Academic Year 2015/16





School of Architecture and Society



Degree Programme of:


Architecture
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Mantova, Milano, Piacenza Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architecture and Society
Code Reference Law1136
NameArchitecture
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-4 - Architecture and Architectural engineering
Degree level Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 2
Years of the programme already activated 1,2
Official language(s) (¹) Italian/English
Campus Mantova, Milano, Piacenza
Dean of the School Ilaria Pamela Simonetta Valente
Coordinator of the Study programme Gennaro Postiglione
Website of the School http://www.arch.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
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(¹) The degree course offers some tracks in Italian and others in English.


Student Office (Study programme) - Milano Leonardo
Reference office
Centro Orientamento Studenti Scuola di Architettura e Società
Address Via Ampère 2, 20133 Milano
Phone 02 2399 2622


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

Over the last decade, the School of Architecture and Society has been marked by an experimental approach that critically tackles the issues imposed by changing architectural practices, as well as by strong territorial changes and a broader national and international framework. The School's training experience and research vocation pursue a line in which form, sense and responsibility blend consistently within a critical approach so as to develop and test theoretical and operational tools, techniques and methods meeting the challenges of modern day architecture. 

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) aims to provide students with an advanced level of education enabling them to exercise highly qualified activities in specific areas. The educational project aims to train graduates with a Laurea Magistrale in Architecture. The programme is designed, as a whole and in its constituent parts, to provide advanced training in the field of architectural design. The programme takes a unitary form, in compliance with the EU requirements for recognising the qualification obtained.

True to the Politecnico tradition, the programme offers a training approach based on the combination of humanistic-artistic and scientific-technical components. It integrates leading cultural traditions with teaching innovations, thus reaffirming the cultural and strategic role of architecture, living quality and physical/social landscapes. It addresses issues concerning the environment, the habitability of cities and territories, and the protection and renewal of cultural assets and resources.

The programme makes use of design workshops focused on interior and landscape architecture, urban design and planning, restoration and technology design. Theory courses integrate a design experience with insights into history, theoretical research, technological developments and the study of construction techniques and contemporary architecture, with a growing emphasis on the requirements of sustainability and environmental compatibility. The training is complemented by electives, both in English and Italian, which may also be selected from outside the programme and which provide a wide choice of courses from very diverse disciplines. A particularly interesting training opportunity is provided by the numerous workshops offered, which, at different stages of the year, offer intensive design experiences focused on specific issues.

In this framework, the School has prepared a number of recommended study plans, in order to help each student fill in his or her study plan, thereby adequately responding to specific training profiles. Below is a list of such recommended study plans.


3. Learning objectives

MILAN

The recommended study plan called 'Architectural Design' aims to train graduates capable of developing an architectural project as a means of transforming an environment and built environment in all its formal and technical components, using the tools required to fully understand the physical, social and cultural characteristics of contemporary contexts.

The programme focuses on architectural design at every scale, and especially on the modification and regeneration of landscapes and urban settlements, researching new forms and types of contemporary living, architecture of public spaces and infrastructures, and searching for a conscious balance between new and existing architecture, paying particular attention to the requirements of environmental, social and economic sustainability and compatibility.

Hence the structured courses focus on providing and updating theoretical, methodological and operational instruments in architecture, developing a high-profile architectural designer capable of coordinating complex design operations at every scale.

The recommended study plan called ‘Planning and Protection of the Built Environment' is offered in the 2nd year, due to the new 1st-year PSPA in Preservation of the architectural and environmental heritage.

Ever aware of the increasing importance of intervening on the built environment, and not just in Europe, the recommended study plan called 'Planning and Protection of the Built Environment' sets out to contribute to the acquisition of thorough and effective skills in this regard. Consequently, in terms of effective sustainability, specific attention is devoted to diagnosis and evaluation skills, and to the criteria for choosing among conservative and transformative approaches on different scales, with the aim of managing the entire range of possible interventions, from maintenance to restoration, re-use, redevelopment, integration and replacement, in a cultivated and sensitive manner.

Given the increasing importance, also on an international level, of intervening on the built environment, the recommended plan study called 'Preservation of the architectural and environmental heritage' sets out to contribute to the acquisition of specific, in-depth and updated skills concerning the understanding, protection, preservation, reuse and enhancement of the architectural heritage and the environment. The programme addresses these issues through the interrelated contribution of the various disciplines that contribute to training an architect, paying particular attention to the history of preservation, restoration and construction, to methods of surveying, diagnosing and evaluating the built environment, and to the criteria for selecting between conservative and transformative approaches, with the aim of managing the project phases and the entire range of possible interventions, from maintenance to restoration, redevelopment, integration and replacement, in a cultivated and sensitive manner, in terms of both individual buildings and urbanised contexts and landscapes.

The recommended study plan called 'Architettura degli interni' (Architecture of interiors) aims to prepare graduates who are especially attentive to the relationship between man and artefact, form and proportion, measurement and organisation of space, in continuity with the teachings of Italian masters who taught at this School, promoting the development of integral designs, and attentive to the human dimension of architecture at every scale, whether domestic or public. Rooted in an adequate and updated awareness of the requirements of effective sustainability, issues such as living spaces, workplaces, places of urban aggregation, construction of interiors, scenic design and museum design are all especially addressed by the programme, also in relation to the architectural recovery, reuse and redevelopment of buildings and their interior.

The recommended study plan called 'Architecture of interiors' includes courses, taught in English, that aim to prepare graduates who are especially attentive to the relationship between man and artefact, form and proportion, measurement and organisation of space, in continuity with the teachings of Italian masters who taught at this School, promoting the development of integral designs, and attentive to the human dimension of architecture at every scale, whether domestic or public. Rooted in an adequate and updated awareness of the requirements of effective sustainability, issues such as living spaces, workplaces, places of urban aggregation, construction of interiors, scenic design and museum design are all especially addressed by the programme, also in relation to the architectural recovery, reuse and redevelopment of buildings and their interior. Furthermore, this study plan offers students the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment, with largely international professors, and to learn more about Italy’s historical and contemporary contribution to the European architectural culture.

The recommended study plan called 'Technology and environmental design' aims to provide graduates in Architecture with the in-depth knowledge and skills required to manage and control the technical feasibility and environmental sustainability of specific design choices. The training and cultural experience offered is based on the consolidation and extension of the student's knowledge of the techniques and technologies that govern the processes of building new constructions and transforming the built environment, and of the tools for evaluating the performance of the proposed interventions and their impact on the environment. The aim is to develop specific expertise in identifying and testing technically reliable and environmentally efficient solutions that adequately address the many requirements of an architectural project.

The study plan called “Architecture” includes courses, taught in English, that aim to train graduates capable of developing an architectural project as a means of transforming an environment and built environment in all its formal and technical components, using the tools required to fully understand the physical, social and cultural characteristics of contemporary contexts. Starting from the Italian and European architectural tradition and opening up to a critical and in-depth multicultural study, the programme focuses on architectural design at every scale, and especially on the modification and regeneration of landscapes and urban settlements, researching new forms and types of contemporary living, architecture of public spaces and infrastructures, and searching for a conscious balance between new and existing architecture, paying particular attention to the requirements of environmental sustainability and compatibility. Hence the structured courses focus on providing and updating theoretical, methodological and operational instruments in architecture, developing a high-profile architectural designer capable of coordinating complex design operations at every scale.  Furthermore, this study plan offers students the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment, with largely international professors, and to learn more about Italy’s historical and contemporary contribution to the European architectural culture.

MANTOVA

Architecture

The recommended study plan called Architecture is offered in the 2nd year, due to the new 1st-year programme in "Architectural Design and History" offered at the Mantova Campus. 

From landscapes to individual buildings, nowadays architects operate in a strongly defined, complex, and variously built environment. This corresponds to an objective present day condition, whereby interventions on the built environment have become a significant, and often prevalent element of design. The preservation of housing stock and of the environment as a resource, as opposed to the culture of consumption and waste, are the key to sustainable development, in which health, energy savings and the safeguarding of natural resources underlie both technical competence and civil commitment. The Laurea Magistrale programme (equivalent to a Master of Science) offered at the Mantova campus addresses these issues through a study plan offering students personalised paths directly related to the research activities under way. In this perspective, designing new buildings means designing within a built environment, thus taking on concrete construction data in the detailed design and in handling structural problems. Students who wish to develop innovative restoration themes - in terms, not so much of the monumental importance of buildings, but of the quality and specificity of the methods used to address the architectural heritage - are offered special opportunities in this regard. The studies and experiences offered at the Mantova Campus, not just in terms of the preservation of materials and structures, also include the most advanced techniques for controlling lighting and the water and thermal balance of buildings, from the perspective of energy savings. Moreover, they set architectural projects up as an essential element of interventions on and additions to the built environment, also in those cases when the built environment is strictly respected.

 Architecture and Preservation

The recommended study plan called  Architecture and Preservation is offered in the 2nd year, due to the new 1st-year programme in "Architectural Design and History" offered at the Mantova Campus.

The study plan offers courses, taught in English, that focus on designing and protecting the built environment and that aim to train students from different countries and cultures. The teaching and design activities set out to develop professionals with sound competencies, who can combine theoretical and methodological issues with technical and practical skills to develop a multi-scale approach to architectural design and heritage preservation applied to twentieth century architecture, in particular contemporary cities and landscapes. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, students will tackle specific issues concerning architectural design, theory and history of restoration, surveying and diagnostic techniques for preservation and maintenance, architectural and landscape history, urban planning and design, studies on urban cultural and the economic and legislative implications of preserving the historical architectural heritage. The courses and laboratory activities are complemented by intensive workshops and seminars on specific case studies. The rich historical, artistic and architectural heritage of Mantova and its territory, and the research conducted on its campus, offer the ideal conditions for this programme: through it, students are encouraged to develop a critical attitude to design as well as integrated and innovative skills for protecting and intervening on the built environment.

PIACENZA 

The recommended study plan called ‘Sustainable Architecture of Multi-Scale projects’ is offered in the 2nd year, due to the new 1st-year programme in "Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design” offered at the Piacenza Campus.

The recommended study plan called 'Sustainable Architecture of Multi-Scale projects' is an international programme, conducted entirely in English, that, with a two-year specialisation, aims to train highly qualified professionals, focusing on the theme of Architecture and Urban Planning from the dual viewpoints of environmental sustainability (spatial, social, technical) and the multi-scale nature of projects (landscape, urban design, detailed design). The courses train architectural designers who are particularly sensitive to the issues of sustainable architecture on multiple design scales: from the transformation of a territory, to the design of public spaces and specific architectural components. Sustainability, the core issue of the two-year specialisation, is interpreted under the triple aspects of:

                      Physical and spatial sustainability,

                      Social and cultural sustainability,

                      Technical and economic sustainability,

thus moving beyond a strictly specialised view of the theme. At the same time, the multi-scale approach, so central to the training of architects, is reinterpreted in a dynamic and open manner, with time becoming a key design factor: from the macro-scale of urban planning and urban practices, to the intermediate scale of urban projects and open space, to the micro-scale of technical details and building elements. The programme is offered at the Piacenza Campus, where internationalisation is one of the priorities underlying the training process, based essentially on:

An educational quality in line with the best international standards and a significant presence of foreign professors; - A stable network of connections with European and non-European universities;

A series of international events (workshops, international conferences, summer schools).  In pursuit of this internationalisation, the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) in Architecture includes some intensive periods with international initiatives during both semesters.

For more information, please go to www.archpolopiacenza.polimi.it


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)


Qualification provides access to the PhD, the second-level Specializing Course and the second-level Specializing Master.

In terms of further studies, graduates in Architecture can choose among the following:

-         PhD of the Politecnico or other Universities on subjects of specific interest; access subject to an entry test;

-         Second-level Master of the Politecnico or other Universities on subjects of specific interest; access determined by the facility providing the course;

-         Specializing course of the Politecnico or other Universities on subjects of specific interest; access determined by the facility providing the course;


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

This Course requires a full time involvement and includes Courses, constituted by lectures and practicing, and Laboratory activities with compulsory attendance, Seminars and Visits.


EU graduates hold management roles at public and private institutions and organisations (state administrations, local authorities, businesses), as well as working as freelancers in professional firms and design companies, operating in the construction, management and transformation of cities and territories.

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) in Architecture trains highly qualified designers. The title is recognised by the European Union.

EU graduates in Architecture hold management roles at public and private institutions and organisations (state administrations, local authorities, businesses), as well as working as freelancers in professional firms and design companies, operating in the construction, management and transformation of cities and territories.

Graduates in Architecture may register in professional associations subject to passing the state professional examination. For further information, please refer to the website line (www.esamidistato.polimi.it).

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Graduates have a wide spectrum of employment opportunities, in general and in the specific industry, including: freelance work, in person or contracted by professional firms; companies and businesses; public administrations; public and private research and consulting institutes; international organisations.


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6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification


Laurea (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science), or a comparable foreign qualification

Qualifications required:

- Possession of a 3-year university diploma, of a first level degree (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science), of a second level degree (equivalent to a Master of Science), or of an equivalent foreign qualification in which the student has fulfilled the mandatory curricular requirements.

- English language certification, according to the procedures published in the "Guide to English language requirements" on the University website at: http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/come-si-accede/ammissione-alle-lauree-magistrali/la-lingua-inglese/

Enrolment in LM-4 is subject to a comparative evaluation, which takes into account the student's university studies and any other significant and properly documented training and professional experiences.

Any curricular integrations in terms of university credits - up to a maximum of 30 - must be fulfilled before accessing the courses. Students with curricular integrations for more than 30 credits will not be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science).

To be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale, consult the Regulations for academic year 2015-16 in the relevant section of the School website: http://www.arch.polimi.it/


6.2 Requested knowledge

The English language certificate must be submitted within the deadline for applying for admission (standard entry):

- 07/09/2015 for entry in October

- 05/02/2016 for entry in March

 


The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
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6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

There is a limited enrolment policy for previously approved study plans. The table shows the minimum number of places guaranteed for each training course in academic year 2015-2016:

Enrolment

October 2015

March 2016

The previously approved study plans are as follows

n.places

 

Architectural Design (MI)

140

20

Technology and environmental design (MI)

80

10

Architecture of interiors (MI)

40

10

Preservation of the architectural and environmental heritage (MI)

30

10

Architecture (English only) (MI)

150

40

Architecture of interiors

40

10

TOTAL

480

100

 *Any places that have not been assigned at the October entry will become available.

 Allocation is on merit, while places last, based on the selections expressed by students.

After enrolment, students may make 4 selections for entry in October 2015 and 4 for entry in March 2016.

Allocation will be based on the rules contained in this paragraph, taking into account the sequence of the selections made by students. These, therefore, will condition the positioning in the ranking.

In the first year, the selections made are ranked according to the following criteria:

Year of

Enrolment

Degree score

Students admitted after the deadline, for any reason, will be allocated automatically.

6.3.1 PSPA Allocation

No change is allowed with regard to a PSPA (previously approved study plan) allocated based on merit; before submitting the second-year study plan, students may restate their preferences and will be re-evaluated and allocated on merit, based on the weighted exam score average obtained by the summer session.

Continuity of studies is guaranteed.

Changes of location are not allowed. Students wishing to change location must submit a regular application form to the competent offices by 08/09/2015. Such applications will be evaluated subject to the places available.

 


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6.4 Tutoring and students support

The School organises student guidance and tutoring during the first and second semester.

The School's website (www.arch.polimi.it) will post the dates of the meetings organised during the presentation of the Study Plan.

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6.5 Allocation in laboratories

In case of multiple laboratory sections, students should make as many selections as the number of sections. Allocation will be on merit, based on the criteria set forth in paragraph 6.3 above.

6.6 Allocation in single-subject courses

In the case of sections that envisage elective courses or of different sections of the same single-subject course, students must state at most 4 preferences and will be allocated on merit based on the criteria set forth in paragraph 14.2 above. The courses will have at most 120 regularly enrolled students in a.y. 2014-2015.


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7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

Attainment of the 120 Credits (ECTS) specified in the didactic regulations. In particular the minimum standard guaranteed by law for the specializing activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 48 Credits (Architectonical and Urban Design, Branches of History of Architecture, Urban Planning and Regional Planning, Analysis and Structural Building Planning, Environmental Technical Physics, Restoration, Building Mechanics, Topography and Cartography, Landscape Architecture). For the related or integrative activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 12. 14 Credits for apprenticeship and the final exam.


To graduate, students must have acquired the 180 credits specified in the Educational Regulations. In particular, for characterising activities, the minimum credits guaranteed by law are 48 (Architectural and urban design, History of architecture, Structural analysis and design in architecture, Appraisals in architecture and urban planning, Urban planning and design, Representation in architecture and the environment, Architectural restoration theory and techniques, Architectural physics and plant engineering techniques, Architectural and construction techniques, Economic, social and legal studies in architecture and urban planning). Moreover, the minimum credits guaranteed by law are 12 for similar activities and 14 for the placement and final examination.

7.2 Mode of study

The EU Graduate's professional areas are the freelance and the practitioner in institutions and in the public and private sectors (institutional agencies, public and private sector, private firms and studios), working in the field of urban and regional development and transformation.


The programme is full-time, and includes: lectures and tutorials; laboratory activities with compulsory attendance; seminars; visits.

 

The programme includes participation in training activities consisting of lectures and exercises, laboratory activities, workshops, seminars, study trips and a placement. In all programmes, attendance in laboratories is mandatory; without at least 70% attendance, the laboratory must be re-attended.

Laboratories

The certificate of attendance, required to access the relating assessment test, is provided by the professors in charge of the Laboratory. Any other attendance duties will be indicated by the Programme's Degree Council in line with the School's guidelines. Such obligations will be published on the School's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and communicated to the students by the professors at the start of the courses. The same attendance rules apply for all sections of the same course. Attendance is verified by the professor responsible for the course based on criteria consistent with the organisation, which will be announced at the beginning of the course. These criteria may relate to the presence in the classroom and the active participation of the student.

Single-subject or integrated courses

For these courses, for which attendance is not compulsory, the examination procedures reserved for non-attending students will be published on the professor's page and will also be notified at the start of the course.

7.2.1 Previous examinations

For courses not requiring re-attendance, the School offers the opportunity to take the exams regardless of a change of professor, a change of course name or the cancellation of the said course, for one year after the third examination session. Subsequently, a course equivalent to the one that has been cancelled will be identified; in this case, the new professor will communicate the relating bibliography and examination procedures.

 7.2.2 Course and exam organisation

Laurea Magistrale courses are split into two semesters, and students can register for each semester. Therefore, studies can start either in the first or in the second semester of each academic year.

 

1st Semester

- 05/10/2015: start of 1st semester lectures 

- 29/01/2016: end of 1st semester

- 01/02/2016 - 27/02/2016: examination session

 Week dedicated to study trips and workshops from 29/02/2016 to 04/03/2016

Week dedicated to MIAW from 27/02/2016 to 05/03/2016

2nd Semester

- 07/03/2016: start of 2nd semester lectures

- 24/06/2016: end of 2nd semester

- 27/06/2016 - 30/07/2016: examination session

An examination session is arranged at the end of each semester. Based on the test results, students

either:

- pass and are assigned a score;

- fail and have to sit the test again;

- fail and have to re-attend the course (in this case the examination can not be repeated in the same exam session).

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

1 Year courses - Track: A12 - Progettazione Architettonica


2 Year courses - Track: A12 - Progettazione Architettonica


1 Year courses - Track: C12 - Progetto e Tutela per il Patrimonio Costruito


2 Year courses - Track: C12 - Progetto e Tutela per il Patrimonio Costruito


1 Year courses - Track: D12 - Architettura degli Interni


2 Year courses - Track: D12 - Architettura degli Interni


1 Year courses - Track: E12 - Architecture


2 Year courses - Track: E12 - Architecture


1 Year courses - Track: M12 - Architettura (MN)


2 Year courses - Track: M12 - Architettura (MN)


1 Year courses - Track: Me1 - Architecture and Preservation (MN)


2 Year courses - Track: Me1 - Architecture and Preservation (MN)


1 Year courses - Track: P12 - Sustainable Architecture of Multi-Scale Project (PC)


2 Year courses - Track: P12 - Sustainable Architecture of Multi-Scale Project (PC)


1 Year courses - Track: T12 - Progettazione Tecnologica e Ambientale


2 Year courses - Track: T12 - Progettazione Tecnologica e Ambientale


2 Year courses - Track: *** - Non diversificato

7.4 Foreign language

Information on English language skills

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Language courses
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7.5 Degree examination

The Exam Commission generally comprises an appointed member of the Roll of Architects, in the capacity of observer. Moreover, the Exam Commission may also include international experts and professors, also in the capacity of observers: the presence of external Commission members does not affect the quorum. The members of the Commission are appointed for all sessions of a single academic year, and each change request for the following year must be addressed to the Dean by the end of May each year.  Exam Commissions may also include foreign professors on the basis of existing double-degree agreements.  The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) examination procedures are available at: http://www.arch.polimi.it/generalehome1/laurea-magistrale/esami-di-laurea-specialistica-e-magistrale/ 


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
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8. Academic calendar

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Academic calendar
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9. Faculty

The names of the professors involved in the Programme and its courses will be available on the Degree Programme Study Plan as from September.
The Degree Programme Study Plan is published annually on the website of the Politecnico di Milano.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

MILAN

Modelling laboratory

The Models and Prototypes Laboratory, intended for Leonardo Campus students of the School of Architecture and Society and the School of Architectural Engineering, is a space equipped for the production of models, in plastic or otherwise, using traditional and CNC technologies. The only conditions for admission are participation in a meeting on the subject of work safety (as per Legislative Decree 626/94) and booking of a session.

Address:Leonardo Campus, Via Bonardi 3 - "former Sottomarino building"

Opening hours: The Laboratory is open Mondays to Fridays from 10:15 to 17:30.

Places: 40

 Library

The Central Architecture Library (Biblioteca Centrale Di Architettura) has about 60,000 Italian and foreign scientific works, mainly dedicated to architecture, art, urban planning, design, interior design, landscape, restoration and museology. There is a special section on works about the city of Milan. The textbooks adopted and recommended for the programmes of the schools of architecture and design are all available in the library. In the reference section, you can consult the main specialised and general encyclopaedias, as well as yearly reports and regulations relating to urban planning and construction. There are also about 1,000 journals, including 400 current subscriptions. Excerpts of the main periodicals on architecture and art and a wide set of publications on these themes are also available on CD ROM. The library holds the doctoral dissertations of PhDs coordinated by the Departments of Architecture. Opening hours: The opening hours and consultation procedures are specified on the Library's website. Address: Via Bonardi, 3 - 20133 Milan Telephone: +39.02.2399.2684 Website: www.biblio.polimi.it

 

MANTOVA

Mapping service (Environmental Planning Laboratory)

This service provides historical maps, cadastral maps of the city and province of Mantova, urban plans, thematic maps of the Lombardy Region and military maps for consultation. Address:Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Opening hours: Tuesdays from 9.30 to 13.00 and and Thursdays from 9.30 to 13.00 Telephone: +39.0376.317017

Modelling (Modelling laboratory)

The laboratory allows the use of machine tools such as milling machines, grinders, drills, jig saws and various hand tools for the construction of models. Access to the modelling laboratory and use of its instruments are subject to authorisation by the relevant professor. Application forms for authorisation can be collected from the Security Office at the following times: Mondays to Fridays, from 8.30 to 13.30. The times for accessing the lab will be determined upon submitting the form. Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Laboratory opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00 Telephone: +39.0376.317020

Library

The Mantova Campus Library is part of the University Library System and therefore abides by the Service Charter.

                         - On-site consultation accessible to all

                         - Home loans reserved for Politecnico di Milano users and affiliated users (students of courses organised at the Mantova Campus by the University of Pavia)

                         - External interlibrary loans

                        - Intra-university interlibrary loans

 - Document delivery

                         - Direct and online references

                         - Computer stations for surfing the Internet and for consulting the University's prospectus, electronic resources and electronic theses

 - Politecnico di Milano users may avail of a WiFi connection and, based on agreement between Sistema bibliotecario Grande Mantova, Fondazione Università di Mantova and the Politecnico di Milano Campus, interlibrary loans between a network of libraries in the province of Mantova are managed locally via mobile libraries. The libraries in the province of Mantova can submit requests directly to the library of the Mantova Campus by e-mail (biblioteca.mantova@biblio.polimi.it) or fax (+39/0376/317024). Students enrolled in programmes provided at the Mantova city campus may contact the staff of the Mantova Campus Library to borrow books from libraries in the province. Opening hours: The opening hours and consultation procedures are specified on the Library's website. Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Telephone: +39.0376.317024 Website: www.biblio.polimi.it

 

PIACENZA

Library

The Piacenza Campus Library at the Campus Arata site, via Scalabrini 113, Building 11, holds the reference books recommended and used in the degree programmes offered. The library, which is continuously expanding, currently holds approximately 3000 Italian and foreign scientific works regarding Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Transport, Logistics, Energy Systems, Architecture, Urban Planning and Environmental Sustainability. Library users may also consult the Politecnico’s electronic periodicals and online databases from computer workstations. The libraries in both locations are made up of adjoining consultation, reading and study rooms. The consultation room has a seating area. It is reserved for individual consultation and has personal computers to access the online catalogue (OPAC). The study room is reserved for students and allows study groups. Home loans are reserved for Politecnico di Milano users and affiliated users.

Contact person and loan service:

Silvia Scotti, tel. +39-0523-356871 – Fax +39-0523-356377

e-mail: silvia.scotti@polimi.it


11. International context

Ours was the first Italian school of Architecture to have established comprehensive training in English at two degree levels. This international experience, where students from abroad study alongside Italian students, is based on several years of experimentation and will be gradually reinforced in the immediate future, within the constraints of sustainability and quality of the training project.

The places available to international students are about 200 for a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science), while the applications received from abroad are three to four times higher.

Offering courses in English has considerably strengthened the creation of a cooperation network with a large number of international universities, helping to promote the School of Architecture and Society and its programmes, including the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) in Architecture - the largest in Italy in terms of number and size.

 Being rooted in the so-called "Milanese school" gives our programme a place of excellence in the international context of architectural, city, urban, restoration, interior design and building studies.


12. Internationalization

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) offers its students the opportunity to participate in high quality international projects based on joint programmes and special agreements with many partner universities. Every year, more than 200 students from our degree programme participate in international mobility programmes, and we, in turn, are pleased to welcome as many from our partner universities. This helps to create an international study experience even for students who do not go abroad.

For all students wishing to participate in a study programme abroad, every year the School organises two annual guidance days, one at the start of the first semester and another at the start of the calendar year. Individual mobility promoting lecturers are available, throughout the period preceding the submission of the Erasmus + Notice, to provide specific information on their locations. At the relevant studesk, students may receive information about the locations available and suitable to their degree programme, the prerequisites, the application procedures with the relating deadlines, and the selection criteria. For detailed information, see: http://www.polimi.it/studenti/esperienze-allestero/mobilita-per-studio/

For some years now, the School of Architecture and Society has concluded a number of double-degree agreements - and is continuing to do so - with prestigious universities in and outside Europe. These involve extending studies for a total of 180 ECTS and spending a longer period abroad than that foreseen by the annual Erasmus + mobility programmes. Participating students obtain two qualifications, one for each of the two universities involved. For detailed information, see: http://www.polimi.it/studenti/esperienze-allestero/mobilita-per-studio/

Finally, it is worth highlighting the presence of international agreements that allow students to conduct further studies for the purpose of writing their thesis (when this involves international contexts) and to take a placement abroad. For detailed information, see: http://www.polimi.it/studenti/esperienze-allestero/mobilita-per-studio/

For information, contact Studesk 1 - Via Golgi 42, Milan



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=4705

13. Quantitative data

The University Teaching Observatory and the University Assessment Commission, also with the support of the faculty teaching observatories, periodically analyse the overall results and the teaching quality, monitoring education activities and graduate placement in the job market. The reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di Milano.

 


14. Further information

14.1 Supplementary course requirements and the acceptance of credits

When assessing the admission conditions, the Board may indicate:

- compulsory curricular integrations: these are defined by specifying one or more 1st-level courses for which the student must pass the exam before being admitted to the Laurea Magistrale programme (equivalent to a Master of Science).

- exam validations: these regard exams already passed that may be considered equivalent to those of courses offered by the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) the student wishes to enrol in.

14.2 Laboratories

Students must make a number of selections equal to the number of sections available.

Students will be allocated to laboratories based on their place on the ranking list and on their selection sequence.

If none of the selections made by a student is acceptable, he/she will be allocated to the emptiest section, compatibly with a balanced distribution of the educational load between the Laboratories. 

Selections need to be made every year and will be ranked according to the following criteria:

First year

Degree score

 

Second year

Sorted by decreasing value ¿¿of the parameter G

        n

G=Σ  Vi •Ci

       i=l

where Vi is the score obtained for the ith examination, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the ith examination, and n is the number of exams taken

A score of 30/30ths with honours will be calculated as 33/30ths.

To avoid students being penalised by any delays in the registration or validation of exams, the parameter G will be calculated based on the academic records registered in the summer session.

Students admitted after the deadline, for any reason, will be allocated automatically.

Students cannot attend laboratories or courses that are not included in their study plan. Furthermore, evaluations relating to activities not included in the study plan or attended without respecting the allocations made will not be recognised or validated under any circumstance.

At least 70% attendance in laboratories is mandatory.

Courses do not require re-attendance, but if the score for a Laboratory has not been recorded in the academic records, this should be re-included in the study plan.

The courses do not lapse, but Laboratories lapsed and if not supported (the grade registered in the career), should be reinserted.

 14.2.1 Erasmus

For all students returning from an Erasmus programme, scores will not be taken into account unless already validated on the study plan before the allocation.

14.3 Previously approved plans

The wording "previously approved study plans", used in the web applications, refers to the approval of the basic training content; it does not mean that the choices made by the student when compiling the Study Plan are have been previously approved (these must in any case be submitted for evaluation and allocation based on merit).

 14.4 Individual courses

The University allows students to follow individual courses, subject to payment.

Only non-Politecnico students may register for individual courses.

Registration for individual courses is subject to availability; each semester, the School will publish the list of courses available.

If excess applications are received in the first or second semester, allocation will be based on the qualifications obtained (final score and evaluation of the book submitted for academic career assessment).

Admission to these courses gives the right to attend classes, sit exams in the established sessions, and obtain a certificate attesting to the exams passed (with score) and the corresponding ECTS acquired.

Registration for individual courses is possible up to:

- Max 30 ECTS per year for those students who wish to supplement their training, or who do not possess the requirements/prerequisites for admission to a Laurea (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) or a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science), and intend to take courses in advance in view of their possible subsequent validation.

The subsequent validation of credits earned, which can never be more than 30, is subject to admission and enrolment in the specific Laurea (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) or Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science).

In the event of the examinations of individual courses not being taken/passed, attendance validation will be discretionary at the time of enrolment.

- Max 80 ECTS only for those who have applied for admission to/evaluation for a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) governed by Ministerial Decree 270/04 and who are required to pass curricular integrations before they can enrol.

The 80 credit limit may include both curricular integrations assigned at the evaluation phase and Laurea Magistrale courses taken in advance; the latter cannot include laboratories and cannot, in any case, exceed 30 ECTS.

Students may register for curricular integrations online, using the web function available on the same page providing the outcome of the application.

In any case, students may only be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale if in possession of all the prerequisites under these Regulations.

Attendance in individual courses does not give students priority when enrolling for the Laurea Magistrale.

 14.5 Course precedence and progression conditions related to passing exams

In addition to the course progression dictated by the Degree Programme Study Plan, the following types of precedence may be resolved by the Academic Senate:

 

Recommended precedence

This is not a formal constraint. It provides students with useful information on the sequential nature of the courses, but does not affect either the composition of the Study plan or the registration of exam results.

Precedence on the Study Plan

This is a constraint that must be respected when choosing courses at the time of submitting the Study Plan. Course b cannot be inserted in the Study Plan without course a (even if this has not yet been passed). It does not affect the registration of exam results.

Precedence in the registration of exam results

This is a constraint that must be respected both when preparing the Study Plan and when registering a positive exam result (pass). Exam b cannot be registered if exam a has not been registered.

 All enrolled students, in any section, must record the exam result for the course in Structural Design before that for the laboratory in Architectural Design and Construction.

 14.6 Tests

All sections of a course coordinate to ensure uniform test methods and programming, in line with the Laurea Magistrale Programme guidelines.

At the beginning of the academic year, each professor will communicate the test methods, the exam contents and the evaluation criteria.

There are three exam sessions for each course (including laboratories). Each exam session includes at least two dates, both of which are open to students.

Only the first date is open to graduating students, in order to permit the timely completion of all procedures required to access the degree exam sessions.

 14.7 Study plan

Students are required, under their own responsibility, to submit an individual study plan.

The plan is taken by the School as a supporting document for all intents and purposes. The study plan also certifies compliance of the choices made by the student with the rules specified by the current educational system and by the provisions of the Programme Regulations.

The minimum number of credits for which students can register each year is 32 (16 for entry in March); simultaneous registration is allowed for courses up to at most 80 credits per year (40 for entry in March).

N.B.: We suggest students save and print their study plan.

We will not accept requests to change the study plan. The submission of a study plan is final, and must occur within the timeframe and following the procedures established by these Regulations.

 14.7.1 Default

By resolution of the Board of Governors, students who do not submit their study plan by the deadlines stated in the Academic Calendar will be charged a €100.00 default fee. Payment will be requested with the second instalment.

 14.8 Self-certification of passing an examination

If, at the time of submitting the study plan, an exam that has already been taken (and therefore the score is known) has not been registered in the academic records, the student can self-certify the fact of having passed the exam.

Students may not self-certify a course if the relating examination has not yet been taken at the time of preparing the study plan.

Making a false statement will preclude students from registering for the exam sessions of the self-certified course; moreover, with regard to laboratories, students will not be allowed to reinsert these on the study plan until the following academic year.

 14.9 Changes to the Study Plan

In the period from 25/02/2016 to 03/03/2016, students will be given the opportunity to change their study plan through the Poliself desks.

Such changes can only relate to second semester courses, as follows:

- change elective courses;

- add single-subject or integrated courses split in alphabetical order.

Students cannot remove, add or change Laboratory sections.

Note:

Since lecture timetables are published before the start of the academic year, students are invited to check the timetables of elective courses to avoid the inclusion of overlapping courses in the study plan.

 14.10 End of the programme and graduation

Graduating students must have acquired all credits relating to the courses provided for by the Degree Programme Study Plan, as well as:

• credits relating to activities chosen by the student;

• 6 credits relating to the placement activities;

• 8 credits relating to final examination activities (see paragraph 7.5).

 14.10.1 Activities chosen by the student

These can be chosen within or outside the programme's educational offering. The former are automatically approved. Any other selections or initiatives (seminars, workshops, etc.) must first be authorised by the School’s Consiglio di Presidenza (Board of Presidents).

Electives are provided both during the first and the second semesters of the programme. These courses are open both to students who have enrolled in October and those who have enrolled in March.

Each semester, the programme organises workshops that can be chosen by the students. These activities are not subject to evaluation, although they do provide credits. Students may include workshops for at most 8 credits in their Study Plans.

14.10.1.1  Workshops

Regular students can choose up to 2 workshops, for up to 8 ECTS.

Repeating students may be granted one workshop, for 4 ECTS.

The list of workshops is available on the website http://www.arch.polimi.it/offerta-formativa/workshop/. The workshop professors are detailed in the explanatory note.

 14.10.2 Placements

The School cooperates with professional associations, public administrations, local authorities and businesses to organise external placements, so as to grant students the opportunity to acquire the credits provided for by the educational system.

In addition, students have the opportunity to complete an internal placement at a Politecnico di Milano department.

The duration of the placement is defined by the Programme, according to the School's guidelines. Further information is available from the Placement Office of the School of Architecture and Society and in the relevant section of the School website: http://www.arch.polimi.it

The University also grants Erasmus scholarships for foreign placements. For more information:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2469

 14.10.3 Online thesis submission

Only one, final thesis may be submitted: after submission, the thesis may no longer be replaced by a subsequent version.

All rules concerning the submission of theses may be found at www.tedoc.polimi.it

 SPECIFIC NOTES:

In the Previously Approved Study Plans (PSPA)

1) Architectural Design (A12)

2) Architecture of interiors (D12)

3) Preservation of the architectural and environmental heritage (C15)

4) Technology and environmental design (T12)

students will be allocated to the course in Structural Design based on merit.

When filling in their study plan, students should expand the options field and report any preferences (as with the laboratory sections).

Students who, for any reason, do not enrol on time will be automatically allocated to the emptiest section.

  In the Previously Approved Study Plans (PSPA)

1) Architectural Design (A12)

2) Architecture of interiors (D12)

3) Technology and environmental design (T12)

students will be allocated to the courses in History and theory of architecture in the twenty century and Architectural design theories and techniques, based on merit.

When filling in their study plan, students should expand the options field and report any preferences (as with the laboratory sections).

Students who, for any reason, do not enrol on time will be automatically allocated to the emptiest section.

 In the Previously Approved Study Plans (PSPA)

1) Architectural Design (A12)

2) Technology and environmental design (T12)

students will have to choose one course from the following, up to a maximum of 120 students:

• Urban planning and environmental law

• Environmental economics and sustainability

• Economics of urban transformations

• Territorial sociology

• Urban sociology

When filling in their study plan, students should report any preferences (as with the laboratory sections). Allocation will be based on merit.

Students who, for any reason, do not enrol on time will be automatically allocated to the emptiest section.

In the Previously Approved Study Plans (PSPA)

1) Planning and Protection of the Built Environment (C12)

2) Architectural Design (A12)

the Architectural Restoration Laboratories will be split into 5 sections common to both PSPAs. Allocation will be based on merit.

When filling in their study plan, students should expand the options field and report any preferences.

Students who, for any reason, do not enrol on time will be automatically allocated to the emptiest section.

In the Previously Approved Study Plan (PSPA)

1) Planning and Protection of the Built Environment (C12)

students may replace up to 8 ECTS relating to electives by choosing courses offered by the Specialisation School in "Preservation of Architectural Heritage and Landscape", following the admission procedures and deadlines specified by the Specialisation School.

 In the Previously Approved Study Plan (PSPA)

1) Architecture (E12), English section

students must choose one course from the following:

Analysis and assessment of urban transformation,  Urban sociology.

When filling in their study plan, students should report any preferences (as with the laboratory sections). Allocation will be based on merit.

Students who, for any reason, do not enrol on time will be automatically allocated to the emptiest section.

 Elective courses:

For all previously approved study plans, please note that at most 120 students can register for elective courses. If the number of applications exceeds this amount, the allocation will take place based on merit. Excluded students must make a new selection at the COS office within two days of publication.

A number of MIAW Workshops are also envisaged, with a limited number of participants.

At most 100 students can register for the Photography course.

Please note that you can also include elective courses of the University of Milan (Università Statale).

Note on Allocations:

Please note that:

- when allocation to courses and laboratories is based on merit, it is not possible to change section;

- in the event of re-attendance, allocation in the same section as the previous academic year is not guaranteed.

Students who, for any reason, do not enrol on time will be automatically allocated to the emptiest section.


15. Errata corrige