The Design School's Bachelor of Science in Design with a major in Architectural Studies program offers an integrated curriculum of professional courses and focuses on the design laboratory. The program reflects an awareness of the complex factors affecting the quality of the built environment. The program seeks through scholarship, teaching, research, design, and community service to develop the discipline and the knowledge necessary to address the important environmental and design issues faced by society.
The undergraduate program is designed to create a deep awareness and knowledge of the discipline of architecture and the ideas and values that affect the creative practice of architecture. The program of study emphasizes the base of knowledge that is specialized and particular to architecture. This is the special understanding of the history, theories,
and the technologies essential to architecture. The program seeks to enhance the depth of our understanding, the qualities of our experience, and the intimacy of our awareness of architecture.
In addition to developing knowledge and skills in architectural design, building technology, and professional practice, students are encouraged to select electives from a broad range of approved courses both within the Institute and across the University. These electives may be selected to devise a minor, to further professional study, or in some other fashion to enrich the student's academic experience.
Master's degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. Additional information on accreditation and the process of achieving professional licensure, as well as, links to helpful resources can be found here.
Admission to the professional program in architecture is competitive and begins after completion of the degree milestone. The professional program includes two years of upper-division study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) and two years of graduate study leading to the Master of Architecture (MArch).
The Bachelor of Science in Design degree in Architectural Studies requires a minimum of 120 hours of course work.
Undergraduate students who intend eventually to seek an advanced degree in either engineering or building science are encouraged to see an advisor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Office of Student Success and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering advising office for additional requirements.
The BSD in Architectural Studies may be taken for honors credit through the Barrett Honors College.