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.
Graduates of the study programme can seek employments with companies of architectural design and territorial planning, the national and municipal institutions of territorial planning and can design structures of a variety of function which meet public needs and the environmental-contextual requirements. After two years of practice (work) in the professional field, they are eligible to seek, following the procedure set by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, a project leader’s qualification certificate and start their own practice of architectural design. They can follow a scholarly or pedagogical career path with the educational or research institutions or seek administrative positions with the government or municipal institutions, direct creative organizations or design companies and provide services within the area of their professional competence across the European Union.