At SEA, the syllabus prescribed by the University is adapted to meet the objectives of education articulated above. The adaption is made by applying the following principles:
- Every semester is conducted as a set of modules. Each module has a workshop-like format with focus on a single issue. Various subjects prescribed by the University are grouped together as follows to form a single module: Form and Space Studies (Design); Building Sciences and Technology (Construction, Structures, Environmental Studies and Design, and Services, Architectural Representation & Details); History, Theory and Methods (Humanities, Theory of Architecture, Professional Practice, Dissertation Seminar); Special Projects (Allied Design/College Projects); and Electives
- All modules have two non-exclusive components: a research interrogation aimed at creating new knowledge and a design provocation to make the teaching-learning applicable.
- All modules have intense field work, archival engagements and use relevant technologies. They also have a mandatory ‘making’ component (a building feature prototype, a book, etc.)
- Some modules are created for relevance responding to emerging contexts and a few modules have an active community engagement programme