Master of Architecture in Architectural Design

Faculty of Architecture – CEPT University

The Architectural Design specialization within the M.Arch. program at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University is an advanced design stream intended for architects to explore, experiment and critically reimagine design as a discipline, empowered by the experience of practice. The specialization has a broader mandate compared to other M.Arch streams and allows students to explore the following themes - new tools and technologies of design, design for social change, reimagining the agency of architectural practitioners, among other things. Students also have opportunities to explore design theory, particularly in the realm of form and aesthetics, ways of making, computational design, history of design and contemporary practice.

Students joining this specialization are trained architects, often with considerable work experience. This specialization becomes an opportunity to reflect, discover new design processes or explore new trajectories outside of the exigencies of professional practice. In that respect, the specialization offers a unique opportunity to return to unhindered but structured and supported design exploration offered by the space of academia with an intention to cultivate relations between practice, historical knowledge, and theoretical debates.

The school offers student-architects the means to use their knowledge and insight to better respond to and improve the built environment, while always contributing to expanding the field of architecture and design in meaningful ways.

Studies in this stream are offered by a range of academic and practicing architects, and will thus have a balance of practice-oriented and theoretical explorations. CEPT's tradition of intensive creative pedagogy underpins the studies in this specialization as it does in the other streams. These studies are further supported by a range of courses that introduce students to paradigms of advanced design thinking on the one hand and specialist tools and techniques through working in the CEPT FabLab on the other.


Minimum Qualifications & Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (B. Arch) or equivalent recognized by the Council of Architecture (COA) with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks for general category candidates and 50% aggregate marks for reserved category candidates.


Sanctioned Intake: 24

Admission Procedure

Applicants are required to submit documents and a portfolio.

Documents to be submitted are:

  • Degree Certificate (provisional, in case final not received)
  • Transcript of Marks / All Marksheets
  • Work Certificates (in case of work experience)
  • Two Recommendations(with contact details of recommenders)
  • Statement of Purpose

Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of their work or student assignments. The portfolio should be of A4 size – landscape, with minimum 6 pages and maximum 12 pages.

Stage 1

The first stage will be Screening Stage. Experts Committee will be set up for the program to assess your documents and portfolio to screen applicants for the program. During this screening process, 15% weightage will be given to bachelor marks, 15% to the recommendations and 70% to your portfolio and statement of purpose (SOP). We suggest you give sufficient time and energy in preparing your portfolio.

The portfolio is a synopsis of one's creative work. As a visual essay, it tells a story of a person's interests, skills, and development over time. It should include projects that best express one's visual, spatial, and constructional abilities. The faculty who evaluate the portfolios look for competence in a coherent demonstration of visual and spatial abilities expressed through a basic understanding of material and construction at the minimum. The ability of a candidate to demonstrate spatial fluency and intellectual depth in contemporary research questions and critical areas of inquiry is a plus.

For the statement of purpose (with word limit as mentioned in the application form), other than introducing yourself and your motivations, should also specifically discuss the relevance of your recent and current activities and some important academic and or professional experiences that make you a suitable candidate for this program


  • The applicant receiving grades as GPA/CGPA need to send the document indicating the relationship of GPA/CGPA with percentage marks as per their university/institute along with all the mark sheets.
  • The applicant studying in the final semester need to submit all the mark sheets until penultimate semester.

Criteria Weightage in %
UG Marks 15
Portfolio and SOP 70
Recommendation 10
Total 100

Stage 2

In the second stage candidates selected at Screening, Stage will be called for a personal interview for the final decision on the admissions. The expert interview panel will be asking specific questions based on your SOP and to assess your understanding of the work that you have submitted in your portfolio. Marks obtained in Stage I will not be carried forward in Stage II. The break up for both the stages is as mentioned in the table below.

Criteria Weightage in %
Personal Interview 100
Total 100

Degree Awarded

The candidates with B.Arch. will be awarded Master of Architecture in Architectural Design.

Fees & Financial Aid

Fees for Academic Year 2018-19 will be updated soon

Fees for Academic Year 2017-18

Rs. 1,600,000 /- per semester*

Rs. 25,000/- (One-time Refundable Deposit)

Please note:

*Fee for the second year is subject to annual revision.

Student Financial Aid

Please be informed that you can avail Pre Admission Scholarship (Means cum Merit) by filling up the scholarship form. Scholarships ranging from 25% to 75% of the annual tuition fee will be awarded to selected students from among the eligible applications.

The last date for submission of Scholarship is 20th April 2018

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Students with family income less than Rs. 10 lacs per annum are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Recipients of the scholarship will continue to receive the scholarship for the full duration of the program subject to maintaining a minimum 2.7 SGPA (the equivalent of B-) in every semester and completing all courses in the first attempt.

Important Instructions:

  • University holds the right to reject the scholarship application, in case of absence of any required supporting documents to be submitted by the applicant.
  • The award of the Scholarship will be announced along with your Admission Offer Letter, however, the amount will be disbursed after one month from the beginning of semester/lectures.

For any further clarification in this regard please contact Admissions Office in below mentioned contact details.

Admissions Office

Phone: 1800-270-4030


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