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.
- Studio 1: Urbanization (8 ECTS)
- Urban History and Theory (6 ECTS)
- Art and The City (4 ECTS)
- Debates in Planning (2 ECTS)
- Drawing (1 ECTS)
- Urban Geography (2 ECTS)
- Model Making (1 ECTS)
- Computer Software (1 ECTS)
- Studio 2: Urban Futures (8 ECTS)
- Urban Ethnography (4 ECTS)
- Urban Models (4 ECTS)
- Housing: Design and Politics (3 ECTS)
- Urban Tourism and Consumption (2 ECTS)
- Urban Design Studio (8 ECTS)
- Studio 3: Production of Urban Space (8 ECTS)
- Urban History and Theory 2 (3 ECTS)
- Master’s Thesis Seminar (5 ECTS)
- Contesting the City (2 ECTS)
- Observing the City (1 ECTS)
- Practice (1 ECTS)
- Master’s Thesis Studio (30 ECTS)
Additionally, you will collect 15 ECTS in general subjects.