Program Structure

Structure and Content of the MAC Degree Program

This program consists of four semesters and which are broken down into three taught semesters of instruction and one semester dedicated to writing the Master’s Thesis. The modular framework of each semester encompasses four foundation courses in each of Humanities and Techniques, one elective project related to the different domains of cultural heritage conservation, one compulsory (mandatory) module and one German course. Compulsory (mandatory) excursions and internships are also outlined, alongside set times of study. There is no obligation for class attendance upon students fourth, and final, semester, which is dedicated to writing the Master’s Thesis. Theses are supervised and final examinations are taken in Dessau.

During the first semester, the emphasis is placed upon the study of half-timber construction) – in conjunction with the Deutsches Fachwerkzentrum Quedlinburg e.V. Seminars on eco-construction, wood preservation, building with clay and earth and architectural history are delivered by subject specialists. The second semester is devoted to the material of stone. Practical foundations and comprehensive knowledge of art periods, materials and traditional production techniques are conveyed.

Furthermore, masonry and sculptural work, as well as conservation and restoration techniques, are introduced and knowledge of project planning and documentation employed. In the third semester, ‘The Preservation of Monuments of the Modern Age’ is introduced to this program, covering all the construction, artistic and historical characteristics involved therein. Building on this, the basic principles necessary for an appropriate familiarization with such characteristics are cultivated – always taking into account conservation issues related to building type, regional disparities, and urban development. At the end of the fourth semester, the Master’s Thesis is drawn up within a timeframe of twenty weeks, following which the oral examination/ viva takes place.


Compulsory (mandatory) modules consist of two main parts: Humanities and Techniques. Each semester (semester 1 - 3) there are specific topics that will be taught. Additionally, students are required to participate in several excursions, some this excursions are mandatory.


Several elective courses are offered in varying topics each semester. Students can choose from several courses according to their area of interest. We usually expect students to take a minimum of one elective every semester. Students are expected to take a minimum of one elective every semester.


Studio projects for students are offered in the field of design and research. Students in the first three semesters are expected to complete one project every semester. Fourth-semester students will work on completing their Master Thesis, which is based on design or intensive research.