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Degree

Master of Arts (M. A.)

Department

Architecture and Design

Projected Length of Studies

4 Semester

Start of Studies

winter semester summer semester

Standard Class Size

15

Application Deadline

01.Dec for summer semester ,
01.Jun for winter semester

Requirements

Applicants need to have completed a diploma or bachelor's program in architecture with an overall grade of 2.9 or better. There is a selection process including an interview at the HTWG Konstanz.

Accreditation

Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA)

This page informs you about the Master's Program in Architecture at the HTWG Konstanz in general. If you wish to study here for one or two semesters as an exchange student, please contact our International Office.

Application

You can start your studies either in the winter or summer semester. Before applying to our program, please contact the Center for International Students ("Studienkolleg") at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences to have your foreign educational credentials recognized. They can inform you about the application process and the necessary application documents. Our program requires advanced German language proficiency, so applicants need to pass either the TestDaF or DSH German language exams. In certain cases, international students have to pay tuition.

Please keep in mind that all our courses are held in German!

Application deadline winter semester: June 1st
Application deadline summer semester: December 1st

You will need to have completed a diploma or bachelor's program in architecture with an overall grade of 2.9 or better to be accepted into the master's program. Our selection committee places particular emphasis on work experience (more than 1 year) in an architectural office. Please provide us with 3 DIN A3-sized papers to display your previous work. This serves as the basis for your interview, showing us your personal focus and interests.

5 Reasons to study Architecture at the HTWG Konstanz

  1. Solid, practical and creative education
  2. Maximum freedom of choice in specialization and topic selection
  3. Small groups, friendly atmosphere, committed faculty
  4. Personal workspace in the studio
  5. International networking in studies and profession

Studies

The master’s program is set up for 4 semesters. Three interdisciplinary 1-semester projects form the heart of the program and deal with current topics and construction tasks focusing on urban planning, design and construction. The modular structure of the program takes credits accumulated from lectures, seminars and self-study into consideration for a total of 30 credits per semester.
Students can create their own program by selecting courses from the elective modules of the 6 subject areas: History and Theory, Artistic Fundamentals and Architectural Representation, Design, Urban Planning, Construction and Engineering as well as Planning and Building Management. Students choose their own master’s thesis topic.

Module overview Master´s program

In addition to the theoretical course work, students can choose from a wide range of foreign language courses. A special highlight of the semester is the »Block Week«, when students take a break from normal classes and participate in a series of workshops and excursions together with the students in Communication Design.
The working atmosphere in the department is forged by the studio concept: Each student in our program has their own working space in the studio for their semester group. This is where lectures, seminars and group exercises take place.
The proximity to Austria and Switzerland, both with their award-winning and innovative architecture, makes for a rich excursion program. A close network of contacts to other universities as well as regular summer programs in Europe and around the world add the dimension of internationality to the program and to students’ career opportunities.

Focus

The academic focus of the Master's program in architecture at the HTWG Konstanz:

 

  • Architecture and Design

    This interdisciplinary approach combines elements from both the Architecture and Communication Design programs. The focus is on communication in the space, e.g., when designing exhibitions. Both faculty and students come from the two programs, the Master’s Project 2 consists of mixed teams, and thesis advising is done taking an interdisciplinary approach.

     

  • Energy Efficient Construction

    Sustainability in all its facets is at the heart of our program. This includes the development of neighborhoods taking the issues of living, work and mobility in the future as well as environmentally-friendly building techniques and the use of alternative energies into consideration.

  • Digital Media

    Digitalization is changing architectural representation. The influences can be seen in planning, production and construction processes. The precise large-scale machines in our Rapid Prototyping Lab are the foundation upon which the interdisciplinary Open Innovation Lab carries out research using the latest 3D printer, scanner and laser cutter technology.

     

Contact

Bettina Kimmig
Program Advisor
Room C 215
+49 7531 206-192
bettina.kimmig@htwg-konstanz.de

Herman Bentele
Architect, Assistant
Room C 215
+49 7531 206-190
bentele@htwg-konstanz.de

Office hours
Tue-Fri, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm