Academic Year 2014/15





School of Architecture and Society
School of Civil Architecture




Degree Programme of:


Architectural Design
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)


Mantova, Milano, Piacenza Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architecture and Society
School of Civil Architecture
Code Reference Law1094
NameArchitectural Design
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeL-17 - Architecture
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 1
Official language(s) () Italian/English
Campus Mantova, Milano, Piacenza
Dean of the School Ilaria Pamela Simonetta Valente
Angelo Torricelli
Coordinator of the Study programme --
Website of the School http://www.arch.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
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() The degree course offers some tracks in Italian and others in English.


Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)


Central Student Office - Mantova
Address P.ZZA D'ARCO, 3 (MN)


Central Student Office - Piacenza
Address VIA G. B. SCALABRINI, 76 (PC)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The aim of the B.Sc. in Architectural Design is to provide students with essential skills and knowledge regarding architecture and its historical, logical, formal, aesthetic, structural, technological and representational aspects. Architectural design covers different areas and scales of application: city, landscape, construction, the built environment and interior design.

The objective of the study programme is to train professionals who are able to appropriately respond to the increasing complexity of problems related to architectural design and to new tasks and responsibilities required by the professional world. Through critical and intellectual preparation accompanied by defined technical expertise, graduates are able to carry out professional activities specified by existing regulations.

The sequence of modules, workshops and courses is aimed at achieving the objectives of the study programme.

Graduates in Architectural Design will have acquired the university credits necessary to access the Laurea Magistrale (Master of Science) programmes to train architects as well as civil and architectural engineers in accordance with Directive 85/384/EEC.

Graduates may also access first level Master programmes.

Teaching takes place at the Politecnico campuses in Milan, Piacenza and Mantua.

The study programme also offers a study plan delivered entirely in English.


3. Learning objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design provides basic architectural training through the continual analysis of the conditions posed by the complexity of the transformation processes of the built environment in contemporary settlement contexts.

The B. Sc. programme encompasses the academic disciplines of the arts, humanities and sciences that characterise the knowledge, tools, skills and abilities of the architect.

The specific objective is to train professionals with essential knowledge of architecture in its historical, logical, formal, aesthetic, structural, technological and representational aspects who are capable of collaborating in design and construction activities with critical and intellectual skills and proficiency in the individual techniques.

The programme is characterised by the centrality of the design experience based on the integration and combination of disciplines, promoting synergy between workshops and courses, in the study of the humanistic, artistic, scientific and technical aspects of architectural disciplines, as well as those able to complement and enrich the fields of knowledge.

The training programme is completed with an internship which constitutes a fundamental moment of contact with the world of work in a professional or business environment or with a public administration, depending on the student’s areas of interest.

The programme also includes seminars, conferences, workshops and exhibitions at which the student will have the opportunity to meet architects and scholars who are active at national and international levels.

Upon completion of the training programme, graduates will have adequate knowledge of the fundamentals concerning: the principles, methods and techniques of architectural and urban design; the history of architecture; tools and forms of representation; mathematics and other basic sciences; the principles of structural analysis and systems calculation; aspects of construction processes and the technical and economic feasibility of architectural works. The academic programme includes thematic orientations relating to the issues and significant scale to which architectural design applies: city, construction, urban fabric and built heritage, interior space, environment and landscape, as well as rural areas. In order to fulfil these requirements, graduates in Architectural Design will be qualified to:

-          propose appropriate and coherent solutions to the problem being addressed, with cultural awareness and technical competence;

-          demonstrate an ability to critically analyse contexts on a spatial, social and economic level in relation to quantitative and qualitative aspects;

-          contextualise the project in an appropriate manner with respect to different scales of intervention, anticipating the impact that the proposed changes may have on spatial and social assets and supporting the selected objectives and reasons behind the design decisions made at various levels;

-          communicate the results of the analysis and design using appropriate tools, including innovative means, for both expert and non-expert stakeholders;

-          possess the verbal and communication skills that enable them to argue the reasons for their design choices in a clear and appropriate manner. On the basis of the knowledge acquired, graduates will be able to expand and update their knowledge and skills, with particular reference to the most innovative areas.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

Organizational structure of the B.Sc. Programme

Entrance

TEST

 

 

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

 

 

 

 

1st year

 

 

 

2nd year

 

 

 

3rd year

 

 

 

 

PROFESSION

State professional examination and admission to the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators - Section B

1st LEVEL MASTER OF SCIENCE

LAUREA MAGISTRALE (MASTER OF SCIENCE)

1st year

 

 

 

2nd year

 

 

 

 

PROFESSION

State professional examination and admission to the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators

2nd LEVEL MASTER OF SCIENCE

 

RESEARCH DOCTORATE

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)


The Bachelor of Science Degree provides access to the "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialisation Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level Master of Science).

 

The qualification provides access to the "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level Master of Science) and to post graduate training courses.

To continue their studies, graduates in Architectural Design may choose from the various options offered by the Master of Science in Architecture taught at the Politecnico di Milano.

 

This degree provides graduates with a professional title that meets the requirements imposed by the European Union:

- Master of Science courses held at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, with admission policies established by the facility offering the course.

- First level Master of Science held at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, with admission policies established by the facility offering the course;

- Postgraduate training courses held at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, with admission policies established by the facility holding the course.

 


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

A degree in Architectural Design offers job opportunities with diversified roles in public and private bodies, institutions, public and private companies, professional firms and engineering companies to perform the following functions: collaborate on the design and management of construction projects, including public works; direct and instrumental surveys of contemporary and historical constructions; design and management of work on simple civil constructions and the maintenance and upgrading of buildings with the use of standardised methodologies.

Subject to the successful completion of the state professional examination, graduates in Architectural Design may enrol in the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators, in section B, architecture sector, with the title of junior architect.

For additional information, see the link on the University’s website (www.esamidistato.polimi.it).


Graduates in Architectural Design are qualified to work in private and public bodies, professional studios and design firms in the following activities: working on design activities and managing building work including public work; direct and instrumental surveying; design and management of work relating to simple building and maintenance work and renovation of buildings.
After passing State Exams, graduates in Architectural Design can register on the following professional registers: architects, town planners, landscape designers and conservationists, Section B, Architecture Sector, with the title of Junior Architect.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Design enables graduates to contribute to architectural design activities within the terms defined by Italian Presidential Decree 328/01. The specific skills concern activities related to architectural design in different areas and at different scales of application.

Professional opportunities for graduates are provided by institutions and public and private bodies operating in the fields of construction and urban and rural transformation; institutions, public and private companies, professional firms and engineering companies.

Graduates in Architectural Design are professionals who are able to collaborate effectively to develop architectural projects of varying scales, from the definition of project objectives to the verification of the technical feasibility of the solutions. As part of a multi-disciplinary design team, graduates are able to define and analyse problems in a complete and comprehensive manner which require different actions to transform the built environment according to the varying scales of settlement contexts and consciously measuring activities against the complex picture of resources and constraints that determine the design process.

 In particular, the skills associated with the role are:

-          the ability to establish design processes through the critical analysis of the spatial, social and economic aspects of the reference contexts;

-          the ability to identify appropriate tools and techniques to perform context-specific analysis, such as: description of the scope and importance of the physical environment and buildings, analysis of needs and opportunities, definition of a framework of constraints (technical, regulatory and environmental) required to prepare the design project;

-          research and critical analysis skills to identify formal, technical and functional alternatives to solve specific design problems on different scales;

-          the ability to effectively communicate analysis and design proposals to stakeholders with varying levels of expertise and specialisation using appropriate tools;

-          the ability to articulate and argue the reasons for their design choices in a clear and competent manner.

 University Assessment Commission reports https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1909

Surveys of University Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4147

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)


Secondary school qualification or foreign equivalent

 

Admission to the B.Sc. programme is subject to passing the entrance test (TIP).

6.2 Requested knowledge

New students must have an adequate educational background and knowledge of English, assessed on the basis of knowledge considered to be essential. Where students fail to achieve minimum score requirements in the entrance test, specific Compulsory Additional Modules (OFA) are identified that students must complete before they can be admitted to subsequent years of the degree programme.

Detailed information on the entrance test, admissions and enrolment is available on the Guidance and Counselling Office website

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1989

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4955

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

CAMPUS

A

B

C

A+B

 

STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR ENROLMENT (Italian and EU students and non-EU students residing in Italy)

Places reserved for non EU students (including Chinese students)

Of which places reserved for “Marco Polo” Chinese students

TOTAL

Milan

733

17

17

750

Internationalisation - English

60

40

0

100

Mantova

91

9

9

100

Piacenza

95

5

5

100

Detailed information concerning deadlines and available places are provided in the enrolment guide https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=539


How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4288

6.4 Tutoring and students support

Student orientation and tutoring programmes are offered in the first and second semesters.

The dates of the meetings will be posted on the website of the B.Sc. programme and will take place during the programme presentation.

Guidance and Counselling Office website

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2069


Polinternational
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4257

7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

The final degree (Bachelor of Science) is awarded to students who have earned a total amount of 180 credits throughout the degree programme. Academic credits measure the academic work (including individual study) required of students to acquire the knowledge and skills envisaged by their B.Sc. programmes.  For the B.Sc. in Architectural Design, one university credit corresponds to a total of 25 hours of work. The average volume of learning work performed in one year by a full-time university student is set conventionally at 60 credits. Individual study or other educational activities of an individual kind must account for at least half of each student's total annual commitment in hours. The credits related to each educational activity are earned by students by obtaining positive assessments of progress (examination or certification of activities performed). For each semester, students may choose Study Programmes with a number of credits that differ from those specified in the degree programme bulletin in order to tailor the progress of their studies to suit their individual needs. However, the total number of credits required to earn a degree is 180. During the study programme, the contribution required is related to the number of credits entered each time on the student’s study plan. The minimum number of credits for which students can enrol is 30, unless they require a lower number of credits to complete their programme. In accordance with the precedence rules stated in the regulations, the maximum number of credits for which students can enrol in one year is 80.

The registration of credits must comply with the sequence of modules envisaged by the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin and the precedence rules indicated in the Technical Annex to these Academic Regulations.

The 180 credits that make up this B.Sc. programme respect the minimum standard guaranteed by law for the basic educational activities of an L-17 Class Degree – Architectural Science (Italian Law 270/2004).


Students graduate on completion of 180 ECTS. ECTS correspond to 25 hours of work overall.
The 180 ECTS encompassed by this Laurea Programme in Architectural Design respect the legal minimums set out for educational activities in L-17 Laurea class Architectural Sciences (law 270/2004) specifically: 44 ECTS for base educational activities (maths for architecture, physical-technical subjects and technology for architecture, history for architecture, architectural and environmental representation subjects); 64 ECTS for professional activities (architectural and urban planning, theories and techniques for architectural renovation, structural analysis and planning for architecture, urban and territorial planning, technological subjects for architecture and building, surveying in architecture and urban planning); 18 ECTS for linked or additional activities. 8 ECTS are also awarded for work experience and the final exam and at least 12 ECTS for activities chosen by students.

7.2 Mode of study

The B.Sc. programme is a full-time course and includes participation in educational activities consisting of: lectures and tutorials, multidisciplinary and integrated design workshops with compulsory attendance, and seminars.

Organisation of tuition, assessment methods and frequency

Tuition is organised on the basis of single-subject or integrated courses and workshops, each of which is associated with a number of credits, as detailed in the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin.

- Single-subject courses may include ongoing assessment methods and conclude with an examination.

- Workshops are organised on an annual and semester basis and are coordinated by the lecturers responsible for the integrated workshop modules. Attendance at the workshops is compulsory. The frequency is determined by the lecturers responsible for the workshop based on criteria consistent with the organisation of learning.

The workshops conclude with an examination organised by a committee consisting of all of the lecturers responsible for the workshop.

Seminars and study trips are also organised.

Organisation of the academic year

The academic year is divided into two semesters, each consisting of a teaching session and multiple exam sessions.

1st Semester

- 06/10/2014: beginning of 1st semester lessons 

- 26/01/2015 - 30/01/2015: week dedicated to individual study, more detailed teaching, workshops, etc.

- 23/01/2015: end of 1st semester for all semester courses

- 30/01/2014: for all annual courses and workshops

- 06/02/2015 - 27/02/2015: examination session

 

2nd Semester

- 9/03/2015: beginning of 2nd semester lessons

- 22/06/2015 - 26/06/2015: week dedicated to individual study, more detailed teaching, workshops, etc.

- 19/06/2015: end of 2nd semester for all semester courses

- 26/06/2014: for all annual courses and workshops

- 29/06/2015 - 31/07/2015: examination session

The academic calendar is published on the University’s website.

Architectural Design (taught in Italian)


The course is full time and includes courses made up of lessons and practice, obligatory laboratories, seminars and visits.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The term “previously approved study plans” used in the web applications refers to the approval of the manner in which the teaching is organised within the sections; it does not mean that the choices made by students when compiling their Study Plans are approved in advance.

7.4 Foreign language

Knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite for admission to the University.

Different levels of proficiency may be required depending on the type of course (if taught in Italian or English). For further information, see the “Guide to the English Language” published on the University’s website:

Information on English language skills https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2229


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4319

7.5 Degree examination

In order to obtain the credits for the Final Exam and be admitted to the Graduation Exam, students must produce a portfolio (thesis document) providing a critical assessment of their education. The graduation exam has a score of 0 to 8 points, which is added to the average score obtained over the three years. The average is calculated on the basis of the score obtained in each examination, excluding commendations. These will be assessed as part of the graduation examination to support any proposal for commendation. Proposals for commendations must be unanimously approved by all members of the Graduation Commission.

For information on the methods, content and minimum requirements for the preparation of a dissertation, students should refer to the Degree Regulations and to the Technical Annex to these Regulations.

 


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4350

8. Academic calendar

The academic calendar can be consulted on the school’s website

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2389


Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4381

9. Faculty

The names of lecturers and the relative courses will be available in the B.Sc. programme bulletin from September each year.
The B.Sc. programme bulletin is published annually on the Politecnico di Milano website.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

MILAN

Bovisa campus

Modelling Workshop: allows students to plan and build different scales of architectural models for rural and urban designs, construction, interior design and everyday objects using multiple techniques, materials and finishes, related to the various possible uses of the models.

IT Workshop: provides IT support for research and educational activities related to: the development of subject-oriented urban plans based on historical and archive databases; graphic illustrations (to scale) of photogrammetric surveys; urban surveys for the development of intervention and implementation plans; comparative analysis of typological and architectural schemes; and the acquisition, preparation and production of textual, graphic and photographic page layouts for exhibitions and hypertexts and for digital publishing.

Macro urban planning, mobility and, urban design workshop: allows students to prepare reliable macroeconomic and macro-urban planning scenarios through the use of tools and statistical and cartographic calculations, as well as simulations and the evolutionary proportioning of transport systems. It also addresses general project issues with the quantification of the project activities and urban redesign;

Diagnostic workshop for building conservation and reuse: involves the detection of deterioration and diagnostics for the conservation, management and reuse of buildings. In particular, it focuses on studying the metric, static and material consistency of buildings, identifying the deterioration and its causes and providing more appropriate graphic illustration to proceed with the conservation project.

The Durando Architecture Library resources include the textbooks listed in the bibliographies of the official degree programmes as well as texts that allow the further exploration of issues related to architectural design, which document the progress made in the area of design, both in Italy and abroad. In the reference section, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, codes and directories, historical treatises and regulatory texts may be freely consulted. Over 160 journals are also available for consultation.

Piero Bottoni Archive: the most important document collection of the Politecnico di Milano, with over 90,000 exhibits (drawings, posters, models, furniture, objects, photographs, books, periodicals, booklets, etc.) concerning the works of Piero Bottoni, as well as of other important architects including Le Corbusier and Terragni.

Archive of Lombard Architects and Engineers.

Albe and Lica Steiner Archive.

Historical archives of the Politecnico di Milano.

Leonardo Campus

Model and Prototype Workshop: the workshop is equipped for students to build models using traditional and digital technologies.

The Central Architecture Library contains approximately 60,000 Italian and international scientific works, mainly dedicated to architecture, art, urban planning, design, interior design, landscape, restoration and museology. One section in particular is devoted to works on the city of Milan. All texts used and recommended for B.Sc. programme courses at the Schools of Architecture and Design are available at the library. In the reference section, it is possible to consult general and specialised encyclopaedias, as well as annuals and codes for urban planning and construction. Approximately 1000 journals are also available, 400 of which are currently under subscription. Summaries of periodicals related to architecture and art, as well as a large collection of publications focusing on the same subjects are available for consultation on CD ROM.

 MANTOVA

Cartography Service (Environmental Planning Workshop): allows students to consult historical maps, land registry maps of the city and the province of Mantua, urban plans, thematic maps of Lombardy and IGM Tables.

Modelling workshop: allows students to use machine tools such as milling and sanding machines, drills, jigsaws and various hand tools for model making. Access to the modelling workshop and the use of its tools is subject to authorisation by the relevant lecturer.

The Mantua Campus Library is part of the University Library System and therefore makes reference to the Service Charter.

 

PIACENZA

The Piacenza Campus Library located at Caserma della Neve and the Arata Campus holds all of the texts adopted and recommended in the bibliographies of courses offered as part of the degree programmes. The library’s continuously expanding collection includes approximately 3,000 books, including scientific works by Italian and international authors on Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Economy, Transport, Logistics, Energy Systems, Architecture, Urban Planning and Environmental Sustainability. It is also possible to consult the Politecnico's electronic periodicals and online databases at the workstations provided. In both locations, the library facilities consist of four adjoining rooms for reference, reading and studying.


11. International context

The Politecnico is currently conducting a series of comparative analyses with major international universities. Reports and studies will soon be available on the Politecnico di Milano website in the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin section.


12. Internationalization

All students intending to take part in an international exchange programme are invited to visit their relevant Studesk during the month of January to receive information on study abroad opportunities. The Studesk provides students with information on available places suited to their degree programme, necessary requirements, application procedures, deadlines and selection criteria. Students may also consult information material on partner universities. For more information, visit the relevant Studesk.


Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4664

13. Quantitative data

The University Assessment Commission conducts a periodic analysis of the overall results and the quality of the Degree Programmes, monitoring the learning activities and the employability of graduates. Reports are available for review at the following link: https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3349 and on the pages of the University’s website describing the University Assessment Commission’s activities:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3429


14. Further information

Inter-faculty programme

School of Architecture and Society – School of Civil Architecture

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Laurea (Bachelor of Science)

 

Campus: Milan – Mantua - Piacenza

 

 Technical annex to the Academic Regulations for 2014-15

 1. School of Architecture and Society – School of Civil Architecture

1.1 Admission requirements 

1.1.1 Bachelor of Science degree programme

1.1.2 Compulsory Additional Modules (OFA)

 1.2 Course transfers

1.2.1 Bachelor of Science degree programme

1.3 Knowledge of English

2. University credits

2.1 University credits (CFU)

2.2 Registration of University Credits

2.3 Individual courses

3. Submission of Study Plans

3.1 Bachelor of Science degree programmes

3.1.1 Submission of Study Plans

3.1.2 Precedence, constraints for the Study Plan

3.1.3 Additional courses

3.1.4 Student allocations

3.1.5 Frequency of courses and workshops

3.1.6 Registering for exams and exam sessions

3.1.7 Completion of the Training Programme set out in Regulation 509/99

3.2 Useful information

3.2.1 Previously approved study plans

3.2.2 Mid-year changes to the Study Plan

3.2.3 Assessment of learning

3.2.4 Self-certification of passing of examinations

4. Internship

5. Conclusion of the study programme and graduation

5.1 Bachelor of Science degree programme

6. Recognition of additional credits (participation in workshops, seminars, etc.).

 

1. School of Architecture and Society – School of Civil Architecture

 1.1 Admission requirements

To be admitted to a course, the candidate must possess a Secondary School qualification or recognised foreign equivalent.

For the purposes of this Study Programme, an entrance test (TIP – Test with Attendance) must be passed, which is planned to take place in April 2014:

(http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it, Come si accede (How to be admitted)).

Once the lists of admission rankings have been published, students may enrol in the Degree Programme.

Students transferring from other Study Programmes that do not belong to degree class L-17 Architectural Science (at the Politecnico or another university), or who hold another degree are required to pass the entrance test, regardless of the number of credits already acquired.

In addition, students previously enrolled in another Degree Programme, but whose enrolment was forfeited or who have dropped out, must repeat the entrance test.

 1.1.2 Compulsory Additional Modules (OFA)

In the first year of attendance, University regulations require incoming students to take remedial courses, or Compulsory Additional Modules (OFA) in the event any deficiencies are noted in the entrance test. Students obliged to take these Compulsory Additional Modules will be listed on the admission rankings. OFAs are supplementary courses for students who fail to achieve the minimum score requirements on the Mathematics and English (TENG) tests.

 Mathematics OFA

The Mathematics OFA must be passed in the first year of the course by means of one of the following options:

-          online mathematics test, with a test with attendance in accordance with the schedule announced on the University’s website (http://www.polimi.it/studenti/avvisi/);

-          passing of the tests of the Mathematics course at the end of the first semester;

-          passing of the final examination of the Mathematics course.

 An online course will be made available to support the student’s preparation to sit the OFA exam.

 English OFA (TENG)

As of the 2008/2009 Academic Year, the University has established a minimum level of English proficiency that must be met in order to be admitted to the degree courses. If this prerequisite is not met, students will be assigned an English OFA (Compulsory Additional Module) which includes limitations for the continuation of their university career. In order to take the Compulsory Additional Module for English, see the guides posted on the University website – link: http://www.polimi.it/guide

 1.2 Course transfers

 1.2.1 Bachelor of Science degree programme

Students enrolled in the first year of the course are not permitted to transfer internally to another study programme offered by the Politecnico in the same year of registration.

Students belonging to the old educational system which has not yet expired (Regulation 509/99 and earlier) may request to transfer to the new educational system via www.polimi.it -Servizi on line (On line services).

 1.3 Knowledge of English

As of the 2006/2007 academic year, knowledge of English is a prerequisite for admission to the Master of Science Degree Programme. Admissible certifications can be downloaded from the website

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2229

N.B. Important change – English Proficiency Certificates must be submitted by the application submission deadline:

• 08/09/2014 for admission in October

• 02/02/2015 for admission in March

Students are advised to obtain certification well enough in advance since sessions are never held more than once a month and at least 20 days are required to obtain the results.

 2. University credits

2.1 University credits

University credits (CFUs) measure the volume of academic work (including individual study) required to properly prepare students to acquire the knowledge and skills envisaged by their study programmes.

 

For the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design, one university credit corresponds to 25 hours of work.

The average volume of work performed in one year by a full-time university student is conventionally set at 60 credits.

The credits corresponding to each educational activity are acquired by the student by passing the exam.

Individual study or other educational activities of an individual kind should account for at least 50% of each student's total annual commitment in hours.

2.2 Registration of University Credits

Students may choose Study Programmes with a number of credits that differ from those specified in the degree programme bulletin in order to tailor the progress of their studies to suit their individual needs.

The contribution should be related to the number of credits included in the Study Plan.

The minimum number of credits for which students can enrol is 30, unless they require a lower number of credits to complete their programme.

In accordance with the precedence rules stated in the regulations, the maximum number of credits for which students can enrol in one year is 80.

The registration of credits must comply with the sequence of modules envisaged by the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin and the precedence rules.

All courses included in the Study Plan (including the internship and the final exam) contribute to the final calculation.

 2.3 Individual courses

The University permits students to attend individual courses subject to payment of the enrolment fee for the course. Only non-Politecnico students may enrol in individual courses. Enrolment in individual courses is subject to the availability of places on the course itself. Admission to the courses gives the right to attend lessons, take exams at the sessions envisaged during the academic year and obtain certification of the score of the exams passed and the corresponding credits earned. Enrolment for individual courses may be requested for a maximum of 30 credits per year for those who wish to extend their studies. Interested candidates should submit the enrolment application form and the payment form (available at www.polimi.it/modulistica during the appropriate period) to the Registrar’s Office.

The number of available places will be posted on the school’s website

For information on the recognition of individual courses for the purposes of obtaining a degree at the Politecnico, please see the link: http://www.polimi.it/studenti/guide/

3. Submission of Study Plans

3.1 Bachelor of Science degree programmes

 3.1.1 Submission of Study Plans

Each student is responsible for submitting an individual study plan. The Schools consider the plan to be a reference document for all intents and purposes. Its contents also attest to the conformity of the choices made by the student with the standards set by legal regulations and the provisions of the Rules of the B.Sc. Programme.

N.B. Students are strongly encouraged to save and print the study plan submitted.

Requests for changes to study plans will not be accepted. The submission of the study plan is final and must be completed in accordance with the deadlines and procedures established in these Regulations.

 First year

New students must enter their study plans online or via the Poliself stations by the deadline stated on the Academic Calendar. Students who do not submit study plans by the deadline will be automatically enrolled for all courses of the 1st year of the Programme.

In the period from 27/02/2015 to 05/03/2015 it will be possible to make changes to study plans using the Poliself stations. Changes may only be made to the courses offered in the second semester, as follows:

- change optional courses;

- add single subject or integrated courses;

- remove single subject courses;

By resolution of the Board of Directors, a late fee of 100.00 euros will apply for failure to submit a study plan by the due date stated in the Academic Calendar. The penalty will be applied to the second instalment of tuition fees.

Examinations for courses taken in the second semester, which have been included in the plan once again and passed in the February session as the last session of the previous academic year, will “free up” any credits that may be included in the plan as part of the mid-year change process.

Since the mid-year change process excludes the possibility of adding workshops, it is recommended to students who wish to free up credits to add workshops to the plan in September and to submit single-subject courses as part of the mid-year change process.

 3.1.2 Precedence, constraints for the Study Plan

Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree course must comply with the curriculum progression rules set out in the Programme Bulletin.

3.1.3 Additional courses

Students may add additional courses to their study plans (up to a maximum of 30 credits), chosen from the list of courses offered by the Schools. These courses will not be included in the mandatory courses that make up the 60 credits required in each year of the course.

Students may only add additional courses if they have satisfied the precedence constraints and the actual maximum number of credits for each academic year does not exceed 80 credits.

These courses are not included in the calculation of valid credits and are not taken into account when calculating the average score for admission to the final exam and for graduation. They may however contribute to continued education as part of the Master of Science programme at the School of Civil Architecture and the School of Architecture and society.

Students of the third year of the Level I programme may add additional courses from the Master of Science programme, however only for mandatory and elective courses, this option is not applicable for workshops.

Third-year students who meet the N (credits obtained) and V (weighted average) parameter requirements and who wish to sit the exams of single-subject courses or integrated courses for up to a maximum of 8 credits (as at 30 September) may add an additional workshop from the M.Sc. Degree Programme to their Study Plan.

3.1.4 Criteria for assigning students

Students are assigned to the various sections of the courses and workshops by means of a balanced distribution in alphabetic order, as defined by the Schools’ offices. Once established, the places assigned cannot be modified.

 3.1.5 Attendance at courses and workshops

Compulsory attendance required for the programme will be established in accordance with the school's regulations. Such requirements are communicated to students by the relative lecturers at the start of the course. The uniformity of attendance rules for all sections of the same course is guaranteed.

 The lecturer teaching the course is responsible for ascertaining attendance based on criteria consistent with the organisation of the course, and the methods for recording attendance will be communicated to students when the course begins.

Attendance at the workshops is compulsory and must count for a minimum of 70% of the educational activity.

For students required to repeat the course, the attendance record is reset to zero.

3.1.6 Registering for exams and exam sessions

Only students who have registered at least five days before the exam date may sit the exam.

Failure to register for the exam means that the student is strictly prohibited from sitting the exam and registering it in his/her career record.

There are three exam sessions per subject, which are usually held:

- In February, July and September for first semester courses;

- In July, September and February, for second semester courses;

- In July, September and February for annual courses and workshops.

Three exam sessions are planned for each module (courses and workshops). Each exam session is held on at least two dates, either of which can be chosen by the student.

 N.B. For annual workshops, the February session does not allow students to follow the sequence for completion of the study plan.

 3.2 Useful information

3.2.1 Mid-year changes to the Study Plan

For the degree course, examinations for annual courses and those taken in the second semester, which have been included in the plan once again and passed in the February session, will “free up” the corresponding credits.

In this case, the “freed up” credits may be added to the plan as part of the online mid-year change scheduled in the Academic Calendar of the degree programme.

Annual workshops, annual courses and first semester courses may not be added as part of the mid-year change process.

3.2.2 Assessment of learning

Suitable forms of coordination are used to guarantee the uniformity of the learning assessment methods between all sections of the same course, according to the directives of the study programme.

In this regard, the main guidelines are as follows:

- Lecturers may schedule tests during the course. They can be seen as assessment methods or as a supplementary contribution to the final assessment. Such methods will be published on the school's website and communicated to students by the relative lecturers at the start of the course.

- for workshops, which have a compulsory attendance requirement, tests carried out during the course will be considered as an additional contribution to the final assessment and will consist of an assessment of the progress of the design activity.

Students who have not met the attendance requirements will not be admitted to the examination sessions and must attend the workshop again.

Students must always register for the exam sessions.

Based on the assessments, students may:

- pass the course, with the assignment of a score;

- be required to resit the exam, with a subsequent assessment;

- be required to repeat, if they have not complied with the requirements or have not passed the exam by the third examination session; In this case, for the Bachelor of Science degree (L) only, the attendance record is reset to zero and the student must take the course again.

Examination results are recorded online and it should be noted that:

- students have the right to inspect their examination scripts, according to the procedures established and published by the lecturer;

- With the online recording of results, students will receive an email notification (via the university email account assigned at the time of enrolment) of the published scores. Before the results are recorded, students may opt to cancel their result by sending notification of their decision to the lecturer via email, choosing instead to resit the exam at the next examination session;

- the cancellation of the result must be explicitly requested and must take place according to procedures established by the lecturer and communicated in the notification of results by email;

- failure to expressly cancel the result will result in the score being recorded for the student.

 3.2.3 Self-certification of passing of examinations

If, when submitting a study plan, an exam that has already been taken (for which the score is already known) has not yet been recorded in his/her career record, the student may issue a self-certification stating that the exam has been passed.

 N.B.: In order for the exam results to be valid, the student must be officially enrolled in the course or workshop and registered for the relevant exam session. Students are not permitted to self-certify courses for which the exam has not yet been taken when compiling their study plans. Students who provide false statements will be prevented from registering for the exam session for which the self-certification was made; the course or workshop will be cancelled from their study plan and students will not be allowed to include it on their study plan until the next academic year.

4. Internships

The Schools cooperate with professional associations, public administrations, regional bodies and businesses to organise outside internships in order to provide students with the possibility of acquiring the credits set out in the regulation. The rules for the length of the internship are defined by the study programmes, according to the School's regulations. Further information is available from the Internship Office and in the appropriate section of the school's website.

Learning activities can be completed both internally, within the Schools themselves, and externally, at professional firms, engineering companies or public or private engineering departments registered with the CareerService. A lecturer from the degree programme (Academic Tutor) is responsible for the internship and ensures that the student is protected against inappropriate exploitation. The timing of the internship is subject to its inclusion in the Study Plan and approval by the Training Project, which regulates the activity. The internship can be taken in the third year of the B.Sc. degree course. The internship must be added to the study plan only once. Compulsory internships are assigned the number of credits established by the degree programme and are regulated, as for other types, by the internship regulations of the SAT - Struttura Accademica Tirocini(Academic Structure for Internships).

The University also organises grants for Erasmus internships abroad.

 For more information, visit: https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2469

5. Conclusion of the study programme and graduation

 5.1 Bachelor of Science degree programme

In order to obtain the credits for the Final Exam and be admitted to the Graduation Exam, students must produce a document providing a critical assessment of their education.

Students are asked to focus on their design experiences and studies completed by selecting some works they consider to be particularly significant.

Requirements for the preparation of the document

Portfolio/curriculum

The first page of the portfolio must include a  title and a general index setting out the students’ achievements.

The portfolio must be divided in two distinct parts:

Assessment of the training programme

Introductory text of about 6000 words, which:

summarizes the track taken and the selection criteria adopted by the candidate in the selection of projects;

demonstrates a critical awareness of the track followed in the study of architecture and the design activities performed.

The text must be accompanied by illustrations, notes and a bibliography.

Selection of projects carried out at the workshops

From the work carried out during the three-year course, the candidate must choose 4 projects to include in the portfolio that summarize the most significant experiments carried out with respect to the chosen theme.

The projects must be clear and understandable and consist of 4 pages each.

For each project, a brief report and a sequence of significant drawings must be provided, including an indication of the scale of representation.

The Internship, Workshop experiences and any period spent abroad should also be summarized in a total of 1 – 2 pages using criteria similar to those used to illustrate the other projects. The portfolio should be created in A3 horizontal format with short-edge binding to the left.

Poster

Between 1 and 3 tables in A1 format that contain a montage of the elements and/or figures of the projects carried out during the three-year course. The portfolio should normally be delivered one week before the date of the graduation examination. A number of alerts will notify students of the submission procedures for each degree session. The poster does not need to be submitted in advance but can be presented directly to the Commission during the discussion of the degree programme.

The graduation exam has a score of 0 to 8 points, which is added to the average score obtained over the three years. The average is calculated on the basis of the scores obtained in each examination, excluding commendations. These will be assessed as part of the graduation examination to support any proposal for commendation. Proposals for commendations must also be unanimously approved by all members of the Graduation Commission.

6. Recognition of additional credits (participation in workshops, seminars, etc.).

In order for credits related to workshops/seminars etc. to be recognised, students must adhere to the regulations and procedures approved by the degree programme, published on the School’s website.

Only the original in Italian is valid.

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