As a new initiative, Aarhus School of Architecture will be offering a so-called erhvervskandidatuddannelse. This programme will supplement the school’s traditional Master’s degree programmes.
Today, we offer seven different studios under the school’s three teaching programmes. Each studio sets out a specific direction for master students. The existing studios are full-time courses that take two years to complete. However, the school is now launching another studio – Studio 1D: Cultural Environments and Urban Transformation: a four-year master with an occupational focus.
In order to be admitted to the four-year master, student must have at least 25 hours of educationally relevant employment per week, on average, over a year. The programme is organised in such a way that in one academic year, students will be studying full-time at the school for two blocks of ten weeks. The remainder of the time, students will be working at their places of employment.
“We would like to provide a differentiated range of educational offers to ensure we have offers for students who, for instance, thrive better in practice than in a classroom. People are different. What we offer should reflect this difference”, says Rasmus Grønbæk Hansen, who is head of education at Aarhus School of Architecture.
It is up to the individual students to find relevant employment. Students on the new four-year master are not entitled to receive state educational grants.
“You receive exactly the same education on the four-year master as you would in our existing studios – you become an architect. It takes twice as long, but, on the other hand, you get a lot of experience from practice, something I think will appeal to many of our students”, says Rasmus Grønbæk Hansen.