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Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) Degree

Offered as a first professional degree, the Bachelor of Architecture (Candidacy Status) program provides an intense design education by developing each student's capacity to synthesize critical thought, artistic vision, and responsible leadership. With passionate professional faculty, diverse collaboration teams, emerging technologies and fabrication labs, and sensitivity to sustainable methods – together we will participate in shaping our physical world.

B.Arch (Candidacy Status) Architecture Unit Requirements
Major Coursework
Core 36 units
Major 69 units
Studio Arts & Humanities Breadth
12 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 162 units

B.ARCH ARCHITECTURE CORE COURSES

ARH 110 Studio 1: Conceptual Design Studio
ARH 150 Studio 2: Spatial Ordering & Form*
ARH 170 Projective Drawing & Perspective
ARH 180 2D Digital Visual Media
ARH 190 Building Information Modeling
ARH 210 Studio 3: Site Operations & Tectonic Systems*
ARH 250 Studio 4: Site Culture & Integral Urbanism*
ARH 475 Professional Practices for Architects
FND 113 Sketching for Communication
* 6 unit courses

B.ARCH ARCHITECTURE MAJOR COURSES

ARH 230 Color, Perception & Space
ARH 239 Materials & Methods
ARH 240 Site Design & Mapping
ARH 310 Studio 5: Assembly Buildings & Context*
ARH 320 Structures: Wood & Steel
ARH 330 Structures: Concrete, Masonry, & Tensile Systems
ARH 350 Studio 6: Site Conditions & Building Performance*
ARH 390 3D Digital Modeling
ARH 410 Studio 7: Tectonics & Structure*
ARH 420 Structures: Systems Investigation
ARH 430 Climate & Energy Use: Sustainable Strategies
ARH 440 Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing
ARH 441 Tectonics: Code Analysis & Building Envelope Documentation
ARH 450 Studio 8: Housing & Comprehensive Design*
ARH 510 Studio 9: Mixed Use Urbanism & Research*
ARH 550 Studio 10: Final Thesis Project*
ARH Major Elective
*6 unit courses

Bachelor of Architecture Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and the following Liberal Arts courses:
  • LA 108 Composition for the Artist
    LA 219 History of Architecture 1
    LA 249 History of Architecture 2
    LA 255 College Math
    LA 271 College Algebra with Geometry
    LA 292 Programming and Culture
    LA 293 Precalculus
    LA 296 Applied Physics
    LA 319 History of Architecture 3
    LA 449 Urban Design Theory

And the following general education requirements:

    2 Written Communications courses
    3 History of Architecture courses
    1 Social Factors & Historical Awareness course
    1 Urban Studies course
    1 Cultural Influences & Human Behavior course
    1 Math for Environmental Design course
    1 Applied Math course
    1 Advanced Math course
    1 Physics course
    1 Architecture Employment Communications & Practices course

     

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

For information on the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements go to: www.ncarb.org

B.Arch Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Conceptual Thinking and Process

  • Communicate conceptual thinking verbally and in writing
  • Articulate and extend conceptual thinking through diagrams
  • Develop a rigorous material logic for model-making to test ideas
  • Produce critical analyses of canonical precedent buildings recognizing the significance to the discipline of architecture.
  • Produce critical analyses of contemporary, historical, global precedents inclusive of buildings, theoretical texts, and related arts applicable to studio projects.
  • Develop a design identity which synthesizes critical thought, architectural intent, and urban design strategies

Fundamental Design & Drawing and Making

  • Develop methodologies to generate and evaluate an architectural order and formal language
  • Develop architectural proposals sensitive to the site context in scale and use
  • Produce architectural drawings with appropriate drawing conventions to convey spatial qualities and design intent
  • Demonstrate an understanding of materiality through making
  • Construct drawings and models with a high level of craft and attention to detail

Presentation Skills

  • Clearly explain and defend design projects in verbal presentations
  • Create presentation boards, slides, and/or printed materials which exhibit logical sequencing and a hierarchy of information
  • Develop effective representational strategies to convey information that build towards an argument
  • Determine appropriate media to describe the spatial qualities and human experience of the design proposal

Leadership and Community

  • Demonstrate a commitment to community building and social responsibility through programming and organization of an architectural project.
  • Demonstrate cultural literacy capable of designing for cultures with different values
  • Engage a collaborative process in the development of a design, with a range of design and engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrate and articulate knowledge of professional practices and contractual conventions.

Comprehensive Design Project

  • Develop an innovative concept for the comprehensive design of a building
  • Complete a thorough user & programmatic analysis
  • Communicate analyses of the urban and environmental conditions of a site with clear graphic devices
  • Develop a research-driven strategy for integrating building systems into the design
  • Integrate sustainable strategies into the design
  • Communicate analyses of environmental performance systems of the design with clear graphic devices
  • Develop an energy-conscious strategy for the design of building envelope systems and material selection
  • Integrate structural systems into the design
  • Produce technical documentation describing the integration of architecture and building systems
  • Address accessibility and life safety requirements in the design

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design (BA-ARH-D) Degree

Grounded in environmental design, the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design (BA-ARH-D) degree provides a strong undergraduate education while allowing the student to experience and gain skills in architectural design, art, architectural, and urban history and theory, fundamentals of sustainability, materials, building construction and structures, as well as advanced design representation tools. To study the world through the architectural lens is an opportunity to examine our culture through the spaces and buildings that we create.

BA Architectural Design Unit Requirements
Core 36 units
Major 45 units
Liberal Arts
45 units
Breadth 6 units
TOTAL 132 units

BA Architectural Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and the following Liberal Arts courses:
  • LA 108 Composition for the Artist
    LA 219 History of Architecture 1
    LA 249 History of Architecture 2
    LA 255 College Math
    LA 271 College Algebra with Geometry
    LA 292 Programming & Culture
    LA 293 Precalculus
    LA 296 Applied Physics
    LA 319 History of Architecture 3
    LA 449 Urban Design Theory

And the following general education requirements:

    2 Written Communications courses
    3 History of Art & Architecture courses
    1 Fundamental Math course
    1 Applied Math course
    1 Advanced Math course
    1 Physics course
    1 Cultural Influences & Human Behavior course
    1 Social Factors & Historical Awareness course
    1 Urban Studies course
    1 Employment Communications & Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

For information on the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements go to: www.ncarb.org

BA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Conceptual Thinking and Process

  • Communicate conceptual thinking verbally and in writing
  • Articulate and extend conceptual thinking through diagrams
  • Develop a rigorous material logic for model-making to test ideas
  • Produce critical analyses of canonical precedent buildings recognizing the significance to the discipline of architecture.
  • Produce critical analyses of contemporary, historical, global precedents inclusive of buildings, theoretical texts, and related arts applicable to studio projects.
  • Develop a design identity which synthesizes critical thought, architectural intent, and urban design strategies

Fundamental Design & Drawing and Making

  • Develop methodologies to generate and evaluate an architectural order and formal language
  • Develop architectural proposals sensitive to the site context in scale and use
  • Produce architectural drawings with appropriate drawing conventions to convey spatial qualities and design intent
  • Demonstrate an understanding of materiality through making
  • Construct drawings and models with a high level of craft and attention to detail

Presentation Skills

  • Clearly explain and defend design projects in verbal presentations
  • Create presentation boards, slides, and/or printed materials which exhibit logical sequencing and a hierarchy of information
  • Develop effective representational strategies to convey information that build towards an argument
  • Determine appropriate media to describe the spatial qualities and human experience of the design proposal

Leadership and Community

  • Demonstrate a commitment to community building and social responsibility through programming and organization of an architectural project.
  • Demonstrate cultural literacy capable of designing for cultures with different values
  • Engage a collaborative process in the development of a design, with a range of design and engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrate and articulate knowledge of professional practices and contractual conventions.

Comprehensive Design Project

  • Develop an innovative concept for the comprehensive design of a building
  • Complete a thorough user & programmatic analysis
  • Communicate analyses of the urban and environmental conditions of a site with clear graphic devices
  • Develop a research-driven strategy for integrating building systems into the design
  • Integrate sustainable strategies into the design
  • Communicate analyses of environmental performance systems of the design with clear graphic devices
  • Develop an energy-conscious strategy for the design of building envelope systems and material selection
  • Integrate structural systems into the design
  • Produce technical documentation describing the integration of architecture and building systems
  • Address accessibility and life safety requirements in the design

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

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Undergraduate Degree Breakdowns

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

Academy of Art University's Bachelor of Architecture (Candidacy Status) program questions, evaluates and promotes excellence in design. It combines exceptional art education and professional practice with new and existing technology to create beautiful and meaningful architecture that represents the cultural, physical and ecological spirit of a place.

Students are challenged to produce workable and sustainable design solutions within the values and aspirations of a specific society.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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