The integrated study programme in Architecture provides the university level Master of Arts education and seeks to train a qualified architect capable of conducting autonomous applied research and of pursuing professional practice. Over the course of studies, the artistic and intellectual capacities of a to-be architect are being developed, an aesthetic platform and a concept of organization of surroundings are shaped; students acquire essential professional knowledge in architectural composition and space modelling, methods of applied context/location research, architectural design of buildings and the planning of territories, construction systems, building services equipment, etc. The programme seeks to develop students’ abilities to anchor their professional architect’s practice on the outcomes of research, to acquire practical experience in developing designs of buildings and their complexes, to build skills in computerized design and the traditional means of graphic rendition.
The integrated study programme in Architecture is designed with a vision of educating a qualified architect and a creatively-minded artist. The future architects take the following subject courses:
- The general university education subjects of aesthetics and philosophy of art, the history of art, mathematics and a foreign language;
- core subjects in the study field: foundations of construction techniques; building and finishing materials, the types of building construction and the building services equipment, construction physics, construction economics and law, basics of urban planning, principles of built heritage conservation, of urban ecology and sustainable architecture, the history of 20th – C. architecture and the contemporary architecture trends, computerized design methods and visual expression methods (drawing, painting, mixed media);
- subjects in professional specialty: architectural composition and foundations of architecture, methodology of applied contextual/location research (investigation); design of buildings and complexes thereof, structural design of building construction, planning and design of the surroundings.
Over the course of studies, students accomplish course applied research and design projects, whereby they strengthen and elaborate their contextual research and project development abilities and foster their skills of using required software, etc. Students are encouraged to approach research work as a starting point for their creative process, which underpins all of their solutions (scientific analysis + artistic creation = project).
The study programme is concluded by a professional practice (18 credits) and the final project (30 credits), which represents student’s creative/design qualification work founded on a thorough pre-project applied research. It is a quintessential expression of all the competencies graduating students will have acquired. Successful defence of the final projects leads to the Master of Architecture qualification degree and the qualification of architect as it is defined by the Lithuanian Law on the Recognition of the Regulated Professional Qualifications.