The course adopts a balanced theoretical instruction and practical exercises. Most of the courses have an equal ratio dedicated to practice. Overall, the program promotes a process-oriented curriculum designed to promote students’ contribution to industry in the form of Capstone Project/Thesis, integration of laboratory experience and industry-relevant research. The studios and capstone experience allows students to develop projects of special relevance to them. Studios in the senior year are particularly rigorous and research-driven, intended to refine the student’s ability to not only identify a specific social issue or challenge, but to then successfully develop innovative interventions or solutions; these are to be submitted in the form of a research statement or project with a supporting work plan.
As a culmination of the capacities and skills from previous years, the capstone projects must show advanced architecture problem setting and solving; clearly defined prototypes; robust research, collaboration and teamwork skills; and clear articulation of an argument in visual, tangible and written forms, as well as the conclusive and carefully crafted outcomes befitting a capstone project. Coursework in the program also integrates students’ personal practice with professional goals and objectives. Responding to the diversity of models for practice within art and design fields, business models both conventional and alternative, the program guides students in identifying and fostering the right professional contexts for their ideas and innovations. Students develop the ability to work independently and collaboratively in developing professional preparedness.
The ECTS credit of UBT measures a single credit is equivalent with 30 academic hours. As part of the credit system, the institution calculates contact hours, practical work and self-study. The programme lasts for three years for a total of 5400 hours. A full academic year is equivalent with 1800 hours of contact hours, self study and practice. During three years of study the student has to complete the entire 180 ECTS split into four 30 ECTS semester.