Aims of the program
This Architecture Program is the direct descendant of the first Romanian higher School of Architecture, founded in 1892. The 6-year Architecture Program (Bachelor and Master integrated) is accredited by the ARACIS (Romanian Agency for Quality Assessment in the Higher Education), the European Community (since 2008) as well as by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects, since 1997).
The present structure of the formative process for future architects is a synthesis of the tradition of the historical School of Architecture in Bucharest on one hand and the up-to-date appropriation of modernity on the other hand, in harmony with the field of contemporary architectural education in the world. The significant mutations that have marked the evolution of contemporary society in the last decades at the international level have made obvious the necessity that the educational process should fulfill new requirements, orienting towards an architectural education: - that responds to rapidly shifting values in contemporary culture, everyday life and current attitudes; - that is sensitive to the extremely rapid progress of information technology; - that is attentive to the growing instability of the labor market and the more and more specialized professional practice; - that is prepared to face the explosion of new building materials and technologies; - that is aware of the fast deterioration of natural environment and the necessity of creating a more energy-efficient and more sustainable built environment; - that is sensitive to traditional values and local identity; - that promotes creativity as expressing the contemporary contribution to the enrichment of the existing urban context.
An English Language Test is to be taken and passed by all candidates.
You start the degree from the beginning (have a Baccalaureate or High School Leaving Examination Diploma) and you are required to demonstrate your design talent, ability and motivation through sitting an examination. The studies are 6-years-long, for 360 ECTS credits.
The curricula has two main streams: Design Projects (architectural, technical, urban and landscape design, interior design projects) undertaken in design studios and Theoretical Courses that develops from the following main areas: - History and Theory of Architecture and Art - Theory of structural and technical issues of buildings - Techniques of representation, including various CAAD programs - Urban and Landscape Design and Composition - Preservation and Restoration of Architecture - Aesthetics, Philosophy, Research Methods
Optional modules include subject from the areas of: - Various contemporary approaches in architectural theory and practice - Architectural Photography - Ecological and Sustainability Issues
According to national legislation concerning architecture as a regulated profession, this program is an integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s cycle (which means that no intermediate Bachelor’s degree is awarded to those who do not complete the requirements for the final Master’s degree). The Master’s degree is awarded at the end of the 6 years period of full-time study (including dissertation and diploma work) and requires 360 ECTS credits.
The architectural design and other special projects are assessed twice a semester or at their dedline, through presentations. The theoretical coursework is assessed through during-, mid- terms and/or final examinations or papers. Optional modules are assessed according to the nature of the module.
The graduates of the 6-year Architecture programme receive an architect’s diploma (“diploma de architect”), which confers them the right of liberally practicing the profession, according to the Law of Architecture. Moreover, the complex professional formation that provides a practical and theoretical understanding architecture and culture in general, gives them the possibility of orienting themselves towards other related artistic, technical or theoretical fields (art direction, graphics, advertisement, critique, journalism etc). The degree of Master in Architecture allows them to pursue the third cycle of higher education (doctoral studies) and in this way to orient themselves toward research and/or an academic career.