The design disciplines—Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture—teach us to understand and to shape the space we live in. These disciplines are old, among the first activities of civilization itself. They are also new, requiring advanced knowledge and skills to serve contemporary culture. The design disciplines operate at many levels of thought and concern. On one hand they are very practical, dealing with a host of concrete realities: on the other they are highly conceptual, having to do with meaning and society's highest aspirations.
The purpose of the School's curriculum is to pursue professional studies within the context of a liberal education. This goal is a natural one for the design disciplines, drawn as they are from the arts, the sciences, and the humanities.
The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a pre-professional degree. It provides the basis for various career possibilities, including the professional degree of Master of Architecture or the Master of Landscape Architecture; these advanced degrees are normally awarded after two to three years of graduate study. The four-year Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree is an accredited professional degree.
The baccalaureate degree programs combine a core liberal arts curriculum with a structured sequence of courses in architecture and design. A large number of electives allows the student the flexibility to pursue special interests in the School and in the University. All baccalaureate degree programs consist of two two-year segments: Basic Studies and Major Studies. The first two years (Basic Studies) is a foundation curriculum taken by all undergraduates at that level in the School. In addition to work in the arts and sciences, Basic Studies includes a series of lecture and studio courses which introduce the students to the concepts, history, skills, and vocabulary of design. In the third and fourth years (Major Studies), the student concentrates in one of the design disciplines, taking courses and studios of a more advanced and professional nature. Those pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree follow the architecture sequence. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Interior design take the professional course required by that program.
The Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs are professional degree programs which provide students with the verbal, intellectual and design skills necessary to achieve the highest level of accomplishment as professional architects and landscape architects. Please see each program for details.
In addition to studies in their respective programs, students are given opportunities to enrich their education through International Exchange, Research and Service.
The School of Architecture offers programs leading to the following degrees:
The National Architectural Accrediting Board explains the accreditation policy:
"In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.
"Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."
The complete NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, including Student Performance Criteria, can be found on the NAAB website at www.naab.org.