Umeå School of Architecture offers a 300 credit architectural
programme, enrolling 60 students yearly. The 5-year architectural
programme leads to a Master of Architecture. It is also possible to
obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture after three years of
study and a Master of Fine Arts in Architecture upon the completion
of the two final years of study. The master degree qualifies
students for work equivalent to students who hold a Master of
Science and is fully acknowledged in all European Countries. The
Architectural Programme is held completely in English.
Umeå School of Architecture and its courses are included in the
European Commission's Professional Qualifications Directive
2005/36/EC. You can download the directive including Annex V.7.1
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The education is largely based on project assignments and aims
to integrate theoretical and scientific knowledge with artistic
process and research.
Throughout the first three years (bachelor), project courses are
supported by courses in Architectural theory, Architectural
history, Technology and Urban Planning. In second and third year,
education is conducted in the format of Design studios with
different themes and methods. Students have the possibility to
choose a studio according to interest, but are not guaranteed
their first hand choice. The overall focus is to provide students
with a wide understanding of the subject architecture, the
necessary practical tools for analysis, conceptual sketch and
composition skills, and a wide range of technical
The two final years of the education also offers students to
choose between Design studios in order to immerse themselves in the
development of a professional identity, finding their way to a
basis for future research and practice.
Umeå School of Architecture collaborates with an international
spectra of schools and actors. While being localy grounded, working
with our surrounding comminuties, our perspective is also
international; our staff has been recruited from various countries
and guest lecturers from a number of renowned schools are commonly
part of scheduled education.
Umeå School of Architecture gives high priority to educational
trips and exchange programs. To encounter different contexts and
cultures, and to experience new buildings and situations will help
our students formulate their aesthetic values.