MASTER PROGRAMMES

The main difference between MAA01 and MAA02 is the duration of both programs and the European credits that each one offers: MAA01 is a 9-month programme and offers 75 ECTS credits while MAA02 is an 18-month programme that offers 130 ECTS credits.

Apart from this, the MAA_02 differs from the MAA_01 in the second year. The first year is the same for both programmes and has a structure of 3 terms of 3 months each. The first one is an introductory term that offers you the tools you will need in the following two terms, to develop the Research Line Studio project.

If a student chooses to undertake the MAA_02 he/she will have the chance to develop an Individual Thesis Project based on a research and development studio agenda, related with the 4 Research Lines of IAAC, and under the guidance of permanent IAAC faculty as well as external guest tutors. The thesis year also includes seminars that will be supporting the project development. Lectures and workshops are also part of the thesis year.

Both programmes share a common year, the MAA01, whereas they differ after these first 9 months.

MAA02 (MAA01+ THESIS) combines the first year Master with a second year of investigation to develop a thesis project. This program allows senior students, which already developed the appropriate sensibility and tools during the first year, to develop a personal investigation around the topics of advanced technology, architecture and urbanism, and study it deeply. During the second year, students are required to deal with a project bearing in mind the possibility of developing it with international faculty and enterprises, highly specialized in different fields.

This 18-month programme offers 130 ECTS CREDITS.

Students receive 1 degree. (Master in Advanced Architecture + Thesis degree)

MAA01+3DPA combines MAA01 with IAAC’s 3D Printing for Architecture postgraduate programme (3DPA), which is an intensive applied research programme that combines Academy and Industry and focuses on developing innovative solutions in a wide range of fields (architecture, design, construction interaction, technology). The programme aims for the students to postulate innovative responses to Market-related needs. The course combines academic professors with experts from the industry creating a platform that enables them to understand the industry and to respond with new architectural and constructive ideas.

Some of IAAC collaborating companies for the 3DPA postgraduate studies are: TECNALIA (Advanced Technological Centre), AXSON (polyurethane and epoxy resins manufacturers), BREINCO (concrete products manufacturers), CERÁMICA CUMELLA (ceramic manufacturers), CRICURSA (glass manufacturers), KUKA (robotics), SANTA&COLE (urban furniture manufacturers), among others.

This 13-month programme offers 100 ECTS CREDITS.

Students receive 2 separate degrees. (Master in Advanced Architecture Degree + 3D Printing for Architecture postgraduate degree)

Both programmes share a common year, the MRAC01, whereas they differ after these first 9 months.

MRAC02 (MRAC01+ THESIS) offers the occasion to develop a thesis project with the support of IAAC infrastructure, experts and network, with the goal to maximise its impact on our society.

This 18-month programme offers 120 ECTS CREDITS.

Students receive 1 degree. (Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction + Thesis degree)

MRAC01+3DPA combines MRAC01 with IAAC’s 3D Printing for Architecture postgraduate programme (3DPA), which is an intensive applied research programme that combines Academy and Industry and focuses on developing innovative solutions in a wide range of fields (architecture, design, construction interaction, technology). The programme aims for the students to postulate innovative responses to Market-related needs. The course combines academic professors with experts from the industry creating a platform that enables them to understand the industry and to respond with new architectural and constructive ideas.

Some of IAAC collaborating companies for the 3DPA postgraduate studies are: TECNALIA (Advanced Technological Centre), AXSON (polyurethane and epoxy resins manufacturers), BREINCO (concrete products manufacturers), CERÁMICA CUMELLA (ceramic manufacturers), CRICURSA (glass manufacturers), KUKA (robotics), SANTA&COLE (urban furniture manufacturers), among others.

This 13-month programme offers 120 ECTS CREDITS.

Students receive 2 separate degrees. (Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction Degree + 3D Printing for Architecture postgraduate degree)

The first year of the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project is the same for both programmes and has a structure of 3 terms of 3 months each.

The main difference between the Master in City & Technology and the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project is the duration and the ECTS that each one offers:
The Master in City & Technology is a 9-month programme and offers 75 ECTS while the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project is an 18-month programme which offers 120 ECTS credits.
The Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project differs from the Master in City & Technology in the second year.

You can find the complete info at the following link:

https://iaac.net/educational-programmes/masters-programmes/mdef/

You can find the complete info at the following link:

https://iaac.net/educational-programmes/masters-programmes/mrac/

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design is accredited  with 60 ECTS and it’s articulated into 3 modules + a Master Thesis.

Students can apply to each module independently as a postgraduate programme, each one accredited with 15 ECTS.

You can find the complete info at the following link:

https://iaac.net/educational-programmes/masters-programmes/mmtd/

The Master in Master in Mass Timber Design is accredited  with 60 ECTS and it’s articulated into 3 modules + a Master Thesis.

Students can apply to each module independently as a postgraduate programme, each one accredited with 15 ECTS.

The program coordinators will share the academic calendars with the students upon registration.
Some general dates to keep in mind for the following year are:

IAAC 3DPA Pre-courses Kick-off – 21st of August 2023

IAAC On-Campus Programmes Pre-courses Kick-off – 18th of September 2023

IAAC Kick-off – 2nd of October 2023

1st Term Begins – 3rd of October 2023
1st Term Ends – 16th of December 2023

Winter Break – 17th of December 2023 to 8th of January 2024

2nd Term Begins – 9th of January 2024
2nd Term Ends – 22nd of March 2024

Spring Break – 23rd of March 2024 to 1st of April 2024

3rd Term Begins – 2nd of April 2024
3rd Term Ends – 23rd of June 2024

IAAC Graduation – 30th of June 2024

IAAC MAEBB Graduation – 1st of September 2024

Grades are awarded for courses at the discretion of the professor responsible for the course. Students are required by IAAC to maintain at least a 5-grade point average. Students who fail to meet this standard, or who in other respects do not make normal progress toward the degree, are subject to dismissal.

Class attendance is obligatory for studio and non-studio courses. In both cases, courses are graded as follows:

  • 0–4.9 Fail ((this means that the student is not going to get his/her Master Degree. In case of MAA02 students, they will not be allowed to pursue the second year of the Master. This grade will be justified and well explained by the course’s tutor))

  • 5.0–6.9 Pass

  • 7.0–8.9 Good

  • 9.0–10 Excellent/Distinction

The grading system is based on:

  1. Attendance
  2. Effort/Commitment
  3. Discussion/Participation
  4. Final outcome/achievement (depending on seminar’s requirements)
  5. Blog Posts (depending on seminar’s requirements)
  6. Public presentations (depending on seminar’s requirements)

In case of a fail, the student will be given the possibility to submit again before a second deadline that will be established by the academic coordination. Should the student not be able to submit before the deadline or should he/she be unable to reach the minimum academic requirements he/she will be subject to expulsion. In case of a positive evaluation of the student’s second submission, the maximum possible grade will be 5.0.

COST OF THE PROGRAMMES

Please click on this link to know about the programmes tuition fees.

The enrolment fee is a NON-refundable payment.

APPLICATION PROCESS

You can find the complete information on the Selection and Evaluation Process on IAAC’s Guide for Applicants.

    • maximum of 80 and a minimum of 11 is accepted for each of IAAC’s Educational programmes.

IAAC reserves the right to cancel any programme if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Between 30 and 10 days prior to the start of a programme IAAC will let the students know if the minimum number of participants is met or not. If IAAC cancels a programme, the student will be given a full refund of any amount paid for the cancelled course, without losing administrative fees. If a programme is cancelled, a student may decide whether to be transferred to another programme or to receive a full refund of any amount paid for the cancelled course without losing administrative fees.

No, all the material must be digitally submitted using the online form.

For more information on the mandatory documents/ information that you must submit with each application in our application portal please consult IAAC’s Guide for Applicants.

Applicants must fulfill ALL the following minimum eligibility before submitting an application:

  1. Minimum level of studies: A bachelor’s degree that allows the candidate to enroll in a master’s program by October 2023.
  2. English proficiency: Applicants do not need to demonstrable an English degree during their application. Their use of the English language will be assessed during the interview. However, since all IAAC activities (with an exception of Maestría Online en Ciudades) are conducted in English, applicants are expected to be proficient in their use of English. Applicants that have proof of English proficiency, can submit it as an optional document.
  3. Availability: Applicants must be available to join at the start date indicated by IAAC and for the entire duration of the program they apply for.
  4. Financial Readiness: If you register at IAAC, you will be expected to be able to fund your studies fully throughout the length of your program. Under no circumstances can IAAC help in cases where applicants have knowingly applied underfunded.
  5. Restrictive measures: Applicants understand and accept that their application may be subject to security checks and procedures.
  6. The Applicant has submitted a complete application with all required information and documents attached via the IAAC Application Portal

You can find the complete information on IAAC’s Eligibility Criteria in IAAC’s Guide for Applicants.

No particular expertise in a software is necessary to be admitted in any of IAAC’s programmes. However, it is highly beneficial for new students if they have previous experience in software such as Rhinoceros 3D, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Office.

Keep in mind that during the first months of a programme students are trained in the computer skills they will need during the course of the programme.

If students do not know how to use some of the required software they can always start online tutorials. A good source for online tutorials is the Plethora Project.

Aside from that IAAC organizes an introductory pre-course, two weeks before the beginning of the master’s and includes an introduction to software such as:

Adobe Premiere – Videomaking and Storytelling
Rhinoceros 3D – 3D modelling
Python – Programming Languages
Grasshopper – Parametric Modelling
QGIS – Cartography and Mapping
Arduino – Electronics and Programming

For more information on the Pre-courses go here.

You are still eligible for the programme but you have to make sure to send the missing documentation required before the deadline and complete the Official Diploma requirement as soon as you have it. In the meantime, you can provide a provisional certificate of your studies (in English), and submit your official diploma afterwards.

There is no specific template for recommendation letters, the style remains at discretion of the writer but it should contain an introduction with an explanation of who the writer is, how they know the person they’re recommending and a brief sketch of the subject in terms of discipline and topical/thematic focus; a description of some research work, conference activity, remark about character and personality. (Please bear in mind that the recommendation letter should clearly state the name of the student the writer is recommending)

Letters can be sent by those who recommend you directly or you can submit a scanned version via email with the rest of the application documentation.

Yes, IAAC requires a University Bachelor’s degree as a requirement for issuing the Master’s Diploma. This means that any university bachelor degree can be accepted. There is also the possibility that you don’t have a University degree. In this case, you can still apply, but if you get selected and finish your Master’s course, you won’t be getting a Master’s Diploma but a Certificate of Achievement.

IAAC PRE-COURSES

The pre-course is an introductory programme for students who are going to attend IAAC’s Master programmes (MAA, MAEBB, MaCT, MDEF, MRAC, 3DPA and MaCAD).

Aside from developing technical skills, the pre-courses offer students the possibility of getting the first insight into the school’s contents and methodology, as well as getting to know the campus and their classmates two weeks prior to the start of the Academic Year.

Depending on the applicant’s profile and technical skills, the Academic Committee has the right to assign 3 mandatory modules to an applicant. Whether the modules are mandatory, highly recommended or optional depends on the technical background of the applicant.

The 3DPA Pre-course modules are:

  1. Computational Design – Rhinoceros 3D
  2. Basics for Digital Fabrication
  3. Parametric Design – Grasshopper

The MaCAD Pre-course modules are:

  1. 3D Modelling with Rhinoceros
  2. Grasshopper
  3. Rendering
  4. Programming

Students can select to attend one or more modules according to their level of proficiency in each discipline and the recommendation of the Admissions committee, as given in their Acceptance letter.

The required entry level of proficiency is as it follows:

  • 3D Modelling with Rhinoceros = High level required;
  • Grasshopper = High level required;
  • Programming = Basic level required;
  • Rendering = High level required;

Since the MaCAD Programme is an online programme, access to the recorded modules of the pre-course will be given to students as soon as the pre-course payment is received.

For more information on the pre-course fees, visit this page.

The IAAC Pre-courses for the MAA, MAEBB, MaCT, MRAC and MDEF programmes take place 2 weeks before the IAAC Kick-off, starting in September 2023.

The IAAC Pre-courses for the 3DPA programme take place in August 2023.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Each year IAAC, dedicates more than 500.000€ as part of its commitment to social outreach and open impact, supports students interested in studying within its educational platforms by means of special financial aid, scholarship, and fellowship programs. There are also funding opportunities from external organizations, research councils and governments around the world.

Please click on this link to know more about IAAC’s Scholarships and Fees.

LANGUAGE

Applicants do not need to demonstrate an English degree during their application. Their use of the English language will be assessed during the interview. However, since all IAAC activities (with an exception of Maestría Online en Ciudades) are conducted in English, applicants are expected to be proficient in their use of English. Applicants that have proof of English proficiency, can submit it as an optional document.

Please note that in some cases an English Certificate might be required from your Country in order to issue your Visa.

All activities in IAAC are in English, so there is no requirement of the knowledge of Spanish nor Catalan for academic reasons.

ACCREDITATION

All the IAAC Masters programmes are postgraduate Master degrees adapted to the European Higher Educational Area (EHEA) and accredited by the Fundación UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Master in Advanced Architecture was done during the Academic year 2009-10 with 75 ECTS credits for the Master in Advanced Architecture _01 and 130 ECTS credits for the Master in Advanced Architecture_02.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Master in City and Technology was done during the Academic year 2014-15 with 75 ECTS credits and 120 ECTS credits for the Master in City and Technology 02.

  • Open Thesis Fabrication (3D Printing Architecture, 3DPA) is a Post-graduate programmed adapted to the European Higher Educational Area (EHEA) and accredited by the Fundación UPC with 45 ECTS credits.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities was done during the Academic year 2017-18 with 90 ECTS credits.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction was done during the Academic year 2017-18 with 75 ECTS credits.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures was done during the Academic year 2017-18 with 75 ECTS credits.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design was done during the Academic year 2019-20 with 60 ECTS credits.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Postgraduate Diploma in Fab Academy BCN was done during the Academic year 2019-20 with 45 ECTS credits.

  • The accreditation by the EHEA of the Master in Mass Timber Design was done during the Academic year 2019-20 with 60 ECTS credits.

 

Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA01, MAA02), Master in Advanced Interaction (MAI)Master in City and Technology (MaCT),  Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC), Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF), Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities (MAEBB) and Post graduate in 3D Printing (OTF) programme are awards given by the UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya according to the university’s own standards for postgraduate studies. Spanish regulation specifies that universities can instruct studies that lead to obtaining other degrees apart from the Graduate, University Master or Doctorate.

Every country has its own system of accreditation, therefore, we suggest that each student should pass the above information to the ministry of education in their home country to assure compatibility.

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System, the standard adopted by all universities in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to ensure the homogeneity and quality of the courses they offer.

An ECTS credit is equal to 25 hours of work, counting class hours and in addition, all the other activities carried out during a student’s learning process (studying, assignments, practical work, etc.).

In Spain postgraduate master degree, as we offer here at IaaC, does not lead you to Architectural License. However, in case you completed an architectural degree in another country, you can recognise this Diploma in Spain. This procedure is called “Homologación” and should be done by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

Please note, every country has its own system of accreditation. In case you would like to apply for an architectural license back to your country, we suggest that you check the compatibility of the Diplomas to the ministry of education in your country.

You can find more information on this process

VISA

If you are a citizen from a country belonging to the European Union you don’t need to follow any administrative procedure to become a student.

Students from non-EU countries who wish to study in Spain for a period of more than three months must:

  • Apply for a student visa at the Spanish embassy or consulate in their home country before coming to Spain.

  • Once you are here, obtain the residency number (NIE) which is proof that you are legally residing in Spain.

IAAC offers assistance to the students who have difficulties to get their VISA after following the normal procedure, in case of unforeseen delays or unexpected difficulties.

LIVING IN BARCELONA

Yes absolutely! It is a very safe city because there very little violent crime, even at night. The only area where you need to take a little care very late at night is the lower part of the Raval in Barcelona’s old city, but even here violent crime is very rare.

However, there are problems with pickpockets during the day. You can lose phones, wallets and bags, but you will not be assaulted or mugged, just robbed. Pickpockets are the biggest crime problem in Barcelona, but if you take some simple precautions then you will not be a victim of pickpocket crime. It’s also good to always leave your passport at home and not bringing it with you when you go around the city (you can bring a photocopy of it with you).

IAAC does not cover the students in case of accidents and injuries. Before coming to Barcelona, you must get in contact with the public health service in your country so that they can inform you of the documentation that you need to use within our health system. If you are not covered by the public health, you must have a private medical insurance to cover the entire duration of their stay at Barcelona.

Catalan public health will charge you for any kind of treatment you may need. Information about the Catalan health system

No, but we have IAAC’s Student Guidebook to give students some recommendations about how and where find proper accommodation. A Facebook Group is also created before the beginning of the Master in order to make it easier to find flatmates.

The average expense per month varies depending on the student’s lifestyle.

Illustrative monthly expenses budget:

  • Accommodation (a room for rent) 450€
  • Transportation (metro) 40€
  • Food and everyday expenses 400€
  • Studio material 200€

You can find more information and recommendation about life in Barcelona downloading IAAC’s Student Guidebook.

Follow this link to discover why Barcelona is the best city where to study.

With the aim of providing prospective students with a proper welcome in the city of Barcelona, IAAC provides students with a handbook plenty of information and tips when it comes to settling down in the city: from information on how to get around the city, cost of living, better neighbourhoods to live in as well as guidelines for carrying out administrative paperwork. Click on IAAC’s Student Guidebook to download the document.

BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE MASTER

Yes, each student is required to have his/her own laptop. Instructions will be given regarding which programs are required to be installed before the beginning of the course.

AFTER MY STUDIES AT IAAC

The IAAC Alumni Community is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture and collaborating with IAAC in multiple academic and research operations.

Over the last ten years, IaaC has received and been home to over 500 students from more than 70 countries, including China, the UK, the USA, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Brasil, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Iran, Thailand, Russia, Turkey, India, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Colombia, Korea and more making it an exceptionally international and multicultural place.

IAAC, through the Alumni network, offers its Alumni globally renowned job placement opportunities (both in the professional sphere and the academic sphere), where IAAC Alumni have privileged access.

IAAC Alumni also offers support for the development of Alumni activities throughout the world, promoting these events throughout the IAAC network.

The Alumni network also gathers once every 2 years for an Alumni meeting and Symposium where all Alumni are invited to discuss the work developed after IAAC, keeping the network compact and the discourse alive.

After the completion of the first year of studies students with an excellent grade can apply for research or teaching assistantships.

Aside from the IAAC Alumni network, that offers IAAC Alumni with select and renowned job placement opportunities as described in [AFTER IAAC – How does the IAAC Alumni community work?], the connections that you make during your time studying at IAAC will also open the door to great professional and academic possibilities.

IAAC faculty and visiting faculty, as well as the Lecturers invited as part of the lecture series, are all internationally renowned experts, from different disciplines and origins, giving the IAAC students the direct possibility to cultivate professional and academic relations oriented to future employment or research opportunities.

In this sense, 70% of IAAC Alumni find a job (either in the professional realm or the academic field) after just 6 months of completing the Master programme thanks to the connections they have made directly through IAAC; and 90% within one year of completing the Master.