PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO  STUDENTS!
Semester Foundation / Expansion / Pre-thesis / Thesis / *
1st Sem. 2nd Sem. 3rd Sem. 4th Sem.
Location UB BUW BUW UB
Courses Studio (UB) Project Module (BUW) Project Module (BUW) Thesis (UB)
7 cr 18 ECTS 18 ECTS 7 cr
Seminar / Workshop (UB) Seminar / Workshop (BUW) Seminar / Workshop (BUW) Seminar / Workshop (UB)
3 cr 6 ECTS 6 ECTS 3 cr
Seminar / Workshop (UB) Seminar / Workshop (BUW) Seminar / Workshop (BUW) Independent Study (UB)
3 cr  3 ECTS  6 ECTS 3 cr
Seminar / Workshop (UB) Intensive German Language (BUW) Independent Study (UB)
2 cr 3 ECTS 2 cr
ECTS credits 30 30 30 30 Total:
120 ECTS
US credits 15 15 15 15 Total:
60 cr
Degrees: BUW Master of Science in Media Architecture (M.Sc.) / UB Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.)

The Double Degree Master’s Program in Media Architecture provides students an opportunity to study Media Architecture across two internationally recognized programs at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar . Students will normally spend one academic year at each institution and will be awarded two separate, nationally recognized Master’s degree certificates (BUW (M.Sc. Master of Science in Media Architecture) / UB (M.S. Master of Science in Architecture)) after successful completion of the program with a minimum of 2 Academic years.

 

General Study plan:

Students start with their 1st semester at their home university. The next two semesters they study at the partner university. The final semester with the Master thesis they study at their home university again. General course language is English. The Master’s thesis is written and presented in English language.

1st Semester: Foundation

The foundation semester provides an introduction to the theory and practice of Media Architecture. Basic concepts in the design and analysis of architectonic and medial space are introduced through structured projects developed in the context of the design studio. Coordinated seminars and workshops address core competencies and skills, both intellectual and practical. This semester is designed to give students entering the program with different academic backgrounds a common platform for their studies in Media Architecture.

2nd Semester: Expansion

Following the foundation semester, students cross the Atlantic and continue their studies at the respective partner institution. This semester provides the student with the opportunity to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the field through a combination of studio projects, coordinated seminars and workshops. The intention of the expansion semester is to diversify the perspectives by which the student apprehends the field.

3rd Semester: Pre-thesis

During the Pre-thesis semester, students conduct research on a specific topic that they will pursue for their Master’s Thesis. Research is organized around seminars, workshops and independent study. Student progress reviews are conducted periodically throughout this semester by a committee consisting of a faculty member at the current institution together with a faculty member from the home institution via videoconference. This semester focuses on the development of a Thesis Proposal and culminates with the presentation of this proposal.

4th Semester: Thesis

Students then return across the Atlantic to their home institution and the program culminates with the production of a Master’s Thesis project during the final semester. Students work independently with a dedicated faculty member at each institution. Coursework includes seminars and workshops complementing the Thesis investigation. The semester culminates with a public presentation and defense of the Thesis with 2 faculty members (1 from each partner institution) participating via remote telematic sessions.