May 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art: Architectural Design, B.F.A.

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Coordinator: Jori Erdman
Phone: (540) 568-3318

The major in architectural design educates future design leaders. It is an intensive studio-based program focused on rigorous design processes. Architectural design is approached holistically– emphasizing investigations into the nature of materials and objects, space, history and theory, programmatic invention, functional poetics, and collaboration across disciplines. The curriculum instills purpose, craft, technical competencies, and versatile thinking. We are an inclusive program that develops skilled and empathetic architectural designers.

The Architectural Design Program is a pre-professional major that prepares students for graduate studies as well as entry-level positions in a variety of design fields including architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. Students should be aware that educational requirements for architectural licensing vary from state to state.

The program is enhanced by frequent field trips as well as guest critics and speakers. Vibrant student organizations including a chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architecture students and the American Institute of Architecture Students provide leadership opportunities for students and connections to the profession.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the architectural design major is selective and competitive for a limited number of reserved seats in upper-division (300-400 level) architectural design courses. Declaration of architectural design as a major and completion of lower-division (100-200) prerequisite art courses does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission to upper-division ARCD courses is based on completion of all prerequisite art courses and merit as determined by faculty review of portfolios submitted in satisfaction of the course ARCD 208. Portfolio Review .

ARCD 208  is a 0 credit, pass/fail course that functions as a prerequisite to enrollment in 300-400 level architectural design courses. ARCD 208  portfolios are reviewed in the sophomore year prior to pre-registration. Students should contact the area coordinator of architectural design to determine the exact time and location for the ARCD 208  portfolio review.

ARCD 200  and ARCD 202  are restricted to Architectural Design students who have passed ART 102 , ART 104  and ART 106  only. Students are restricted from taking any 300-400 level architectural design studio courses until ARCD 208  has been taken and passed. Accepted students who receive a passing grade for ARCD 208  will be able to register for ARCD upper-division courses for the following semester.

Accepted students who receive a passing grade for ARCD 208   are required to furnish a computer that meets or exceeds the recommendations of the program found here:

Students not accepted will have one opportunity to reapply or may choose to continue in another major within the SADAH 

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  courses 41 Credit Hours 1
  • University electives 1 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 78 Credit Hours


1 The General Education program  contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing graduate studies in architecture take PHYS 140   and MATH 205  in fulfillment of General Education credits in Cluster Three: The Natural World .

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

This major requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art-related courses; 45 must focus on architectural design.

Required Courses

Art, Design and Art History Electives: 9 Credit Hours

Studio art, design and art history electives may include courses from general fine arts, graphic design, industrial design, art education, architectural design, internships and art history excluding courses taken in the required major, as well as ARTH 490 , ARTH 495  and ARTH 499 .

Total: 78 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 33 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

Total: 27 Credit Hours


1 ARCD 496  is typically completed during the summer.

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