MA, cycle 2
The second cycle: 5-year course leads to an MA in architecture.The
goal is to enable students to apprehend the complexity of scales and contexts
involved in architectural projects while developing their autonomy and sense
of critical analysis. It aims at preparing students for the different professional
modes of practice as well as for research in architecture.
A wide-range of courses are on offer so that students can set up a personal
study path. Project themes and paper themes are varied and modified every year,
federated by the " thematic academic network". Students have the possibility
to carry out their first year of their MA abroad within the framework of Erasmus
or an international exchange program.
It is broken up into 4 semesters worth 120 ECTS credits. Students validate
11 credits corresponding to three projects (P45), three courses (C45), an introduction
to research (IR) a final paper to do over two years (M1/M2), a two-month full-time
internship and an end-of-study final project (Projet Final d'Etudes).
In 4th and 5th years, students carry out three projects they choose at the
beginning of the year. The project academic teams help students to set up their
own career paths and to address different issues.
Certain projects are carried out jointly with other universities abroad who
have common pedagogical objectives. They offer the possibility to study abroad
and a part of the expenses are paid by the school.
There are four thematic academic networks at the ensa-v : "Type, transformation
and constructive cultures", "Intensive towns, edifices and urban fabric",
"Experimental processes", "Technology and project management".
Introduction to research
Introduction to research (IR credit) is made up of credits based on a plurality
of courses and issues addressed. It also implies a specific approach and awareness
of research means.
- " critical reading " teaches how to analyze a work, its status,
its ambitions, its contents and its contribution.
- " methodology seminars" over a day provide an introduction
to approaches, problems and objects used for research.
- " research tools" provide an introduction to the manipulation
of research tools such as archives, cartography, inventories, interviews
Several of these courses are in common with the research MA "Cultural and
social history of architecture and urban forms" and with the vocational
MA "historical gardens, heritage and landscapes".
The final paper is written during the second and third semesters within final
paper study groups chosen by students :
- " Doing history",
- " Constructive cultures and project management ",
- " Experimental processes, arts, media ",
- " Territories ",
- " Locations and practices ",
- " Technical cultures and material practises ".
Students can choose two courses (C45) during their MAS. Two courses over a
semester in the form of lectures and conferences on themes that further their
general knowledge. This includes a course on law during the first and second
1st-year MA students can do an exchange program with many universities: Urbana-Champaign,
Chicago, Montreal, Barcelona, Valladolid, Madrid, Rome, Venise, Genoa, Milan,
Bari, Groningen, Berlin, Mainz, Vienna, Glasgow, Oxford, Stockholm, Athens,
Porto, Bucarest, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Kyoto
Agreements signed with these universities enable 3rd-year students who have
been selected and who have obtained their BA in architecture (diplôme
d'études) to do a semester or an entire year abroad. Courses attended
count as credits for their home university.
1st or 2nd year MA students can also take part in exchange programs with universities
or institutions in Damascus, Alexandria, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro,
Senior year internship
It is a 2-month full-time internship which is carried out preferably in between
the second and third semester and counts as 8 ECTS credits. It is supervised
by an internship committee common to all students. Students choose an internship
tutor who teaches at the school as well as a tutor on site. Students must write
up an internship report upon completion of the internship.
End-of-study project (projet de fin d'études,
Organized over a semester, it is the last project to be carried out before
obtaining the MA in architecture (Diplôme d'Architecte d'Etat). The project
is part of a thematic workgroup chosen by students under the supervision of
a director, member of the academic workgroup.
Project topics are chosen by students and can stem from their MA final paper
or from a former project. Students can choose among 5 themes: experimental processes
and " metropolization" ; Towns/territories - habitat, landscape and
society; constructive cultures and project management; Environment / architecture
- intensive towns ; Urban cultures: towns, heritage and environment, development..
The jury is constituted according to article 34 of the decree dating July 20,
2005 pertaining to training curricula in architecture. Two sessions take place
each year, at the end of every semester. Students obtain their MA in architecture
once they have validated their full 120 ECTS credits.