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Studying at the ETSAV

Some reasons to enroll architecture studies and some more to do so at Vallès Architecture School. Spend a while to get to know us in detail before making a decision for your next year.


The new social challenges of architecture

The architect's field of action has clearly changed, to the extent that we can define an emerging figure; a new kind of transversal architect — a professional with a great social commitment and the ability to expand his traditional attributions.

A transversal architect ready to work in participatory and interdisciplinary processes, involved with society and territory; a valued professional at home and abroad thanks to his/her sound five-plus-one-year curriculum. A comprehensive curriculum that gathers architectural and urban design, construction technology, environmental performance and representation tools needed to intervene in the built environment, transforming it in a responsible way.

From a methodological standpoint, working with strategic projects stimulate this change of paradigm both in the training period and in the professional career of an architect. Strategic projects deal with inclusive and adaptive processes rather than producing monolithic objects; and help foster an architect who is able to modify his/her own profile over time.
 

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The metropolitan school of architecture

ETSAV is located  on the grounds of its position in the center of the Barcelona Metropolitan Region  right in the contemporary discussion upon the transformation of the built environment, territory management, and its adaptation to the social demand for sustainability. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture, GEArq, and the integrated Master of Architecture, MArq, — both in Spanish — are focused in this complex yet stimulating formative profile that defines the transversal architect.

Deepening and broadening these curricula, the Master of Science in Sustainable Built Environment, MISMeC — also in Spanish — is oriented towards a definition of habitability suitable to rebuild appropriate relationships with the existing city and landscape, involving its social metabolism, i.e. the interactions of natural and human systems. New relationships that compel our urban development towards a real efficiency in the resource and waste management.

In addition, some other post-graduate degrees are offered in ETSAV through the UPC School. A master's degree in Parametric Design in Architecture, MPDA, — taught in English — training professionals in advanced architectural creation and a master's degree in Urban and Territorial Development, MDUT, — in Spanish — focused on the management and transformation of cities.
 

Interdisciplinary workshops

The undergraduate syllabus has a unique integrated profile in the Architecture and project's studios (TAP). Those are the real axis of the teaching practice of our school. A educational space where the knowledge of the different disciplines converge and also where professors from different departments collaborate around the architectural project. The accumulated experience has allowed us to adapt this innovative model to the Integrated master's degree in architecture.

Direct experimentation

Students will also work in real scale, in cooperation experiences, using methods of learning by doing - learning action-oriented - and with prototypes that are developed and constructed by student teams assessed by professors, as the one that has participated, in three occasions, in the International Architecture School competition Solar Decathlon Europe. In this case, this group, has won two first prizes in architecture, one in innovation, and a third prize in urbanism.

Internationalization

The internationalization grade at ETSAV is one of the highest in the UPC, with a 12,11% of students incoming, and a 5,31% of students outgoing during the course 2014-2015. The school has mobility agreements with 52 European universities, 7 American universities, 5 Chinese universities, and it is part of the SICUE program with 9 Spanish universities. Students can also choose to be part of an agreement for a double degree with the UniKORE, agreement that gives access to the italian state examination of architect and/or building engineer.

From August 2014, ETSAV is the permanent seat of the Illinois Architecture Abroad Program Barcelona-Vallès from the Illinois School of Architecture, with more than thirty american students based at Vallès, and an interesting agreement of anual scolarships to the States for ETSAV students.

Teaching and research

The Sant Cugat campus allows the teaching given to benefit from the stablished synergies between the school and its Research and Technology Transfer center, CRITT, that hosts until 12 projects directed by professors, with the collaboration of PhD's fellows and Degree and Master students.

During the last few years, in the degree and master's workshops, learning is articulated around real and present issues through cooperation agreements with local administrations and other institutions through the CRAL, a specific research center that allows an approach to the teaching through the labour between professors and students, incorporating a social interlocutor to the discussion of proposals.
 

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Facts and figures

ETSAV favours personal treatment between students and faculties — with a ratio of about 900 students per 100 faculties — and a continuous evaluation over the semester to get a high academic performance. In the last academic year, the student achievement score was 84,09% in BSArch and 100% in MISMeC.  

60 new students join the Bachelor of Science in Architecture every spring and fall semesters, with a workload of 300 ECTS credits in five years. Students who start in the spring semester can enrol an introductory course that provides a comprehensive experience to start discovering architecture.

The Master of Architecture also enrols 60 students per semester. The Master in Sustainable Intervention holds 30 students every year, starting in the fall semester. They both have a workload of 60 ECTS credits in one year.

The school offers internship and training opportunities in companies and public administration to BSArch seniors and master students. As a reference, during the academic year 2014-2015, almost 300 agreements were signed. ETSAV is also a partner of IAESTE, the international association for the exchange of students for technical experience.

Architecture studies in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC, are ranked 26th of the world and 9th in Europe, according to the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2017.
 

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Ten good reasons to choose ETSAV

  • 70 ongoing exchange programs in Spain, Europe, America and Asia.
  • Learning-oriented methodologies that encourage values, attitudes and working habits.
  • Curricula oriented to new challenges on habitability, transformation of the built environment and sustainability.
  • Semester courses. Enrolment period for BSArch and MArch open both on September and February.
  • Introductory course to architecture for students that decide to join BSArch in February.
  • Interdisciplinary integrated teaching in design studios, both in undergraduate and graduate syllabus.
  • High rate of studio-based learning subjects: a 40 per cent of BSArch and a 87 per cent of MArch.
  • Small groups of students in studios, with a maximum of 20 students per group and professor.
  • Continuous evaluation of student's work in all subjects.
  • High academic performance, with a success rate over 80 per cent. 

In short, we invite you to join us in a school with a distinctive profile, focused on sustainable living, fostering a new kind of transversal architect, ready to respond to social challenges, to work in participatory and interdisciplinary processes, to transform the built environment. We also invite you to know some of the academic works developped in this learning atmosphere.