msa | münster school of architecture
The school of architecture at Münster University of Applied Sciences is located at the heart of Münster's "arts campus" - the Leonardo Campus - a stone's throw away from the Academy of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Design and the future Music Conservatory of the Westphalian Wilhelms University.
By having its own independent area on the campus, the architecture building has a very individual profile, enabling students to identify strongly with their faculty. What is more, by being part of a large university landscape, valuable synergetic effects emerge.
The roots of the msa go back to the foundation of the Royal School of Construction over a century ago. On the basis of its long tradition and the recognised quality of its training, the msa introduced tiered five-year Bachelor and Master studies of Architecture according to the UNESCO Standards of the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA). The leading role played by the msa with regard to the Bologna Process is substantiated by the fact that the msa was the first school of architecture in the whole of Germany to be accredited up to 2011.
The new BA/MA programme, which has now proved its worth since 2001, guarantees the internationally high standard via a network of renowned European Faculties of Architecture, the Universities of Barcelona, Delft, Cracow, Prague and Venice. International visiting professors and lecturers are regularly involved in teaching at Münster, not only at Bachelor but also at Master level. Every year, special projects and workshops, such as integrated short modules in the first semester of the Master study programme, are held in cooperation with international lecturers.
In view of a constantly and rapidly changing market and an increasing complexity of the architecture profession, the msa is very concerned with permanently and innovatively expanding and further developing its competencies in teaching and the corresponding infrastructure.