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Architecture programme

  • Number of credits 300 credits

Do you want to create sustainable, socially just cities and buildings of the future? The Architecture programme at the School of Architecture at Umeå University can be described as being on the borderline between the artistic and the scientific disciplines. The programme is characterized by a consistent focus on sustainability and has an international profile with teachers from all over the world.

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Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.

While studying

The teaching is largely project-based and aims to integrate theoretical and scientific knowledge with process-oriented and artistic research. Sustainability and resource awareness, as well as experimentation in full-scale construction, are important elements in the education. Umeå School of Architecture is equipped with a wood workshop, laser cutter, 3D printer and computer rooms.

Teaching is in English.

Architecture theory and practical tools

The school is located on the Art Campus by the banks of the Ume River together with, among others, the Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design and Bildmuseet.

The education mainly consists of project work with supervision, in groups or individually. Courses in, among other things, architectural theory, architectural history and technology are combined with project work and run in parallel during the semesters. Our focus is to give you a broad orientation in the subject of architecture and practical tools for analysis, development of concepts and composition, as well as a broad technical knowledge.

Your own workplace in the school studio

Many lectures are given by internationally professional architects, artists and researchers. You present your projects with, among other things, models and sketches, and have your own workplace in the school's studio. During the first three years of the education, key concepts, methods and theoretical models are introduced. The starting point gradually shifts from the local, to the regional, to the global. During the two final years, opportunities are given for specialization through different study choices with different specializations.


Programme overview

Career opportunities

The education leads to an architect's degree, which means that you can work as an architect in both the private and public sector. The international character of the programme provides good preparation for working both in Sweden and in the rest of the world.

Common professions:

• Architect
• Consultant
• Project manager


The education leads to an architect's degree.

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