The Master's Degree Course in Architecture and City Sustainability combines an in-depth theoretical study of a number of subjects preparatory to professional activity with a strong technical-applicative approach to design, decidedly focused on the themes of urban regeneration and sustainable planning. The teachings of the various design disciplines (architectural composition, restoration, urban planning and technology of architecture and construction) are organised within interdisciplinary workshops in which the student, supported in any case by a part of theoretical teaching, carries out an applicative activity aimed at acquiring specialist skills to design complex and experimental solutions in the building and urban planning field. The Master's Degree in Architecture City Sustainability allows access to the state exam for the profession of architect, planner, landscape architect and conservator. The professional skills that can be acquired therefore cover a broad spectrum. The architect has specific skills in architectural design and civil construction, urban planning and land use planning, geometrical surveying and surveying, as well as in the restoration and restoration of buildings bound under the Code for Cultural Heritage and Landscape or otherwise of a significant architectural and artistic nature. The planner has skills in the planning of the city, territory, landscape and environment as well as in carrying out and coordinating complex and specialist analyses of urban, territorial, landscape and environmental structures. His tasks are also the coordination and management of environmental assessment activities and the feasibility of urban and territorial plans and projects, and the definition of strategies, policies and projects for urban and territorial transformation.
The landscape architect has skills in the design and supervision of works related to the design of gardens and parks; in the drafting of landscape plans; in the restoration of parks and historic gardens. The conservator works for the conservation of architectural and environmental assets and for the diagnosis of the processes of degradation and instability of architectural and environmental assets, identifying interventions and techniques aimed at their restoration or preservation. Further competences concern the design, development, works supervision, estimation, testing and management and environmental impact assessment of building works, structures and infrastructures, as well as civil and environmental and territorial systems and installations. The Master's Degree, the result of the so-called 3+2 course, has exactly the same legal and substantial value as the five-year single-cycle degree. In order to be admitted to the Master's Degree Course in Architecture and City Sustainability, it is necessary to have a three-year degree or university diploma, or other qualification obtained abroad recognised as suitable, as well as the following curricular requirements:
- having obtained a degree with a minimum grade of 90/110 in the previous university course;
- have obtained, in the previous university course, at least 120 credits in the scientific-disciplinary sectors included among the activities defined as basic, characterising and related and integrative by the regulations of the Degree Course in Architectural Sciences, class L-17, of the University of Parma.
Students who have obtained their Bachelor's degree with a grade of less than 90/110 must, before completing their enrolment, take an oral test aimed at verifying that they possess the basic knowledge considered essential for access to a Master's degree. Currently about 300 students are enrolled in the Master's Degree Course. The courses are organised in accordance with the European Directive 2005/36/EU and its subsequent amendments concerning the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other qualifications in the field of Architecture. In the academic year 2020-2021 the teaching staff is made up of 31 Professors employed by the University of Parma or by other Universities and 14 Contract Professors, coming from various sectors of the professional world: freelancers, public administration managers, higher education scholars, giving rise to a special interaction between the academy and the world of work. This quality is testified by the role of the internship, which is compulsory for the Master's Degree Course and implemented thanks to the collaboration with about a thousand public bodies and private entities, mostly professional firms, affiliated with the University.
The didactics is divided into theoretical teachings with practical exercises, workshops, internships. The workshops, which are project-oriented, involve the participation of several disciplines from which a single final evaluation emerges. Each year of the course is divided into two periods of didactic activity (called semesters, usually lasting thirteen weeks each) separated by periods exclusively dedicated to exams. Attendance at courses is a right/obligation of the students. Students automatically obtain a certificate of attendance at the end of the period during which the teaching envisaged in their study plan has been given, with the exception of laboratories. In the workshops, in fact, attendance at lessons is compulsory: students who have attended at least 70% of the lessons can take the exam.
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