Structure of the programme

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Before enrolling in the Master’s programme, candidates must complete an internship of at least 12 weeks in an architectural firm. However, at least 10 months’ work experience is recommended.

The design projects in the Master’s programme have three thematic focuses and can be completed in any order.

Core curriculum

Focus 1 | Conversion and urban spaces
In line with the profile of the Schule für Architektur Saar, design projects focus on converting the way public spaces are used. The key topics may relate to urban, rural or landscaped spaces. The SarLorLux region offers plenty of areas of application for converting former brownfield sites. The objective of this semester is to develop architectural strategies for dif- ferent forms of conversion.

The project workshop Conversion and urban spaces focuses on the demographic development of society and the industrial and social structural change. The SaarLorLux urban and rural landscape offers a multitude of possibilities that can serve as examples here. In the context of the structural and demographic change taking place in our society, the conversion of urban and landscape spaces in this region formerly dominated by industry is leading to interesting examples of sustainable regional development. With the help of urban development analyses, the lighthouse project in this semester is aimed at developing creative concepts that can pave the way to new problem-solving approaches in a variety of urban and landscape projects. Implementation of the project is flanked by advanced project work in the areas of landscape and open space planning, infrastructure, supply and waste disposal as well as transport. This is supplemented by elective subjects that can be chosen from the catalogue of electives in the categories theory, represen- tation and technology. The Master’s programme is offered in cooperation with the Hochschule für bildende Künste des Saarlandes.

Focus 2 | Conversion and commercial buildings
This module looks at complex building designs. Students have the possibility to choose their own areas of focus either in the field of constructional or creative de- sign. The objective of this semester is to develop architectural strategies for sol- ving complex architectural problems with a hands-on approach.

The Conversion and commercial buildings project workshop focuses on developing a building concept from the artistic aspect of design or the more technical aspect of construction. This is supplemented by elective subjects that depending on the respective project can be selected from the categories theory, representation and technology.

Focus 3 Public design
This semester allows students to define their own priorities within their study project. On the one hand it examines ar- tistic and architectural interventions in public spaces, and on the other it analy- ses the impact of structural and demo- graphic change on the urban landscape. The goal in this semester is to re-exami- ne how architectural and artistic strate- gies are applied in urban spaces.

Project Workshop “PUBLIC DESIGN”
The Public design project workshop is concerned with topics related to the interpretation and design of public spaces. Different project workshops, frequently in cooperation with the Hochschule für bildende Künste, offer students the possibility to explore possibilities for transforming urban and landscape spaces with an emphasis on design or urban development. The choice of elective subjects is tailored to the contents.


Thesis Thesis semester
The Master’s programme concludes with a final semester devoted to independently preparing and writing the Master’s thesis, leading to the final qualification. The thesis consists of an architectural project that allows candidates to demonstrate the wide range of acquired competences with the aim of providing an innovative solution to an urban and architectural brief.

The fourth semester of the Master’s programme is entirely devoted to preparing and writing the Master’s thesis, which completes the course of study. This is an unsupervised course assignment that is flanked by a number of advanced courses. After completion of the Master’s thesis students are awarded the academic degree of Master of Arts (M.A.).

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