M.Sc. Architecture for Society of Knowledge

Warsaw University of Technology

Application deadline: July 20th
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,400 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The emerging global knowledge

based economy increasingly relies on the dissemination of information and know-how. Geographically and temporally distributed design is becoming the prevailing mode of architectural practice. Modern conditions call for a teaching and learning environment that takes advantage of the remote delivery of design education while promoting the social significance of common, digital space situated in the specificity of global context. Recognition of the unique role of locality contributed by each student in the networked design universe is central to ASK success.

ASK [Architecture for Society of Knowledge]

is dedicated to those who wish to extend their practical understanding of contemporary architecture and urban planning. The program addresses digital media in design, prototyping with computer controlled machines, distributed design collaboration, and agendas for sustainable, intelligent building. At the same time it reflects on architectural basics: cultural heritage, history and theory paradigms, social aspects of space creation, and education through interacting space. ASK concludes with a M.Sc Arch. professional degree in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning. It is designed to be delivered partially over distance and requires a limited, residency period during its core program, plus the Master's thesis defense.

Our vision of a modern architect's education is based on confronting contemporary social and cultural conditions while taking full advantage of new technologies as foundations of Society of Knowledge.

ASK reflects architectural evolution from 20th century space design towards 21st century information processing design. It anticipates the shift in paradigm in the nature of architectural practice and theory. It provides an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to reinforce student competence in answering crucial questions ushered in with the crisis of globalization. Can local context present new opportunities for nonuniform global trends? Can new conditions of situated design and problem solving reveal the opportunities of previously marginalized societies while maintaining richness of diverse? Can we aspire towards vision of architecture derived from the diverse richness of the emerging society of knowledge? The ASK Program aims to equip young practicing architects with the formative experience required for:

* Active participation in the global architectural knowledge society, and critical interpretation of the creative aspects of design and design collaboration.
* Collaborative and interdisciplinary practice of architecture.
* Architectural research exploring new design technology and theory.


sem. 1

theory and history of architecture

* T1 History of the Shaping of Space >>>

* T2 Knowledge Management in Architecture >>>


* Ds1 Design Studio I
(Algorithmization of the Creative Process) >>>

* E1 elective - Advanced CAD Techniques >>>

* D1 Information Technology Basics >>>

* D2 Information Processes in Architecture >>>

material aspects of architecture

* Ex1 Experimental Design I
(Examining Structural Qualities) >>>

* M1 Building and Modeling Materials
(Shaping and Joining Techniques) >>>

sem. 2

theory and history of architecture

* T3 Conteporary Urban Planning >>>

* T4 Spatial Analysis and Formalization >>>

* T5 Image Interpretation in Architecture >>>


* Ds2 Design Studio II
(Optimization) >>>

* D3 Parametric Design >>>

* D4 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) >>>

material aspects of architecture

* Ex2 Experimental Design II
(Optimizing Detail) >>>

* M2 Digital Fabrication >>>

* E2 elective - Information Process in Urban Planning >>>

sem. 3

theory and history of architecture

* T6 Contemporary theory of Architecture >>>


* Ds3 Design Studio III
(collaborative) >>>

* D4 Technique Integration >>>

* D5 3D Visualization Techniques >>>

* E4 elective - Digital Construction Site >>>

material aspects of architecture

* Ex3 Experimental Design III (ROBOstudio) >>>

* M3 Robotics >>>

* E3 elective - BIM >>>

sem. 4

theory and history of architecture

* T7 Project Knowledge Base >>>

* T8 Introduction to Research Methodology >>>


* E4 Thesis Project >>>

* D7 Advance Visual Communications >>>


Entry requirements:
1. Application documents:

* B.Sc. candidates - Certificate of Secondary Education,
* M.Sc. candidates B.Sc. diploma (or any other equivalent diploma)

2.Good knowledge of English (appropriate certification required)

3. High score in subjects of topical fields (required only at some Faculties).

To apply, the candidate must register online at:

After your account is activated, you must fill in the application form and upload the required documents (below). Process of admission begins after ALL mentioned documents are submitted.

1. Certificate of Secondary Education or B.Sc. diploma

2. Legalised Documentation

3. Application Fee proof of payment

4. Copy of Passport

5. English language certificate

1. Legalised Documentation

You must legalise your original Certificate of Secondary Education or B.Sc. diploma.

There are two types of legalisation of international documents, depending on the country of the document issue.

* · Apostille for Hague Convention Countries plus European Union countries;
* · Legalisation for other countries.

You must legalise:

* · Certificate of Secondary Education - for B.Sc. programmes
* B.Sc. diploma - for M.Sc. programmes

! Please note: for bachelor degree studies, the certificate must include a statement that the candidate can continue education in the country of the document issue. If the statement is not included, you will have to obtain a special certificate from the Polish Embassy or any other appropriate office (Ministry of Education or an equivalent office) in the country where the document was issued.

The procedure of legalising a foreign document is different in each country. Depending on their home country, candidates can do it at:

* · an appropriate government office in their home country - for Hague Convention Countries + European Union countries;
* · Polish Embassy or Consulate- for other countries.

EU and Hague Convention countries:
If you are a citizen of the Hague Adoption Convention country you are required to present a document called Apostille. You can obtain it from the Polish Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Other countries:
As a foreign candidate you must legalise your documents at the Polish Embassy or Consulate in your home country and/or at the appropriate government office.

Please note: Legalisation mustnot be done on a photocopy of documents. It can be done on a duplicate, on a separate document or, in case of some countries, on an original diploma or certificate.

2. Application Fee proof of payment

Candidates must pay 200 application fee to cover the costs of administration procedures. When making the transfer, please write your full name and give a clear description of the purpose of payment and the name of the recipient e.g. John Smith Kowalski, 200 Euro Application Fee, Civil Engineering.

Please note: Application fee is non-refundable.

Please transfer the fee to:

Warsaw University of Technology
Centre for International Cooperation
International Students Office
Bank PEKAO SA, IV o/WARSZAWA filia 2
ul. Noakowskiego 18/20, 00-668 Warszawa

Account number: 69 1240 6003 1111 0010 5413 2862

Swift code: PKO PPL PW, IBAN code: PL (plus the account number if required)

3. Copy of Passport

Scan and upload the photo page of your passport

4. English language certificate

Candidates must have anappropriate document certificating their English language competences or they must come from a country where English is an official language.

Below you can find a list of such required certificates:

Certificates issued by institutions affiliated by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) - levels of ALTE Level 3 (B2), ALTE Level 4 (C1), ALTE Level 5 (C2), in particular Certificates:

* · First Certificate in English (FCE)
* · Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
* · Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
* · Business English Certificate (BEC) Vantage at least Pass
* · Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher
* · Certificate in English for International Business and Trade (CEIBT)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) in particular Certificates:

* · Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at least 87 points in Internet-Based Test (iBT)
* · Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at least 180 pointsin Computer-Based Test (CBT), supplemented by at least 50 points from Test of Spoken English (TSE)
* · Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at least 510 points in Paper-Based Test (PBT) supplemented by at least 3,5 points from Test of Written English (TWE) and supplemented by at least 50 points from Test of Spoken English (TSE)
* · Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) supplemented by at least 700 points
* · European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages (ECL)

City & Guilds, City & Guilds Pitman Qualifications, Pitman Qualifications Institute:

* · English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) First Class Pass at Intermediate Level, Higher Intermediate Level, Advanced Level
* · International English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) Communicator level, Expert level, Mastery level
* · City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) Communicator (B2) 500/1765/2
* · City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) Expert (C1) 500/1766/4
* · City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) Mastery (C2) 500/1767/6
* · Spoken English Test (SET) for Business Stage B level Communicator, Stage C Expert level, Stage C Mastery level
* · English for Business Communications (EBC) Level 2, Level 3
* · English for Office Skills (EOS) Level 2

Edexcel, Pearson Language Tests, Pearson Language Assessments:

* · London Tests of English, Level 3 (Edexcel Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International)
* · London Tests of English, Level 4 (Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International)
* · London Tests of English, Level 5 (Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International)

Education Development International (EDI), London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board:

* · London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations (LCCI) English for Business Level 2, English for Business Level 3, English for Business Level 4
* · London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations (LCCI) Foundation Certificate for Teachers of Business English (FTBE)
* · London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations (LCCI) English for Tourism Level 2 Pass with Credit level, Pass with Distinction level

Certificates telc GmbH, WBT Weiterbildungs-Testsysteme GmbH:

* · B2 Certificate in English advantage
* · B2 Certificate in English for Business Purposes advantage
* · Certificate in English for Technical Purposes (B2)
* · telc English B2
* · telc English B2 Business
* · telc English B2 Technical
* · telc English C1

If you do not hold any of the listed certificates, please contact the International Students Office. Depending on your language skills or other presented certificates, the Faculty might accept your admission.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 510
TOEFL iBT® test: 87


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