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Programme undergraduate profile
The curriculum of our undergraduate programme is designed to give the student a well-rounded foundation knowledge of the history of architecture, and the way the interconnected relationship between architecture and our civilisation has been changing through the times.
The course in Architectural Design is the cornerstone of the programme; students systematically learn to apply their knowledge and skills from other courses, and master all phases of the design process. An architect needs to cultivate their artistic instincts and be adept at traditional and digital design methods and arts and crafts. Our graduates can competently use computer-aided design and graphic design software and build physical models. Students learn structural design, material science and technology and specific applications.
The curriculum emphasises the practical element - the ability to discuss and present a case or project; the students also cement their knowledge of the design practice, explore buildings, spaces and urban structures, and debate the trends and problems of the profession and its ethical dimension.
The curriculum also covers specialist knowledge of the history of architecture, urban planning and art and its application in monument conservation, restoration and revitalisation projects, as well as landscape architecture, urban planning and public space.
Programme graduate profile
The programme focuses on several key professional competences and skills in the field of theory and practice of Architecture and Urbanism. The graduate learns about the current trends in architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, heritage conservation and design. The key course is Architectural Design where the knowledge learned in other courses is systematically applied. The course is the cornerstone of the graduate programme. Students deepen their knowledge and skills in individual phases of the design process, from analysis of the brief, via looking for a concept and form, project design and defending their project. The graduate is a competent user of computer-aided and graphic design software and knows how to use physical models.
The student builds upon his or her technical knowledge of structures, materials and technologies and their practical application. The graduate programme also gives a practical experience with on-site processes, overview of actual context of design practice, opportunities to visit remarkable buildings, spaces and urban structures, and, last but not least, it conveys the current issues that the profession is facing and examines various ethical aspects.
The programme focuses on special knowledge and skills from the fields of urban design, landscape architecture, professional ethics and psychology, including application in heritage conservation, restoration and revitalisation projects.
Our graduate will be able to present his or her work in front of an audience – a group or an individual – by way of a comprehensive, structured and to-the-point presentation aided with good quality visuals (possibly a short video) and a physical model. The graduate’s writing skills, in the form of a project report or published articles, are based in the context of the issue at hand and skills learned in courses of Architectural Reading and Writing and Project Presentation and Graphics.
Key competences of an architect include also the ability to engage in a professional dialogue with fellow architects, professionals from other fields and with the public. Our graduate is trained in methods of dealing with both private and public investors, consultants and stakeholders. He or she also knows how to start own private design/consulting practice, supported with know-how in project management in all stages of project documentation, including the permission process from start to finish.
In the full extent of his or her qualifications, the graduate is equipped for a position of academic researcher or assistant professor of Architecture or in related disciplines, i.e. for research and teaching, as well as for civil service in central or local government institutions.