Detailed information about the field of study

DESCRIPTION OF STUDIES

 

The aim of the Bologna (1999), Prague (2001) and Berlin (2003) Declarations was to define a new shape of the European higher education area and to build a coherent system of exchange between studies carried out in different EU countries, enabling student mobility and universal recognition of studies within the EU. Europe unanimously decided to recommend a common system to ensure compatibility of learning cycles enabling comparability between them. Following these recommendations, the Minister of National Education and Sport introduced the Regulation of 13th June 2003 (Journal of Laws No. 144 of 20.08.2003, item 1401) amending the existing regulation on the definition of teaching standards for particular fields of study and levels of education, defining the programme minima for Architecture and Urban Planning. The regulation specified the hourly workloads for particular subjects and their content. It was assumed that:
- engineering (first-cycle) studies are to last a minimum of 4 years, within which there are to be at least 2900 hours of classes, including 2130 hours of classes in accordance with the programme minima,
- Master's degree (second-cycle) studies in Architecture and Urban Planning last at least 1.5 years (3 terms). The total number of class hours during the studies is about 800, including 540 hours specified in the teaching standards.

The FEANI accreditation criteria for hours were also taken into account while establishing the detailed plan of studies:
- 10 % of general education courses,
- 35 % of foundation courses,
- 55 % of technical education courses.

In order to implement the above mentioned Declarations and regulations, a two-cycle system of studies was adopted for the field of Architecture and Urban Planning at the WPUT in Szczecin The basic core of the studies is a four-year course of study undertaken after obtaining of the secondary school leaving certificate and ending with the professional title of an Architectural Engineer. After the completion of these studies, it is possible to undertake one and a half year of Master's degree studies and, as a result of their completion, to obtain the professional title of Master of Science in Architecture. The ECTS credit system has also been introduced, which guarantees the inclusion of domestic and foreign studies in the programme of student's home university. The above mentioned legal act also defines the expected profile of a graduate. This was done both in relation to engineering and Master's degree studies.

 

Recognition of the architect's diploma in the EU


On 25 May 2009, the Department of Construction Market and Technology in the Ministry of Infrastructure in Warsaw was sent materials prepared for a presentation to the European Commission Internal Market and Services Directorate on recognition of the education of architects qualified at our university in European Union countries.

 

 

FIRST-CYCLE /ENGINEERING/ STUDIES GRADUATE'S PROFILE

Graduates of vocational studies in Architecture and Urban Planning are awarded the professional title of an Architectural Engineer. They should be prepared to perform auxiliary, possibly co-authorial and authorial creative activities in the field of design and construction of buildings. They should be characterized by high ethics and culture, awareness of social responsibility, thorough knowledge and a range of relevant skills, especially in the fields of:

- shaping of the human environment in accordance with the functional, psychological and biological needs,
- creating designs that meet the aesthetic, technological and technical requirements,
- history and theory of architecture, urban planning, related arts, humanities and sociology,
- fine arts which influence the quality of architecture,
- regional planning and urban shaping,
- understanding of the multilateral mutual relations that can occur between people, their needs, buildings and the surrounding space,
- understanding of the role of the architect's profession in society and the rules of professional ethics,
- methods of obtaining information and developing of design concepts,
- understanding of structural, construction and engineering problems related to the design of buildings,
- solving problems in the field of building physics as well as functional and technological problems in order to ensure the interior of buildings that is suitable for comfortable use and protection against external weather conditions,
- knowledge of technical and construction regulations as well as economics of building construction and use,
- principles and procedures of organisation of the construction process as well as integration of architectural and urban design in the investment process.

SECOND-CYCLE /MASTER'S DEGREE/ STUDIES GRADUATE'S PROFILE

Graduates of Master's degree studies in Architecture and Urban Planning are awarded the professional title of a Master of Science in Architecture. Educated architects should be enlightened humanists and a talented creators, aware of their social responsibility, capable of creating independent architectural and construction as well as urban planning designs. In particular, they should demonstrate the appropriate skills and knowledge in the fields of:
- shaping of the human environment in accordance with the functional, psychological and biological needs,
- creating designs that meet the aesthetic, technological and technical requirements,
- history and theory of architecture, urban planning, related arts, humanities and sociology,
- fine arts which influence the quality of architecture,
- regional planning and urban shaping,
- understanding of the multilateral mutual relations that can occur between people, their needs, buildings and the surrounding space,
- understanding of the role of the architect's profession in society and the rules of professional ethics,
- methods of obtaining information and developing of design concepts,
- understanding of structural, construction and engineering problems related to the design of buildings,
- solving problems in the field of building physics as well as functional and technological problems in order to ensure the interior of buildings that is suitable for comfortable use and protection against external weather conditions,
- knowledge of technical and construction regulations as well as economics of building construction and use,
- principles and procedures of organisation of the construction process as well as integration of architectural and urban design in the investment process.

The learning cycle in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning adopted at WPUT implements this graduate's profile. In full-time first-cycle studies, the curriculum will certainly enable shaping of an architectural engineer in accordance with the profile outlined above, with good theoretical and technical preparation and being able to perform auxiliary activities related to architectural design. After graduation from the second-cycle (Master's degree) studies, graduates will obtain the competences of an architect - a creator of culture, a specialist, who, after obtaining the necessary professional experience, will be able to obtain full architectural rights enabling the performance of independent functions in the construction industry and the right to acquire subsequent degrees. At present, studies are still being carried out in the form of a 5-year uniform course of study. The first graduates of the Architecture and Urban Planning engineering (first-cycle) studies will take their final exams and defend their engineering diplomas in the academic year 2009/2010, whereas the first graduates of Master's degree (second-cycle) studies studying in the two-cycle mode - in 2012-2013.

History of the field of study

In the Szczecin agglomeration of half a million people, the training of architects and urban planners at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the Szczecin University of Technology began in 1947. In 1953, this field of study was closed until 1969, when the teaching of architecture was resumed again. For this purpose, a large Institute of Architecture and Spatial Planning was established within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. It was a five-year course of study ending with a Master's degree. Today, after 40 years of continuous education in the field of architecture, the team of professors and assistant professors has grown and strengthened. There are 47 architects and academic teachers employed in the departments related to architecture, including 36 professors and PhDs. There is also the Department of Drawing, Sculpture and Design employing 14 artists, who participate in the teaching of architects. Within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture there are numerous fields of study related to construction: building structures, organization of building processes, road and bridge construction, hydraulic engineering, sanitary engineering, architecture and urban planning. Since 2001, the field of Architecture and Urban Planning has had a new teaching facility. It is located in the new campus located in the buildings of former military barracks. All units and departments connected with the education of architects are situated here. In the main building of the Faculty, students of architecture only learn subjects related to construction and building materials. Around 600 students are enrolled each year for the first year of full-time studies at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, including 120 for Architecture and Urban Planning. Since 2007, we have been teaching in the Bologna system, in two cycles The studies in Architecture and Urban Planning were divided into:

- First-cycle - engineering studies, lasting 8 terms, including term 7 entirely devoted to internships,
- Second-cycle - Master's degree studies, lasting 3 terms.
This year, the Szczecin University of Technology, after merging with another university, was transformed into the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin. A university was established with over 27 thousand students studying at 10 faculties, whereas the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture is the largest faculty in terms of the number of students.
The West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin is the second largest state university in West Pomerania.