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In 1990, three private schools in Galicia; Alca, Obradoiro and Manuel Peleteiro took the initiative to establish a private university centre in alliance with a university of renown international prestige. This decisive milestone began with the agreement between the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de Galicia and University College Dublin-National University of Ireland in 1995. Proceedings with the Autonomous Ministry of Higher Education to obtain authorization for further studies began simultaneously. On July 18, 1995 the Galicia Council of Universities authorized the start of the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de Galicia (CESUGA). The Ministry of Education of the Autonomous Government granted full authorization on July 28, 1995 (Decree 241/1995).
The School of Architecture at University College Dublin was founded in 1911 and is the most prestigious architecture degree awarded in Ireland. It is the only Irish degree that is both recognized and accredited by the Professional Boards in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the RIAI and the RIBA. Likewise, University College Dublin is currently the only university in Ireland that offers a degree in Landscape Architecture. This degree is accredited by the Irish Landscape Institute and the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture.
The subjects in the Architecture degree are taught by prestigious professionals whose work is widely acknowledged each year nationally and internationally.
100 students (100 Bachelor, 0 Master, 0 PhD), 0% of foreign students.
35 staff members (20 full-time and approx. 15 visiting lecturers and critics).
As a CESUGA student, you are also a student of University College Dublin. You can access UCD services where you will find useful tools which will help you.
The centre may grant scholarships on academic or economic basis. Further information is available at the Admissions Office.
Blackboard learn platform
Building Technology Laboratory
Student residence halls with transportation service to CESUGA.
Candidate’s overall academic history
Student record (secondary level)
Certificate of having passed the Spanish University Entrance Examinations (Selectividad)
Candidate’s knowledge in the following areas by means of a/an:
Test in Mathematics and Physics
English Language Test
Drawing Test (Technical and Artistic)
2800 tuition fees and ten installment payments of 890 euros.
The admissions period begins in April and the Admissions tests begin in May. There are several sittings of the Admissions tests approximately every two weeks.
Application form is available at the Admissions Office at CESUGA.
Considering that this is an Irish degree, the focus and distribution of subject areas differ from the Spanish degree. The contents are very similar since both Spanish and Irish degrees comply with the European Directive that regulates the profession.
Project Work in the Studio is the fundamental pillar of the degree programme. The rest of subject areas all converge and are structures around Studio Design.
Other disciplines form part of the Project Work subject, they are: Technical Drawing, Urban Design, Building Technology, Structures, Building Services and Computer Skills.
The mastering of computer skills is also essential. With this in mind, specific software programmes in each subject area are taught throughout the degree programme.
The degree programme consists of five academic years and a period of a minimum of one year work placements in a professional studio after Year 5.
The degree in Architecture has been offered since 2004 after receiving the authorization from the Galician Autonomous Government on April 13, 2004 (Decree 74 enacted on March 25, 2004, DOG no. 70).
As of the academic year 2010/2011, a new modular programme has been offered by University College Dublin which is equivalent to the degree of Grado in Spain.
An academic advisor (tutor) is assigned to each student. This advisor will oversee the student’s performance and periodically inform on his/her progress.
The methodology at CESUGA is based on small group work and a very practical focus applied to the different subject areas.
Throughout the year continuous assessment in different subject areas is also essential and represents approximately 50% of the final mark.
The Architecture degree is delivered in five academic years or stages that are grouped into two cycles. The first three years are considered first cycle where students are exposed to the fundamental architectural elements and project design.
The second cycle, or the final two academic years or stages is where the student is given the opportunity to reinforce and expand his understanding of the different subject areas. The subjects of the final years are essentially organized around the complexity of the Project Work area, where students will broaden their knowledge of conceptual, aesthetic, technical and constructive elements. At the end of this second cycle students will carry out their work placements for a minimum of one year.