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Curriculum

Subject "Architecture"

Qualification: "Architect"
Degree "Master"

introduced in: 2014

Описание

The curriculum for the Master’s degree of Architecture of the “Architecture, Construction and Geodesy" professional field has been developed in compliance with the requirements of the Higher Education Act (HEA), the Classification of Areas of Higher Education and Professional Fields, the Ordinance of the Ministry of Education for the State Requirements for obtaining higher education in “Architecture" and a professional qualification “Architect” (SG. 49/2003) and other regulations and states requirements for the Master`s degree in Architecture. The Curriculum is in accordance with the Directive 85/384 CEE and Directive 2005/36/ EC on the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other documents in the field of architecture, the requirements of the International Union of Architects and the Association of European Schools of Architecture.

The curriculum has been developed while respected the traditions and specifics of the architectural education in Bulgaria.

The Curriculum is based on the following training requirements:

  • profound scientific, theoretical and specialized training in the major of Architecture;

  • learning the basics of research, scientific and artistic creation;

  • ensuring conditions for educational mobility of students, including international comparability of received knowledge and acquired skills;

  • development of skills for flexible adaptation under conditions of social, economic and technological changes.

The training shall be conducted only in a full-time form and within duration is 5.5 years (10 semesters of 15 weeks each and 100 days for preparation and defense of the thesis).

 

Basic principle and characteristic of the curriculum is the creation of fully conceived and coordinated series of internal didactic courses and practical exercises that gradually introduce the student to the architectural creativity and design.

The curriculum is organized so that it begins with introductory knowledge in the field: drawing and modeling, concepts for architectural structures and composition, construction physics, materials science, etc. Training in the field of composition starts from the principles of abstract composition and goes into the specifics of the composition in the architectural environment and architectural tasks, followed by the first draft of a small building and its urban problems. This curriculum allows interlining different subsequent projects, for example: a dwelling with interior; collective living quarters with urban planning; urban planning with parks; a public building with the protection of the architectural heritage and with a building in the historical context, with the Interior of a public building, etc.

In the curriculum there are 15 architectural designs, as the specialized architectural lectures precede with one semester the design on the same topic. In order to apply the material in the design, the tutorial study with the leading lecturer is laid down. Practical trainings are a total of seven, as the practice in the eighth semester is an internship of 80 hours and ends with a “Pass/ Fail” assessment.

 

The total duration is 5.5-year course of 4275 contact hours and 5355 self-study hours.

Academic subjects are classified according to the requirements of the HEA – compulsory subjects (3855 hours), elective subjects (390 hours) and optional subject (30 hours). 46 of them end with a semester examination, 27 with current evaluation. In each group of the elective and optional subjects students are obliged to choose one of the suggested subjects.

There are compulsory hours in physical education and sports in a total of 300 hrs, distributed from I to X semester (30 hours per semester). Each semester ends with a signature validation by the lecturer/trainer in the student’s record book and in X semester – with “Pass/ Fail” assessment.

The possibility of learning a foreign language is offered as an optional course.

During the training19 course projects shall be developed and defensed. There shall be also course tasks in 20 disciplines. The marks are written in the academic transcripts and in the diploma annexes. Corrections and defenses of the course projects and tasks are carried out by the lecturers as an extra employment in the form of consultations. 

For each academic course in the curriculum there are certain ECTS credits which allows students mobility to Bulgarian and foreign universities. The total number of credits in the entire training course of 10 semesters is 300 plus 15 credits for the thesis.

The curriculum is made relatively to the same curricula of other higher schools home and abroad.

See the curriculum from: 2011

Задължителни дисциплини

First year

 First semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
1History of Art 130 - 0 - 0written examination 3
2Modeling 10 - 45 - 0current evaluation 3 course assignment3
3Fundamentals of Abstract Composition 15 - 60 - 0current evaluation 12 course assignment6
4Fundamentals of Architectural Composition 15 - 0 - 0current evaluation 1
5Drawing 10 - 45 - 0current evaluation 5 course assignment3
6Building Construction 130 - 0 - 0written examination 3
7Introduction to Architectural Design (IAD)30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
8Mathematics 30 - 30 - 0written examination 5
9Elective Subject Group 115 - 30 - 0current evaluation 3
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Preparatory Course in Mathematics15 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 37530
 Second semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
7IAD - Representation Media in Architecture 0 - 45 - 0course assignment 1 course assignment **3
11History of Art 230 - 0 - 0written examination 2
12Modelling 20 - 45 - 0current evaluation 3 course assignment2
4Fundamentals of Architectural Composition 0 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project4
13Drawing 20 - 45 - 0current evaluation 5 course assignment2
6Building Construction 10 - 30 - 0course assignment 1 course assignment **2
14Building Construction 230 - 0 - 0written examination 2
15Geodesy 30 - 30 - 0written examination 4
16Descriptive Geometry45 - 45 - 0written examination 1 course assignment5
17ES Group 215 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1
Practical Training - 1 Geodesy0 - 0 - 20current evaluation 1
18Practical Training - 2 Drawing0 - 0 - 40current evaluation 5 course assignment1
19Practical Training - 3 Building Construction0 - 0 - 40current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 49530

Second year

 Third semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
202D Computer Design15 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1 course assignment3
21Architectural Design 1 - Holiday Camp0 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project5
22Residential Buildings 60 - 0 - 0written examination 4
23History of Architecture of ancient time and antiquity30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
24Public Buildings 60 - 0 - 0written examination 4
14Building Construction 20 - 60 - 0course assignment 1 course assignment **3
25Building Construction 330 - 0 - 0written examination 2
26Building Physics15 - 15 - 0written examination 2
27Building Materials45 - 15 - 0written examination 4
28ES Group 315 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 49530
 Fourth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
29Architectural Design 2 - Detached House0 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project6
30Architectural Design 3 - Public Buildings 10 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project6
31Architectural Computer Design15 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1 course assignment4
32Energy Efficient Architecture30 - 30 - 0written examination 1 course assignment4
33History of Medieval Architecture45 - 0 - 0written examination 3
25Buildings Construction 30 - 30 - 0course assignment 1 course assignment **2
34Structural Mechanics 130 - 30 - 0written examination 1 course assignment4
35ES Group 415 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 43530

Third year

 Fifth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
36Agricultural Buildings30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
37Architectural Design 4 - Public Buildings 20 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project5
38Architectural Design 5 - Multi-family Residential Building0 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project5
39Architectural Structures 130 - 0 - 0written examination 2
40Graphical Design15 - 30 - 0written examination 1 course assignment3
41Interior 1 (Residential Buildings)30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
42History of Architecture ХV – ХVIII century30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
43Raster Graphics15 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1 course assignment4
44Structural Mechanics 230 - 30 - 0written examination 1 course assignment4
45ES Group 50 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 45030
 Sixth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
46Architectural Design 7 - Agricultural Buildings0 - 45 - 0course project 1 course project3
47Architectural Design 6 - Interior 1 – Residential Buildings0 - 60 - 0course project 1 course project5
39Architectural Structures 10 - 60 - 0course project 1 course project5
48Architectural Structures 230 - 0 - 0written examination 2
49Urban Planning 1 30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
50History of Balkan Architecture30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
51Computer 3D Visualisations15 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1 course assignment2
52Industrial Buildings 130 - 0 - 0written examination 2
53Reinforced Concrete Structures 45 - 30 - 0written examination 1 course assignment4
54ES Group 615 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1
Practical Training - 4 History of Balkan Architecture0 - 0 - 40current evaluation 1
Practical Training - 5 Urban Planning0 - 0 - 40current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 45030

Fourth year

 Seventh semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
55Architectural Design 9 – Industrial Buildings 10 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project5
56Architectural Design 8 – Urban Planning 10 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project5
48Architectural Structures 20 - 60 - 0course project 1 course project5
57Urban Planning 230 - 0 - 0written examination 2
58History of Contemporary Architecture30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
59Industrial Buildings 230 - 0 - 0written examination 2
60Sociology in Architecture30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
61Building Services30 - 15 - 0written examination 3
62Steel, Timber and Plastic Structures30 - 15 - 0 1 course assignment3
63ES Group 715 - 15 - 0current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 45030
 Eighth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
64Architectural Design 10 - Urban Planning 20 - 90 - 0course project 1 course project6
65Architectural Design 11 - Industrial Buildings ІІ0 - 75 - 0course project 1 course project5
66Landscape Architecture 30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
67Preservation of Architectural Heritage30 - 15 - 0written examination 3
68Theory of Architecture30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
69Antiseismic Protection of Buildings0 - 15 - 0written examination 2
62Steel, Timber and Plastic Structures15 - 15 - 0written examination 2
70Construction Technology30 - 0 - 0written examination 2
71Optional Subject15 - 15 - 0current evaluation 1
72ES Group 815 - 15 - 0current evaluation 1
Practical Training -6 Architectural Complexes and Ensembles0 - 0 - 40current evaluation 1
73Practical Training -7 Internship in Design Office 0 - 0 - 80pass 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 40530

Fifth year

 Nineth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
74Architectural Design 12 – Building Design in Historical Context0 - 105 - 0course project 1 course project9
75Architectural Design 13 - Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture0 - 90 - 0course project 1 course project8
76Ecology30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
77Aesthetics30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
78Interior 2 - Public Buildings30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
79Construction Management15 - 15 - 0written examination 3
80ES Group 915 - 30 - 0current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutor 0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 36030
 Tenth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
81Architectural Design 15 - Interior 2 – Public Buildings0 - 90 - 0course project 1 course project8
82Architectural Design 14 - Pre-diploma project 0 - 135 - 0course project 1 course project10
83Practicing the Profession of Architecture30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
84Regional Urban Planning30 - 15 - 0written examination 4
85New Trends in Architecture30 - 0 - 0written examination 3
86ES Group 1015 - 15 - 0current evaluation 1
10Physical Education30 work with tutorpass 1
Total lecture and seminar hours: 36030

Sixth year

 Eleventh semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
87Diploma Project15 work with tutorcourse project 1 course project0
Total lecture and seminar hours: 00

Elective/Optional Subjects

First year

 First semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 1
И-01English Language 10 - 45 - 0current evaluation 3
 Second semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 2
И-02English Language 20 - 45 - 0current evaluation 3

Second year

 Third semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 3
И-03Drawing III0 - 45 - 0current evaluation 6 course assignment1
И-04Modelling 30 - 45 - 0current evaluation 2 course assignment1
 Fourth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 4
И-05Modelling 40 - 45 - 0current evaluation 2 course assignment1
И-06Drawing IV0 - 45 - 0current evaluation 5 course assignment1

Third year

 Fifth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 5
И-07Теория на иновационните стъпки30 - 0 - 0current evaluation 3
И-08Съвременна архитектурна практика - анализ, теория и композиция30 - 0 - 0current evaluation 3
И-09Bulgarian Art in the Context of European Art45 - 0 - 0current evaluation 1

Fourth year

 Seventh semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 7
И-10Архитектура на комуникационните пространства30 - 0 - 0current evaluation 1
И-11Професията архитект30 - 0 - 0current evaluation 1
И-12Архитектура на инженерните съоръжения30 - 0 - 0current evaluation 1
И-13Drawing III0 - 45 - 0current evaluation 6 course assignment1
И-14Modelling 30 - 45 - 0current evaluation 2 course assignment1
И-15Теория на иновационните стъпки, след САСС30 - 0 - 0current evaluation 3
И-16Съвременна архитектурна практика - анализ, теория и композиция, след САСС30 - 0 - 0current evaluation 3
 Eighth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 8
И-17Artistic components of immovable cultural heritage30 - 0 - 0written examination 1

Fifth year

 Nineth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Elective/Optional Subjects - Group 9
И-18Иновационно архитектурно проектиране30 - 15 - 0 1
И-19Архитектура на хотелски сгради30 - 15 - 0 1

Optional Subjects

Fourth year

 Eighth semesterLectures,  Seminars,  PracticalForm of AssessmentCourse project assignmentECTS
credits
Ф-1Formwork systems and scaffolds15 - 15 - 0current evaluation 2
Ф-2Microeconomics15 - 15 - 0current evaluation 1

 

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