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iCad - International Course on Architectural Design

iCAD - iCad - International Course on Architectural Design

What you will study
Architectural Design

What you will learn

The aim of the Master’s course in Architecture is the advanced training of Architects according to the requirements of knowledge and skills as defined by the European Union Directive EC 1985/384 and subsequent 2005/36/EC.

The course lasts two years and meets the requirements set by the EU Bologna Process. Students will learn the architectural Design process, from conception to production and the construction site, for architectural and urban transformation in complex urban systems, both historical and modern, and related contemporary construction techniques and materials in relation to environmental and economic sustainability; they will learn also design methods and tools for architectural heritage conservation and for traditional construction techniques and materials, associated with their contexts.

What you will be able to do

Graduates in this class of degree may, after passing the state exam, enrol in section A - field "architecture" of the Italian Professional Association of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists as expressly provided by the DPR No.328 of 5 June, 2001. The main job opportunities provided by the Master's Degree Course are architectural design, urban planning and architectural heritage conservation with competence of aesthetic, distribution, functional, structural and technical issues, of construction and economic feasibility, of the built environment and landscape valorisation, of cultural changes and with critical attention to the needs expressed by contemporary society. Other main job opportunities are business activity on an individual basis or in combination, related to design and construction of public and private projects and architectural project management in public institutions and private organizations relating to construction and property.

Access to the master course in “Architectural Design” in Florence, for the years 2013/2014, is not limited. European Union students who hold the title of Bachelor of Architecture complying with the requirements of EU Directive 2005/36/EC and subsequent EC 1985/384 can access the Master’s Course.

The course is open to students from countries outside the European Union who hold the degree or diploma of at least a three years in Architecture at University, or other qualification recognized as equivalent.

The admission depends, however, on the student’s knowledge of english-language. Certificate B2 writing level or equivalent.

The university curriculum of all students, coming from European and non-European countries, will be evaluated. To this end, the School Committee will assess each student portfolio attached to the application form. Significant Portfolio of products, including texts and draft materials, workshops experience, participation in design competitions for students and research activities, are welcome. In the case of collective works the contribution by the candidate should be pointed out.

When deemed useful for the evaluation, the School Committee reserves the right to ask to candidates further informations, including through interview. When assessing the conditions for admission, the School Committee may indicate mandatory curricular additions, specifying one or more subjects belonging to the first level of training, exams which the student will be required to pass prior to enrolment.

The dates of submission and the evaluation findings will be published through the School of Architecture website.

The course is offered and open to students, coming from inside and outside the European Union, who wish to achieve a Master’s in Architecture awarded by the Department of Architecture in Florence, Italy.

According to the core resources provided by both Florence and Tuscany, iCad – international Course on Architectural Design – the leading Master Course held by University of Florence – revolves around the key-words Landscape and Environment, Cultural Heritage and Museums, Art/Architecture.

As a crucial tool, cross-cultural dialogue allows to deal with the many different backgrounds belonging to international students. Nevertheless, the outstanding journey's tradition dating back centuries, since travellers to Florence and Tuscany have been Montaigne, Goethe, Stendhal, Ruskin, Le Corbusier etc., is a great opportunity for self-learning echoes.

A fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue will be added thanks to a well guided interaction within the several international Universities based in Florence, while the conceptual clash between site specific and global issues is considered to be a significant contemporary target.

The aim of the Master’s course in Architecture is the advanced training of Architects according to the requirements of knowledge and skills as defined by the European Union Directive EC 1985/384 and subsequent 2005/36/EC.

The course lasts two years and meets the requirements set by the EU Bologna Process. Graduates in this class of degree may, after passing the state exam, enrol in section A - field "architecture" of the Italian Professional Association of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists as expressly provided by the DPR No.328 of 5 June, 2001.

2013-2014 training programme

The educational programme of the iCad, International Master’s Course in Architectural Design emphasizes the role of Design Lab. In all semesters there will be an Architectural Design Lab.

The four Labs will be integrated with three modules completing the training programme of the Master’s Degree in Architectural Design from the University of Florence. The programme can be implemented both with free-choice of courses or thematic seminars, and with design workshops or professional internships.

1st year
Architecture and Structure design Lab / Restoration of Architecture Lab / Economic Evaluation of the project / History of the City and Contemporary Architecture or History of the City and Renaissance and Classical Architecture / Urban Sociology
2nd year
Architecture and Environment design Lab / Architecture and City design Lab / Free Course or Seminars / Final Thesis

Career opportunities

The main job opportunities provided by the Master's Degree Course are:

  • architectural design, urban planning and architectural heritage conservation with competence of aesthetic, distribution, functional, structural and technical issues, of construction and economic feasibility, of the built environment and landscape valorisation, of cultural changes and with critical attention to the needs expressed by contemporary society;
  • business activity on an individual basis or in combination, related to design and construction of public and private projects;
  • architectural project management in public institutions and private organizations relating to construction and property.
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