What are the program costs and payment deadlines?

SOS answers:

Master’s Program:
The total participation fee for the full Master’s Program is 12.000€. Tuition Fee must be paid in its entirety according to the following instalments:
*awarded scholarships will be applied as a reduction on the total amount of the tuition cost.
• 1.000€ – Registration fee – within two weeks of receiving the acceptance offer 2021
• 4.000€ – First installment – September 30th 2021
• 3.000€ – Second installment – December 20th 2021
• 4.000€ (or final amount due minus any awarded scholarship) – Third installment – February 28th 2021

Standalone Courses:

Please find all single course costs on the standalone course description page.

Does SOS offer scholarship to applicants?

SOS answers:

SOS does offer scholarships to Master’s Program students. The scholarships can vary according to our internal evaluation of every candidate profile and the timing of submission. Scholarships typically range from 1.000€ to 3.000€ and will be awarded to candidates based on their academic and professional merit. The exact amount will be communicated to the student along with the acceptance letter. Additionally, scholarship funding for special content-based projects might be offered by external partners.

Am I eligible to join the Master Program even if I do not hold a degree in Design, Architecture or Engineering?

SOS answers:

The program focuses on design related disciplines and therefore welcomes applicants with an architecture, design or engineering degree. That being said, the school may consider applicants with diverse relevant backgrounds as long as the candidate can demonstrate a high level of interest and motivation.

Among the requirements for the Master’s Program there is the B2 Level English Certificate (CEFR). Do I need to have a valid English Language Certification in order to apply?

SOS answers:

The program is English taught and SOS requires a minimum B2.1 Level (CEFR) for participation. Applicants will not be required to submit a valid certification, a self-certification indicating a B2.1 level or above is sufficient. During the aptitude interview, the SOS Admission team will also make an evaluation of the language level.

Will the Foundation Courses be offered through distance learning? Are students required to attend the courses synchronously or asynchronously? Will students be able to interact directly with the instructors?

SOS answers:

For SOS#8 all foundation courses will be held online and be split into a lecture part (which will be recorded and made available on our online platform), followed by a practical segment directed live by the professors. The courses Foundations of Sustainability, Green Building Manager, Healthy Materials, Environmental Design, Design for Circular Economy will be split into 4 weekly session with sessions 1 and 3 including 1 hour of lecture followed by a self-study activity (a reading, a project to develop, an exercise provided to the students by the instructor) which will be carried out in the following hour (instructors will be available for consultation during the self-study hours).

For sessions 2 and 4 the students will meet with the instructor for 1 hour and be guided through a tutorial where they will be able to share the results of their self-study activity within a virtual workspace. At the end of the day’s lesson the instructor will provide students with the necessary information to be able to complete the assignment by the following class. The Parametric Design course will instead feature 4 classes a week of 3 hours each for a period of 2 weeks. Live participation is mandatory for all students.

How is the dissertation phase of the Master’s Program structured? Will students be able to take part both through distance learning or on campus in Milan?

SOS answers:

The final phase of the Master’s Program will be dedicated to a final dissertation for all students. This phase will be made available to our students both in online format and in presence and students will have much more flexibility. The dissertation period lasts 4 months, and is the final phase of the SOS Master’s Program. Students will carry on individual study activities (supervised by SOS track leaders through individual distance learning sessions) focusing on the contents developed in the Project Track phase, such as the exploration of a key area of research or the development of particular technical aspects of the project.

The goal is to prepare necessary materials for the final dissertation to be presented in September. During these final months dedicated to the dissertation work, SOS will also provide guidance to students for their professional development through mentorship activities performed by SOS staff.

Will students receive a certificate at the end of the Master’s Program?

SOS answers:

All students will receive a certificate of attendance providing a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies carried out and completed according to a standard 8-point model, based on the initiative of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It should be highlighted that our curriculum reflects the practice based, research driven approach to education that is the main feature of our program, greatly benefitting from our extended network of partnerships with both academic, professional and industrial entities.

Where is SOS located?

SOS answers:

SOS is located in Milan along with Mario Cucinella studios at our new location in Via Poma 52, Milano 20129.

What are the participation requirements for the Master’s Program?

SOS answers:

Full time attendance is compulsory for the 4-month Project Track phase of the Master’s Program. Students shall carefully comply with the course work hour requirements as indicated by the School. Absences exceeding three days must be promptly communicated to SOS School Administration and must be justified by proper certification. During the initial phase (Foundation Courses) and final (Dissertation) phase, students will be able to follow all program activities remotely with more flexibility.

With the completion of the Master’s program, will SOS offer job/internship opportunities to participating students?

SOS answers:

Enrollment in the SOS Master’s Program does not guarantee job/internship placement for participating students. However, one of the main features of our program is a full immersive experience within our extended network of partnerships with both academic and industrial entities which can lead to professional opportunities for students. Moreover, SOS will assist interested students in applying for internship opportunities at the end of the program.

How many students will participate in the Master’s Program?

SOS answers:

The minimum number of students for SOS#8 is 15 and the maximum number of students is 30.

Is the course entirely online and would there be the possibility of visiting the school in Bologna?

SOS answers:

The foundation courses for SOS#8 will be held fully online. Only students enrolled in the full Master’s Program will take part in the in-person activities in Milan for the Project Tracks phase.

What are the dates for the Foundation Courses which will be available in the Stand Alone program?

SOS answers:

The standalone modules will be held according to the following calendar (classes will be in the afternoons, class times will be made available in the coming weeks).

Foundations of Sustainability - the weeks of October 4th to October 28th

Green Building Manager - the weeks of November 2nd to November 26th

Healthy Materials - the weeks of November 2nd to November 26th

Parametric Design - the weeks of November 29th and December 9th

Environmental Design - the weeks of December 13th to February 10th

Design for Circular Economy - the weeks of December 13th to February 10th

What are the application deadlines for the Standalone modules?

SOS answers:

Students will be able to enroll into any Standalone course up to two weeks before the start date of the course.

What documents are required to apply?

SOS answers:

Students interested in applying to the Master’s Program can fill out the application form. In addition to your contact information, you will be requested to send on: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae / Resume, and Design Portfolio. Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted by the SOS Admissions Team.

Students interested in applying to Standalone course can fill out the application form the course description page of the course. In addition to your contact information, you will be requested to send on your Curriculum Vitae / Resume.