Università degli Studi di Sassari
Dipartimento di Architettura, Design e Urbanistica
Alghero - Sassari,Italy
Università degli Studi di Sassari
Dipartimento di Architettura, Design e Urbanistica
Piazza Duomo (via Manno) 6
07041 Alghero

N40° 33' 33.59'', E40° 33' 33.59''

 International relations office  

e: pittaluga@uniss.it
t:+39 079 9720415
f:+39 079 9720420
 Emilio  Turco 
Dean of School
Degree programmes
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Faculty profile

The three degree courses (Architecture, Planning and Design) taught at the Faculty are based on design laboratories lasting for two or four months, and is organised according to the learning by doing principle. Courses are project-oriented from the first year, enabling students to directly apply what they have learned in the theory sections of the course. Students develop the capacity to transform the concepts they learn into drafts and to get used to the pace and deadlines of professional working life.

This way of organising graduate courses is completely new for Italy and has been elaborated and adopted after having examined and considered international research and experiences in the field of education and learning. The aim of adopting the new model is to improve teaching and learning, but also to offer students a better preparation for professional work. Some key principles of the model are: Learning by doing, Development of project-oriented study plans already during the first year, Interdisciplinary and pluralistic education, Learning English, Studies and apprenticeships in Italy and abroad, Good balance between the number of teachers and the number of students, and new technology

The Faculty of Architecture in Alghero was founded in 2002 as the first faculty of architecture in Sardinia; in 2009 it received the CENSIS evaluation award as the foremost faculty of architecture in Italy with the best international experiences, offering high-quality teaching and research and a good quality of life.


Although Alghero may not offer accommodation in a students’ residence, accommodation is quite easy. During the ten months of the courses there is a great offer of apartments for rent at reasonable rates and in Fertilia (5 km from Alghero) there is a Youth Hostel.

Admission Requirements

Access to degree courses is programmed and is by ministerial test only. Instructions for enrolment and the maximum number admitted are indicated each year in specific details published by the University of Sassari at all Student Secretariats and on the Faculty website. Each year places are reserved for students from outside Europe. The Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Design consists of two parallel course-tracks, one mainly oriented towards urban, territorial and architectonic spatial planning and design, the other focusing on design of products, services and communication. There are 50 places altogether for the Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Design. Admission is granted after sitting the entrance exam that takes place at the beginning of September.

Tuition fees

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Application Deadline

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Bachelor of Science,Bachelor of Science,6 terms,Bachelor,180,

– Architecture
– Design
– Urban Planning

Master of Science,Master of Science,4 terms,Master,120,

– Architecture
– Urban Planning

Every academic year is divided into five bimesters, each of them equal to a certain number of credits. Bimestral teaching-units are often linked together, and organised around a certain project theme. Such units are offered during a total period of four semesters. Theoretical and practical knowledge from various academic disciplines is brought into the projects. Each unit involves lectures, exercises and project-labs covering various academic fields in which teachers and tutors participate. In addition to the teaching-units, monodisciplinary courses are held during the entire year. New technology is used frequently in the study-programme. This way students learn to use new technology as a creative tool in studies and work. Final exams are held in three different sessions: at the end of each unit, at the end of July and at the beginning of September. During the third year, students attend an apprenticeship in Italy or abroad. The period varies from three (three year-courses) to six months (five year-courses) in Italy and abroad. The apprenticeship is a complement to the Erasmus-courses. The Faculty offers a consultancy-service for apprenticeships. Personal interests and the educational plan of each student are taken into consideration when assisting students in choosing and finding placements. The final academic year is devoted to preparation and elaboration of the graduate thesis. Courses attendance is compulsory.

The Bachelor’s degree in architecture and design consists of two parallel course-tracks, one mainly oriented towards urban, territorial and architectonic spatial planning and design, the other focusing on design of products, services and communication. The latter will pay particular attention to the environmental dimension so as to provide students with knowledge, experiences and skills related to design which will be vital to the future profession in the field of architecture. Some of the themes and subjects studied by students at the Architecture and Design programme coincide with the programme for the Bachelor’s Degree in Planning. Courses taught are architectural planning, design, representation, construction analysis and planning, technology and materials, mathematics, informatics, technical physics, urban planning and planning, evaluation, topography, archaeology, epistemology, history and restoration. All applicants to the Three-year Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Design must attend an entry exam.

The number of students admitted to the programme is limited to 60.

The five-year programme is concluded with the international Master’s degree putting focus on themes such as: public space, architectural and construction projects in historical contexts and sustainable construction, with particular emphasis on the environment and cities in the Mediterranean area. Themes are confronted in multi-disciplinary project labs where research and teaching, theory and practice are combined. Students collaborate with colleagues, professors and teachers from associated foreign Faculties, for shorter or for longer periods of time, at times even at Faculties abroad. The objective with the Master’s degree is to offer an education in the fields of urban and architectural planning with particular emphasis on the sustainable project – hence integrated action founded on an interdisciplinary and holistic theoretical background, paying considerable attention to themes related to materiality of open and public space, sustainable construction, historical and social contexts and territorial and urban culture.

Research at the Department of Architecture, Planning and Design covers several scientific fields and a wide scope of interests. One part of the research is carried out in the laboratories, and temporary or permanent research teams may form either ad hoc, or they may develop with the assistance of the Faculty´s own spin-off company. Other research activities take place through the many activities and projects commissioned and financed by external partners. Yet another part of the research is strictly related to teaching activities. It actively involves students, recently graduated students and doctoral students. The teaching model of the Faculty is interdisciplinary in several ways, this gives rise to many opportunities for reflecting together as well as for collaboration in the identification of themes in which contributions from various scientific fields may be integrated: some of the laboratories and research teams are, hence, interdisciplinary and many of them are part of international networks.