Architecture is a phenomenon that reflects how people live together. Architects shape the way buildings and public spaces look, again and again. This is the great challenge for any architect. That challenge is informed by views on architecture as engaged art and a cultural act. And architecture is also a craft in which new technologies, new materials and digital innovations are used. This is accompanied by public debate and personal convictions which are expressed in a design. Drawing on all these elements, on the Architecture master's programme in Arnhem you will learn to become an independent architect capable of making a consistent architectural design and overseeing its proper execution.
The Architecture master's programme offers concurrent education, which means it consists of both studying and working. You will work 20 to 32 hours a week at an architectural firm. There you will apply what you have been taught. Working is an integral part of the Architecture master's programme. You will study in Arnhem, on Fridays and Saturday mornings. Here you will learn the creative side of the discipline. You will experiment, pioneer, reflect and design very freely, and so learn how to become an architect with an individual personality.
Architectural design is the core of the architecture discipline and hence of the Architecture master's programme. It is not just about the building itself, but also about anchoring it in its spatial and social context. That places a great social responsibility on the architect's shoulders. He/she must not only design the building but also take into account public safety and changes in function and use. The core of architecture remains the spatial design for a specific commission. It is therefore important that besides design skills, the architect is also able to play a role in spatial change processes at an early stage.
The discipline and the profession of the architect have been changing in recent years – as a result of new technologies, for example, which are transforming the design process; and due to the complex processes that an architect must manage and which call for a clear spatial vision alongside attention to detail. Good answers to spatial questions require a creative mind, spatial design talent and thorough knowledge of construction processes and regulations. That calls for a thorough technical and creative grounding on the part of the architect.
Architects trained at ArtEZ know that a human being, both mind and body, perceives and responds to a space in many different ways. They know how to compose spaces and what tools are available to them. That skill goes to the heart of the architect's job: the relationship between humans and the space around them.
In their designs, architects combine the information from many fields of knowledge, such as construction, interior systems, laws & regulations, procedures and structural engineering. In the field of design, too, cooperation with and the information from adjacent design disciplines is of value. Urban planning and landscape architecture are part of the course curriculum, and in teaching the course we work with other ArtEZ arts programmes, such as creative writing, dance and music.