Structure and length of course:
The course consists of three regular semesters, a study trip and a masters thesis on a topic chosen by the student. The Joint Master of Architecture takes two years of full-time study and three to four years part-time. Students must acquire 120 ECTS points, which corresponds to around 3,600 hours of work.
Students who complete the course are awarded the title of Master of Arts BFH/HES-SO in Architecture.

The unique profile of the Joint Master of Architecture arises from synergies between the three institutions offering the course. Each specialises in a particular area of competence:

  • Architecture & Wood / Architecture & Areal: Bern University of Applied Sciences, Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering, Burgdorf
  • Transformation / Smart Building: University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, School of Engineering and Architecture, Fribourg
  • Urban Conditions: Geneva School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape - HEPIA

Theory seminars are concentrated into three weeks of each semester and take place in each of the three locations alternately. This concept allows the course to cover a broad range of ground, and provides choices. Theory teaching and design work are carried out in German, French and English.

International study:
The Master of Arts BFH/HES-SO in Architecture is accredited by the Federal Office for Education and Technology. An application was made in February 2008 for European recognition under the terms set by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and Unesco. Erasmus Programme agreements with partner institutions abroad allow students to spend up to two semesters studying in France, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Conversely, Erasmus students from those countries may join the Joint Master of Architecture course, thus fostering direct international exchange.

Multilingualism and intercultural exchange:
The course promotes multilingualism, offering ideal conditions for optimal communication and cooperation within international teams. This constant exposure to various cultural influences increases the students’ awareness and promotes intellectual mobility. A meeting to discuss experiences is held once a year with an international steering group, made up of experts from France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Practical education:
The teaching staff and guest lecturers in the Joint Master of Architecture programme offer an education that is oriented towards practical application. The aim is to educate architects who think in terms of interconnections, who can develop solutions for new problems and do so creatively and responsibly.

Work and study – made-to-measure education:
The course is set up as a series of modules, allowing each student an individually calibrated curriculum, adapted to the most varied requirements. As the workload changes, so the part-time models can be modified as the course continues.

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