One year (60 ECTS) • English programme
The Faculty of Architecture and Arts welcomes applications for an innovative international master’s programme in (interior) architecture with a focus on adaptive reuse.
It is safe to assume that (interior) architects will have to deal increasingly with the transformation and adaptation of the built environment. Today, the role of architecture is being re-defined due to demographic, economic and ecological challenges. Transition and reuse take centre stage in the practice and theory of the profession.
This academic master’s programme is innovative as it considers preservation through the act of adaptive reuse instead of mere conservation and restoration. Rather than relying on an archaeological perspective, it emphasises a designerly approach to give new and unexpected energy to buildings. Therefore, the programme seeks to train students who explore and activate the rich potential of existing sites through design supported by research and theory.
Ideally positioned in a region full of historical sites with various identities (cultural, artistic, religious and industrial), the faculty is in close geographic proximity to a rich laboratory of potential cases that span 600 years. Students are taught to conceive of these sites as palimpsests rather than monuments. They are encouraged to explore the beauty, memory, hidden qualities and broader potentialities of the sites handed down by our predecessors.
The master’s programme departs from the conventional understanding of the ‘interior’ as a quantifiable spatial category by underlining its richer artistic and ethical dimensions as Public Interior.
The one-year master’s programme consists of three major components: design studio, theory module and master’s thesis and project.
The programme is strongly embedded in the ongoing research on adaptive reuse by TRACE, part of the research group Arck of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University. Our ambition is to actively involve the international students in this research.
Ongoing and finished doctoral research on adaptive reuse deals with very diverse typologies such as mining sites, monasteries and churches, as well as post-war detached houses. While research is always related to design output, we develop potential strategies and programs for buildings and sites without ready-made answers. This is the case when, for instance, a building is a listed monument and its reuse would involve strong spatial adaptations. Finally, we analyse the material and immaterial qualities of sites, especially when the latter reveal exceptional atmospheric conditions that are valuable in the transition process.
You can find all information regarding the study programma in the study guide.
The university decree for Flanders is built around a credit point system that is based on the principles of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
Each year of a full-time degree programme counts 60 ECTS. Ideally, these credits are equally spread over two semesters: 30 ECTS per semester. One credit represents a study load of 25 to 30 hours. This includes time spent in class, personal work and exams.
Our graduates have found interesting jobs in the area of architecture and interior architecture and in locations all over the globe.
Many of them have gone on to work for universities and research centers, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The international master of Interior Architecture with focus on Adaptive Reuse focuses on bachelors or masters in Architecture and/or Interior Architecture with a strong interest in adaptive reuse and the cultural aspects of (interior) architecture in a broad sense.
Hasselt University will assess students individually on the basis of their portfolio and previous academic record and qualifications. General requirements imply diploma requirements and language requirements. The Examination Board of the programme evaluates each application individually with regard to the applicant’s portfolio and academic record, with specific attention to projects dealing with a complex and historical context.
Candidates have to demonstrate a good command of English, both written and spoken. English language skills need to be confirmed, by a recent score on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or any recognized proficiency test.
You can be exempted if your knowledge of the English language (academic level) can be proved otherwise (e.g. native speaker or if you have already successfully completed (a part of) a programme taught in English).
In order to receive formal permission from the examination board, you have to be in order with two things:
We require a portfolio (max. 30Mb), which can be sent in pdf by email (or WeTransfer) to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a short motivation letter (max. 300 words) and an overview of your studies.
In your portfolio we want to see a selection of your work that shows:
The overview of your studies should be a separate and simplified document with a clear and concise overview of your study programme and the disciplines you were taught in order to achieve the relevant diploma for acceptance to this master. This document should only include
When this information has reached us in time and your registration was completed successfully before May 1st/September 1st, the admission board will evaluate your application and inform you about the outcome. Of all the applications we receive, we can only accept a limited number per year.
While your portfolio awaits evaluation, there are things you can do in preparation, for administrative purposes. You must pre-register online at Hasselt University and have submitted some documents to our student administration. In case your portfolio gets approved, it will be easier to continue your registration at our University. Pre-registration by no means implies acceptance or rejection to our University. It's just our system to collect all the necessary information for your file.
Information about the tuition fee, study costs and scholarships can be found here: www.uhasselt.be/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.
For more information about the admission and enrolment procedure, please follow the link below.Take me to the admission procedure
International students can apply for a scholarship.
Master Mind scholarship is a scholarship programme by the Flemish Government
The Master Mind Scholarship includes:
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