Domus Academy
Urban Vision & Architectural Design Master's Degree 2018/19
One Year

Program. Adapt. Change. The one year Master’s in Urban Vision & Architectural Design at Domus Academy presents students with strategies for transforming a city, from private developments to public space. Cities are experimental laboratories where humans formulate and refine responses to our basic needs: for shelter, relationships, movement, commerce. Students in this Master’s degree envision future urban and architectural scenarios, according to complex dynamics and evolving requirements. Starting from the urban strategy this degree explores different architectural approaches in order to give students the opportunity to work also on the building scale.

Degree Length
One year; Fall Intake

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 word essay)
Curriculum vitae/Resume
Digital portfolio
Official Undergraduate Degree transcript
Copy of Undergraduate Degree
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form

Application Deadline
June 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Early September 2018 – Mid July 2019

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Undergraduate GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 5.0+ or equivalent.

Program Aims & Objectives
The Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design graduates high level profiles able to investigate on urban and architectural issues generated within contemporary urban contexts, as well as professionals capable to experiment appropriate and innovative research tools and design methods to define project scenarios in the field of architecture, landscape and urban planning.

Furthermore, the program, which deals with the complexity of topics linked to the urban experience and works on the interplay among the multiple project scales within the urban context, offers a vision where urban planning, architecture, landscape and design skills, social and cultural analysis, communication tools, converge to create a new professional identity, able to redefine the functions and aesthetics of the urban space.

Students learn how to develop a spatial approach that conceives the urban and architectural design project as a process concurring to the definition of the urban pattern; to develop a critical understanding of research and design methodologies, within the Urban and Architectural Design domain; to practice concept generation ability within set strategies, combining imaginative insight and cogency of arguments; to train in design research, on capacities and possibilities of a place for architectural and urban development; to carry on complete design processes, articulating logic and systematic sequence of coherent project steps and progressively interpreting morphological, typological, technological and aesthetics concerns; to enhance the ability to produce future visions of urban and architectural development, in answer to transforming scenarios; to develop the ability to communicate research and design works through effective tools within a professional and intercultural arena; to develop an insight into the evolving profession of urban designers and architects in a globally oriented practice and in various contexts; to reproduce a professional context of work, where interdisciplinary teams with specific skills are involved.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have:

  • Understood from a critical perspective the role of an urban and architectural design project as part of the comprehensive urban space and its complex dynamics;
  • Acquired a personal awareness in applying the most appropriate research and design methodologies to design projects within the Urban and Architectural Design domain;
  • Developed design concepts to professional standard, for Urban and Architectural Design projects tailored to specific strategies;
  • Acquired a critical approach toward research within the design process, as a complementary component of the overall project development;
  • Devised a coherent design proposal, accounting for morphological, typological, technological and aesthetics issues at professional level while understanding contexts and managing projects scales;
  • Envisioned urban and architectural scenarios, according to evolving dynamics and changeable requirements;
  • Conceived and structured an individual research and design presentation at professional level with a broader audience in an intercultural setting, selecting the most coherent communication strategy and appropriate tools and languages;
  • Acquired knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary design domain and the changing role of architects and urban designers in different contexts;
  • Selected and managed interdisciplinary teams involved in 11 the project process, becoming aware of the limits of the fields of urban and architectural design and of the possibility of incorporating knowledge from other disciplines.

Degree & Certification
Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). The Academic Master’s Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Domus Academy’s accreditation has helped build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team. Domus Academy’s accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Career Opportunities
Participants in the Master may take different careers nationally and internationally as architects, urban planners, urban designers, project managers. Their access to architecture or engineering’s studios can be found as consultants, as well as in development agencies of the territory, departments of urban planning, real estate or construction companies, and also, in design studios.

Declaration of Value
In order to receive the Academic Master Degree at the completion of the program students holding a non-Italian Bachelor Degree are required to have their degree validated prior to starting the program. In order to do so, students must contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the degree was issued in order to ask for the so called “perfezionamento documenti”, consisting of:

  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Diploma*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Academic Transcripts*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Bachelor Degree*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Undergraduate Academic Transcripts*
  • “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” (Declaration of Value) of the student’s High School Diploma & Bachelor Degree. (The “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” is the document attesting that the study qualification obtained in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian Universities or Academies)

For a complete list of Italian representative authorities worldwide please see here. The legalized and translated documents, as well as the “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” will be issued to the student.

*Please Note: All Consulates vary and they may have slightly different requirements. You must contact the Consulate, which holds jurisdiction where the diploma/degree issuing school is located.

The program is organized in four main modules lasting eight weeks each that include courses and workshops, followed by an 8 week internship period and a final portfolio presentation. For a full description of the program structure see Urban Vision and Architectural Design Master’s Degree.

History & Cultures And Methods & Practices


  • Workshop 1 – Strategies And Vision
  • Workshop 2 – Architectural Link
  • Workshop 3 – Urban And Landscape Design
  • Workshop 4 – Architectural Design

Final Master Project


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Application Deadline
May 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Awards Announced
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
Coming soon
Program Check-in & SAI Orientation
Students arrive in Milan independently prior to this date and must check in with on-site staff by this day. Check-in is followed by a brief program orientation.
Coming soon
DA Academic Orientation Days
DA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities for students to get to know each other and meet professors.
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 1
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 1
Coming soon
Exams: Module 1
Coming soon
Fall Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 2
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 2
Coming soon
Exams: Module 2
Coming soon
Winter Holiday Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 3
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 3
Coming soon
Exams: Module 3
Coming soon
Winter Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 4
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 4
Coming soon
Exams: Module 4
Coming soon
Internships Begin: Module 5
Coming soon
Internships End: Module 5
Coming soon
Exams: Module 5
Coming soon
Final Exams
Coming soon
Graduation & Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $125
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee.
Contact SAI
Optional / Additional Fees:  
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Milan
$900 $1,500
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$300 $300
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$200 / course $200 / course
SAI can provide recommendations.
$800 / month $1,500 / month
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
$600 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Milan area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!

  • Academic Master’s Degree awarded by Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)
  • Master’s Diploma from Domus Academy
  • Program tuition
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for local housing agencies, as well as school-provided apartments. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.