6812 CE Arnhem
N 51° 59' 2.7'', E 51° 59' 2.7''
t: + 31 26 35 35 606
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ArtEZ Academy of Architecture offers a master program in architecture. As a part of the ArtEZ University of the Arts the program focuses on design education. For students to enroll they have to have finished a bachelor program in building engineering. The concurrent educational model sees to it that the professional and design skills are developed hand in hand.
Themes and developments in architecture and in the spatial and social contexts of architecture find their way directly to the educational programme. The programme therefore has an international orientation, focuses on current issues and has social and cultural relevance. The language of the programme is Dutch.
Architects have direct impact and influence on society, and make an important contribution to it daily. As an architect, you have a part in improving people's lives and the world around them through creative, inspirational work. You keep the world liveable – for ourselves, for nature and for future generations. That is a substantial task to be faced with, and now more than ever, we must take things in a new direction. As an architect, you play an active role in that process.
ArtEZ Academy of Architecture is situated on the ‘art-campus’ of ArtEZ University of the Arts near the historic city centre of Arnhem. Next to the Academy of Architecture are the departments of Visual Arts & Design, Dance & Theatre and Music. In the location of the Academy two types of landscape meet: the typical Dutch river-landscape collides on the sandwalls left 100.000 years ago by the ice age. The art-campus shows an un-Dutch effect of buildings climbing up the sandwalls and diving underground. Arnhem is in the east of The Netherlands and well connected with the major cities in the rest of the country: most can be reached within an hour by public transport.
80 students (0 Bachelor, 80 Master, 0 PhD), 5% of foreign students.
53 staff members (3 full-time and approx. 50 visiting lecturers and critics).
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Bachelors degree in architecture and building engineering; bachelors degree in interior architecture + technical course in building engineering. Degrees obtained at a foreign institute of higher education or university are compared with the admission requirements by the NUFFIC, the Dutch Organisation for International Co-operation for Higher Education. Every student is expected to have sufficient command of the Dutch language to effectively participate in the programme of education.
The tuition fee for national and EU-students is yearly established by the Dutch government. For the year 2022-2023 the fee is €2.314,-. Every year the fee is indexed.
For non-EU students and for students who already have a masters degree the tuition fee is € 11.200,-.
Accreditation of degree: Dutch Register of Architects.
The 4-year curriculum is offered as concurrent education: it combines work (out-school) and study (in-school). The in-school curriculum consists of design education [120 ects]. The out-school part consists of acquiring working experience in a relevant position at an architectural firm [120 ects].
During the week students work from Mondays till Thursdays. The in-school programme is on Fridays and Saturday mornings. The annual programme starts at about september 1st and ends at about july 1st.
The study programme’s objective is to train students to become architects who are familiar with both the theoretical as well as the practical side of the profession. Students also learn to to adopt a critical attitude towards the modus operandi in design and building processes. The students gain knowledge of the cultural and social contexts of architecture and they take their social responsibilities seriously.
The out-school part is recognized as profesional skills by the Dutch Architect’s Register; the diploma of ArtEZ Academy of Architecture entitles to register as Architect.
The Masterprogramme in Architecture is consistent with the master part of the the international Ba – Ma model. Also the demands of professionals skills in the Dutch Law on the Architect’s Title are met by the Masterprogramme, because of the concurrent education model that is applied.
Concurrent education means that the students study (in-school) and are working in the field (out-school). The combination of education and professional training, where the students job activities are monitored and valuated, is considerend an essential part of the study.
Students are expected to work for 20 – 32 hours a week at a relevant job within the field of architecture. The in-school curriculum also takes 20 hours of time: Fridays en Saturdaymornings at the Institute and the rest studying at home or with fellow-students.
During the 4-year study the students have to develop in their function and tasks in the architect’s firm where they work. From technical aspects in the beginning they have to develop to projectmanager and in the end to (junior) architect. This development is monitored by way of a portfolio. They also have to do special assignments to prove that their knowledge and insights meet the qualifications that are established for starting professionals in the field.
During each year of study two or three assignments have to be handed in and the portfolio will be checked two times.
The in-school masterprogramme offers a range of design studios, an architectural support programme and electives. The fourth year of study is completely spent on the individual graduation project.
During the first year a series of successive design studios offer the students a lot of skills and instruments for design processes. In the second and theird year students can choose from several design studios to train their design skills and to develop their own designrationale.
Because of the scale of the institute there is a lot of focus on individual potentialities.
The architectural support programme include courses on architectural history, urbanism, landscape architecture, architectural theory and issues from the current debate on architecture.
Part of the electives programme are international excursions. The excursions are integral part of the educational programme; preparations are done by the students supervised by tutors.
To start the individual graduation project (year 4) the students have to produce a thorough workplan. After approval they start with the actual design process for a self chosen programme and location. The students are supervised by tutors form the institute and an external architect.
Each year the best graduation project is sent to the Dutch Archiprix. ArtEZ Academy of Architecture also participates in Archiprix International.