Curriculum

The core of the Urban Studies curriculum is our signature urban research studio, in which you will analyze and participate in actual urban situations through a combination of desk research, field work, and multi-sited interventions. It differs from an architecture/urban design studio in that we approach design as a practice that is inextricable from and determined by social, political and economic fields. The research studio allows for different outcome formats, such as essays/written reports, installations and happenings.

Additionally the curriculum consists of lecture courses, seminars, a design studio, thematic workshops and skill-based training sessions. Occassionally we organize a master class, and we do not shy from experimental teaching methods, such as reading retreats.

The curriculum combines individual and group study. You will be studying in a small group of no more than twelve students and will be supported by regular consultations with the faculty.

The program consists of 120 ECTS divided in four semesters.

Semester 1
Studio: Urbanization (8 ECTS)
Contemporary Urban and Architectural Theory (6 ECTS)
Studio: Art and The City (4 ECTS)
Urban History (2 ECTS)
Drawing (2 ECTS)
Urban Geography (1 ECTS)
Model Making (1 ECTS)

Semester 2
Studio: Urban Futures (8 ECTS)
Urban Ethnography (4 ECTS)
Urban Models (4 ECTS)
Housing: Design and Politics (3 ECTS)
Urban Tourism and Consumption (2 ECTS)
Detailed Planning (2 ECTS)

Semester 3
Urban Design Studio (9 ECTS)
Studio: Production of Urban Space (8 ECTS)
Contemporary Urban and Architecture Theory 2 (3 ECTS)
Master’s Thesis Seminar (3 ECTS)
Contesting the City (2 ECTS)
Observation Practice (1 ECTS)
Internship (1 ECTS)

Semester 4
Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

Additionally, you will collect 15 ECTS in general subjects.

For a detailed overview of the 2019/2020 curriculum, click here.