Master of Fine Arts in Architecture

Master of Fine Arts in Architecture

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Course title Master of Fine Arts in Architecture
Course code PMFNAARHFTR7
Postnominal M.F.A. (Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Alex Torpiano
Delivered by Faculty for the Built Environment
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Master of Fine Arts in Architecture is a by-research M.A. that supports your advanced work and ideas in architecture. It encourages you to work independently and over a broad range of art and design disciplines to challenge how architecture is practiced in the real world. It calls upon you to come up with a unique proposal of your choosing under the tutelage of experts in the Faculty for the Built Environment. With such a vast array of options, you can decide to focus on schematic de-sign and space planning, light and colour perception, theory, modelling, or even materials. By the end of the year, you will be knowledgeable enough to carry out a dissertation, in which you will be expected to write coherently and in detail about the subject.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) a first cycle degree with at least Second Class (Honours), in a discipline related to fine arts, visual arts, architecture or conservation or any other area as deemed relevant by the Board, with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits, obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course or

(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in paragraph (a),
provided that applicants may be asked to demonstrate competence in those skills required by the nature of the proposed research, via an extended interview and the submission of appropriate documentation.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than 10 years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted provided that they provide sufficient proof of their competence to follow the Course with profit. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants may be required to complete a preparatory programme comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, particularly when they wish to focus on an area of research different from that followed in the first cycle degree but do not possess the skills or the knowledge to take up postgraduate studies in that area. Applicants shall be required to obtain an overall average mark of 65% or better in the preparatory programme prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

— Learn how to present independent research in the field of architecture
— Use sources and archival material to work independently
— Produce a problem statement and develop a thesis project contributing to the architectural needs of a community
— Apply aesthetics and design to a core architectural concept
— Communicate and defend design solutions
If you would like to pursue a career in the fine arts sector in architecture, then this is the ideal course for you.
As a graduate in the Masters of Fine Arts in Architecture, you will be employable, both locally and internationally, as an illustrator, architect, artist, photographer, fashion/interior/graphic designer, museum officer, commercial art gallery manager and as a teacher. Access to further study is also avail-able through doctorate postgraduate courses offered by the University of Malta and by foreign institutions abroad.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 16 November 2021

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.