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Our comprehensive study plan has been carefully constructed to ensure our students gain an in-depth knowledge related to architecture. In year one, students learn the fundamentals of architecture, including graphic communication and applied physics. Over the following four years, students build upon this foundation, learning how to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. This hands-on program allows students to take part in design workshops and design studios, to develop practical skills and build a unique portfolio of work from day one. Practical, hands-on learning combined with an in-depth understanding of the important historical and managerial aspects involved in architecture, allow students to become the in-demand architects of the future.

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Semester 1

Design Studio 1: Idea and Form

The initial course in the design studio sequence provides a project-based introduction to architectural design tools and methods.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Graphic Communication 1

This workshop course provides an introduction to the essential tools of architectural representation, through the use both of digital and manual tools.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Applied Physics in Architecture 1

This course is an overview of basic principles in physics, as they relate to the field of architecture. Dealing primarily with statics, it prepares students for their later studies of structural calculation.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

IE Module: Introduction to Management

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Semester 2

Design Studio 2: Form and Material

The second course in the design studio sequence introduces site and programming and continues delving into architectural design tools and methods.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Graphic Communication 2

Continued study of the graphic language of architecture, focusing on three-dimensional representation and advanced concepts in orthographic projection.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Architectural Geometry 1

An introduction to the computational logic behind point, line, plane and form, including the fundamentals of coding in architecture.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Architecture Histories and Contexts

An introduction to key architectural movements, concepts, and terms, providing a broad overview of the history of architecture in its broader social context.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Applied Physics in Architecture 1

This course is an overview of basic principles in physics, as they relate to the field of architecture. Dealing primarily with statics, it prepares students for their later studies of structural calculation.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

IE Module: Interpersonal Skills

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Anual

Digital Tools and Operations

The essentials of crafting digital graphics in architecture, with a general introduction to the relationship of graphic tools and design intent.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Semester 1

Design Studio 3: Experience

This semester of Design Studio, the central course in the degree program, deals primarily with the creation of experience in architecture through the manipulation of architectural elements.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    9

Architectural Geometry 2

A continuing introduction to the computational logics behind point, line, plane and form, with a focus on parametric operations.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Applied Mathematics in Architecture 2

A survey of how the mathematical concepts and operations in the first semester of this course can be, and have historically been, applied to the field of architecture.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    3

Construction Systems and Applications

An introduction to the fundamentals of contemporary building construction systems.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Structural Types 1

A survey of the basic structural systems available to the architect, and their application in buildings.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Experimentation Workshop 1

In this workshop students will develop their analytical, artistic, and craft abilities, dealing with topics and methods outside the confines of the architectural disciplines such as site-specific installations, graphic novels and short films, among others.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Semester 2

Design Studio 4: Program

This semester of Design Studio, the central course in the degree program, deals primarily with the relationship of a building’s uses to its form and overall strategy.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    9

Environmental Systems and Strategies 1

An introduction to the fundamentals of active and passive environmental building systems in architecture, with a special focus on sustainability and high-performance building strategies.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Introduction to Urban and Regional Studies

An introduction to the basic principles of urban design, urban history, and urban culture.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    6

Applied Physics in Architecture 2

A continuing overview of basic principles in physics, as they relate to the field of architecture. This semester focuses on waves, especially heat and sound, preparing students for their later studies in building systems and sustainability.

  • Type

    Basic

  • ECTS

    3

Design Entrepreneurship Workshop 1

The integration workshop brings internationally-recognized architects and designers to Segovia for a week-long workshop. Students learn how to deal with the many disciplines, stakeholders, and considerations involved in the realization of an architectural project.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Semester 1

Design Studio 5: Technique

This semester of Design Studio, the central course in the degree program, deals primarily with the skillful and controlled manipulation of building materials in order to create a desired effect or to create a desired spatial condition.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    9

Construction Systems and Applications 2

An exploration of complex building construction systems, and an analysis of the constructive logics that apply to each system.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Architecture History and Theory 1

The first course in the architectural history and theory sequence, the course provides a historical overview from prehistory to the Renaissance.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Experimentation Workshop 2

In this workshop students will develop their analytical, artistic, and craft abilities, dealing with topics and methods outside the confines of the architectural disciplines such as site-specific installations, graphic novels and short films, among others.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Semester 2: Optional off-site internships March-June

Design Studio 6: The Existing

This semester of Design Studio, the central course in the degree program, focuses on the development of architectural projects within existing structures or in highly-consolidated areas within the urban fabric.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    9

Structural Calculation 2

Advanced topics in the mathematical design of building structures and structural elements.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Environmental Systems and Strategies 2

An in-depth study of the design of a building’s environmental control systems, approached through the lens of high-performance building and sustainability.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Construction Systems and Applications 3

This course encourages students to apply the logic and methods used in the design and construction of buildings to problems outside the traditional boundaries of the discipline of architecture.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Architecture History and Theory 2

The second course in the architectural history and theory sequence, provides a historical overview from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Design Entrepreneurship Workshop 2

The integration workshop brings internationally-recognized architects and designers to Segovia for a week-long workshop. Students learn how to deal with the many disciplines, stakeholders, and considerations involved in the realization of an architectural project.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Semester 1

Design Studio 7: Aggregation

This semester of Design Studio, the central course in the degree program, focuses on the use of repetitive elements to create a larger whole, in this case, to create collective housing within the city.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    9

IE Module: Ethics

An introduction to the professional work of the architect, including legal, regulatory, and business aspects of practice. The course focuses on novel modes of architectural organization and both global and Spanish regulations and codes of conduct.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Professional Deontology

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Construction Systems and Applications 4

This advanced course in building construction allows students to engage the construction trades and to begin to consider how architects can productively partner with industry to create innovative and economical building construction solutions.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Architecture History and Theory 3

The third course in the architectural history and theory sequence, provides a historical overview from the Industrial Revolution to the early Modern Movement.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Urban Management

An introduction to the complex network of public agencies and private organizations responsible for the workings of the contemporary city.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Experimentation Workshop 3

In this workshop students will develop their analytical, artistic, and craft abilities, dealing with topics and methods outside the confines of the architectural disciplines such as site-specific installations, graphic novels and short films, among others.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Semester 2: Optional off-site internships March-June

Design Studio 8: Territory

This semester of Design Studio, the central course in the degree program, prepares students for their later work in the Undergraduate Thesis project by dealing with the assemblage of larger groupings of buildings at the scale of the territory.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    9

Advanced Architectural Graphics

Advanced topics in digital technologies for architectural representation and design, including building information modelling (BIM), virtual reality, and digital composition.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Advanced Structures and Foundations

In-depth study of complex structures and foundations, with special focus on novel solutions and recent technological developments.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Architecture History and Theory 4

The fourth course in the architectural history and theory sequence provides a historical overview from the early Modern Movement through Postmodernism.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Semester 1

Alternative Practices: Urban Infrastructure

The course also deals with the elements of urban infrastructure that facilitate a sustainable urban core

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Alternative Practices: Management and Entrepreneurship

Part of the Alternative Practices sequence, this course introduces allows students to develop their management and entrepreneurial skills through by running a simulated business. Students develop product prototypes, business plans, and marketing strategies.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Alternative Practices: Digital Studies

Part of the Alternative Practices sequence, this course introduces students to the use of virtual reality and gaming software to explore new modes of architectural representation and design.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Alternative Practices: Design

Part of the Alternative Practices sequence, this course introduces students to a broad range of design practices, including graphic design, product design, and event design.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Alternative Practices: Landscape and Environment

Part of the Alternative Practices sequence, this course introduces students to the field of landscape architecture.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    6

Semester 2

Design Studio 9: Synthesis

The development of a complex and complete architectural project, integrating the technical, social, regulatory, environmental and historical work conducted up to this point.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    15

Advanced Technical Studies

An advanced course in architectural technologies and building construction, intended to facilitate the students’ work in Design Studio 9.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    9

Capstone Project

Students develop and present an individual research project based on their individual interests in architecture

  • Type

    TFG

  • ECTS

    6

MODULE 1

Advanced Design Studio

A comprehensive design studio, dealing with complex, contemporary challenges in the urban setting, with special attention to the legal, economic, regulatory and social contexts in which architects work.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    12

Advanced Construction Workshop 1

This hands-on construction workshop supports the Advanced Design Studio. Students learn to integrate structural, mechanical and environmental systems, with special attention to the relevant codes and regulations, as well as to the challenges posed by the need for energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    4

Thesis Project – Module 1

In this initial phase of the Thesis Project, students conduct research on the proposed topic, and determine the scope, site, and proposed program for their final design project.

  • Type

    Final Project

  • ECTS

    4

MODULE 2

Creativity and Organization

This course forms part of the Management Studies sequence in the Master of Architecture, dealing with the interface of creative work and the organizations set up to perform it. Students will examine theories of organization in creative fields as well as the relevant institutional structures surrounding the professional practice of architecture and related design fields.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    4

Project Management

This course forms part of the Management Studies sequence in the Master of Architecture, focusing on the supervision, preparation, and management of projects, especially as related to the built environment.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Strategy

This course forms part of the Management Studies sequence in the Master of Architecture, providing an introduction to strategic management, with special emphasis on creative and professional fields.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    3

Advanced Construction Workshop 2

This workshop supports the technical development of the Thesis Project, providing individualized feedback on the structural, mechanical, and environmental systems, as well as all relevant codes and regulations.

  • Type

    Core

  • ECTS

    4

Thesis Project – Module 2

In the second phase of the Thesis Project, students begin to define the primary design elements of their projects, dealing with site conditions, building systems, materials and, all applicable regulations.

  • Type

    Final Project

  • ECTS

    6

MODULE 3

Thesis Project – Module 3

In the third and final module of the Thesis Project, students integrate the work of the previous phases, preparing and presenting a comprehensive architectural project, with all relevant documentation necessary. This project serves as both a synthesis of all the student’s acquired knowledge and a stepping stone to his or her future as a professional in architecture and the related fields.

  • Type

    Final Project

  • ECTS

    20

Advanced Seminars

Each semester, qualified students are able to elect to take an advanced seminar, which is a short course dealing with themes that go beyond those covered in regular classes. These seminars provide a chance for students from across the University to discuss together in an in-depth way, under the leadership of faculty from inside and outside the University, interesting and relevant issues of today.

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