SAC´s Graduate Master of Arts in Architecture is an educational programme engaging with advanced topics in architectural design through individual research and experimentation. Its objective is to contribute to the advance/progress of architecture through the excellence of its graduates. Students are thus prepared for a professional and/or academic career where their individual resources and talents contribute to the development of the field through outstanding practical, intellectual and creative merits.
SAC’s Master programme builds on a two-year structure, the first of which is common to all three specialisations. Upon the completion of the first year, the students choose a specialisation in one of four areas: Advanced Architectural Design, Architecture and Performative Design, Architecture and Aesthetic Practice and Architecture and Urban Design.
The second year with the chosen specialisation culminates with the respective students presenting the results of their research and experiments in an architectural project thesis proposal. While SAC’s teaching programme is specifically focused on architecture and architectural design, the students learn through the conduct of research and experimentations a wide array of transferrable skills that they can later apply to a range of professional activities.
This responds to the fluidity of the contemporary job market and reflects the crux of postgraduate studies where graduating students are equipped with a broad set of tools.
The two-year structure of SAC’s programme is sequential where the second year builds on the content of the first year. The goals and content of the programme takes on its specific form through a series of units referred to as teaching modules. Throughout the two years, these modules cover specific areas of study, often building sequentially on one another and reflecting the progressive structure of the overall programme.
SAC’s programme content is organised on the basis of two sub-categorisations of the modules. These are Module Sets and Module Groups. A Module Set is a collection of modules that are disciplinary or thematically identical or closely related. For instance, all modules in history and theory make up one Module Set. A Module Group consists of modules from different Module Sets that form a thematic collection and address a particular task or phase during the study.
Thus the Module Sets comprise a library from which the Module Groups are composed. The academic content in each year is structured more or less in a consecutive series of singular modules or Module Groups. Occasionally temporal overlap between modules and/or Module Groups may occur insofar as this does not present a basic conflict in the programme and results in a too large workload.
The first year consists of a series of teaching modules that are common to all. The content and structure of the first year equips the students with the ability to flourish in their chosen specialisation during the second year. The first year also introduces the students to the basic aspects of the three specialisations and thus prepares them for making their choice towards the end of the year.
The first year is common to all three specialisations and aims to equip all the students at SAC with an understanding of contemporary conceptual problems in architecture while providing them with the necessary theoretical and practical tools to process their design and project work in relation to these. This training gives the students a research oriented background and the knowledge and executive ability to critically engage and deal with contemporary issues in architecture and concomitant design challenges. To this end, the programme arms the next generation of architects with advanced design methods and strategies, the critical capability to see emerging and relevant design and project opportunities within their own work, and incorporate considerations of advanced material systems and performative aspects, such as environmental, urban and sustainable issues, in their designs.
Chief input is drawn from the respective areas that the three Master specialisations represent. By the end of the year the students are expected to have acquired a mature comprehension of architecture and have developed a set of executive techniques and methods with which they can articulate their personal approach to architecture. This first year concludes by each student choosing one of three areas of specialisation offered by SAC.
The second year has a few modules common to all but otherwise consists of teaching modules specific to the respective specialisations. The Master Degree Thesis is the final component of the programme culminating each student’s studies. For the Master Degree, students in the respective specialisations must demonstrate that they can produce a mature, state-of-the-art and highly personal project whose propositions are bolstered by their own individual experiments and practical and theoretical research. In this sense the thesis propositions must be discursive showcasing what the students have learned within the programme. Each thesis consists of:
Both first and second year see the core of the work undertaken structured through a series of thematic Module Groups. These are collections of modules drawn from the technical skills and techniques Module Set, the architectural design Module Set and the research Module Set. Each Module Group addresses a specific theme or task to which the individual modules in the group contribute to the training of the students and their respective thesis development. Modules from the other Module Sets support the core work undertaken in the thematic Module Groups.
The second year is entirely organised around the commencement and completion of the project thesis work. The majority of teaching and activities are specific to the three, respective specialisations. However, the second year also provides common sessions for all students and most of the work is undertaken within SAC. Collaborative tasks between students in the three specialisations are also organised and can take place on a project-specific basis. The latter defines the framework for SAC’s cross-specialisation activities.
SAC’s specialisation, Advanced Architectural Design (AAD) is devoted to building design as the crucible of architectural practice and discourse. It engages with architecture as the sensual and critical interplay of individual and collective imaginations, material forms and inhabitable space, as well as flows of technologically mediated processes and effects and design intelligence... (more)
The specialisation: Architecture and Performative Design (APD) is informed by a range of material, constructional, manufacturing and environmental considerations and technologies. The performance of an architectural design is conceived in its ability to incorporate various requirements resulting from programmatic, functional, structural and environmental aspects in a synergetic and fruitful manner... (more)
For the academic year 2013-14, SAC introduces a new specialisation, Architecture and Aesthetic Practice (AAP). The specialisation explores architecture in relation to the arts and uses speculative theory and practice within the arts to infuse architectural design with original, contemporary ideas, and work strategies... (more)
Applications will be processed in two batches. Applications can therefore be submitted by March 15 OR by May 15.
It is the applicant's responsibility to make certain all materials are submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All documents become the property of the school and cannot be returned.
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