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Bachelor of Design Studies to Master of Architecture Curriculum

4 1/2 year pre-professional Bachelor degree
                                  leading to
2 year professional Master of Architecture degree

 

The BDS-Arch / M Arch track is an accelerated path to a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited master of architecture degree. In this program, students are able to complete an undergraduate pre-professional degree in four and a half years and then enter the two year M Arch professional degree program.

This program engages students who want to learn in the workplace as well as in the classroom. Students work in the design profession during the day and attend classes in the afternoon and evening. This interplay of education and practice provides graduates with a solid preparation for a career in design.

The academic program includes the following curricular areas: Studio Design, Design Media, History and Theory, Building Technology and Management, Liberal Studies, and Electives. The BAC's "concurrent" education integrates professional design practice with academic learning.

The BAC studio experience invites students to imagine and design spaces that contribute to people's and the environment's well-being. Individually and collaboratively, students learn to create innovative designs and forge their design identity.

The program consists of four components:

  • BDS Segment I: Foundation. Students in Foundation acquire beginning knowledge, abilities, and understanding in both liberal and professional education.
  • BDS Segment II: Integration. Students explore - in depth and breadth - the field of architectural design. Emphasis is on integrating skills, knowledge, and understanding.
  • BDS Segment III: Synthesis. Students pursue advanced professional courses related to individual interest.
  • M Arch: Students continue their advanced professional courses and complete an in-depth master's design thesis. Matriculation into the M Arch program requires the submission of a design portfolio and the accumulation of 2,000 hours in design practice after completing the BDS-Architecture degree.

BAC students graduate with substantial résumés, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio. Eighty percent of our students are employed in design practice upon graduation in positions leading to licensure as architects or in other fields such as energy performance consultation, exhibition design, and educators who work collaboratively to engage and transform communities.

  • All Segments
  • BDS Segment I
  • BDS Segment II, III
  • M. Arch

Semester 1

  • FND1006 City Lab
  • FND1003 Transdisciplinary Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Transdisciplinary Studio 2
  • FND2002 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND2001 Making and Modeling
  • FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review

Semester 3

  • ARC1001 Architecture Studio 1
  • TSM2001 Sustainable Systems 1
  • DME1000 Drawing: Spatial Thinking
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry

Semester 4

  • ARC1002 Architecture Studio 2
  • HTC1001 History of Architecture and Design 1
  • TSM2002 Sustainable Systems 2
  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • MNS1002 Physics

Semester 5

  • ARC1003 Architecture Studio 3
  • TSM2003 Sitework
  • HTC1002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • Geometric Modeling and Visualization Imaging Elective
  • HTC1004 Modern and Contemporary Art

Semester 6

  • TSM2004 Structural Systems 1
  • HTC1005 Contemporary Architecture
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective
  • SSH1001 Social and Political Theory

Semester 7

  • XDS1001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • TSM2005 Structural Systems 2
  • SSH1003 Critical Theories
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2

Semester 8

  • SSH1004 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 9

  • Degree Project
  • Arts Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective

Students must complete 2000 practice hours and submit a design portfolio before entering the M.Arch curriculum

Semester 10

  • Architecture Studio: Comprehensive Project
  • TSM2006 Detailing and Construction
  • TSM2019 Human Factors, Programming and Codes

Semester 11

  • XDS3001 Interdisciplinary Studio
  • Design Elective: Design Media or Workshop
  • History and Theory Elective

Semester 12

  • ARC3011 Thesis Seminar and Studio
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice
  • Advanced Drawing Elective

Semester 13

  • Thesis
  • DME2100 Representation | Workshop
  • History and Theory Elective

Semester 1

  • FND1006 City Lab
  • FND1003 Transdisciplinary Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Transdisciplinary Studio 2
  • FND2002 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND2001 Making and Modeling
  • FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review

Semester 3

  • ARC1001 Architecture Studio 1
  • TSM2001 Sustainable Systems 1
  • DME1000 Drawing: Spatial Thinking
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry

Semester 4

  • ARC1002 Architecture Studio 2
  • HTC1001 History of Architecture and Design 1
  • TSM2002 Sustainable Systems 2
  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • MNS1002 Physics

Semester 5

  • ARC1003 Architecture Studio 3
  • TSM2003 Sitework
  • HTC1002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • Geometric Modeling and Visualization Imaging Elective
  • HTC1004 Modern and Contemporary Art

Semester 6

  • TSM2004 Structural Systems 1
  • HTC1005 Contemporary Architecture
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective
  • SSH1001 Social and Political Theory

Semester 7

  • XDS1001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • TSM2005 Structural Systems 2
  • SSH1003 Critical Theories
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2

Semester 8

  • SSH1004 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 9

  • Degree Project
  • Arts Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 10

  • Architecture Studio: Comprehensive Project
  • TSM2006 Detailing and Construction
  • TSM2019 Human Factors, Programming and Codes

Semester 11

  • XDS3001 Interdisciplinary Studio
  • Design Elective: Design Media or Workshop
  • History and Theory Elective

Semester 12

  • ARC3011 Thesis Seminar and Studio
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice
  • Advanced Drawing Elective

Semester 13

  • Thesis
  • DME2100 Representation | Workshop
  • History and Theory Elective