AAR4600 - Self-programmed Design Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved exercises 100/100

Course content

The course offers the student the opportunity to independently choose the theme of their architectural or urban project in collaboration with a supervisor from one of the architectural departments. The project work must be architecture and / or urbanism. The supervisor must be associate professor or professor and preferably the same for both the combined courses.

The student must make an agreement with the supervisor well in advance and formulate a description of the assignment / learning activities in the Self-programmed Design Course as well as in the associated Self-programmed Knowledge Course. The description must also contain an overview of course materiel, a timetable, the planned frequency of individual guidance and a preliminary overview of the works that will be submitted for examination.

If the student enters into cooperation with external parties in the course, such as execution of a real design brief, a written agreement with the external party that ensures academic independence must be included in the description. There is no opportunity to receive fees for work done in the course.

The supervisor must sign the description and approve that it is in accordance with the Learning Outcomes of the course. The student must send the approved and signed description to the faculty no later than a week before the application deadline for course registration. The supervisor must organize the examination in the same semester.

Learning outcome


The candidate ...
- has advanced knowledge of specific architectural and / or planning prerequisites for the chosen project assignment and can apply this knowledge in their own architectural work.


The candidate ...
- is able to give form to architecture and / or urban plan through artistic and scientific investigations, concept development and architectural design in relevant scales and formats.
- is in command of architectural methods, tools and expressions and can apply these skills in architectural and / or urban design in a targeted, professional and experimental manner.
- is able to apply architecture as a field of knowledge in their own architectural work; its theory and history, as well as its technical, scientific, social and cultural basis.
- is able to apply advanced aesthetic and practical understanding (tacit knowledge) in their own architectural work.

General competence:

The candidate ...
- takes independent responsibility for their own learning and professional development and is able to apply their knowledge in new fields.
- is able to reflect critically and ethically on their own architectural work, create new frameworks for understanding, and depart from conventions after critical consideration.
- is able to communicate architectural work at a professional level and in an academic context.
- relates their professional competence and commitment to important societal issues.

Learning methods and activities

To be decided by student and supervisor in advance. See the paragraph Academic content.

The course places great demands on the student's ability to plan their own learning activities and to do independent architectural work under supervision.

Further on evaluation

The submitted project forms the basis for the assessment. At the regular exam, students may be offered the opportunity to present the project orally to the sensor. The oral presentation itself is not included as part of the assessment. Students can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, bachelor’s degree in architecture, or equivalent. The course is the main element of a combination with AAR4900 Self-programmed Knowledge Course which must be taken in the same semester.

Course materials

To be decided by student and supervisor in advance. See the paragraph Academic content.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-06-01

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-12-01

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Faculty of Architecture and Design



Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved exercises 100/100

Release 2020-12-09

Submission 2020-12-16

Release 15:00

Submission 15:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved exercises 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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