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Educational Program - Academic Structure

Academic Structure

PROGRAM ORGANIZATION
The Master in Advanced Architecture comprises the following elements:

1. Introductory Design Studio IS and Introductory Courses IC
2. Research Studios RS
3. Development Studios DS
4. Seminars S
5. General Workshop W
6. Master Project MP
7. Lecture Series LS
8. Research Trip
9. Open Thesis Fabrication program OTF (optional extention of 4 months)

The program is organized in four plus one (4+1) phases

Phase 1: Introductory Term (20 ECTS credits)
Phase 2:
Research Studios and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
Phase 3:
Development Studios and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
Phase 4:
General Workshop and Master Design Project (15 ECTS credits)
Lecture Series (along the year) (2 ECTS credits)

Phase 5: Open Thesis Fabrication program (optional)

The body of the students of this Master Program will be multi-disciplinary. The program is aimed at Professionals and Graduate Students of any design-related discipline (Architects, Designers, Interior Designers, Engineers, Software Developers, Urbanists, Artists, etc.)

STUDIO EVALUATION
Class attendance is obligatory for studio and non-studio courses. In both cases, courses are graded as follows:

0–4.9 Fail (this means that the student is not going to get his/her Master Degree, this

grade will be justified and well explained)

5.0–6.9 Pass

7.0–8.9 Good

9.0–10 Excellent/Distinction

Under no circumstances will students be excused from presenting their design work at the final review of a project. An incomplete will require extra work defined by IAAC coordination and the assigned professor. MAA Diploma will not be delivered to students with an incomplete in their final grades.
In addition to the above, Midterm Reviews will be held with the members of the faculty in order to inform each student briefly of the general feelings of the faculty about his or her work. Suggestions may be given on how to prepare for the Final Review.

PHASE 1 (20 ECTS CREDITS)
DESIGN STUDIO
AND INTRODUCTORY SEMINARS

The 10-week introductory Phase provides a common grounding of knowledge and skills to new IAAC students. It is a formative platform structured by a Design Project and four complementary courses anticipating ideas that will appear during the program in relation to self-sufficiency, design strategies, innovative forms of planning and contemporary culture. A toolbox of both, theoretical and practical skills for further research work.

IS.
   Introductory Design Studio (8 ECTS credits)
IC1.
Introductory Course 1_Practise_Fabrication (3 ECTS credits)
IC3.
Introductory Course 2_Practise_Representation (3 ECTS credits)
IC4.
Introductory Course 3_Theory Concepts (3 ECTS credits)
IC5.
Introductory Course 4_Digital Tools (3 ECTS credits)


PHASE 2 (19 ECTS CREDITS)
RESEARCH STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

Phase 2 is an Open Educational Structure where the students can choose among the 3 different Research Studios and among  6  optional seminars according to their academic interests. This navigation system allows the creation of multiscalar and interdisciplinary customized agendas.
At Phase 2 students are required to attend 1 Research Studio and 3 Seminars.
Distribution of Research Studios and Seminars is done based on the student grades acquired at Phase 1.
Phase 2 is focused in three different scales of investigation: Emergent Territories/Radical Region, Self Sufficient Buildings and Digital Tectonics/Fabrication Ecologies.

RS.   Research Studios   (10 ECTS credits)
S1.
   Seminar 1_Practise Fabrication (3 ECTS credits)
S2.
   Seminar 2_Theory Concepts (3 ECTS credits)
S3.
   Seminar 3_Theory Instruments  (3 ECTS )
S4.
   Seminar 4_Digital Tools (3 ECTS )
S5.
   Seminar 5_Digital Tools (3 ECTS )
S6.
   Seminar 6_Digital Tools (3 ECTS )


PHASE 3 (19 ECTS CREDITS)
DEVELOPMENT STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

Phase 3 is an Open Educational Structure where the students attend the Development Studio that corresponds to the Research Studio assigned to them at Phase 2 and 3 Seminars among  6  optional seminars that they choose according to their academic interests.
At Phase 3 students are required to attend 1 Development Studio (the one corresponding to the Research Studio which they attended during the Phase 2) and 3 Seminars.
Distribution of Seminars is done based on the student grades acquired at Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Phase 3 is focused in three different scales of investigation: Emergent Territories/Radical Region, Self Sufficient Buildings and Digital Tectonics/Fabrication Ecologies.

DS.   Development Design Studio (10 ECTS credits)
S7.
    Seminar 7_Practise Fabrication (3 ECTS )
S8.
    Seminar 8_Practise Fabrication (3 ECTS )
S9.
    Seminar 9_Practise Fabrication (3 ECTS )
S10.
   Seminar 10_Theory Instruments (3 ECTS )
S11.
   Seminar 11_Digital Tools (3 ECTS )
S12.
   Seminar 12_Digital Tools (Scripting 3 ECTS )

PHASE 4 (15 ECTS CREDITS)
MASTER DESIGN PROJECT AND GENERAL WORKSHOP

Phase 4 focuses on the extended research of the Development Studio Project of Phase 3 (13 ECTS credits).

The students during this period have the opportunity intergrate to their projects more in depth issues related to the self-sufficiency agenda, as well as the inherent material, organizational and spatial complexities determined by the chosen working scale and the experience gained during the year’s program.

The transversal workshop (2 ECTS credits) offered by the Master program is a short term intensive experience, in which the students work together on collective projects organized by local or invited international tutors.
Note: According to academic objectives the transversal workshop could take place either in Phase 4 or in any other phase during the academic year.

PHASE 5_ one term extention
OPEN THESIS FABRICATION
Phase 5 is OPTIONAL and consists of the Open Thesis Fabrication program. The OTF program - open to both MAA students and external participants- seeks to develop and complete full-scale prototypes using advanced CNC machinery, innovative material solutions, and smart energy applications. Enrolled participants will be followed by experienced advisors, have special work meetings with leading professionals of the field of digital production, and regular contact with industrial experts.

Detailed program of the Open Thesis Fabrication HERE

For more information email us at: coordinator@iaac.net