercultural understanding.

Admission

MEGA's target group consists of architects, engineers and constructors as well as other professions with at least 2 years' professional experience.

The programme admits students with a Bachelor of Architecture (or equivalent) once a year. The application deadline is February 1st, and the programme start is September 1st. To be admitted to this programme, you must pass a selection committee evaluation of your application. The following documentation is required: 
  • A completed Full Degree/ Student/Exchange Student/Guest Student application form
  • Your most recent transcript or diploma
  • A CV
  • A one page personal statement
  • References if any
  • A recent portfolio      
In addition, language test documentation is required in order to verify that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Apply

Tuition

MEGA is tution based. Tutition for the entire programme: EUR 16076

For Further Information
Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at http://ufm.dk/en

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition


 About the Educational System in general visit the section
The Danish Higher Education System
 

More information about the studios we curently offer on our regular master programme.



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Master of Arts in Architecture

Description

Aarhus School of Architecture offers a two-year master programme. The objective of the programme is to educate graduates who can make a professional contribution to the development of architecture. 

On our master programmes you will:
  • gain knowledge and professional insight into working on artistic and academic issues, as well as architecture’s theories, methods and forms of practice.
  • acquire skills for working with artistic and academic methods and tools, mastering the subject’s analysis, dissemination and solution models.
  • get equipped to start a professional career.
On successful completion of a master degree, you are awarded the title: Master of Arts (MA) in Architecture.

Studios currently offered

Career Opportunities  

Our master programmes in architecture train you to work professionally as an architect and in the fields of research, artistic development and practice.

Admission  

Eligibility: Bachelor Degree in Architecture. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have a bachelor degree in architecture or architectural studies from a nationally recognised school of architecture.This means that your school of architecture must be recognised by the national architectural association/body as a degree that leads to a professional qualification as an architect.In addition, the following criteria apply:
  • Applicants must have successfully completed their bachelor studies prior to the start of the programme.
  • Students studying programmes that only lead to master degrees must submit documentation from their school/university that they have/will have completed studies equivalent to a bachelor degree.
  • Applicants whose degree is in a major-minor system, must have their major in architecture. Applicants with a minor in architecture or architectural studies are noteligible.
  • Applicants with bachelor degrees in all other subjects, including design, interior architecture, construction, and engineering, are not eligible for admission.
  • In Denmark, only applicants with bachelor degrees from KADK or Aarhus School of Architecture are eligible for admission.
English proficiency: Minimum requirements for 2015-16: TOEFL PBT (paper-based) score: 575, TOEFL iBT (internet-based) score: 90, IELTS score: 6.5.
Results are only valid for two years, and must be taken within the two years prior to the application deadline.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg Unoiversity directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education http://ufm.dk/en/recognition

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.

Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at http://ufm.dk/en

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System
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Nordic Master in Architectural Heritage

The NORDMAK professional study programme focuses on promoting qualified handling and management of our architectural heritage. Students acquire skills in the area’s theory formation, exploration and documentation, in valuation and in strategic heritage management. We call the programme a Nordic master for the reason that the four semester weeks are located in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland respectively.

Participation requires a minimum of two years' professional experience.

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