The students enrolled in the Architecture Program are taught the skills they need to make major contributions to designing and planning our human living space, to create our future buildings for living, for working, and recreation, to invent indoor concepts, and construct quarters and districts or whole areas of settlement. Architects laying the foundations for optimum environmental quality, for living and working conditions that offer society all opportunities to develop must be trained and taught to realize the technical scope, the economic potentials and, most of all, the inventive options of designing a future world through scientifically based creative syntheses. In addition, they must be prepared comprehensively to react on the ever changing requirements of their future architectural profession. Such skills are ensured through education that emphasizes practice and research while activating teaching expertise and findings. Students intending to graduate as architects have been admitted since 1825. The bachelor’s or master’s degrees can be taken since the corresponding programs were introduced in winter 2009/2010.
Only 25 percent of all architecture applicants can be admitted for studies at KIT’s Department of Architecture. The high demand observed during the last ten years for studying architecture in Karlsruhe can be considered a quality characteristic and encouraging evaluation that promises that we are on our way to promote and establish identification while supporting and challenging both lecturers and students.
In 1997/98, we introduced a Postgraduate Study Course on Old-building Renovation. The master’s degree on that subject can be taken since 2003. The study course is aimed at enabling graduates to develop architectural concepts considering their functional, formal, material and structural aspects and to apply these in practice in accordance with the relevant economic and ecological parameters and the scientific methods and findings.
Being the third of our study courses, the Art History Program at the Department of Architecture provides a broad and representative knowledge of historical monuments and landmarked buildings and teaches a versatile methodology that can be applied to all general or time-specific issues that may be related to a work of art. Art history gathers and analyzes works of fine arts in the context of their creation and reception. During the last decades, the classical fields of architecture, sculpture, and painting have been complemented by the new media photography, film, and video and, after World War II, by artistic forms of expression such as happening, fluxus, and conceptual art that have been characterizing the extended concept of art. The program comprises European art from the early Middle Ages to the present and international modernism. Students of art history can take a bachelor’s or master’s degree or receive a PhD.