What to expect from us
The educational concept of this Master program is unique; education in concurrency with employment in a professional practice. This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to their professional formation as urban designers. Additionally, the Academy itself is a laboratory for spatial assignments from real stakeholders. Our tutors are professionals from a variety of disciplines, but all with a strong relation to practice.
The Design Studio is the heart of the master program. In the studio students are trained to apply all kinds of skills and methods towards ever more convincing design proposals for complex spatial problems. The studio assignments are invariably related to the complexity of contemporary societies and will engage social, cultural, political, economic and technological parameters.
What do we expect from you
Students are required to find a job in a design firm and work minimum 20 hours a week. Progress will be evaluated through a series of portfolio assessments. If you are unable to find a suitable position in an architectural firm or urban design practice, the Academy will offer alternative practice research studios, where you can engage in practical work for a diverse range of clients.
This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to his professional formation as architects or urban designers.
First year: Design Essentials
Students enter the Academy with a bachelor degree obtained from a range of different schools, disciplines and cultural and professional backgrounds. That is the reason for the first year program to be fully dedicated to developing a designer attitude towards the world around us. The studio program ‘Design essentials’ is supported by a range of skill-based trainings and a theory program on architecture and urban design, economy, sustainable design and art history. Students learning outcomes will be assessed on the basis of portfolios.
Second and third year
Fourth year graduation studio
Second and third year
Second and third year: Design Practice
During these two years students will follow a total of 8 studios, workshops and a large number of advanced skill-based trainings, research and an intensive theory program. The studio assessments will confront students with a variety of different assignments, different methodologies and different levels of complexity. Students will work on a range of different scales (placemaking, urban design, regional strategies) and contemporary topics (Smart Cities, Social Design, Placemaking). Every second semester, students will organize an international study trip to visit projects abroad. In their third year students are eligible to take part in one of Stadslab’s international Master Classes. Stadslab is the international postgraduate program of the academy. Because of the continuing development of their professional experience in the firms, students in this part of their studies will be expected to reflect more profoundly on the relationship between their work in practice and their endeavours in the academic program. Gradually they will develop a grounded position in the field of architecture and relate to the professional (international ) debate. In the third year, students can define the content and outcome of one full studio. Usually this is the last studio before they enter the graduation studio in the fourth year.
4th year graduation studio: Design Thinking
The graduation studio covers one full year through two possible formats: individual or team driven. Each student, either in architecture or in urbanism, follows the same process-based planning. Both personal external tutors as well as project reviews at the Academy support the process. The team driven graduation format is most popular. Its target is an urgent geography like a city, corridor, enclave or province that is in need of design based strategies and interventions. The graduation team selects the geography and takes three months for research & analysis. Several specialists of the geography address the urgencies. On the threshold to the nine-month synthesis & design process all students present their hypothesis and project target. Throughout the year several lectures of specifically invited professionals fuel creativity. The studio becomes a cloud of knowledge and awareness. All students in this cloud trigger collective discoveries and mutual insights as they become smart designers. At the finish all projects are broadcasted to decision makers of the geography and to the Academy. The strategies and designs have common ground, are interrelated and tackle the urgent societal key issues for the upcoming generations.
The master course will take 48 months (4 years), part-time in concurrent education (240 ects).
The course will start every September of each year in Tilburg.
- Theoretical programme is planned on Tuesday evenings
- Design studios and skills are planned on Fridays
The Master course is conducted in English. Foreign students are required to prove English proficiency at IELTS level 6.0
This course will take place in Tilburg at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, an inspiring community of about 1,500 students pursuing a creative career. We are located in a wonderful assemblage of historic and new buildings (designed by Dutch architect Jo Coenen) surrounding a former monastery garden. Tilburg is part of a thriving region in the South of the Netherlands. It has a great Modern Art Museum, a leading Textile Museum and Textile Lab and accommodates over 20,000 students in a large number of departments.
Professor and Head of Studies Marc Glaudemans to become managing director Province of Noord-Brabant28-11-2017
January 2018, after almost 13 years, Marc Glaudemans (47 and ’s-Hertogenbosch-based) is leaving Fontys School of Fine and Performing arts (FHK) to become a member of the new managing directors’ team of the Province of Noord-Brabant.Read more
Stadslab (Fontys) starts collaboration with Cape Town University of Technology (CPUT) in Intercultural Space design project.02-10-2017
Darling Intercultural Space is designed as a collaborative program for students and research staff from Fontys (MSc Architecture and MSc Urbanism) and Cape Town (CPUT) to engage in a meaningful exchange with local authorities and residents to address the urgency and potential of designing for intercultural exchange.Read more