Skip to main content
You are experiencing the night version of Domus Academy website, content is still the same I UNDERSTAND

Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design

Re-visioning cities

Overview

The master at a glance

DETAILS INFORMATION
Language English
Recognized Title Academic Master’s Degree

Cities, landscapes and systems is the built fabric that make the connection between people and places. It is constantly morphing according to the trends of society and creates a frame where all subjects such as environment, social equity, economic viability are the key ingredients of the designer.
Changes are built on strategies transforming cities, methodologies regenerating metropolitan areas, design concepts defining private and public spaces, to envisioning future scenarios responding to the effects of our digital worlds.

The Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program responds to the changes in the professional field and in the urban configuration, the master offers new techniques of inquiry and design-based strategies. Taking urban strategy as the starting point to study society, this Master aims to explore different architectural approaches and provide
students with the opportunity to discover their own design abilities and find responses to citizens and their culture, commerce, relationships and movements to create projects for a better urban future.

Audience

The program is addressed to candidates who have a first-level degree and/or professional experience in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, Civil Engineering, or equivalent. The program is also open to candidates who hold a degree, or diploma in different disciplines, if they are motivated
by a sound research interest towards the program’s topics and a strong portfolio.

Outcome

Participants in the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design may embark on different careers nationally and internationally as Architects, Urban Planners, Urban Designers and Project Managers. Employment opportunities can be found in design, architecture and engineering studios, territorial development agencies, urban planning departments, real estate or construction companies.

 

Program

The Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the program leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship.
The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a Professional Experience period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals.

Structure

Courses

In the courses, you will study critical research methods, design theory, strategic thinking, and historical and contemporary design practices—all within the broader context of urban and architectural design studies.

You will then explore a broad range of methods, tools, and topics that define contemporary urban and architectural projects, examining the relationships between design practices and the cultures and contexts they serve.

Workshops

Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on projects from concept to design, from micro to macro. You will also analyze your projects from an economic, marketing, social, and anthropological point of view. Some possible workshop challenges include the following:

  • Develop a strategic vision for solving a specific urban issue, moving from a specific intervention to applications within a wider framework.
  • Investigate the relationships between architecture and urban planning and related fields of study, such as product design, interaction design, and communication design. Experiment with cross-disciplinary languages, techniques, and modalities.
  • Design parts of open spaces that are part of a natural or extra-urban context or that are placed in urban gaps. Critically evaluate the landscape elements that need to be maintained, re-designed, or regenerated; formulate a project proposal that considers spatial complexity, social and cultural implications, and environmental and energetic issues.
  • Develop a proposal for an architectural intervention, taking into consideration the elements that make up the urban space around architecture, including physical, cultural, economic, and social factors.

Portfolio

The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation.

Professional Experience

There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it.  The Professional Experience is the key step of a process that matches your skills and aspirations with the needs of design and service companies, public institutions, design studios and creative consultants. You will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned during the academic year in a real working environment.
You can choose one of these three Professional Experiences:

• Internship in a Company/Firm: you will be hosted in a work environment developing assignments on real projects.
• Field Learning Experience: a work project carried out on campus in collaboration with a company and supervised by a project leader. You will approach contemporary themes and explore a wide range of design subjects in a multidisciplinary environment.
• Entrepreneurship Module: an entrepreneurial journey in order to develop business and managerial skills. You will be given a specific toolbox of frameworks and approaches both in theory and practice.
In each case, you will be mentored on a step-by-step basis, get an inside perspective on how your industry of choice works and make valuable connections that will further your career.

There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career.

You complete your internship before your final project. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who can extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies.

Companies

Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies include:

Arup, Bayer MaterialScience, Castel Monastero, CNS spa (Tecnologia per l’ambiente), Hines Italia Srl, ING Real Estate Development Italy Srl, Legnolandia, Le Fonds Belval, Milano Metropoli Development Agency, MUVITA (Museo Vivo delle Tecnologie per l’Ambiente), Peverelli (Giardini e paesaggi d’autore), Prelios, Pirelli RE.

Academic and institutional partners:

California State University Florence, i2a international institute of architecture, the City of Milan.

Accreditation

Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team.

Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Requirements for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

  • At least 15 years of previous education
  • A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma*) in a field related to your selected study program
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
  • A declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian universities or academies.

For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide, click here.

The notarized and translated documents, as well as the dichiarazione di valore in loco, will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian consulate or embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

*The Academic Master’s Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.

To find out more about our programs, accreditation, and admission requirements, complete this  contact form. Our educational advisors will be happy to answer questions and help you choose the best program for your career goals.

Faculty

The course leader of the Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design is Elisa Poli. The scientific advisor is Gianandrea Barreca.

Elisa PoliElisa Poli, co-founder of Cluster Theory Research Group, is an architectural historian, critic, and curator. She received her Ph.D. in Architectural History from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has co-authored or contributed to several books:

– Hybrid Living, edited by A. Gaiani, about architectural historiography and contemporary architectural theory
– Oggetti Smarriti, edited by A. Gaiani, about urban representation in city guides
– Processing Theory: Teaching architecture in a society in crisis, with G. Avosani, about learning and teaching processes in contemporary design.

Poli received her teacher training at the Architectural Association in London. She has also taught at the Università Iuav in Venice, the School of Architecture at the University of Ferrara, and the Academies of Fine Arts in Bologna and Reggio Calabria. She writes for several architectural magazines, including Domus, Abitare, Arch’it, AND, Paesaggio Urbano, and Archphoto. She is chief editor of the Italian quarterly architecture magazine Opere.

Leading international architects and designers serve as visiting professors and contributing faculty members to this program, including:

Giovanni Avosani, Michele Bonino, Andrea Boschetti, Paolo Brescia, Margherita Brianza, Marco Brizzi, Federico Cassani, Matilde Cassani, Aldo Cibic, Pippo Ciorra, Alfredo Cisternino, Matteo Costanzo, Ivo Covic, Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Francesco Franchi, Francesco Fresa, Fabrizio Gallanti, Moreno Gentili, Matteo Ghidoni, Christoph Grafe, Gruppo A12, Guido Incerti, Francesco Jodice, Peter Keinan, Jachen Könz, Alessandro Leto, Francesco Librizzi, Alessandro Martinelli, Guido Musante, Walter Nicolino, Gianluca Peluffo, Vittorio Pizzigoni, Mosé Ricci, Joan Roig, Dong Sub Bertin, Pier Paolo Tamburelli, Andrea Vercellotti, Paola Viganò, Andrea Zanderigo, Federico Zanfi.

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design program may go on to become architects, urban planners, urban designers, or project managers. They may work as consultants or staff members for architecture, engineering, or design studios; territory development agencies; departments of public/urban planning; nonprofit organizations; research centers; or real estate or construction companies.

Admissions

Spaces in this program are limited. Participants will be selected based on their applications.

We have a dedicated team of educational advisors who will be happy to help you with completing your application. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Check Entry Requirements

When considering candidates for admission, the Admissions Manager looks at the applicant’s entire profile, including their academic records, work experience (if any), extracurricular activities, test scores, and recommendations.

Requirements for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

  • At least 15 years of previous education
  • A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma*) in a field related to the selected study program
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
  • A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
  • A declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian universities or academies.For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide, click here.

The notarized and translated documents, as well as the dichiarazione di valore in loco, will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian consulate or embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

IELTS and Equivalent Certificates

Proficiency with the English language, both written and spoken, is a prerequisite for admission.

Our English language requirement is an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or a recognized equivalent certificate, to be submitted by the beginning of the master’s program. The certificate should not be more than two years old.

The following are the main equivalents:

Certificate Level
Cambridge English: FIRST (FCE) C or 154
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) Distinction or 160
Cambridge English: Business Vantage / BEC V C or 154
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary / BEC P Distinction or 160
TOEFL paper 494 – 510
TOEFL computer 173 – 180
TOEFL internet 59 – 64
PTE Academic 36 – 42
TEEP 5
BULATS 40 – 59 (all 4 skills should be passed: listening, reading, speaking, writing)
TOEIC (provided that student passes all parts) Listening and reading: score 600; Speaking score 140; Writing: score 140

The following cases are exempted from the language requirement:

  • Mother tongue students
  • English Speaking Countries (prior check with the admissions office)
  • English Speaking Degrees (prior check with the admissions office)
  • English Speaking Degree in non-mother tongue countries (prior check with the admissions office)

Prepare Supporting Documents

  • Curriculum vitae/résumé
  • Artistic and/or professional portfolio of projects
  • Letter of motivation
  • An English translation of the academic transcript, listing courses and exams, noting the number of hours per credit and giving a brief description of each course
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree/academic diploma translated into English
  • Documentation regarding further courses or seminars attended (if available)
  • Certificate of English language proficiency
  • Copy of passport
  • Receipt for payment of the €100 application fee

Submit Your Application

  1. Download the application form and either:
    a. Print it, fill it out by hand, and sign it.
    b. Fill it out on your computer, save it, print it, and sign it.
  2. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  3. Pay the application fee of €100.
  4. Make a copy of all documents (including the record of the bank transfer) for your own records.
  5. Send the originals by post or courier to:
    Domus Academy International Admissions Office
    Via C. Darwin, 20
    20143, Milano Italy

  1. Download the application form and fill it out on your computer.
  2. Save it, print it, sign it and scan it.
  3. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  4. Pay the application fee of 100 €.
  5. Scan the application form and all other documents.
  6. Attach the application form and other documents to an email that you send to:
    admissions@domusacademy.it

  1. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
  2. Click Apply Online
  3. Create your username.
  4. Check your email for a message with login information.
  5. Start your online application.
  6. Submit all the required documents.
  7. Pay the application fee online.

Upon receiving your application and required documents, each course leader and the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application to determine whether your degree and experience correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They also identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

If you are accepted to Domus Academy, you will receive an admissions letter and package.

Enrollment

Our sister school, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano), which shares our campus, awards the Academic Master’s Degrees. In order to receive this degree, the qualification recognized by the Ministry of Italian Education (MIUR), you must enroll at NABA.

When your admission to Domus Academy is confirmed, you must secure your place by filling out and returning your enrollment form, along with your receipt for payment of the pre-enrollment fee, within 30 days of the date on your admission letter.

Upon receiving these items, Domus Academy will provide non-EU applicants with all necessary assistance in order to apply for the student visa.

After you are formally enrolled, you are requested to pay the total tuition fee by the starting date of the course.

Payment Methods

  1. Pay by bank transfer.
    Account holder: NUOVA ACCADEMIA SRL, Via C. Darwin 20, 20143 Milano, Italy
    Bank name and agency: Gruppo Banco BPM – Milano Ag 10 – Via Ariosto 1/A, 20145 Milano
    International bank details: SWIFT code: BAPPIT22. IBAN code: IT36U0503401610000000000251
    Reason for payment: Clearly specify the name of the student and the master’s program chosen.
  2. Pay by credit card using our online application.
  3. Note that you can use this method only to pay the application fee and pre-enrollment fee—not to pay the tuition fee.
  4. Pay by peerTransfer.
    Domus Academy partners with peerTransfer to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, typically in your home currency. If you choose to make your payment with peerTransfer, you can:
    -Track your payments from start to finish.
    -Save on bank fees and exchange rates.
    -Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night.
    To get started, go to: domusacademy.peertransfer.com to begin the payment process.
  5. In person by credit card.
    You can make payments by Visa and MasterCard directly at the Domus Academy Accounting Office.

Please note that all bank, credit card, and third-party transfer fees must be covered by the applicant. Also note that the application fee is not refundable for any reason.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the one-year Academic Master’s program is:

For students from EU countries and Switzerland, €16,990 (full fee, including pre-enrolment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3,000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€13,990 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

EU Countries
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

For non-EU students, €28,600 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3,000 Pre-enrollment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€ 25,600 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

Matriculation Fee

For each student: € 520.

Students who meet the relevant entry requirements and are interested in pursuing the Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS), which is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA, must pay the matriculation fee by the first day of the course.

 

 

Lectures

Domus Academy Metaphysical Club - Lecture by Gianadrea Barreca
Domus Academy Metaphysical Club - Lecture by Su Dan
Domus Academy Metaphysical Club - Lecture by Manfredo Di Robilant