Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico (Single cycle degree/Combined Bachelor and Master - 300/360 ECTS) in Architecture

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico (Single cycle degree/Combined Bachelor and Master - 300/360 ECTS)
Academic Year 2013/2014
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 0881
Degree Programme Class LM-4 C.U. - Architecture and Construction Engineering (5-year programme)
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III, IV, V
Teaching mode Convenzionale
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Cesena
Degree Programme Director Gino Malacarne
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Programme profile

This programme produces professional figures with specific competences in architectural design, urban and landscape planning, structural and environmental design, architectural restoration, conservation and promotion of architectural assets and interior design.

The study programme is divided equally between theoretical and practical course units.

At the end of the first cycle (years 1 and 2) students shall be assessed on their command of the following fundamental elements:

· Architectural logic,

· Construction,

· The history of essential components of architecture,

· The basic (conventional and computer) techniques for architectural representation,

· The foundations of technical control.

The second cycle (years 3 and 4) provides scientific, technical and professional training in architecture and urban planning, architectural construction and restoration.

The third cycle (year 5) covers the study of specific topics and subject areas in workshops and the production of the final examination.

The Architecture single cycle degree programme starts with the acquisition of solid grounding in mathematics, physics, technical and historical subjects and architectural representation, as well as basic training in architectural design.

In particular, the teaching of mathematics and physical-technical subjects aims to develop methodological skills and experiment the knowledge required to understand the technical problems underlying architectural design; the knowledge of architectural history is required to recognise and critically assess works in terms of the system of shapes, context, materials and techniques used; the representation of architecture and living spaces aims to develop the knowledge of architecture, design and communication.

The programme includes single-subject course units and workshops to develop design skills in the different areas of architectural and urban design, restoration, structural design, including the awareness of the economic and legislative issues connected to all fields of architectural design.

The design workshops held throughout the study programme aim to assess the acquired knowledge, but also offer the perfect educational opportunity for developing design skills that incorporate the different competences and are open to the contribution of specialist knowledge involved in contemporary design processes, in line with the teaching structure used in the majority of European countries. The ultimate objective is to produce designers able to oversee the formal, constructive, productive and regulatory aspects involved in the transformation of the constructed environment, on different scales and in different contexts.

Some modifications have been introduced compared to the previous degree system, concerning the study of the English language; Architecture graduates will also have a command of English to level B2; study may include both the acquisition of the four linguistic skills (reading, writing, listening and dialogue) and compulsory attendance of lessons, in line with the criteria specified by the study programme coherently with the instructions of the Academic Bodies.

More information

There are a number of scholarships available for the preparation of dissertations abroad and a number of study awards

Expected learning outcomes

2nd cycle degree graduates :
• Will have knowledge of the scientific and theoretical aspects, as well as the methodological and functional aspects of mathematics and the other sciences that are fundamental and will be able to use this knowledge to describe and interpret complex problems in detail.
• Will have advanced knowledge of the history of architecture, construction, urban development, architectural restoration and other activities involved in the transformation of the environment related to professions linked to architecture and to building science, as defined in the EEC directive 85/384 and subsequent recommendations.
• Will have knowledge of architectural theory and the literature of architecture.
The preferred teaching method for the achievement of these goals are lectures and practical activities, supported by a wide variety of specialised tutorials and home study. Assessment is by means of oral examination or written papers.

2nd cycle degree graduates:
• Will have knowledge and understanding of the complex role of architectural design within a context of anthropology, sociology, aesthetics, art history, literature, culture, the performing arts and media.
• Will be able to measure the architectonic space and represent it correctly in 3-dimensions.
• Will be able to produce architectural designs in all scales required, and will be able to develop construction documents.
• Will be able to identify techniques of visual representation in relation to principles of space and the elements that form the anthropic space.
• Will have knowledge and understanding of composition techniques and will be fully aware of the aesthetic, distributive, functional, and structural aspects, as well as the principles of building technologies and the managerial, economic and environmental aspects, and will demonstrate an awareness of cultural trends and requirements of contemporary society.
• Will have knowledge and understanding of the techniques for surveying decay and the methods of renovation work for conservation, scientific restoration and the conversion-transformation of the existing architectonic heritage.
• Will have knowledge and understanding of static theory and the procedures for its application in accordance with the various building elements and the strength of the materials used.
• Will have knowledge and understanding of the problems of structural concepts, of building and civil engineering connected to building design.
• Will have knowledge of the physical and technological problems as well as the functions of buildings in order to ensure both internal comfort and protection from external climatic conditions.
• Will have the necessary technical skills to design structures that satisfy the requirements of the users, as far as is possible within the constraints imposed by budget and regulatory norms for building.
• Will have the competence to use tools for evaluating the economic and constructive feasibility of a design efficiently.
• Will have adequate knowledge of the industries, organizations, regulations and procedures necessary for building design projects and integrating them in the design.
These objectives are reached through a considerable number of hours dedicated to studio activity, with a certain amount of practical activities carried out under the guidance of a professor and individual and group projects, combined with tutoring by teachers operating in the area of study. Assessment, which includes written and oral examination, practical activities, reports and problem solving, requires specific tasks to be performed in which students demonstrate their skills using tools, methodologies and autonomous assessment. During internships, assessment is performed on the basis of a report presented by the student.

2nd cycle degree graduates:
• Will be able to identify and analyse urban structures according to their building principles and define the quality of the urban environment, to report and manage the complex processes of transformation at both an urban and regional level with planning instruments.
• Will know methods and analysis techniques for regional and environmental systems as well as obtain the tools for the economic and environmental evaluation of building designs in both town and regional planning and for the protection of the environment and landscape.
• Will have knowledge of the economic principles and aspects of business management involved in the transformation of the built environment and of the landscape.
• Will be able to form informed judgements thanks to the decisional structure of the process in which the students are involved during the course of design proposals, working in multidisciplinary groups in the studios, which require synthesis and integration of the various areas of knowledge.
The practical activities in the studios, together with the individual projects, give the students the possibility to develop their decision-making capabilities and critical judgement independently.
The assessment of a successful level of critical judgement is made through course unit evaluation and assessment of students' ability to work independently, and as part of a group, throughout the assignments given and during the preparation of the work for the thesis.



Fluently use at least one other European language in addition to Italian, orally and in written form, also with a command of their subject vocabulary.

They are able to work in teams through their workshop experiences and the frequent use of group work throughout the programme.

They are able to communicate using various verbal, graphic and computer means, given the complexity and poly-semantic nature of architectural design.

They are able to communicate with different professional figures and blend their competences, as a result of the multidisciplinary nature of the workshops.

During the classroom exercises and workshops, seminars and other learning activities, students are not only encouraged to intervene

publicly to improve their ability to clearly and comprehensibly formulate doubts and/or requests for clarification on specific topics, but are also required

to present written and oral reports on specific subjects or aspects for progress tests. Communication skills are assessed

not only during these occasions but also during the production of written work and oral presentations for exams.

The final examination also offers students' a further opportunity to develop and verify their skills in the analysis, production and communication of their own work.

The final examination involves the presentation of a dissertation on a subject related to the study programme before an examination board.

They will have English language knowledge to level B2.

English language knowledge will also be tested as part of the assessment of the acquisition of communication skills.


2nd cycle degree graduates:
• Will have the ability to keep abreast of changes to the safety regulations and quality certification which form an integral part of the design process.
• Will be able to learn autonomously complex topics both in the humanities and sciences, as a result of the programme of theoretical courses devoted to single subjects.

The learning abilities acquired are a result of the entire period of study and in particular in home study, the preparation for practical activities and individual projects, as well as the preparation for the thesis and the preparation of the report on the internship period.
Learning skills are evaluated continuously throughout the learning period. The respect of deadlines, the presentation of independently collected data, tutoring during the preparation of projects and the evaluation of the self-directed learning which has been developed during the preparation of the thesis are all considered

Course units

The course units are listed according to the chosen curriculum


Internship: the study programme provides for a curricular internship experience lasting 150 hours (6 credits) in an establishment in agreement with the University of Bologna or in establishments within the University. The internship is an important opportunity to experience the world of work.

Committee President: Prof. Francesco Saverio Fera

Internship Office

Extra-curricular activities

Seminars and study workshops are organized.

International mobility

Exchanges are possible through agreements with various universities as part of the Erasmus programme or other conventions. Students may also choose to complete part of the thesis and internship abroad.

Contact: Arch. Danila Longo
Administrative contact: Dr. Maria Smurro
Student Mobility Tutor:

International Relations Office

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

2nd cycle degree graduates will be able to fill the following professional roles and relative functions in the fields of employment here indicated:

Professional Architect as indicated in EEC directive 85/384 and subsequent amendments of the EEC advisory committee n°3 of March 13-14 1990, on the mutual recognition of professional architectural qualifications among European states.

2nd cycle degree graduates may register in the professional architects registers pertaining to the 2nd cycle degree programme, indicated as LM-4, once they have passed the state examination and the professional qualifying examination of the professional Architects, Project Designers, Landscape and Restoration Architects' Register; graduates may also register in Section A of the Italian Professional Engineers' Register.
2nd cycle degree graduates may carry out that established by European and Italian directives as according with the qualification of professional architect, and in particular:
– the design – from the stages of proposal, preliminary and final designs – of transformations of the built environment and landscape at different levels and working within the various disciplines of architecture, civil/architectural engineering, architectural and urban planning, town and landscape planning, in structural and environmental design, architectural restoration, conservation and enhancement of the architectural heritage and interior architecture and design.
- management of architectural construction in different roles of senior responsibility in both technical management (works manager, technical supplies manager etc.), as well as financial management (project finance, site manager etc.).
- architectural and environmental quality control in the process of transformation of the built environment and landscape at various levels.
2nd cycle degree graduates have the following job opportunities, even without registration as a professional architect or civil engineer:
- education, teaching at various levels of education.
- promotion of awareness and enhancement of the architectural and environmental heritage (research, publishing, organisation of cultural events etc).

Job opportunities:
2nd cycle degree graduates may work freelance or in a senior position in the fields of construction, transformation, building restoration and enhancement, as well as in town and territorial planning and in complex professional organisations (design and engineering companies, service industries etc.), as in productive sectors (building firms, sector companies) and lastly also in the public or private sector (local and national government, ministries, banking institutes etc.).

2nd cycle degree graduates may teach different disciplines in primary to upper schools as well as in institutes of higher education.

The degree programme project has been submitted to selected external stakeholders in order to receive their opinions and feedbacks on the learning outcomes and the professional profiles.

Contact details

Teaching Secretariat: Mrs Romina Mingozzi, Mr Mirko Sacchetti, Mr Alberto Alvisi

Vice-Chairmanship Office: Mr Fabio Grotti, Dr Maria Smurro


Head librarian: Dr. Fulvia Sabattini

Student Administration Office - Cesena