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Master Architecture

  • 4 years
  • English
  • Master
  • Part-time
Starts September | Tilburg

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Are you interested in how our surroundings and buildings are designed? Are you eager to reflect on design and how to use it for upcoming generations? Are you interested in urbanism and/or architecture? If you’re looking for a unique learning experience, then this dynamic, creative, and practical programme might be for you. After the course, you will master connecting social, cultural, political, economic, and technological parameters through design.

About Master Architecture

Learn how to effectively combine design intelligence with a reflective attitude and practical skills. The competence-based curriculum is geared towards mastering seven crucial competences: design, research, collaboration, communication, entrepreneurial skills, organisation, and professional practice. You’ll gain experience and education beyond the school curriculum by combining your study with employment in a professional environment. Additionally, the academy itself is a laboratory for spatial assignments from real stakeholders, and the studio is the perfect place to apply new skills and methods to create design proposals for complex spatial problems.

Why this study in the Netherlands?

  • You’ll be part of Fontys Academy of the Arts, a creative learning community
  • Our tutors are professionals from a variety of disciplines with a strong relation to practice
  • You’ll engage in an intensive programme in a small community together with fellow Architecture and Urbanism students
  • The programme has a vertical structure that synergises working and studying at the same time, encouraging you to become an independent and critical thinker in approaching real-world and future challenges
  • Our international environment gives you a broad view of real-world problems and hands-on solutions to tackle these challenges
  • After graduation, you’ll be eligible to register immediately in the Dutch Architecture Register and start working as an (independent) architect

 

What will you be learning?

Project-based learning lies at the core of the study programme. Your assignments will tackle a particular challenge or issue that you’ll work on individually or in teams. The studio work will be combined with various theoretical courses to provide a strong foundation.

The philosophy of the academy is based on study combined with working in an architect’s firm. This concurrent, practical structure offers you experience and education beyond the school curriculum, which is essential to your growth as a professional architect. In addition, it allows you to unleash the pioneer within by learning about the importance of design for current and upcoming issues.

 

What does your week look like?

The course is carried out in a 40-week intensive program. You’ll work in the Design studio at Fontys in Tilburg one day per week. Alongside this, self-study comprises 10 hours and practical work 20 hours per week. You’ll follow theory classes once a week.

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The symbiosis between practice and the educational programme is amazing”
Kenny Vink, student

 

Programme structure

We welcome graduated students from a range of different schools, disciplines, and cultural and professional backgrounds. The first year is fully dedicated to developing a designer attitude towards the world around us. The Core studio programme is supported by a range of skill-based trainings and a theoretical foundation on architecture and urban design, economy, sustainable design, and art history. Your learning outcomes will be assessed on the basis of a portfolio.
During the second and third year, you’ll follow a total of 8 studio projects, workshops, and a large number of advanced skill-based trainings. You’ll also engage in research and an in-depth theory programme. The studio assessments will confront students with a variety of different assignments, methodologies, and levels of complexity. Five parameters are used to differentiate between the studio projects: Programme, Product, Meaning, Context, and Geometry. Students will work on a range of different scales (1:1 to 1:10.000). Every second semester, students will organise an international study trip to visit projects abroad.
The graduation studio project takes up one full year through two possible formats: individual and/or team driven. Every student, either in the architecture or urbanism course, will follow the same process-based planning. The process will be supported by both personal, external tutors and project presentations with reviews at the academy. Research and analysis take three months, during which the chosen issues of the self-defined assignment will be addressed. You will attend several lectures by professionals to find inspiration throughout the process. All research, strategies, experiments, and design work during the year will be interrelated and are aimed at tackling urgent societal issues for future generations.

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Requirements

English language proficiency

Admission requirements for the master’s degree programme

- Bachelor (B/BSc) Architecture
- Bachelor (B) Art Academy (Architectural design/Interior design)
Is your study not mentioned? Contact us and we can talk about possibilities.


Applicants are required to:

Work a minimum of 20 hours a week in a relevant practice (Architect’s firm or related). The academy offers alternative practice studios for students who are temporarily unable to find a regular job. In these alternative practice studios students will work on assignments by real stakeholders and will be supervised by practitioners. There is usually no remuneration for participating students.

Code of conduct

Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

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    English language proficiency

    Admission requirements for the master’s degree programme

    - Bachelor (B/BSc) Architecture
    - Bachelor (B) Art Academy (Architectural design/Interior design)
    Is your study not mentioned? Contact us and we can talk about possibilities.


    Applicants are required to:
    Work a minimum of 20 hours a week in a relevant practice (Architect’s firm or related). The academy offers alternative practice studios for students who are temporarily unable to find a regular job. In these alternative practice studio’s students will work on assignments by real stakeholders and will be supervised by practitioners. There is usually no remuneration for participating students.

    Visa

    As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

    *except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

    Code of conduct

    Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

      Admission video Masters Architecture and Urbanism

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      Language requirements

      For the English-taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency is required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

      Admission requirements for the master’s degree programme

      - Bachelor (B/BSc) Architecture
      - Bachelor (B) Art Academy (Architectural design/Interior design)
      Is your study not mentioned? Contact us and we can talk about possibilities.


      Applicants are required to:
      Work a minimum of 20 hours a week in a relevant practice (Architect’s firm or related). The academy offers alternative practice studios for students who are temporarily unable to find a regular job. In these alternative practice studios students will work on assignments by real stakeholders and will be supervised by practitioners. There is usually no remuneration for participating students.

      Code of conduct

      Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

        Admission video Masters Architecture and Urbanism

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        Costs

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        Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees

        A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

        Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:

        • Low institutional tuition fees
        • High institutional tuition fees


        Different types of tuition fees and Exemption Regulations

        These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the:

            The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:

            • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
            • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
            • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

            Some Fontys study programmes offer the NL scholarship to their students. Check out the link to see if this study programme participates and for more information.

            You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on the Study in NL website.

            NL Scholarship

            Master Architecture and Urbanism offers two NL Scholarships to talented and motivated candidates for our MSc in Architecture and MSc in Urbanism programmes. The NL Scholarship is only available to non-EU students in the form of a €5,000 grant to be received during the second semester of the first year.


            The NL Scholarship provides a partial scholarship for the first year of your studies within our Master of Architecture/Master of Urbanism programme. The scholarship of €5,000 is financed by Fontys University of Applied Sciences and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

            General application criteria NL Scholarship
            • Non-EU/non-EEA nationality
            • You’re applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s programme at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions
            • This is your first time studying at an educational institution in the Netherlands
            • You have read the general conditions of the NL Scholarship Programme*
            • You agree that your application details may be shared with EP Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science 


            Additional programme criteria of NL Scholarship
            • You’re registered for the Fontys Master of Architecture or Urbanism at www.studielink.nl
            • You meet the general admission requirements of the programme of your choice (to be determined by the admission office).
            • Students have to address two topics and elaborate on the urgency that should be taken into account in the contemporary Architecture and Urban Design field. Please send your essay to faa-mau@fontys.nl before May 1st.
            • To be eligible for the NL Scholarship Programme, you need to fill in the application form after 1 November and before 1 June.

            Applying for the scholarship is a different procedure than the application for a study programme, which has to be processed via studielink.nl.

            Paying in instalments

            Collection will occur in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

            If paying the full sum in a single payment

            If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

            Non-EU students

            Incoming non-EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department, which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years, payment can be made by direct debit.

            Non-SEPA

            If you have a Bank account number of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a payment letter from Fontys via your course department.

            The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

            The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

            Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 14.641 per year (€ 7.320 per semester)

            Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

            Before starting your study at Fontys, you must find suitable housing. Unfortunately, it is not easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands due to the housing crisis. Start your accommodation search early. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility. However, we are happy to assist in any way we can.

             
             

            Career opportunities

            Graduates from this programme will be able to take an integrated, design-led approach in tackling complex issues of their environment in a national and/or international context. This gives them a variety of career prospects in architecture and other related fields.

            Title
            All graduated architects and urban designers will receive the title Msc.

            Architecture Register
            Our concurrent programme gives graduates the possibility to immediately at the Dutch Architecture Register and start working as a professional architect.

            Graduate projects

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            Previous nominees for Archiprix NL

            Previous nominees for Archiprix International

             

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            Jolijn van den Berg
            The academic level of thinking and, especially, the broadening and deepening that I experience by working together with people of different backgrounds and with different perspectives, is very inspiring.

            How to apply

            All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

            The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students. Deadline application non-EU students: April 1.

             

            How to apply

            1. Add new enrolment via Studielink

            Your enrolment for a Fontys Academy of the Arts bachelor or master begins at www.studielink.nl. If you officially live in the Netherlands, you need a DigiD to login. If you don’t have a DigiD because you have a foreign address, you create your own account in Studielink (if you don't already have one).

            • Once logged in to Studielink, complete or make sure your personal details are entered correctly (i.e. capital letters where required, according to your passport/ID card), and check or add your previous education.

            • Choose the study programme you wish to apply for (or select the option "Add new enrolment application" in your dashboard). You can enter one or more search queries and select Fontys University of Applied Sciences to select your programme.

            • Choose the correct start date: September 1, 2024, answer the institutional questions and confirm.

            Did you receive a message via Studielink about sending in your passport? faa-admission@fontys.nl will send you a request.
            Did you receive a message via Studielink about sending in proof of language requirements and/or previous education?
            You don’t have to send these documents yet! We will inform you about this when you passed the admission test.

            2. Apply for an admission online


            Two working days after the request for enrolment via Studielink you will receive an e-mail (sender

            faa-admission@fontys.nl) with a link to your personal file (PortalPlus)..

            NB: This is a different e-mail then the one you receive from no-reply@fontys.nl, stating your PCN number and password. You will need both e-mails.

            When we received your application, you will get a confirmation. At the latest one week before the admission date, you will receive an invitation or more information. If you don't receive the e-mails, please check your spambox and add our address to your address book.

             

             

            Agenda

            Open evening Master Architecture | Tilburg
            28 Feb 2024 18:00 - 21:00
            Programme
            5 spots available

            Thank you for signing up for this open evening.
            We offer a continuous program, so you will have plenty of time to ask your questions to students and teachers.


            This open evening will take place in The (white) Villa of Fontys Academy of the Arts, entrance Bisschop Zwijsenstraat 5 (note: not number 11), Tilburg.

            Ambience photo Fontys
            During the open evening we serve free coffee and tea; preferably in your own mug that you bring from home.

            Parking
            With our convenient location in Tilburg city centre, Fontys Academy of the Arts is easily accessible by bicycle, car and public transport. There is free bicycle parking under the entrance to the Concertzaal. There are also three car parks within walking distance: parking Schouwburg, parking Emmapassage and parking Koningsplein.

            Cityring renovation

            To reduce car traffic in Tilburg city centre, the traffic situation around Fontys Academy of the Arts will be changed. The new situation and associated roadworks may cause extra travel time.

             

            Contact and location

            Ingrid Westendorp, programme coordinator

            Available for whatsapp on weekdays between 11.00 and 12.00h

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