Preparing a Winning Portfolio for Architecture School Admissions

by EVANGELOS P. LIMPANTOUDIS, M.Arch. MIT, class of 2006

So you are sitting home, looking over the Harvard GSD admissions brochure, starring and the samples of work they included supposedly from current students, and wondering how you will ever be able to make it there. “These people must be the most talented designers in the entire universe” you think!!! “There is no way poor little untalented me could ever compete and be accepted by this institution”, you think…

The fact is that if you are right about the quality of any of the work that you see and the work that Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale and all the other big guys make you think their students magically produce, it is very likely that the designer was either very lucky or had a great talent in photography, model-building and Photoshop. Let’s be clear here, and not beat around the bush just to defend our own profession (I am an architect too you see): Even the most experienced eye can be fooled when looking at a mediocre piece of design that is well documented and formatted and appeals to the better angels of our taste. Key thing to remember is that nothing that these schools tell you about their requirements for admission have anything to do with reality. The fact is that the faculty and students that will examine your work (keep that locked up in your mind and never forget it – it is not a bunch of random admissions people that look at your work. This is not college applications guys) will look at your portfolio for about 50% of the review time, then read through your essay for about 25% of the time, then spend 15% of the time examining your recommendation letters and finally the rest of the 10% will be taking a quick look at your overall academic performance up to that point. Do you get my point? The hierarchy of significance of submitted material for architecture and design schools is completely different from that of other schools. Here are the elements of application in order of significance:

1) Portfolio
2) Essay
3) Recommendations
4) Resume (Overall personality and extracurricular interests, awards, travels)
5) Transcript (Academic performance, awards, GPA and individual relevant course grades)
6) GRE … honestly, as long as you get the minimum that they require, most schools will take you as long as the other stuff is up to par.

So, stop worrying about that dreadful GRE day, and stop wasting your beautiful money on Kaplan and Princeton Review courses… Nothing against them, I think they are excellent tutoring services, and if you have extra money, by all means let them have it. But if you really want to make a difference in your application, focus on building the rest of your application. How? Well, that’s the trick.

The truth is that there are several schools of thought as far as how to approach a design school application. One approach is to make sure that every single part of your application is perfect, or sounds perfect to the admissions officers. The fact is that this would be fantastic in any occasion, but how often does it really happen that you have perfect everything? The truth is that as great as having perfect framing of recommendations and a perfect resume etc, they will fall apart if they do not build a very specific idea in the minds of the examiner about you, your work, your interests, your position in the school, your position in the world, etc. In essence, if in the fifteen minutes in which the examiner will go over your package you do not manage to build up an image that could sum you up in one sentence, then you have lost the game (unless of course your grades or your portfolio are absolutely 100% perfect, which usually doesn’t happen unless you are already LeCorbusier, or Koolhaas or Dali, or a bookworm). What kind of sentence? Something like “the sustainable architecture guy”, or “the dude with the fabric models” or “that guy that thinks everything is a bridge” or “the social architecture girl” etc. When you manage to build a profile that consists of a bunch of different ideas all converging at one point (the essence of your package), then you have managed to win the battle before it has even started.

The strategy above is not unlike the type of strategy that they use in marketing. In fact, what you are doing when applying to architecture school, is positioning yourself as a competitor of all other applicants, in the environment of the architecture school that you are applying to. It is a type of personal marketing, and whether you like it or not, it is the most effective way of making sure that you communicate exactly who you are to the overworked and over-bored admissions officers, who will be flipping through your portfolio for a few minutes (if you are lucky) and then will be moving on to the next one.

Bottom line of all this, is that you should never start with your portfolio. Always start with the first draft of your essay. Begin by addressing four issues: 1) who you are. 2) Who/ what do you want to become. 3) How will architecture school help you get there, and 4) How will this SPECIFIC architecture school (GSD, MIT, GSAPP, or whatever you choose) help you achieve your goal. See the process of writing not as an opportunity to use big cool words, because this is not going to be read by admissions advisors (yet). This is an exercise for you and just you to understand yourself, so your vocabulary must be as simple and to the point as you feel comfortable with.

After you are done writing your essay, try to find the key sentences that encapsulate the essence of what you are looking for in your education, how you will contribute, etc. After that, compose a single paragraph that captures your own essence. This paragraph will be the core of your whole application. And after you decide on it, and are happy with it and the idea it communicates, you will proceed to the development of the rest of the material, ALWAYS making sure that everything is connected with / grounded on the core paragraph.

Developing a portfolio is a multistage process, which requires good judgment and thinking, but the first step before developing it is getting the main idea very clearly specified in your head. After that, you can start thinking how and what type of work to develop, or how to arrange and present your already existing work. We will cover that in different articles.

2013 B.Arch. and M.Arch. Rankings

The 2013 rankings, published by

DesignIntelligence (DI) America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools survey,

 

Architecture, Undergraduate

1. Cornell University
2. Southern California Institute of Architecture
3. Rice University
3. Syracuse University
5. California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo

 

Architecture, Graduate

1. Harvard University
2. Columbia University
3. Yale University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. Cornell University

 

Landscape Architecture, Graduate

1. Harvard University
2. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
3. Cornell University
3. Louisiana State University
5. University of Virginia

 

Interior Design, Graduate

1. Savannah College of Art and Design
2. Rhode Island School of Design
3. Pratt Institute
4. Cornell University
4. Parsons The New School of Design

The Most Important Thing To Remember When Putting Together an Architecture School Portfolio

The biggest deal when dealing with graduate architecture school applications is YOU and not your work. In essence, even if you have a B.Arch., your focus should not be on your most perfect renderings, but on those drawings and sketches that bring up your own personality and way of thinking. Through these sketches you will manage to build a narrative that will demonstrate to the admissions committee a) your PROCESS of thinking and composing, b) your ability to conceive IDEAS and develop them into tangible strategies and plans, c) your ability to precisely communicate in a few pages what you are thinking clearly and simply, and d) your personality as it is manifested in your design.
Try locking up your portfolio in a drawer for a week, and start from scratch, focusing on the ESSENCE of the work, which (in this case) is the process itself. Begin with your essay (Yes! the admissions essay), and use it as a road-map for the portfolio. Use the essay to analyze yourself and what you are, what you stand for, and what you want to achieve in your career. Then, develop a theme for your portfolio that you will be able to describe in a paragraph. Then, develop a narrative based on a) the theme, and b) the projects that you have available to show. This narrative will be how your strategy will unfold. Then, take each one of your projects and try to fit them in the narrative. For this, you will need to pretty much tell a story for each project. I do not mean sit down and write an essay for each. I mean use visual material like sketches, diagrams, mappings, sketch-models, etc, formatted and laid out appropriately, in order to tell your story. If you do not have this material, PRODUCE IT!!! There is no law (yet) against post-rationalizing and post-producing. If its ok for Renzo Piano to do it, then it is ok for you to do it too.

Portfolio Tip: Your Portfolio Format Is The Commissioner’s Plan For Your Portfolio

Just like a city’s character can be defined by the organization of it’s urban blocks (see difference between NY and Paris for example), a portfolio can be defined by the organization of images on its pages. I am not suggesting that a square format or a grid format will define you as X versus someone else who will be defined as Y or Z by their use of linear or free-flowing formats. What I am saying is that the format will create a rhythm, a type of presentation, and will have some rules that may/ may not be appropriate for some projects or some target audiences. It is a very important factor to consider and try to determine early on.

Portfolio Tip: Synthetic Images = Convenient Flattened Narratives

They say that a picture can be a thousand words, but that won’t do you any good if they are not controlled words, words that describe your idea clearly to the viewer. When it comes to presenting ideas, one of the most important things is trying to balance between fragmenting and integrating ideas. When it comes to integrating ideas, nothing is more annoying than a failed format, and nothing is more pleasant and informative than a successful one. The way we arrange photos, drawings and pictures, often referring to the same exact element, will determine how receptive the viewer is of our project. In the case of the Architecture School Admissions, it will make the difference between an M.Arch. applicant, and an M.Arch. Candidate.

Portfolio Tip: Diagramming = The Architect’s Text

Effective diagramming of ideas and processes can make the difference between an architect and just an aspiring architect. The ability to communicate ideas quickly with a swing of a pencil will be essential throughout your career, from team-meetings at the firms you will work, to meetings with clients or contractors. Diagramming is particularly significant when putting together a portfolio as well, because (simply put) no one will read your text. The admissions committee members will take a quick look at some of your pages, and if they do not grasp their attention immediately, you and your lofty dreams are toast (very very dry). A great diagram captures the essence of your ideas and designs, and presents it in a way that captivates and often inspires the viewer. Mastering the art of diagramming is essential and if you don’t do it, someone else will.

Portfolio Tip: Process = Essence

If I were to grade the level of importance of individual elements or ideas that come together to compose a portfolio, I would say that “Process” is by far at the top. The reason for this is that as architects we live and die by the processes that we use when working on our projects. It makes sense therefore, that the process of creating a project is actually more important (when putting together a portfolio) than the product itself.

Portfolio Design and strategic Admissions Consulting for Schools of Architecture

TARGETING THE TOP 3 >>> Design Intelligence’s annual “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” rankings

Research and Theory

1
Harvard University
2
Yale University
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4
Princeton University
5
Southern California Institute of Architecture Sustainable design practices

Construction methods and materials

1
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2
Kansas State University
3
University of Kansas
4
Syracuse University
5
University of Cincinnati Research and theory

Sustainable design practices

1
Kansas State University
2
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
3
University of Oregon
4
University of California, Berkeley
5
Auburn University
6
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Most-admired undergraduate architecture programs
1
Cornell University
2
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
3
Cooper Union
4
Syracuse University
5
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Most-admired graduate architecture programs
1
Harvard University
2
Columbia University
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4
University of Pennsylvania
5
University of Michigan
Portfolio Design and strategic Admissions Consulting for Schools of Architecture

Effective Portfolio Design Approach

by Elos
  • 1

    Take multiple photos of each model or project created. Play with the light while taking the photographs to broaden your selection. Choose photographs that have no distractions such as background images, and photographs that contain clear quality

  • 2

    Do not contain projects without 3D drawings of photographs. You could be the best draftsman in the world, however, neglecting to show a potential employer the actual item implies that you may not know how to turn your drawings into actual structures.

  • 3

    Hand draw as much as possible. Any person can draft with computer assistance, but drafting by hand shows true craftsmanship and allows you to expand your mind to laying out structures with shapes and curves that simply cannot be captured on a computer.

  • 4

    Choose a page size and layout that is not too large and can be looked through easily. The standard option for a portfolio is 8 1/2 x 11 inches because it provides adequate page space without forcing you to place items that are too small to see or overwhelmingly large.

  • 5

    Place the page number on the same location for each page.

  • 6

    Lay out your projects beginning with a strong project and finishing stronger. Do not include work that you feel is not your best.

  • 7

    Choose a neutral color to avoid creating a negative impact in your portfolio. Avoid choosing patterns that are too busy as they can distract from your architectural work.

  • 8

    Place one or two photosonr each page, taking up as much space as possible without altering the images. Do not overlap images or resize images in a way that will change their appearance.

Portfolio Design and strategic Admissions Consulting for Schools of Architecture

Portfolio for Architecture School Applications: A Narrative Manifestation of your Admission Strategy

by Elos

 

The truth is that there are several schools of thought as far as how to approach a  design school application. One approach is to make sure that every single part of your application is perfect, or sounds perfect to the admissions officers. The fact is that this would be fantastic in any occasion, but how often does it really happen that you have perfect everything? The truth is that as great as having perfect framing of recommendations and a perfect resume etc, they will fall apart if they do not build a very specific idea in the minds of the examiner about you, your work, your interests, your position in the school, your position in the world, etc. In essence, if in the fifteen minutes in which the examiner will go over your package you do not manage to build up an image that could sum you up in one sentence, then you have lost the game (unless of course your grades or your portfolio are absolutely 100% perfect, which usually doesn’t happen unless you are already LeCorbusier, or Koolhaas or Dali, or a bookworm). What kind of sentence? Something like “the sustainable architecture guy”, or “the dude with the fabric models” or “that guy that thinks everything is a bridge” or “the social architecture girl” etc. When you manage to build a profile that consists of a bunch of different ideas all converging at one point (the essence of your package), then you have managed to win the battle before it has even started.

The strategy above is not unlike the type of strategy that they use in marketing. In fact, what you are doing when applying to architecture school, is positioning yourself as a competitor of all other applicants, in the environment of the architecture school that you are applying to. It is a type of personal marketing, and whether you like it or not, it is the most effective way of making sure that you communicate exactly who you are to the overworked and over-bored admissions officers, who will be flipping through your portfolio for a few minutes (if you are lucky) and then will be moving on to the next one.

Bottom line of all this, is that you should never start with your portfolio. Always start with the first draft of your essay. Begin by addressing four issues: 1) who you are. 2) Who/ what do you want to become. 3) How will architecture school help you get there, and 4) How will this SPECIFIC architecture school (GSD, MIT, GSAPP, or whatever you choose) help you achieve your goal. See the process of writing not as an opportunity to use big cool words, because this is not going to be read by admissions advisors (yet). This is an exercise for you and just you to understand yourself, so your vocabulary must be as simple and to the point as you feel comfortable with.

After you are done writing your essay, try to find the key sentences that encapsulate the essence of what you are looking for in your education, how you will contribute, etc. After that, compose a single paragraph that captures your own essence. This paragraph will be the core of your whole application. And after you decide on it, and are happy with it and the idea it communicates, you will proceed to the development of the rest of the material, ALWAYS making sure that everything is connected with / grounded on the core paragraph.

Developing a portfolio is a multistage process, which requires good judgment and thinking, but the first step before developing it is getting the main idea very clearly specified in your head. After that, you can start thinking how and what type of work to develop, or how to arrange and present your already existing work. We will cover that in different articles.

Portfolio Design and strategic Admissions Consulting for Schools of Architecture

Architecture School Admission Strategy: The thing that matters the most

Your strategy is perhaps THE number ONE most important thing in the process of developing an architecture/ design portfolio. Think of it as the initiation phase of any project. Be it in architecture or any other field, the initiation process of the project carries more risk than any other phase. The reason for that is that the it defines the broad strokes/ the trajectory of the whole effort.

 

by Elos

 

Here are a few important things to consider when you develop your strategy:

 

1) Your background:

Your background is the foundation of the whole process of portfolio development, not only because it is very likely that your choices of schools and programs are very likely to be based on your background, but most importantly because your background defines the type of work that you have already developed. No one likes to start from scratch, and even if they do, it is not recommended. Schools want to see what you have accomplished and base their evaluation on whether their mission matches your background.

 

2) The type of work that you have developed:

If you are interested in sustainability yet the work you have produced is hard-core brutalist utopian, then there is a bit of a disconnect between what you say you want and what your work demonstrates. Never forget that your work must be a visual manifestation of all the good stuff that you will discuss in your essay, so there must be some sort of connection between work and intention. If not, it is not the end of the world, but then you will have a bit of a harder time painting a clear picture of yourself. In short, if you manage to somehow connect what you believe interests you and what your work says about you, you will have an advantage over others whose work doesn’t match their interests.

 

3) Your Objectives:

In any journey it is extremely important to have a destination. The same is true for  architecture and design-school applications. It does not mean that you will commit to this destination for the rest of your life of course (well … some of you might), but it is important that you at least set a destination for now. Your destination can be as specific as “I want to be able to develop affordable single-family clay-houses in North African communities”, or as wide open as “I want to be involved in the development of sustainable neighborhoods”. Is there a way to define the perfect objective? Well, the truth is that most schools would not want you to be too specific, because that would mean that you are either narrow-minded or hard to teach. On the other hand, you would not want to appear too out of touch with specifics or reality either. So, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

 

4) The school(s) that you are applying to:

“Different strokes for different folks”, and in this case “schools” as well. Not all schools offer the same type of programs, not all schools use the same approach to teaching design, and frankly not all schools are flooded with applications from students allover the world. If you are applying to the GSD or MIT SAP, it is highly likely that you will be competing with hundreds of applicants for your spot, which means that you cannot get away with a mediocre portfolio. If you are applying to a program in Design and Build (some schools offer special programs like this) you will have to slightly adjust your application to demonstrate interest in the field, etc. In short: understand the schools you are applying to, find connections between their programs and what you are interested in, and then find common denominators in all of them, according to which you will build ONE portfolio.

Yale University, School of Architecture

P.O. Box 208242 (180 York St.)
New Haven, CT 06520-8242
United StatesMain Phone:             203-432-2288
Fax: 203-432-7175
Web site: www.architecture.yale.edu/
Mr. Robert A. M. Stern, Dean

Admissions

The admission process is designed to enroll students of the highest promise while assuring a wide diversity of backgrounds and aptitudes within the student body.

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OPEN HOUSE

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the School during our Open House on Thursday, November 3, 2011. The day’s program offers opportunities to visit classes and design studios, meet informally with faculty and students, tour the School and the University, and attend the School’s evening public lecture given by David Chipperfield, Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor. Interested applicants planning to attend the Open House should register online at www.architecture.yale.edu by November 2, 2011.

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GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students matriculate only at the beginning of each academic year. All students are expected to attend full-time.

Notifications of admission and of financial aid award, if applicable, are sent no later than April 1. Acceptance of the offer of admission, including a nonrefundable deposit of $750, must be made electronically by April 15. This deposit will be credited toward tuition. Acceptances may not be deferred.

International students should refer to the chapter International Students for information regarding additional admission requirements.

Visit www.architecture.yale.edu for further information about the School. For admission inquiries, contact gradarch.admissions@yale.edu or telephone            203.432.2296      . For financial aid inquires, contact archfinancialaid@yale.edu or telephone            203.432.2291      .

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M.ARCH. I: THREE-YEAR PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the M.Arch. I program in architecture normally requires the prior possession of a bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited college or university. The following college-level courses are required as prerequisites to this program:

  • 1. Elementary calculus.
  • 2. A studio course such as freehand drawing, sketching, painting, sculpture, or basic architectural design. (Ceramics, photography, graphics, or film will not satisfy this requirement.)
  • 3. Two courses in the history of art and/or architecture. It is recommended that one course be a survey, the other a course in modern architecture.
  • 4. A classical physics course is also recommended but not required.

 

Transfer

Transfer students with exceptional promise may be accepted to the M.Arch. I program under one of the following special conditions:

  • 1. After completion, in high standing, of at least one year in an accredited graduate program in architecture, a student may receive credit for some or all course work.
  • 2. After completion, in high standing, of the fourth year of an accredited five-year undergraduate program in architecture, a student may be accepted into the M.Arch. I program with the following provisions: a minimum of one year to qualify for the B.Arch. degree (retained by the School solely to accommodate those few students needing it as a prerequisite in order to work for the M.Arch. degree, but conferred only upon successful completion of work for the M.Arch. degree) and a minimum of an additional two years to qualify for the M.Arch. degree.

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M.ARCH. II: TWO-YEAR PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The prerequisite for admission to the M.Arch. II program is a professional degree in architecture, normally a five-year bachelor of architecture (B.Arch.) degree.

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M.E.D. PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The M.E.D. program accepts qualified applicants with a degree in architecture, or with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related discipline, who exhibit a strong capability for independent advanced study in a topic related to architecture and environmental design.

Candidates are selected on the basis of academic and/or professional records and individual research proposals. (See details on the submission of the research proposal below and in the chapter Master of Environmental Design Degree Program.) Applicants to the M.E.D. program are encouraged to contact the director of the M.E.D. program to arrange an informational interview with faculty in their study topic area, or to submit a draft study proposal before the application deadline.

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THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Applying to the School requires applicants to complete an online Application Form. While completing this form, students will be asked to supply information regarding themselves, their education, and their references; upload their transcripts, personal essay, and curriculum vitae (résumé); and pay an application fee. In addition, applicants for the M.Arch. programs will be required to submit a portfolio, both online and separately in hard copy. Applicants for the M.E.D. program will be required to upload a research proposal. See below for more detailed information on each required component of the application process.

The online application can be accessed atwww.architecture.yale.edu/apply, when it is available. Applications and required portfolios for programs beginning in the 2012–2013 academic year must be submitted no later than January 2, 2012. Applicants will not be allowed to submit applications after the deadline has passed.

Since all required admissions materials must be uploaded to the online application, applicants should not send any materials, other than the hard-copy portfolio (if required), to the School. Any materials, other than the hard-copy portfolio, received directly from an applicant will not be added to the applicant’s admission file.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants can track the status of their application and the receipt of required supporting materials (such as test scores, portfolios, or recommendations) online. Applicants are encouraged to log into the Web site frequently in order to check the status of their application materials and to view correspondence from the admissions office.

Application fee Applications will be considered only when payment of a nonrefundable application fee has been received. For the 2012–2013 academic year the application fee is $85. This fee cannot be waived and cannot be credited to tuition or other accounts upon admission. The only acceptable method of payment of the application fee is by credit or debit card, a transaction that is made within the online application. Wire transfers cannot be accepted.

Transcripts A transcript or academic record indicating degree earned or anticipated is required from each college or university attended and listed in the Academic Record section of the online application. Applicants will need to upload, rather than mail, a scanned copy of the applicant’s official transcript or academic record to the application (please ensure that the scanned copy is legible). Refer to the detailed instructions within the online application regarding transcripts/academic records and uploading. Donot mail in a copy of a transcript or academic record that has been uploaded to the application.

Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study. If such documents are not written in English, certified English translations are required. Once translated, the original transcript as well as the certified translation should be uploaded to the online application.

Applicants expecting to graduate this academic year but still attending their college or university must upload their current college or university transcript to the application.

Applicants who are offered admission and who accept that offer will be required to have their respective institutions submit directly to the School final, hard-copy official transcripts that, if appropriate, also indicate the degree awarded.

Standardized examinations All applicants, including international students, are required to take the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Program of the Educational Testing Service. For information regarding this test, test dates and locations, and/or to arrange to take the test, visit www.ets.org/gre. Although the test may be taken at any time, it should be taken no later than the preceding December.

Beginning August 1, 2011, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) will implement the GRE revised General Test. For detailed information on this new test, visitwww.ets.org/gre. ETS will provide the School with the ability to compare, on an equivalent basis, scores between the old and new tests. Therefore, applicants satisfied with results from tests taken prior to August 1, 2011, do not need to take the new test.

The Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless if the applicant’s prior education was at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction. If the TOEFL iBT is not available in the applicant’s area, the TOEFL that is available plus the Test of Spoken English (TSE) will then be required. If an applicant has submitted an older, non-Internet-based TOEFL score from a test that did not include the TSE and is applying for the 2012–2013 academic year, this must be supplemented with the TSE. For further information regarding these tests and/or to arrange to take the test(s), visit www.toefl.org. The TOEFL must be taken by no later than the preceding December. Applicants whose native language is English are not required to take a TOEFL test.

Applicants must include their required examination scores on the application for each test date taken. Please do not send hard copies.

The Yale School of Architecture institution code number for the GRE, TOEFL iBT, and TSE is 3985. Please note that this is different from other Yale University code numbers. Unless 3985 is used on the test form, applicants’ scores may not reach the School.

Personal essay An essay, not exceeding one page, that includes a brief personal history and reasons for applying is required and must be uploaded to the online application.

The School of Architecture seeks to draw students from all racial and ethnic groups in society. Applicants who wish to identify themselves as a member of a minority group should do so in this essay.

Curriculum vitae A curriculum vitae (résumé of academic and employment experience) is required and must be uploaded to the online application.

Letters of recommendation Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted by no later than January 2, 2012. At least one letter of recommendation should be from a person with direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional potential and academic ability.

Recommendations must be submitted by an online process that will require applicants to supply the e-mail addresses of their recommenders in the online application. Once the e-mail addresses are submitted, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the recommenders indicating how to submit their recommendations. Recommendations submitted prior to the submission of the online application will be automatically received at the School when applicants submit their online application.

Portfolio (for the M.Arch. programs only) Two identical versions of the portfolio are required (one printed, hard-copy portfolio version and one digital [.pdf] portfolio version). The hard-copy portfolio (not to exceed nine by twelve inches by one and one-half inches thick) must be sent directly to the School and received by no later than January 2, 2012. The digital portfolio must be a single .pdf document optimized not to exceed 64mb and will need to be uploaded to the online application. The digital portfolio will be viewed on computer screens, so resolution above 150 dpi is not necessary.

The portfolio should be a well-edited representation of the applicant’s creative work. Portfolios may not contain discs or videos. Anything submitted that is not entirely the applicant’s own work must be clearly identified as such.

For the M.Arch. I program, the portfolio should demonstrate the applicant’s drawing skills and three-dimensional aptitude. Work represented may include drawings, paintings, sculpture, sketches, furniture and architectural designs, or other materials.

For the M.Arch. II program, the portfolio should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to pursue advanced work in architectural design.

Use the following addresses for submission of the hard-copy portfolio:

 

via U.S. Postal Service/Air Mail:

Office of Admissions

Yale School of Architecture

PO Box 208242

New Haven CT 06520-8242 USA

via Express Delivery or Courier Services:

Office of Admissions

Yale School of Architecture

180 York Street

New Haven CT 06511-8924

USA

Use the following phone number for express service envelopes or packages:            203.432.2288      .

Due to the large number of portfolios submitted, receipt of your hard-copy portfolio may not be reflected in your online application status until after January 14, 2012.

Research proposal (for the M.E.D. program only) A full and specific description of the applicant’s research proposal is required, including a statement of goals, a proposed study plan, and anticipated results. This submission is weighted heavily during the application review process and is considered in the assignment of faculty advisers. The research proposal will need to be uploaded to the online Application Form.

Preparation of the proposed study plan is an important part of the application process. As a guide to applicants, the following themes should be included in the proposed study plan:

  • 1. Define a specific topic area and the goal of the study plan. List the prior work, publications, or other key references that provide the background or basis of study in the topic.
  • 2. Define the key questions that might be answered or the important issues that would be addressed by the study. Describe proposed study methods and expected results.
  • 3. List the Yale courses that will support the study. Include a tentative schedule or plan of study over the four terms.
  • 4. Describe prior work relevant to the proposed topic, as well as career expectations in undertaking the study. Include examples of written papers, reports, and other documentation that illustrate a capability to carry out the proposed study.

Applicants are invited to submit a draft of the study plan to the M.E.D. program director well in advance of the application deadline, in order to receive comments on it prior to the final application.

Verification of application credentials It is the policy of the School of Architecture to verify all credentials, such as transcripts, recommendations, and standardized test scores, as well as other information submitted in support of an application. By submission of an application, applicants automatically grant consent for such verification. Should it be determined at any time that any credential or other information submitted during the application process has been misrepresented, the University reserves the right to rescind the offer of admission and to prevent registration.

 


 

 

Woodbury University, School of Architecture

7500 Glenoaks Blvd
PO Box 7846
Burbank, CA 91510-7846
United StatesMain Phone:             818-767-0888
Fax: 818-504-9320
E-mail: vic.liptak@woodbury.edu
Web site: http://architecture.woodbury.edu/
Mr. Norman R. Millar, Dean, School of Architecture

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
Woodbury School of Architecture offers two Master of Architecture (MArch) programs:3-year professional MArch for students with no prior degree in architecture


2-year professional MArch for students with a pre-professional degree in architecture

The MArch degrees embody a fresh approach to architecture, Los Angeles, and global urban conditions. Within an intimate and immersive program, our innovative coursework trains students to engage in the architectural discourse of the city, making clear-eyed connections between their work, new technologies in both representation and realization, and built and natural environments. Fieldwork, our extensive study-away program, gives students the opportunity to use the world as a research laboratory for their thesis.

Our graduate programs encourage and value all methods of architectural communication: the analog, the digital, the written, the diagrammed, the drawn, the modeled, and the built. We investigate new technologies for representation and building from the position that technology is a means rather than a solution. We believe that there is no craft without knowledge, no technology without theory, no how without why.

The professional programs at Woodbury School of Architecture provide a balance of instruction in studio, representation and visualization, building and construction technologies, and history and theory. During each semester of the foundation, students take a class in each of four realms: studio, building, criticism, and visualization.

This curriculum, together with a course in practice, provides the preparation necessary for a contemporary career in architecture. Other class offerings include advanced electives and skills workshops in topics such as building technology, civic engagement and policy, history and theory, animation and other media.

Students can craft expertise in various disciplinary realms, including building technology, film and media, landscape and urbanism, and real estate and development by accumulating coursework from the multiple campuses and schools. Students and faculty come together to discuss new models of architectural practice, to expand the role of the architect in society, and to question disciplinary boundaries.

Woodbury School of Architecture is a practices lab, bridging the gap between theory and practice, in which acclaimed faculty and their research interests provide frameworks for study.

Students may work within faculty-led initiatives, including:

Arid Lands Institute (ALI)
Architecture+Civic Engagement (ACE) Center
Julius Shulman Institute (JSI)
Rome Center for Architecture and Culture (RCAC)

ACCREDITATION

Chroma-Scapes Carwash
Student : Brittany Jackson . Instructor : Gary Paige .

Prospective Graduate Architecture Los Angeles Student Fact Sheet

Graduate Architecture Application

Application deadline extended (but with limited seats available).  Admissions priority is given to completed applications.  Contact Graduate Architecture Admissions for more information.

APPLY HERE.

Los Angeles Graduate Architecture admissions inquiries should be directed to :
Glisery Colon
818.252.5234
glisery (dot) colon (at) woodbury (dot) edu .

Graduate Architecture Admissions Events

Graduate Architecture Courses (Los Angeles)
The professional graduate programs at Woodbury University School of Architecture (Burbank | Los Angeles) provide a balance of instruction in studio, representation andvisualizationbuilding and construction, and history and theory criticism.  In the final year of study, they parallel the specialized research projects of the post-professional program, which enables students to acquire an expertise in a maturing collection of focused topics like alternative practice and entrepreneurship, landscape (and) urbanism, and building technology.

Graduate Architecture Curriculum Map

Fall 2011 Course Schedule

 

 

Western Technical College

400 Seventh Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601
United StatesMain Phone:             608-785-9150
Web site: http://www.westerntc.edu/
Mr. Michael Poellinger, Instructor

HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSIONS

1Complete the online admission form and the $30 one-time nonrefundable application fee. (Fee is subject to change.) Apprentices, Farm Business and Production Management program students, and undeclared students (student who have not declared a program of study), are not required to pay the application fee or submit the application.


2Submit official transcripts from high school and from all previous colleges and universities attended. If the high school transcript is submitted prior to graduation from high school, an official final transcript must be sent after graduation.

As a new student, you may have already earned college credit before ever taking a class at Western. Western grants credit for everything from classes taken at other institutions to military experience. Fill out the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form to find out if you have already earned college credit.

GED/HSED or Ability to Benefit scores may be substituted for the high school graduation requirement. Non-high school graduates without a GED/HSED are required to take the Ability to Benefit. For further information regarding the GED/HSED or Ability to Benefit, please contact the GOAL counselor at Western,             608.785.9536      .


3Complete the ACT, ASSET or COMPASS, a series of basic skills tests. ASSET or COMPASS is required of all program students except Farm Business and Production Management program students, and it is not required of apprentices and undeclared students. Though testing may not be required for undeclared students, please be aware that test scores may be required for individual classes. Also, undeclared students are not eligible for Financial Aid. Learn more about ASSET or COMPASS

There is a $20 charge for the initial admissions test session and $10.00 charge for each retest session scheduled. For more information, call             608.785.9566      . Students will be asked to provide their social security number at the time of testing. A picture identification is required. Students needing special accommodations to take the ASSET or COMPASS should call at least one week prior to testing-call the instructional support specialist or the V/TTY number,             608.785.9551      .

You may not have to take the ASSET or COMPASS if you have ASSET, COMPASS or ACT scores dated within the last five years, or applicable post secondary credits with a C grade or better. If you have taken the ACT, ASSET or COMPASS within the last five years, you can request that your scores be submitted to Western.


4Admission requirements vary from program to program.

Once all required admissions materials have been received, students will receive a letter indicating one of the following:

  • Acceptance into the program or
  • Placement onto a waiting list to which the student has applied for or
  • Admission to take general course while completing program admission requirements.

When an acceptance letter is received, a position is reserved for that student up to the assigned date of registration. Positions not filled on the assigned registration date may be released. Acceptance does not guarantee a starting date at the next time of entry for programs where capacity has been reached.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Enrollment Services Office in La Crosse either by email at EnrollServices@westerntc.edu or by calling             608.785.9553      , or the Western Regional Location nearest you:

  • Black River Falls             715.284.2253
  • Independence             715.985.3392
  • Mauston             608.847.7364
  • Sparta             608.269.1611
  • Tomah             608.374.7700
  • Viroqua             608.637.2612

 

 

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture

550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United StatesMain Phone:             617-989-4450
Fax: 617-989-4591
Web site: http://www.wit.edu/arch/
Mr. Glenn Wiggins, Head

Department Mission Statement

Architectural education at Wentworth embraces the complex nature of architecture as a conceptual, technical, and social practice that is ultimately centered on the art of making. The program encourages deep explorations in the material culture of architecture and challenges students to deploy this knowledge in ways that enrich the built environment and enhance people’s lives.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) pre-professional degree in architecture.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch) professional degree in architecture; fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). (See ‘Accreditation’)

The architecture program at Wentworth is structured as a four-year (ten semester) pre-professional degree (BS-Arch.) followed by a one-year (two semester) professional degree (M.Arch) The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is comprised of eight semesters of on-campus curriculum plus two semesters of co-op work experience. The one-year graduate-level program provides the basis for awarding the Master of Architecture degree. The Department also offers a two-year program leading to a Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch) for students holding a 4-year NAAB-based pre-professional degree from another institution.

Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the MArch program at Wentworth, or may elect to continue their architectural studies elsewhere or to gain professional experience. Admission to the MArch program is based on a portfolio submission, GPA, a statement of intent and references (see Application Process). Students will complete their MArch program in the same academic concentration as their BS-Arch.

Students applying to the M. Arch program who have successfully completed a four-year NAAB-based program elsewhere will be eligible to complete the MArch at Wentworth in four semesters, contingent upon the department’s evaluation of their prior coursework.

Undergraduate Studies – Architecture (BSA)

Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architecure degree (BS-Arch)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) program’s rigorous course of study centers on the design studio, where students work closely with faculty in explorations of design and design methods. Associated courses in history, theory, technology, and professional practice are closely related to design studio problems. Student learning is enhanced by two semesters of cooperative work experience as well as study abroad options.

All entering freshmen are admitted to the four-year BS-Arch program. At the end of the sophomore year students focus their educational interests by choosing one of the three concentrations outlined below. The concentrations are not divergent areas of study, but rather run parallel to each other and allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture.

Foundation curriculum: The first two years of the BS-Arch program provide a broad introduction to the field of architecture and serve as the common core for all concentrations. Lecture courses convey an overview of the field – history, theory, technology, and practice – while studio courses focus on graphic skills, design fundamentals, and conceptual understanding of materials, structure, building tectonics and environmental responsiveness. The department‘s emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.

Upper level curriculum: The third and fourth years of the BS-Arch program build on the skills and knowledge of the first two years while introducing students to more complex and varied studio topics – including building tectonics, site and environmental design, comprehensive design and community design – as well as structures, environmental systems and professional practice. Studio content is closely coordinated with co-requisite courses, encouraging students to make connections between subjects and to develop a well-synthesized approach to design. Concentration-specific coursework allows students to develop an area of focus within a broad-based architectural education. (see ‘Program Concentrations’)

Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the M. Arch program at Wentworth, or they may elect to continue their architectural studies at another institution or gain professional experience. Admission to the M. Arch program is based on application, including a portfolio submission. (see ‘Application Process’)

BS-Arch Program Concentrations

The undergraduate program in architecture offers three areas of concentration, which allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture. The core architectural education is equivalent across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. Students express their preference of concentrations at the end of their second year. (see “Concentration Selection Process”)

Form and Culture/FC

This concentration explores the influence of the art and theory on architecture and design. Seen through the lens of history and cultural expression, traditional and emerging design methods are analyzed and engaged.

Tectonic Studies/TS

This concentration emphasizes the tangible, material nature of architecture, encompassing the art and science of making buildings. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of the materials and their corresponding assemblies in order to better inform design.

Built Environment/BE

This concentration facilitates an understanding of the social and cultural fabric of the city and its inhabitants. It provides students with the skills and insight to make positive contributions to cities and communities.

BS-ARCH Concentration Selection Process

Second-year students are required to submit a portfolio as part of the process of concentration selection. Students confer in advance with their academic advisor and studio faculty about which concentration best suits their interests and career goals. Placement in concentrations will be based upon a combination of a student‘s departmental GPA (ARCH courses only) and a portfolio evaluation by department faculty. Submission deadlines and portfolio requirements are announced by the department each year

Cooperative Work Experience

The Architecture Department has a substantial and well-established cooperative education component embedded in the curriculum. BS-Arch students spend two semesters working in an architectural or allied design professional office. The department collaborates with the Institute‘s Career Center to reinforce the learning content of these placements, and work experience may be applied to the Intern Development Program (IDP) – a required step towards professional licensure.

Study Abroad Programs

The Department of Architecture offers several one-semester study abroad options for students in the BS-Arch program. Curriculum during this semester is fully aligned with required program coursework in Boston, allowing normal progress towards graduation. Participation is by application; the program accepts a limited number of students and is selective.

The department currently sponsors study abroad programs in Berlin and the south of France, led by resident architects who are Wentworth faculty members. During their residence abroad students work closely with local design and planning professionals as well as with local students and community groups. The program includes intensive travel-based coursework, which gives students additional cultural perspective.

The Architecture Department also has an agreement with The Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, which provides the opportunity for interchange of students via co-op or focused travel / study programs.

SPECIAL GRADE REQUIREMENT

1.  The Architecture Department has a special grade requirement that applies to all design studio courses from the sophomore year onward. Students in the BS-Arch degree program must comply with the following design studio grade requirement:

Final grade must be C or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a C.

Students who receive a final grade below C for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the program until they successfully repeat the 2nd studio for which they received a sub-standard grade.

2. Students in the BS-Arch program must maintain a minimum departmental GPA of 2.5 (non-elective ARCH courses only) and an overall GPA of 2.0 to be in good academic standing.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH115 Survey of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH155 Design Principles I 2 4 4
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 3 2 4
Total 13 4 15
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH165 Survey of Architecture II 3 0 3
ARCH175 Design Principles II 2 4 4
ENGL115 English II 3 0 3
MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 15 6 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH235 Materials and Methods I 4 0 4
ARCH245 Architectural Design and Technology I 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
LITR445 Literature and the Modern Age 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH335 Materials and Methods II 4 0 4
ARCH345 Architectural Design and Technology I 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
HUMN150 Art and Theory 4 0 4
ENGL350 Writing Competency Assessment 0 0 0
Total 12 12 18

Form and Culture Concentration – Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH402 History of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH456 Studio III: Tectonics 0 12 6
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ARCH482 Site Planning and Landscape 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration 0
13 12 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH502 History of Architecture II 3 0 3
ARCH516 Studio IV: Site & Environment 0 12 6
ARCH528 Environmental Systems 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
10 12 16
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0

Form and Culture Concentration – Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH554 Theory Studies 3 0 3
ARCH556 Studio V: Comprehensive Design (Study Abroad) 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
11 12 17
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH656 Studio VI: Community Design 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0

Tectonic Studies – Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH406 History of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH467 Studio III: Tectonics 0 12 6
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ARCH528 Environmental Systems 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration 0
Total 13 12 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP 400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH482 Site Planning and Landscape 3 0 3
ARCH517 Studio IV: Site & Environment 0 12 6
ARCH604 History of Architecture II 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 10 12 16

Tectonic Studies – Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP 600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH558 Material Studies 3 0 3
ARCH567 Studio V: Comprehensive Design (Study Abroad) 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17
Summer Semster R L C
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH667 Studio VI: Community Design 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Built Environment Concentration – Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH408 History of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH469 Studio III: Tectonics 0 12 6
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ARCH528 Environmental Systems 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration 0 0 0
13 12 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP 400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH482 Site Planning and Landscape 3 0 3
ARCH519 Studio IV: Site & Environment 0 12 6
ARCH606 History of Architecture II 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
10 12 16

Built Environment Concentration – Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP 600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH560 Urban Studies 3 0 3
ARCH569 Studio V: Comprehensive Design (Study Abroad) 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
11 12 17
Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH669 Studio VI: Community Design 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
11 12 17

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours
* Please refer to the upper level humanities/social sciences elective requirement.

Graduate Studies – Architecture (MARC): Leading to a Master of Architecture degre (M. Arch)

The Master of Architecture program at Wentworth provides graduates with the insight, skills, and perspective to pursue distinguished and rewarding careers in architecture and the allied design fields while also supplying the academic credential required for registration as an architect. Graduate study in architecture is an exhilarating and challenging enterprise, an opportunity for students to develop a focused position within a broad and rapidly evolving field. The graduate curriculum promotes research and design investigations on the linkages between theoretical frameworks, design intentions, and the tangible, material nature of architecture. A rigorous process of critical thinking is instilled through studios, seminars, and thesis preparation coursework. The program is structured as a one-year sequence of study for internal candidates and a two-year sequence of study for external candidates with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Architecture from an NAAB accredited program.

M.Arch Degree Program Application Process

Fourth-year BS-Arch students at Wentworth who wish to continue in the architecture program, and outside applicants from other 4-year NAAB-based pre-professional degree programs are required to submit an application for the MArch degree program (see ‘Note’ below). For further details on the program and admissions requirements please refer to the departmental web site (http://www.wit.edu/arch/programs/academic/march/index.html)

Note: Students who achieve a minimum departmental GPA of 3.2 (non-elective ARCH courses from 1st through 3rdyears only) in the BS-Arch program at Wentworth will qualify to be automatically accepted into the M.Arch degree program for the following year. Students meeting this standard must submit only an application form and an official transcript.

SPECIAL GRADING REQUIREMENT

 Students in the M. Arch program must maintain a grade of B or higher in all required architecture courses to be in good academic standing

Curriculum for One Year M. Arch

Fall Semester R L C
ARCH916 Studio VII: Special Topics 0 12 6
ARCH926 Thesis Preparation I: Research Methods 4 0 4
ARCH936 Thesis Preparation II: Project Development 4 0 4
ELECTIVE General Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18
Spring Semester R L C
ARCH825 Professional Practice II: Project Management 4 0 4
ARCH956 Studio VIII: Thesis 0 12 6
ARCH976 Advanced Topics 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18

Curriculum for Two Year M. Arch*

Year One

Fall Semester R L C
ARCH900 Graduate Studio I 0 12 6
ARCH554 Theory Studies 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
11 12 17
Spring Semester R L C
ARCH910 Graduate Studio II 0 12 6
ARCH558 or Material Studies 3 0 3
ARCH560 Urban Studies
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH976 Advanced Topics 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Year Two

Fall Semester R L C
ARCH916 Studio VII: Special Topics 0 12 6
ARCH926 Thesis Preparation I: Research Methods 4 0 4
ARCH936 Thesis Preparation II: Project Development 4 0 4
ELECTIVE General Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18
Spring Semester R L C
ARCH825 Professional Practice II: Project Management 4 0 4
ARCH956 Studio VIII: Thesis 0 12 6
ARCH976 Advanced Topics 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours
*Proposed

Architecture Electives

Architecture Electives are listed below by concentration (and other) categories to assist students in shaping their course of study. Students are not required to choose electives within their area of concentration, and are encouraged to pursue breadth as well as depth in their architectural studies.

The following list indicates the Department’s elective offerings during the last three years:

Form and Culture

ARCH435 Design Methods ARCH590 Heroic Modernism
ARCH449 Constructing Sacred Space ARCH590 Informal Architecture
ARCH453 History of Architectural Ornament ARCH590 The Modern House
ARCH554 Theory Studies ARCH590 The Other American Moderns
ARCH590 Architectural Proportion ARCH590 Perception & Human Factors in Architecture
ARCH590 Conception and Representation ARCH590 Scandinavia
ARCH590 Design Thinking ARCH590 Survey of Computational Design
ARCH590 Generative Design Computing ARCH 590 Why Architects Have Drawn

Tectonic Studies

ARCH432 Environmental Acoustics and Lighting ARCH590 Constructing Engagements
ARCH433 Tectonics and Design ARCH590 Design Computing & Digital Fabrication
ARCH558 Material Studies ARCH590 Materials in Design
ARCH590 Architecture, Energy, People ARCH590 Plastic Geometries: Intro to NURBS Modeling
ARCH590 Bridge Architecture and Design ARCH590 Sustainable Design
ARCH590 Building Information Modeling in Arch. ARCH590 Switzerland
ARCH590 Caveats of Digital Design ARCH590 Visualization & Interpretation in Architecture
ARCH590 Computer-Based Structural Analysis & Design

Built Environment

ARCH560 Urban Studies ARCH590 Italy
ARCH566 Latin American Architecture & Landscape ARCH590 Mapping the City
ARCH590 Architecture, Energy, People ARCH590 Transitions in Religious Architecture in Asia Minor
ARCH590 Boston, the City and the Sea ARCH590 Transportation Intervention & Urban / Community Design
ARCH590 Building the City of the Future ARCH590 Urban Infrastructure
ARCH590 Community Development as Urban Design ARCH590 Urban Retrofit
ARCH590 Cultural Heritage & Urban Development ARCH590 Vernacular Architecture
ARCH590 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning ARCH590 Visual Perception & the City: The Lessons of Boston

Representation

ARCH590 Architectural Analysis ARCH590 Color Relations in Painting
ARCH590 Architectural Photography ARCH590 Drawing and Thinking
ARCH590 Architecture Rendering: Color Techniques ARCH590 Hand Drawing for Architects and Designers
ARCH590 BIM & Advanced Representational Media ARCH590 Sculpture

Professional Practice

ARCH537 Project Planning ARCH627 Fundamentals of Design Finance
ARCH590 Design Entrepreneurship

 

 

Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts / Architecture Programs

Campus Box 1079
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United StatesMain Phone:             314-935-6200
Fax: 314-935-7656
Web site: http://www.arch.wustl.edu/
Bruce Lindsey, Dean

The primary considerations for undergraduate admission are your artistic and intellectual promise and your academic record. You must have graduated from high school, received an evaluation from your teachers or other responsible officials of the school, and taken an appropriate distribution of high school subjects.

To apply for Freshman Admission, submit the Common Application (or Universal College Application) and our Pre-Application Data Sheet to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1089
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899

Your application must be accompanied by a $55 nonrefundable application fee. You must also submit your official secondary school transcript, a teacher evaluation, SAT or ACT scores, and essay. Application forms and full instructions are available at Washington University’s Undegraduate Admissions website.

For more information call             800.638.0700       (within the USA) or            314.935.6000      , or e-mail admissions@wustl.edu.

Optional Portfolio

We encourage you to submit a portfolio of completed artwork. A portfolio is optional for first-year admission; it is required for consideration for an academic scholarship. If you elect to submit a portfolio, follow these instructions: Submit a digital portfolio, consisting of 12–15 pieces of recent work, which may include drawings, two- and three-dimensional pieces, or photographs.

Digital Portfolio: Submit images as a simple, non-timed PowerPoint presentation. Also include all of the work in the presentation, in a separate folder, as jpegs saved at no higher than 150 dpi resolution. Write your name and address on the CD/DVD—DO NOT use a stick-on label. Remember to include an accompanying inventory/contact sheet showing thumbnails of all work on the CD/DVD. The inventory sheet must include your name and address. If preferred, you may include additional information such as title of work, medium, dimensions, and date completed.

Mail your portfolio to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1089
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899

We welcome the opportunity to review your portfolio at a National Portfolio Day. Representatives from the Sam Fox School attend National Portfolio Days across the country; in addition, the School is hosting a Portfolio Day on its campus Sunday, October 30, 2011. For more information, including a list of schools attending WU’s Portfolio Day, will be coming soon.

You may also set up a personal visit to Washington University and have your work reviewed in the College of Art. A portfolio review gives you a chance to have immediate feedback and gain insight about your work. However, a digital portfolio is still required if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

Transfer Admission

The College of Architecture accepts a very limited number of transfer students from other colleges and universities or from within the University. To apply for admission as a transfer student, please contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1089
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
Phone:             314.935.6000       or             800.638.0700       (within continental United States)
Fax: 314.935.4290

Non-Discrimination Policy

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

The application period for graduate study in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design beginning in fall 2012 has closed. The online application form for fall 2013 admission will be available in September 2012.

Application materials are outlined below. To download a pdf version of the instruction sheet for application and financial aid from our most recent admissions cycle,

Please note: Applications for spring enrollment are only available for advanced-standing MArch candidates, and are due by October 1; visit the MArch 2 program page for requirements.

All application materials that need to be mailed in hard-copy form (transcripts, GRE scores, portfolio, etc.) should be sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1079
Givens Hall, Room 105
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

If you would like to receive our printed Graduate Programs bulletin and be added to our mailing list, please contact Kathleen O’Donnell, Graduate Programs Administrative Coordinator. If you have questions about the graduate program curricula, please contact Peter MacKeith, Associate Dean of the Sam Fox School and Director of Graduate Admissions.

Phone:             314.935.6227       or             800.295.6227       (within continental United States)
Fax: 314.935.7656
wuarch@samfox.wustl.edu

Further information to assist applicants in their preparations is provided below.

Washington University in St. Louis encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

Courses Prior to Enrollment

MArch 3 applicants are asked to demonstrate satisfactory completion of one course each of elementary calculus and college physics prior to enrollment. These courses assure adequate preparation for the architectural structures sequence that is required of all MArch students. Through the portfolio, MArch 3 applicants are asked to demonstrate ability and experience in freehand drawing and/or two- or three-dimensional basic design exercises.

MLA applicants must demonstrate satisfactory completion of at least one college-level course in the natural sciences and at least one college-level course in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics, and/or basic design. Applicants with an accredited degree in landscape architecture or architecture may be admitted to the MLA program with advanced placement. Applicants who have received a non-accredited degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or environmental design may also receive advanced placement of one or two semesters, upon review of the admissions committee.

Required Application Materials

The following application materials may be submitted in stages; we may receive any of the hard-copy items before or after you have started the online application process. All of the following materials must be submitted by the application deadline. No applicant will be considered for admission until all required items have been received.

1. Completed online application materials: 
– Personal information.
– A statement of intention of educational and career goals.
– A resume/curriculum vita (to include education and employment history,
honors, awards, and extracurricular activities).
– Three letters of recommendation, to be completed by individuals who know the
personal and academic qualities of the applicant (preferably—although not
necessarily—academic instructors). These three letters must be submitted
through the online application process. Please note that, along with other
contact information, you will need to provide each recommender’s accurate
e-mail address. A fourth recommendation can be included; contact our office
with the name and contact information (including e-mail address) for the
additional recommender.

2. A non-refundable $75 application fee, either paid by credit card online, or by check or money order, made payable to Washington University.

3. Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended. Photocopies or digital copies can only be accepted when endorsed with an official stamp or seal and an appropriate official signature. Please arrange to have the official transcript(s) submitted in hard-copy form in a sealed envelope, and sent directly to our office; the mailing address is listed above.

4. GRE scores (provided by the testing services). To ensure official test score reports arrive as needed, please use our institution code (6929) and department code (4401) when making arrangements with the testing agency.

5. A bound portfolio showing examples of design work or work in the visual arts

6. A Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required if the applicant’s native language is not English. For non-native English speakers, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the Internet-based test is required for admission. An exception is made for candidates who have studied four years toward a baccalaureate degree in the United States. To ensure official test score reports arrive as needed, please use our institution code (6929) and department code (12) when making arrangements with the testing agency.

Portfolio

All applicants must submit a printed and bound portfolio to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The portfolio is the most important part of the application to the graduate program. The work presented in the portfolio—whether drawings, paintings, models, sculpture, photography, furniture, or small construction projects—should be the best examples of the applicant’s efforts.

– Applicants who have never studied architecture must submit at least 20 examples of work in the visual and constructive arts that demonstrate a potential for accomplishment in further creative study.

– All applicants who have pursued formal studies in architecture or landscape architecture must include examples of their design work related to those areas of pursuit but are also encouraged to include examples of other artistic endeavors.

– Portfolios must be presented in a protected format (e.g., boxed, in a ring binder, or bound), with dimensions no larger than 9″ x 12″. Bulky items such as fabricated metal or wooden boxes or binders are not allowed.

– The layout of the portfolio should be clear, with brief descriptions for each piece or project.

– Applicants submitting work done collaboratively, either in school or in the profession, should clearly indicate the level of their personal contribution.

– All work should be produced in high-resolution digital images. Original pieces of art (ie., actual drawings or paintings) should not be submitted.

Important: A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with adequate postage must be included when sending the portfolio to ensure its return. Portfolios will not be returned without a SASE.

Dual Degree Applications

To gain admission to a dual degree program involving another division of the University (e.g., Social Work, Business, or Construction Management), students must submit separate applications to and gain admission from both programs. Each program makes admission decisions independently. For further information about dual degree programs,

Financial Aid

Financial aid forms are due by February 15 for all applicants who plan to enroll in the fall semester; spring semester applicants must submit their financial aid forms by October 1. For information about the financial aid application process,

 

 

 

Washington State University, School of Architecture & Construction Management

P.O. Box 642220
Pullman, WA 99164-2220
United StatesMain Phone:             509-335-5539
Fax: 509-335-6132
E-mail: cgana@acm.wsu.edu
Web site: www.arch.wsu.edu
Gregory A. Kessler, Professor and Director

Master of Architecture Program

The School of Architecture and Construction Management offers an accredited (NAAB) Master of Architecture degree. Once completed, this degree allows students to participate in an architect internship program and qualify for the State Architecture Licensing exam. (Note that most states require an accredited degree by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in order to take the licensing exam.)

The accredited graduate program at WSU offers three different tracks for completing the Master of Architecture degree. Track 1 is a 1 ½ year program (3 semesters plus summer) and is specifically for students that have a four year undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from WSU or a professional accredited degree (B Arch) from a university in the U.S. Track 2 is a 2 ½ year (5 semesters plus summer) program that is available for students who have a four year undergraduate pre-professional degree in architecture from a U.S. university or its equivalent. Track 2 is also available for students who need additional coursework and or additional studio work. Track 3 is a 3 ½ year (7 semesters plus summer) program for students who have an undergraduate degree in a non architectural field. Determination for admission into Track 1 or Track 2 is based upon accomplishments and skills in previous course work and design as demonstrated through the student portfolio.

The Master of Architecture is offered at both the Pullman and Spokane campuses. Typically Track 1 and 3 are located at the Pullman campus. Track 2 students study at the Spokane campus. Specific first year coursework for Track 2 students will be based upon previous academic experience.

Master of Architecture students will engage in course work in studio, site design, technology, history and theory. The culmination of graduate study is a two semester graduate studio project. It is expected that the project be based on a defined hypothesis and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and solution to a particular issue in architecture.

National Architectural Accrediting Board Statement

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 three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Arch D in Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

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.

 

Admission

Selection of Master of Architecture students is highly selective and is made during the spring semester with initial coursework beginning the following fall semester (All applicants must submit application materials to be received by January 10th). Notification of acceptance will be on or before April 15th. Contact School of Architecture and Construction Management (            509.335.5539      )or access website for detailed requirements regarding transcripts, portfolio, application forms, etc.

Master of Architecture Curriculum (final 3 semesters plus summer)

Note: Curriculum does not show Track 2 or Track 3 required undergraduate coursework as it is individually determined by an Admissions Committee based on applicant’s previous degrees and relevant coursework.

Fall: Semester one – 15 credits (Exact sequence of non studio courses may vary)

Design IX Arch 510 Graduate Studio 6cr
Arch 527 Landscape Design 3cr
Arch 525 Contempoary Theory 3cr
Arch 563 Structures III 3cr

 

Spring: Semester two – 15 credits

Design X Graduate Project 6cr
Arch 531 Advanced Tectonics 3cr
Arch 525 Ethics and Practice 3cr
Elective 3cr

 

Summer – 4 credits

Arch 580 Internship 4cr

 

Fall – Semester three – 12 credits

Design XI Graduate Project 6cr
Arch 542 Criticism in Arch 3cr
Elective 3cr

 

Graduate Course Descriptions

Arch

510 Design Studio 6 Prereq Arch 403. Faculty directed studio for first semester students in the 1.5 year program.

511 Design VIII/Graduate Design Project 6 (0-12) Prereq Arch 403. Studio course focuses on preliminary design of graduate project.

513 Graduate Design Project 6 (0-12) Prereq Arch 511,515. Final graduate design studio focusing on individualized topics.

525 History & Theory 3 History and theory of 20th Century Architecture focusing on cultural philosophical principles related to design.

527 Site and Landscape Design 3 Exploration of issues of site context analysis, topography, planning and landscape design.

531 Advanced Tectonics 3 Prereq Arch 330, 403. Tectonic theory of concrete and metal construction with focus on skin design and technology as formative elements in architecture.

542 Issues in Architecture 3 Prereq graduate standing; Arch 409, 525. Examination of issues in architecture related to society, culture, environment, politics and philosophy.

563 Structures III 3 Prereq Arch 351, 352. Wind and seismic loads on architectural structures; high-rise structure systems; reinforced con-crete and masonry structures.

570 6 Fall semester graduate design studio 2.5 year program.

571 6 Spring semester graduate design studio 2.5 year program.

573 Ethics & Practice 3 Prereq Arch 472. Ethical and professional practice issues related to the business and practice of architecture; investigations into marketing Client and business orientation.

577 Theories and Methods of Urban Construction 3 Prereq graduate standing. Morphology, theoretical concepts, planning and spatial structure of cities and analysis of the transformation of the city core in Europe and America.

580 Architecture Internship 4 Prereq graduate student in M. Arch degree program. Placement in an approved industrial, professional, or governmental position for specialized or general experience.

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Virginia Tech, School of Architecture + Design

201 Cowgill Hall (0205)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United StatesMain Phone:             540-231-5383
Web site: http://www.archdesign.vt.edu
William U. Galloway, Associate Professor of Architecture

undergraduate admissions

All applications for admission to undergraduate programs within the School of Architecture + Design must be completed through the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Admissions office.

Application Materials for Prospective Freshman (U.S. Applicants)

Application Materials for Prospective External Transfer Students

Application Materials for Prospective Undergraduate International Students

 


 

Frequently asked questions regarding admission to the undergraduate Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture Programs:

Is a portfolio required for admission?

No. Many high schools do not teach art classes. Our Foundation Design Laboratories (ARCH 1015, 1016) provide the design fundamentals needed to be a successful designer. Admissions are primarily based on a student’s grade point average and SAT or ACT score. If you have questions regarding the admission requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at vtadmiss@vt.edu; orhttp://www.admiss.vt.edu/ .

What classes should I take in high school to best prepare me for a major in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture?

Advanced placement courses in Math, Science, English, and Foreign Languages are the best preparatory courses. These classes show dedication to one’s learning and are the best preparation for taking the SAT exam. Art and architecture classes are encouraged, but now required.

What is the foreign language requirement?

Students who do not complete 2 units of a foreign language in high school must earn 6 credits of a college foreign language, these credits are in addition to those normally required for graduation.

If you are a high school student trying to decide on a foreign language, we recommend Spanish. Italian is also a good choice. Many of our study abroad opportunities travel through Italy due to the rich tradition of design excellence in Italy.

I am a student currently enrolled at Virginia Tech and I would like to transfer into the Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture program. What is the process for acceptance?

We refer to currently enrolled Virginia Tech undergraduate students who want to change their major and transfer into Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture as “internal transfers”. Applications are required and available at the beginning of the spring semester. Applications will be accepted beginning the first day of spring semester, January 17, 2012. The application deadline is February 10, 2012.

Applications for Architecture and Industrial Design may be picked up in 201 Cowgill Hall and applications for Interior Design and Landscape Architecture may be picked up in 121 Burruss Hall. You may access the application online. Please see the applications listed below.

Please review the internal transfer process for further information. (Internal Transfer Process)

Please Note: A meeting will be held during the fall semester 2012, for students in University Studies, who are interested in the internal transfer process.

Architecture Application

Industrial Design Application

Interior Design Application

Landscape Architecture Application

Internal Transfer Policy

If I am accepted as an internal transfer student in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture, what happens next?

Students enrolled at Virginia tech who are accepted through the Internal transfer process are all required to take the Summer Qualifying Design Lab during the following first and second summer session.
ARCH 2984 Summer Qualifying Design Lab (Course Description)

I am enrolled at another University or Community College (not a student at Virginia Tech), and I would like to transfer into the Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture program at Virginia Tech. What do I need to do?

You would be classified as an “external transfer student”. You need to apply for admission through the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students admitted through the external transfer process will be required to take the Summer Qualifying Design Lab during the first and second summer sessions prior to entering the fall semester of the academic year in which application has been made. Placement during the fall semester will be determined upon completion of the second summer session.

Online Application for External Transfer Students

I have Advanced Placement, CLEP, International Baacalaureate, and/or credit from another institution. How can I find out if the credit will transfer to Virginia Tech?

You may access the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Transfer Equivalency Database to determine how credit taken through another institution will transfer to Virginia Tech.

You may access the AP, IB & CLEP information through the Registrar’s website to determine how this type of credit will transfer to Virginia Tech.

graduate admissions

Admission to Graduate Programs

All graduate applications to the School of Architecture + Design must be completed through the Virginia Tech Graduate School. (See the Graduate School Applications Web Page)

For information on admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture program, please visit the following links: 3-Year First Professional MLA2-Year Advanced MLA1-Year Plus Thesis MLA.

For information on admission to the Master of ArchitectureMaster of Science in Architecture, and Ph.D. in Architecture and Design Research degree programs, please see below:

Students are admitted to the Graduate Architecture Program on a competitive basis. Applicants are reviewed by an admissions group comprised of faculty members from the School of Architecture + Design and are evaluated on the basis of their previous background, including academic performance and relevant work experience. It is essential that applicants demonstrate qualities necessary for successful study at the graduate level through their previous academic work, and that they have shown responsibility, judgment, motivation, imagination and receptivity to new ideas.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to use the on-line application to the Virginia Tech Graduate School. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the completed application and required supporting materials are received by the University Graduate School and the Graduate Architecture Program, including the portfolio (required for M.Arch. 1 & 2 candidates), no later than January 15th for admission for the following fall semester to the M.Arch., MS.Arch., or Ph.D. A+DR programs. (The application deadline for the MLA program is February 15th.) If all materials are not received by the deadline, the application may not be considered for admission.

Every effort will be made to notify applicants by mail of the admission decision by the first week of April. However, some applications will be held for further review pending available space.

Applicants who are accepted and cannot attend the Fall Semester, may request that their admission date be deferred; however, this deferral is not automatic and requires the approval of the Graduate Architecture Program Chair and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Applicants to the M.Arch.1, M.Arch.2, and Ph.D. programs who plan to begin their studies at the Washington-Alexandria Center should so indicate in their application. However, ALL APPLICANTS for graduate study in architecture should send required application materials to the Graduate Architecture Program office in the School of Architecture + Design on the Virginia Tech Main Campus in Blacksburg, VA.

Admission Prerequisites

Admission to the graduate programs at Virginia Tech is normally contingent upon holding an appropriate undergraduate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and presentation of evidence of potential to successfully pursue graduate level work in architecture. Completion of the Bachelor’s degree with a high academic standing is expected.

Beyond the University academic requirements described in the application package, applicants to the graduate program in architecture must have the following preparation:

  • M.Arch.1 – Admission prerequisites: first professional degree (5 year), Bachelor of Architecture, NAAB accredited, or equivalent. (Note: The one-year Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech is a post-professional degree and does not constitute an accredited first professional degree in architecture. International applicants who hold architecture degrees from schools outside the U.S. and who aspire to professional licensure in the U.S. are normally advised to apply to the M.Arch.2 program. Please refer to additional information regarding professional licensure for architects in the U.S.)
  • M.Arch.3 – Admission prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree, no limitations on a particular discipline. The following non-mandatory coursework is recommended in preparation for graduate study in the M.Arch.3 program: mathematics through college algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry, one term of general physics, and a survey course in architectural history.
  • MS.Arch. and Ph.D. – While a degree in architecture or a related field is not absolutely required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and experience, as well as capabilities for undertaking advanced academic study.

Note: Applicants should make certain to note on the application the specific program option (M.Arch. 1, 2, or 3 or specific research concentration for M.S.Arch. or PhD) in which you intend to study. Changes from one program or program option to another are generally not possible without approval of a written request prior to admission.

Procedures

Graduate study in all Master of Architecture programs typically begins in August, during the Fall semester each year. It is normally not possible to begin M.Arch. studies during the Spring semester.

For all graduate programs in architecture, a complete application should be received by Virginia Tech by January 15th for admission for the following fall semester.

In order for an application to be considered, the following items must be submitted:

  • A completed graduate application (on-line strongly recommended), including payment of a nonrefundable application fee.
  • Up-to-date transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records. Transcripts should be uploaded into the on-line application. Please do not mail your official transcripts to us until you have received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech. Please note that non-legible scans will not be accepted. Make sure your scanned documents are legible before uploading, as non-legible documents will result in processing delays. A grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester credit hours, or equivalent, is required. An applicant whose previous academic performance is deemed slightly deficient (grade point average of 2.75 to 2.99) or whose transcripts are not current may be admitted as a “Provisional” student, as described in the University Graduate Catalog.
  • Three letters of recommendation from teachers, professionals or other people knowledgeable about the applicant’s work. Letters of recommendation that are not submitted on-line should be sent directly to the Graduate Architecture Program office.
  • A Resumé and a Statement of Intent briefly describing the applicant’s background, personal interests, motivation for the study of architecture, and, if applicable, proposed area of research focus. In lieu of the brief Statement of Intent, PhD applicants must submit a 2,500-word statement of research focus.
  • The Graduate School requires official test scores from the TOEFL for all International applicants. The School of Architecture + Design requires official GRE scores for applicants for the M.Arch.3, Comprehensive Professional Studies program, the Master of Science in Architecture program, the Ph.D. program and all international applicants. GRE scores are recommended for all other applicants.

International Students

All international applicants should refer to the Virginia Tech Graduate School website concerning additional admission requirements.

Portfolio

Candidates for admission to the M.Arch. 1 & 2 programs must demonstrate their competence in design beyond the academic transcript. A portfolio of studio work in architectural design and related visual studies is required of these applicants. For candidates for admission to the M.Arch.3 and MS.Arch. programs, submittal of a portfolio is not mandatory due to the variety of academic backgrounds of applicants. However, if an applicant has educational or professional experience in architecture, design, construction, or visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), submittal of a portfolio is recommended. Portfolios should be sent directly to the Graduate Architecture Program office. Portfolios can no longer be returned, therefore please submit a copy and not your only original portfolio.

Portfolios should be NO MORE than 20 (physical) pages, bound preferably in a spiral notebook. Your full name should be printed clearly on the cover page. The size requirement is 8 1/2” × 11” (North American standard) or A4 (International standard). The admissions committee does not have facilities to handle large drawings or original samples of an applicant’s work. Applicants should present a limited set of work, representative of their best efforts and most expressive of their interests and abilities. Applicants are discouraged from submitting digital portfolios; those choosing to submit a digital portfolio do so at their own risk, since, due to possible hardware and software compatibility issues, some members of the admissions committee may not be able to view it.

Interview

Faculty and students at Virginia Tech are available to talk with prospective applicants, provide tours of the architecture facilities, and answer questions about the graduate architecture program, so that applicants may determine whether study at Virginia Tech is appropriate to their educational goals. It is desirable for prospective applicants to visit the campus and talk with an advisor if at all possible; however, since travel is an obvious financial burden to many applicants, an interview is not required for admission to the graduate program, and lack of an interview will not reduce one’s chances of admission. If you wish to schedule an interview or a visit to the campus, please contact the Graduate Architecture Program via e-mail at garch@vt.edu or via telephone at            (540) 231-5683       for an appointment. Applicants are asked to consult the Virginia Tech calendar to avoid requesting an interview during the first and last weeks of each semester.

Computer Requirement

All incoming students in the Master of Architecture program are required to have a personal computer. Recommended specifications are identical to those for undergraduate architecture students. Please see the School of Architecture + Designcomputer requirement web page.

No student will be denied admission to Virginia Tech based on an inability to purchase a computer. Graduate students on financial aid may include their computer purchases in their cost of attendance.

Financial Assistance

Several forms of financial assistance are available to graduate students, including grants by federal agencies, fellowships, and scholarships awarded by corporations, foundations, and professional organizations, as well as low and moderate-interest, federally-insured loans, including subsidized loan programs. Interested students can obtain detailed and updated information directly from the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and The Graduate School. The School of Architecture + Design awards a limited number of graduate assistantships each year. Assistantships are service positions and normally involve providing support to faculty for research or teaching; typical duties include providing tutorial assistance in the various workshops, providing teaching assistance in design studios or for required courses, research project assistance, and photographic assistance in project documentation and presentation. Stipends depend on the student’s academic achievement and experience. Students seeking a Master’s degree are usually not awarded an assistantship position for more than two academic years; assistantships are not normally available to first year students in the M.Arch.3 program.

More information on Financial Aid

Note: Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office of Equity and Access .

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Admission to the M.Arch., M.S.Arch. and PhD (Arch. and Design Research) Progams:

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: January 15th. This is the deadline for the School of Architecture + Design. For the M.ARCH 1, M.ARCH 2, M.ARCH 3, MS, & PhD (ADR) programs. Do not confuse this date with the date that the Graduate School posts.

Q: What are the prerequisites to apply to your Graduate Program?
A: The basic requirement is an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Specific graduate architecture programs or program options have additional prerequisites (see program descriptions above).

Q: What is the mailing address to which to send portfolio, reference letters and/or transcripts to the Graduate Architecture Program?
A: Graduate Architecture Program, School of Architecture + Design, 201 Cowgill Hall (0205), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Q: Do reference letters have to be on the reference form?
A: No, they can be in letter format, they can be emailed, or they can be faxed.

Q: Do you accept applications for the Spring semester?
A: Due to our sequence of course offerings, we usually do not admit students to the M.Arch., MS.Arch., or Ph.D. A+DR programs for the Spring semester. Any exceptions would have to be made by the Chair of the Graduate Architecture Program.

Q: How do I apply for an assistantship?
A: You are considered for an assistantship when your application for admission is reviewed. M.Arch.3 applicants are not normally considered for an assistantship until their second year in the program.

Q: What is the portfolio format requirement?
A: Portfolios should be NO MORE than 20 (physical) pages, bound preferably in a spiral notebook. Your full name should be printed clearly on the cover page. The size requirement is 8 1/2” × 11” (North American standard) or A4 (International standard). Portfolios cannot be returned.

Q: What is the minium GRE score?
A: PhD – 1150 (combined total of verbal and quantitative parts only); M.Arch/M.S. – preferably a score of 1150 or better (combined total of verbal and quantitative parts); however, we do not use the GRE score to eliminate applicants for the Masters programs.

Q: What is the minimum TOEFL score?
A: TOEFL score minimums are directed by the Graduate School: 213 for computer-based test; 550 for paper-based; 79-80 for internet-based.

Q: What is the institutional code for Virginia Tech?
A: 5859

For more answers to frequently asked admissions questions, please see theGraduate School Applications Web Page .

Last Modified: September 27, 2011

 

 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture & Urban Planning

Department of Architecture
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
United StatesMain Phone:             414-229-4014
Fax: 414-229-6976
Web site: http://www.uwm.edu/SARUP/
Steven Heidt

M.Arch Application Process

Application Information – Printable version Download Acrobat Reader (PDF:71K)

Application Deadline: January 15 (summer/fall admission)
3.5 yr M.Arch applicants apply for summer term. The Graduate School recommends that you begin the application process one year before the semester you plan to start.

Application to the 2 yr M.Arch Program requires a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies (or equivalent), a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale), and completion of at least five undergraduate design studios. The 3.5 yr M.Arch Program requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).

Application and Fee: Submit to UWM Graduate School
Complete the UWM Graduate School application form on-line at:http://apply.wisconsin.edu.

Reasons Statement: Submit to UWM Graduate School
Rationale for graduate study and pursuit of a professional degree. This may include strengths you bring to graduate study in architecture at UWM, areas of particular interest, and long-range career goals. Address why you are interested in becoming a professional architect, your expectations of the program, and any details in your personal history or background which are relevant to your interest in professional architecture.

Transcripts: Submit to UWM Graduate School
One official transcript sent directly to the Graduate School from each undergraduate and graduate school attended. If you attended UWM as an undergraduate, the Graduate School will obtain transcripts from the UWM Undergraduate Records Office.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – General Test: Submit to UWM Graduate School (Institution Code: R1473)
Allow at least one month for receipt of all scores. Visit the GRE website for more information about registration and preparation: www.gre.org. Although there is no minimum score requirement, preferred scores are in the top 50%-ile for each category.

Letters of Recommendation: Submit to UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Student Advising Office
Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and/or professional work. Letters should be from non-related individuals who know you through previous academic programs or relevant professional activity. Recommendation forms are available online at: http://www4.uwm.edu/sarup/admissions/applying.cfm

Portfolio: Submit to UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Student Advising Office
Format: 8-1/2” x 11” maximum size. Portfolio should be bound with name clearly visible on spine or outside front cover. The department does not examine oversized portfolios, loose or rolled materials, or digital portfolios. For portfolio return, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (check with your postal service for cost), or arrange for pick-up.

International Students
A minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT or 600 PBT is required, or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS examination. Additional requirements for international applicants are available at:http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/futurestudents/69/

Follow-Up
Watch for information from the Graduate School on monitoring your application status online. Application status will reflect receipt of items required by the Graduate School to process your application. To confirm receipt of additional materials required by the M.Arch Program, follow up with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Student Advising Office.

Application Contacts

Graduate School
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Graduate School
Academic Programs and Student Services
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340
Phone:             414.229.6569
Fax: 414.229.6967

Street Address:
3203 N. Downer Avenue, Mitchell Hall
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Email:  www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/contact-us/

School of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
School of Architecture & Urban Planning
Student Advising Office
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Phone:             414.229.4015
Fax:  414.229.6976

Street Address:
2131 E. Hartford Avenue, AUP 225
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Email:  jsinger@uwm.edu (Judith Singer, Administrative Assistant)

Center for International Education
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
International Admissions
Center for International Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413 USA
Phone:             414.229.4846
Fax:  414.229.0521

Street Address:
2441 E. Hartford Avenue, Garland 138
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Email:  isss@uwm.edu

 

 

University of Waterloo, School of Architecture

7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N2L 3G1
CanadaMain Phone:             519-888-4567
Fax: 519-622-3525
E-mail: info@architecture.uwaterloo.ca
Web site: http://www.architecture.uwaterloo.ca/
Rick Haldenby, Director

admissions process

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The School of Architecture carries out an initial screening of applicants on the basis of overall academic background and, more specifically, grades received in the required courses. The School receives fifteen to twenty applications for each space available, hence students will normally need an overall average of at least 80% and at least a grade in the high 70s (usually 80%) in English and at least 70% in Physics and the two required mathematics courses, to be considered for an interview. We recommend that students take art, history and other humanities courses and pursue independent creative activities. As at the time of application to the school, it is unlikely that students will have final grades in their Grade 12 courses, the review of grades will begin by using the Grade 11 average and grades. As Grade 12 final and interim grades become available these will also be reviewed. Selection of the students that will be invited for an interview in April will be determined by whatever combination of appropriate Grade 11 and 12 grades are available by the middle of March. If conditionally accepted into the program, students are expected to maintain their average. Failure to complete required courses, or final grades below 70% will result in a revocation of any offer of admission.

Approximately 500 students will be selected for further consideration for admission. These students are required to participate in an interview as part of the admissions process. A portfolio of creative work must also be presented during the interview. In addition, a test in the form of an English précis will be required of applicants on the day of their scheduled interview. An Admission Information Form is also required. Admission to the School depends on both success in the précis test and the results of the interview.

There are no specific requirements or format for portfolios. Do not over-select, bring a wide range of material that represents the full scope and quality of your creative activity. This usually means original samples of artwork such as drawings, paintings, graphics, video, three-dimensional works, and multimedia projects that you have completed. In addition, you may wish to include other creative studies, for example, photography, craftwork such as ceramics, clothing, jewelry, metal work, dance, or music, either performed live or on tape. The committee is also interested in seeing your sketchbooks and evidence of your thought and creative processes. It is preferable to bring the original versions of your pieces, rather than photographic or otherwise reduced reproductions. Portfolios consisting only of drafting or technical drawings are not appropriate. The highest value is attached to self initiated projects and high levels of critical engagement with the creative process.

While the majority of the time in the interview will be devoted to a discussion of your work, you should also be prepared to answer questions about your creative work, interests, travel, engagement in extracurricular activities, reading preferences and other pursuits. The interview panel will normally consist of two faculty members and two senior students from the School of Architecture. The interview is approximately 25 minutes in length.

For students entering from high school, offers of admission, remain conditional on obtaining a final mark of at least 75% in ENG4U and 70% in each of the other required courses.

Students who reside more than 500 km from the School may complete analternative interview format, but it is preferable to attend a face-to-face interview if at all possible.

Master of Architecture (MArch)
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Program Description

The University of Waterloo offers a master’s program leading to the degree Master of Architecture (MArch). This program is designed to prepare students for professional qualification as architects.The Master’s program in Architecture combines elements of a professional master’s program and a research-oriented master’s program. It offers preparation for entry into the profession of architecture (together with an extension of the knowledge base required of practicing professionals, now and in years to come) to students with an undergraduate degree in pre-professional architecture, such as a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. The program is designed to develop the skills and intellectual curiosity required for a leadership role in the profession and in society, and for entry into doctoral studies. The Master’s Thesis, the core academic component of the program, will develop research and analytical/interpretive skills, as well as design skills – i.e., the synthetic skills of architecture.

Financial Assistance

Some teaching and research assistantships are available to graduate students in the Master of Architecture program.Some University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarships are also available to qualified students. These scholarships are assigned by the School.

Students may also apply for University of Waterloo Graduate Bursaries, if they can demonstrate financial need.

Admission Requirements

The Master’s program in Architecture is a twelve-month, three-term program that may begin in the Fall, Winter or Spring term. Currently, admission requirements are as follows:

  • A four-year honours undergraduate degree in pre-professional Architecture or professional Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minimum overall average of 75% (B).
  • Two letters of reference, from academic sources (referee is contacted by email and the referral is submitted electronically)
  • One official academic transcript from each post-secondary institution
  • A CV/resume
  • A one-page statement of research interest
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable): A score of at least 600 is required in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). (See English Language Proficiency for other acceptable tests of English.)
  • Where applicable, a portfolio
All of the above documentation is uploaded onto the “My Materials” tab in Quest. Only the portfolio is sent directly to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at the School of Architecture. Official transcripts should be directed to the Graduate Studies Office. For detailed information, please refer to the following link: http://www.grad.uwaterloo.ca/students/applyingonline.asp
Required Supplementary Application Information

Supplementary information for the School of Architecture may be required with your University of Waterloo Graduate Studies Application, and will be recommended during the application process.

 

Degree Requirements

The curriculum involves course work, a graduate Studio/Seminar and a Graduate Thesis in Design in an area of architecture. The three-term curriculum is normally completed in twelve months, and is the final stage in the period of academic preparation for the student’s professional qualification as an architect.There are four parts to the curriculum:

  • at least three specialist electives, each a one-term course (.50 unit weight per course), taken in at least two of the three academic streams (Cultural Studies, Environment, Technology) other than design
  • three compulsory (ARCH 652 & ARCH 654, 0.25 unit weight, and ARCH 655, 0.50 unit weight) courses in the aspects of professional practice and architectural responsibility
  • Graduate Studio and Seminar in Design (equivalent to three term courses/1.50 units of credit) (ARCH 692)
  • a Master’s Thesis in Design (equivalent to four one-term courses/2.00 units of credit)

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If you are invited for an interview, you will have the opportunity to present to the admissions committee a portfolio of your creative artistic work. We do not have specific requirements for portfolios and you can include anything you feel best represents your creativity. You should include original samples of your artwork such as drawings, samples which demonstrate your ability to understand and use colour, and samples of 2- and 3-dimensional works that you have completed. In addition, you may wish to include other creative studies, for example, photography, craftwork such as ceramics or jewellery, metal work, dance, or music, either performed live or on tape. If you are bringing multimedia work, and cannot bring a suitable playing device, please contact the Undergraduate student co-ordinator Donna Woolcott prior to your interview day so that we can be sure to have equipment available. The committee is also interested in seeing your sketchbooks and evidence of your thought and creative process. It is preferable to bring in the original versions of your pieces rather than photographic or otherwise reduced reproductions. Portfolios consisting strictly of drafting or other technical drawings are rarely what the admissions committee seeks.

The work you choose for your portfolio should be recent. Powers of observation, design sensitivity, drawing skills, and craftsmanship constantly improve and will probably be more refined in recent work. Bear in mind that the interview is 25 minutes in length and a significant portion of the interview will be spent with you in discussion over your work. Be prepared to speak to and answer questions about your creative work, interests, reading preferences, the source and exploration of your interest in architecture, and other pursuits. The interview is usually conducted by 2 faculty members and one or two senior students from the School of Architecture.

Students are strongly discouraged from using the services of “portfolio schools” as the work generated by these facilities may not be beneficial to the admission interview and may be perceived to be not of your own authorship. An important aspect of the interview process is the determination of authorship of your portfolio pieces. You should be able to demonstrate through discussion with the committee your personal knowledge and involvement in all pieces presented. Submission of work that is not your own will result in the dismissal of your application.

 

 

University of Washington, Department of Architecture

208 Gould Hall
Box 355720
Seattle, WA 98195-5720
United StatesMain Phone:             206-543-4180
Fax: 206-616-4992
E-mail: archdept@uw.edu
Web site: http://arch.be.washington.edu/
David E. Miller, Chair and Professor

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

Candidates for admission to the Master of Architecture program must apply to both the M.Arch. program and the Graduate School of the University of Washington.

Admission to the M.Arch. Program is a highly competitive process. The Department of Architecture’s M.Arch. Admissions Committee gives priority to applicants whose apparent abilities will enable them to complete the program expeditiously and with a high level of achievement. In evaluating applicants, the committee considers the following materials:

ONLINE

The first step in the application process is to apply online to the Office of Graduate Admissions. This application will request the following documents:

  • On-line Application for Admission to the Graduate School: submit together with the $75 application fee.
  • Three letters of recommendation (applicants will be prompted to list three recommenders on the online Graduate School Application).
  • GRE test scores. Report Scores to the UW Institution Code: 4854; Department Code 4401.
  • TOEFL test scores (for international students). Minimum test scores for admission to the Master of Architecture: 580 TOEFL, 237 TOEFLC, or 92 TOEFLiBT.

 

Application Status
Please submit your Graduate School Application online before forwarding supplemental materials. Your application status can be checked on-line after you have submitted.

HARDCOPY

In addition to the on-line application, the process requires that the following items are sent directly to the Department of Architecture (note: all other documents are submitted as part of the on-line process):

  • A hardcopy of the completed on-line Application for Admission to the Graduate School.
  • The Master of Architecture application form. This form must clearly indicate the degree program for which the applicant wishes to be considered.
  • M Arch 3+ and 2+ Year applicants: A one-page statement of purpose should clearly articulate the candidate’s goals and the extent to which the M.Arch. program can be expected to prepare him or her for them. Although this statement should be primarily forward-looking, some information about the candidate’s background may be helpful.
  • M Arch 1+ Year applicants: A statement of purpose which must include a specific and clearly-articulated plan of study. Applications that do not include a clear plan of study cannot be evaluated seriously. This statement should also include a list of faculty in the department who are best qualified to work with the candidate on the program of study. The Graduate Program Coordinator will ask the faculty on this list, and others who can comment on the proposal, to evaluate the application. In order to be admitted to the program, it is essential for candidates to gain the support of faculty who share academic interests with them.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
  • Copy of official GRE test scores
  • Copy of official TOEFL test scores (international students)
  • A portfolio of work in graphics and design (or similar work appropriate to the program). The portfolio should be no more than 20 pages in a format no larger than 1.5 x 10.5 x 11.5 inches. It must show evidence of the applicant’s preparation for study in architecture. For the two-year program this should include models and freehand, technical, and digital drawings of architectural projects. If possible it should also include other examples of design and artistic work, such as furniture, painting, and/or photography. (Advice on preparing the portfolio)

The application form and all supporting materials must be received at the following address on or before January 15:

University of Washington
Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Architecture
Box 355720
208 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-5720

Decisions will be mailed to applicants no later than April 15.

Applicant files will be retained for one year. Reapplication for the following year requires the submission of a new application to the Graduate School, along with the application fee. When reapplying, candidates should also consider updating the portfolio as well as transcripts or other application materials to reflect current activity or coursework.

REAPPLICATION PROCEDURE

Application materials are retained for one year.  If you wish to reapply to the program, our department can reactivate the following items: transcripts, letters of recommendation and statement of purpose. The UW Graduate Admissions Application and the Department Application must be resubmitted new for each admissions cycle.

Reapplicants must also submit in writing to the department (by December 15) which items from your prior application to reactivate and which you will be replacing/updating.   Students who were not previously accepted and wish to reapply are strongly encouraged to submit new application materials to strengthen their chance of admission. 

Please contact the Graduate Program Adviser to confirm reapplication prior to January 15.

 

 

University of Virginia, School of Architecture

Campbell Hall
PO Box 400122
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4122
United StatesMain Phone:             434-924-1493
Fax: 434-982-2678
Web site: http://www.arch.virginia.edu/
Iñaki Alday

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE, PROFESSIONAL DEGREE

This professional, accredited Architecture program (Paths A and B) offers within its design curriculum a forum for synthesizing parallel studies in history, theory, technology, and representation. In the design of buildings, landscapes and urban infrastructure, the curriculum supports a stimulating and sustainable setting for diverse cultural expression. Our mission is to develop the next generation of civic and professional leaders through:

M.ARCH. PATH A

This program allows students without pre-professional undergraduate degrees (e.g., B.S. in Architecture) to obtain a first professional degree in a minimum of three years plus an initial summer session. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

After the first year, each student’s studio work is evaluated to determine progress and ability to continue in the program. In the spring of their second year, students initiate a comprehensive design project that explores detailed design development of a small institutional or commercial building. Issues of programming, building structure, materials and assembly, detailing and life safety are explored in conjunction with ARCH 848 and ARCH 823.

Path A COURSE REQUIREMENTS

SUMMER DESIGN INSTITUTE

  • ALAR 5010 Introduction to Design (1)
  • ALAR 5020 Introduction to Graphics (1)
  • ALAR 5030 Introduction to Theory & Analysis (1)
  • Total Credits: 3

6000 YEAR

FALL SEMESTER

  • ALAR 6710 Studio Workshop (2)
  • ARCH 6010 Foundation Studio I (6)
  • ARCH 6120 Architectural Theory & Analysis (3)
  • ARCH 6231 Building Integration Workshop 1 (4)
  • SARC 6000 The Common Course (1)
  • Total Credits: 16

SPRING SEMESTER

  • ALAR 6712 Studio Workshop (2)
  • ARCH 6020 Foundation Studio II (6)
  • ARCH 6140 Key Buildings (3)
  • ARCH 6240 Introduction to Structural Design (4)
  • ARCH 6261 Building Integration Workshop 2 (4)
  • Total Credits: 19

7000 YEAR

FALL SEMESTER

  • ARCH 7010 Foundation Studio III (6)
  • ARCH 7210 Structural Design – Dynamic Loads (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Total Credits: 15

 SPRING SEMESTER

  • ALAR 7020 Design Research Studio (6)
  • ARCH 7230 Design Development (4)
  • ARCH 7250 Environmental Systems & Lighting (4)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Total Credits: 17

8000 YEAR

FALL SEMESTER

  • ARCH 8010 Comprehensive Studio3 (6)
  • ARCH 8230 Building Synthesis3 (3)
  • Elective1,2  (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Total Credits: 15

SPRING SEMESTER

  • ALAR 8020 Design Research Studio II (6) OR
  • ALAR 8995 Advanced Design Research Studio (3)
  • ARCH 8480 Professional Ethics & Communication (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Total Credits: 15

Degree Total: 100

Notes:
1.Elective Courses must include two in Architectural History [AR H Designation], one in Architectural Theory, one in Architectural Technology, and three Open Electives. See List of Electives attached each semester to Advising Notes.
2.Students planning to pursue Independent Design Research in lieu of ALAR 8020 must take ALAR 8100 Design Research Seminar. Apply for entrance into ALAR 8100 Design Research Seminar in the spring of the 700–year. Taking the seminar does not obligate you to take ALAR 8995 Independent Design Research Studio nor does it confirm that you will be accepted into that studio.
3.ARCH 6231 is required for first year Path A architecture students and open to all other grad students in the school as 6232.

M.ARCH. PATH B

Students admitted to this program have pursued a rigorous pre-professional program at the undergraduate level. The curriculum follows the prescribed core of foundation studies — history, land, and building. Students are encouraged to develop a planned sequence of electives either independently or through one of the certificate programs. Independent scholarship is encouraged through the thesis option. In the spring of their first year, students initiate a comprehensive design project that explores detailed design development of a small institutional or commercial building. Issues of programming, building structure, materials and assembly, detailing and life safety are explored in conjunction with ARCH 848 and ARCH 823.

Path B COURSE REQUIREMENTS

7000 YEAR

FALL SEMESTER

  • ARCH 7010 Foundation Studio III (6)
  • ARCH 7210 Structural Design – Dynamic Loads (4)
  • SARC 6000 The Common Course (1)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Total Credits: 17

SPRING SEMESTER

  • ALAR 7020 Design Research Studio (6)
  • ARCH 7230 Design Development (4)
  • ARCH 7250 Environmental Systems & Lighting (4)
  • ARCH 6140 Architectural Analysis: Key Buildings (3)
  • Total Credits: 17

8000 YEAR

FALL SEMESTER

  • ARCH 8010 Comprehensive Studio (6)
  • ARCH 8230 Building Synthesis (3)
  • Elective1,2 (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Total Credits: 15

SPRING SEMESTER

  • ALAR 8020 Design Research Studio (6) OR
  • ALAR 8995 Advanced Design Research Studio (6)
  • ARCH 8480 Professional Ethics & Communication (3)
  • Elective1 (3)
  • Elective(3)
  • Total Credits: 15

Degree Total: 64

Notes:
1. Elective Courses must include two in Architectural History [AR H Designation], one in Architectural Theory, one in Architectural Technology, and two Open Electives. See List of Electives attached each semester to Advising Notes.

2. Students planning to pursue Independent Design Research in lieu of ALAR 8020 must take ALAR 8100 Design Research Seminar. Apply for entrance into ALAR 8100 Design Research Seminar in the spring of the 700–year. Taking the seminar does not obligate you to take ALAR 8995 Independent Design Research Studio nor does it confirm that you will be accepted into that studio.
3. ARCH 6231 is required for first year Path A architecture students and open to all other grad students in the school as 6232.

ACCREDITATION

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 US 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.

Masters degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. Please note that the pre-professional undergraduate degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Virginia’s Path A (for students without pre-professional degrees) and Path B (for students with rigorous pre-professional degrees) Master of Architecture programs received six-year terms of accreditation in 2003. These programs will be reviewed again in 2009. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture, by itself, is not an accredited degree.

ADMISSION

The Master of Architecture Program attracts a diverse range of students with undergraduate degrees in liberal arts as well as architecture. After an introductory summer session, students with liberal arts degrees typically complete their courses in six semesters, while those with pre-professional degrees frequently gain advanced standing. Students who wish to obtain the Master of Architecture degree should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with a 3.5 average in design studios. Admission to the Master of Architecture programs is extremely competitive.

A two-semester Master of Architecture Post-Professional Degree Program, directly tailored to the interests of each student, is available for those with an undergraduate professional degree in architecture.

The director of the Graduate Architecture Program is John Quale.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO ENROLLING

Students enrolling in the program must have completed Calculus I and Physics I before beginning the program. It is recommended that students complete the classes prior to applying, however it is not required. Any 3-4 credit physics course will fulfill the requirement, but it would be beneficial to the student if the course covered the areas of statics and mechanics.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS

Certificate Programs in Historic Preservation and American Urbanism are open to graduate students enrolled in Paths A, B, and C. Admission is subject to the approval of the chair of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the director of the program. Students must also meet all requirements for admission to, and completion of, the Master of Architecture Program. Students are expected to meet the program requirements within the normal curricula of each path with the exception of Path C, which takes an extra semester. Please see Historic Preservation and American Urbanism for more information.

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS 

STUDY ABROAD

Architecture students may, with approval, spend a semester in one of the programs abroad when offered.

 

 

 

University of Texas At San Antonio, College of Architecture

Office of the Dean, MNT 3.360
501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207
United StatesMain Phone:             210-458-3010
Fax: 210-458-3016
E-mail: gayle.nicoll@utsa.edu
Web site: http://www.utsa.edu/architecture/
Dr. Vincent B. Canizaro, Chair, Department of Architecture

undergraduate admissions

The School of Architecture is one of the smallest academic units at The University of Texas at Austin. Our undergraduate student body exemplifies the diverse constitution of the communities we strive to serve. In support of unique perspectives and experiences, all applications are reviewed with an understanding that excellence may manifest itself in many areas and may be expressed in different forms, such as compelling essays, strong academic preparation, extracurricular activities, excellent test scores, life experiences as well as other accomplishments.

More information about the application process and associated educational costs is available from the Office of Admissions.

Freshman Admission

Applications for freshman admission are available online at www.applytexas.org. The School of Architecture is unable to accommodate all qualified applicants and preference is given to candidates considered to have best demonstrated the interest, aptitude, and dedication to pursue a design education. All applications are evaluated with emphasis on the following areas: SAT or ACT scores, class rank, essays, academic preparation, extracurricular activities, and other achievements. Portfolios are not accepted from freshman applicants.

For more information on freshman admission, please read the Prospective Freshman FAQ.

External Transfer Admission

Applications for external transfer admission are available online atwww.applytexas.org. Transfer applicants from architecture and interior design programs in other universities will be evaluated with emphasis given to excellence in design (portfolio required), academic preparation, essays, and other achievements. Course credit and placement in studio sequence is determined upon acceptance. External transfer admission is offered to a few qualified applicants each year.

For more information on external transfer admission, please read the External Transfer Student FAQ.

Internal Transfer Admission

To request a major change, enrolled University of Texas at Austin students applying for internal transfer must have a minimum of 24 in-resident UT Austin credit hours (completed by the end of a spring semester) and a minimum UT grade point average of 3.25. Emphasis is given to strong performance in university courses, especially courses relevant to the degree program to which the applicant is applying. Meeting these requirements is no guarantee for admission.

For more information on internal transfer admission, please read the Internal Transfer Student FAQ.

International Students

International undergraduate applicants should contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) for application information.

THE ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN MAJOR CODE

Please be sure to use the correct major code on applications. Students wishing to pursue an undergraduate architecture or interior design degree program must be formally admitted to the School of Architecture with one of the following major codes:

  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, 908000
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, 908400
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 909200
  • Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, 909201
  • Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Arts in Plan II, 909300

Students who intend to pursue the dual degree in Architecture and Plan II Honors must apply to both programs. Please contact the Plan II Honors Program Office in the College of Liberal Arts for further information regarding the separate and early application to the Plan II Honors Program:             512-471-1442      .

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

Although credit by examination is not offered for architecture courses, it is possible to receive credit by examination for other courses required for architecture and interior design degrees, such as english literature, calculus, physics, american history, government, and certain electives. Detailed information about the UT-Austin testing program is available from the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The SAT Math Level I or II exam is no longer used to establish appropriate mathematics placement. Students who have not earned credit for calculus through AP or dual credit will be required to take the ALEKS assessment exam. In addition, please note that M 305G – Pre-Calculus is no longer the prerequisite for M 408C – Differential and Integral Calculus or M 408K – Differential Calculus. More information on the ALEKS test is available atcns.utexas.edu/academics/placement/math-assessment.

TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE (FORMERLY TASP)

The TSI examination is a state-mandated program designed to improve student success in college. Please contact the TSI office at the University for more information about exemption or waivers at             512-471-8277      .

ALTERNATIVES

Applicants who miss the deadline or whose academic record makes them ineligible for admission to the School of Architecture have at least three alternatives for pursuing an architecture degree:

  • Enroll at UT-Austin in another college or school, complete the courses open to non-majors that will count toward the architecture or interior design degrees, and later apply for internal transfer admission to the School of Architecture. All freshman and transfer applicants are encouraged to indicate a second degree program choice on their UT-Austin application for admission. Students not admitted into the School of Architecture will be considered by the Office of Admissions for the second choice of major (for example, School of Undergraduate Studies, College of Liberal Arts). Students admitted to their second major choice will then be eligible to apply for internal transfer admission to the School of Architecture during the spring for the following fall semester (see Internal Transfer Admission).
  • Apply to another school of architecture or interior design. Accredited degrees in architecture are offered at more than 90 universities in the United States including six other schools in Texas: Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M, The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas at Arlington. Accredited degrees in Interior Design programs in Texas are The University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, Texas State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Christian University, and Texas Tech University.
  • Complete your current undergraduate degree program and apply to a first professional graduate architecture or interior design degree program. The University of Texas at Austin, for example, offers a first-professional Master of Architecture degree for students with degrees in unrelated disciplines—a program of approximately three and one-half years in duration.
  • Graduate Admissions

    The University of Texas School of Architecture (UTSOA) graduate programs accept applications ONLY for the Fall semester. Spring applications will not be accepted.

    The application deadline for Fall 2012 admissions is December 15, 2011, for all graduate programs except Interior Design.

    The Interior Design application deadline is January 6, 2012.

    Portfolios must be received by January 6, 2012, for programs that require them (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, (optional) Historic Preservation).

    University of Texas Application Requirements

    All UTSOA graduate applicants must follow the instructions on The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) Applying for Graduate Admissions page to submit the application, test scores, transcripts, and application fee. 

    • The Fall 2012 on-line application is available on ApplyTexas.org.
    • GRE Scores (UT Austin Institution Code: 6882)
    More information on Test Scores.

    • International students submit TOEFL or IELTS scores
    TOEFL Institution Code:  6882
    IELTS:  There is no code.
    More information on Test Scores.

    • Transcripts
    Carefully follow GIAC’s instructions to submit your transcripts. Upload transcripts on GIAC’s MyStatus check after you submit your ApplyTexas application.

    • Application fee

    About ApplyTexas.org

    Create a profile and password for ApplyTexas.org.

    After you complete and submit your ApplyTexas application:
    (1)  Your references will each receive an e-mail with instructions how to submit your online Letter of Recommendation.

    (2)  You will receive confirmation of your application (within 24-48 hours) and a University Electronic Identification (UT EID) and password. This UT EID and password is for your application and other online University services.
    (If you have a previous application or employment at The University of Texas at Austin, you should already have a UT EID and password.)

    (3)  Log in to GIAC’s MyStatus application status check web site to:
    –   check your application status
    –   monitor which materials have been received and which are needed
    –   upload your other documents, résumé, writing samples, transcripts, and manage your Letters of Recommendation

    UTSOA Graduate Programs Application Requirements 

    UTSOA graduate applicants must also submit departmental requirements.

    Please review the specific items required for each program: Additional Program-Specific Materials.

    Submit required documents online through the ApplyTexas application or GIAC’s MyStatus as directed.

    Please do not mail any documents to UTSOA unless your program requires a portfolio. Mailing paper copies of any documents to UTSOA will significantly delay the processing of your application. Extraneous documents will not be reviewed.

    Departmental requirements include:

     

    • Statement of purpose
    A 1,000-1,500 word essay that addresses your interest in your intended degree program with respect to your academic and professional objectives, a situation or job that helped you define your interest, the factors that led you to apply to the UTSOA, and any other factors related to your academic or professional experience that you wish to convey to the admissions committee.
    (Submit through the ApplyTexas.org online application.)

    • Three letters of recommendation 
    References may include former instructors and professional employers. Letters should include comments on the applicant’s intellectual, communicative, and leadership abilities as well as his or her capacity for creativity and relevant personal characteristics.
    (Submit recommenders’ emails through the ApplyTexas.org online application and manage online through GIAC’s MyStatus check. Paper letters of recommendation will significantly delay the processing of your application.)

    • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae. Required by all UTSOA degree programs.
    (Submit through GIAC’s MyStatus check.)

    • Portfolio 
    ONLY send portfolios of creative work to UTSOA if your program requires it. Refer to the Graduate Portfolio Guidelines. Submit portfolios of creative work directly to the Graduate Programs Office by postal service or courier delivery:

              Graduate Admissions Coordinator
    School of Architecture, GOL 2.308
    The University of Texas at Austin
    1 University Station, B7500
    Austin, Texas 78712-0222

    • Writing Sample

    Submit if required by your degree program as listed on the Additional Program-Specific Materials page.

    This document should demonstrate your analytical writing and reasoning skills. It does not need to be lengthy (most submissions range 5-10 pages), but it should clearly focus on a single topic.

    NOTE: PhD applicants are expected to submit more substantial writing samples, such as theses or dissertations, which demonstrate research abilities and scholarship.

    (Submit through GIAC’s MyStatus check.)

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

     

    Non-U.S. citizens, including those who have attended another institution in the United States, must follow the instructions for International Graduate Admissionsfrom GIAC. International students must use the Texas Common Application.

     

    THE ADMISSIONS AND REVIEW PROCESS

    You may check your application status on the MyStatus web site.

    Applicants to all graduate degree programs are evaluated on The University of Texas requirements for Graduate Admissions. Some programs may have stricter requirements.

    The graduate admissions committee will not review incomplete application files. An applicant may not be recommended for admission until an application is complete, including all GIAC materials and departmental requirements.

     

    architecture admissions

    B.ARCH., BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE

    The School of Architecture can offer limited admission to the architecture degree programs. Students may apply for fall semester admission only. Information on undergraduate admissions is available from SOA undergraduate admissions page.

    M.ARCH. I, FIRST PROFESSIONAL MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

    Prerequisites for admission include a baccalaureate degree in any field of study — prior training in architecture or design is not required. One semester of Calculus and one semester of Physics for Non-Technical Majors are required for admission. In addition to the application materials, applicants must submit a portfolio and a statement of intent describing the student’s objectives for graduate study. The purpose of the portfolio is not to judge the applicant’s ability to design buildings, but to understand how the applicant communicates visually.

    To apply for the First Professional or Post Professional M.Arch. program at UTSOA, prospective students should follow the SOA graduate admissions instructions.

    M.ARCH. II, POST PROFESSIONAL MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

    Prerequisites for admission include a professional 5-year baccalaureate degree in architecture from an NAAB accredited school or its international equivalent. Applicants must submit a portfolio, a statement of intent describing the student’s objectives for graduate study.

    To apply for the First Professional or Post Professional M.Arch. program at UTSOA, prospective students should follow the SOA graduate admissions instructions.

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture

207 Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
United StatesMain Phone:             215-898-5728
Fax: 215-573-2192
E-mail: ARCH@design.upenn.edu
Web site: http://www.design.upenn.edu/architecture
Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean, PennDesign

HOW TO APPLY

Detailed application instructions and required material

We encourage you to submit your PennDesign application as early as possible, then follow up later with supporting materials. Among the features of our online application is the ability to access your application to update or change your information any number of times until the time you submit the application to us. Please read through all the information below carefully before beginning your application. To create your on-line application account, or to access your current application, click here.

All applicants to degree programs must submit the following:

  • – On-line application form
  • – Application fee ($80)
  • – One official transcript (sealed and stamped) from each college or university attended for credit
  • – Unofficial, scanned transcript from each college or university attended for credit submitted on-line
  • – Three letters of recommendation submitted on-line
  • – Personal statement submitted on-line
  • – Résumé submitted on-line
  • – Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) submitted by ETS, required of all but MFA applicants
  • – International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), required of all applicants for whom English is a second language
  • – Portfolio (applicants to Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Fine Arts and Urban Design programs)
  • – Writing Sample (applicants to M.S. in Architecture, M.Arch. II, MEBD and Ph.D. programs)

To download an application checklist, click here.
For information about applying for financial aid, click here.
To download an application guide for the MFA Program, click here.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Applications and on-line supporting material, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the deadline date listed below. Material that you will be mailing to us, such as paper portfolios and official transcripts, must be received by us, NOT postmarked by the application deadline.

December 14 is the deadline for online submission of the application and receipt of all supporting material for

  • – M.S. in Architecture
  • – Ph.D. in Architecture
  • – Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning

January 4 is the deadline for receipt of the application and all supporting materials (including digital portfolios) for

  • – Master of Architecture I (professional)
  • – Master of Architecture II/PPD (post-professional)

January 17 is the deadline for online submission of the application and receipt of all supporting material for all other programs, including

  • – Master of Environmental Building Design (MEBD)
  • – Master of City and Regional Planning
  • – Master of Fine Arts
  • – Master of Science in Historic Preservation
  • – Master of Landscape Architecture
  • – Master of Urban Spatial Analytics

APPLICATION FEE
The online application allows you to submit your non-refundable application fee of $80 by check or credit card. Once you have submitted your application, you will be asked for your payment method. If you choose to pay by credit card, the system will prompt you to enter your credit card information. All checks should be paid to the order of University of Pennsylvania Board of Trusteesand sent to PennDesign Admissions, 110 Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
You must submit three (3) on-line letters of recommendation. It is recommended that at least two (2) letters of recommendation be from academic instructors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may submit letters of recommendation from employers or others in a position to evaluate their professional abilities and academic potential. You will need your evaluators’ e-mail addresses when you fill out the recommendation section of the application. As soon as you enter and save your recommenders’ contact information, even before you’ve submitted the application, they will receive an e-mail soliciting their evaluations.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
You must send us an official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university you have attended for credit. The transcript must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the Registrar’s stamp across the back flap of the envelope. If we receive a transcript that is not in its sealed envelope, the transcript will considered invalid. Institutions that will not release official individual transcripts to students may send the transcripts directly to PennDesign Office of Admissions, 110 Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311. In addition to submitting the paper transcript by mail, we require that transcripts be submitted electronically through the online application. Applicants should scan a copy of each transcript into one document (jpeg or pdf) and then upload the file into the online application.  Students are required to hold an undergraduate degree prior to entering the School of Design, and must submit official transcripts showing that they have received this degree before matriculation.

PERSONAL STATEMENT AND RÉSUMÉ 
Both your personal statement and your résumé should be uploaded via the on-line application. Your résumé should include employment, activities, community service, education, and academic or professional honors. Your personal statement should be no more than 500 words long and should describe your background, your interest in the field to which you are applying, and your academic and career objectives. You should be as specific as you can about the area in which you plan to study.
MFA Applicants: Your résumé should exhibitions or performances, reviews, publications, and personal website if applicable. Your personal statement should be no more than 500 words long and should describe your background, ideas, as well as the stylistic and conceptual priorities for your work.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) SCORES
With the exception of MFA applicants, all applicants must take the general GRE test regardless of whether they are from the U.S. or abroad. To register for the GRE, go to Educational Testing Service at www.gre.org/. We will accept both the old and new GRE. Official test scores must be sent by ETS to the School of Design. The correct institution code to use when requesting scores is 2926 or 2674. You do not need a departmental code.

IELTS or TOEFL SCORES
All applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate training has not been conducted in the English language must submit satisfactory certification of adequate English proficiency sufficient to pursue graduate study, both comprehension and expression in the spoken and written word. Applicants must submit scores of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic). Applicants may register for the IELTS at www.ielts.org. Applicants may register for the TOEFL at www.ets.org/toefl. The correct institution code to use when requesting official TOEFL scores is 2926 or 2984. You do not need a departmental code. Candidates admitted to the School of Design may be required to successfully complete an English Language Program prior to matriculation. They will be notified of this condition in their letter of admission. To be admitted without conditions, the Department of Architecture requires applicants to obtain a TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or 600 (PBT) or higher, or an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher.

WRITING SAMPLE
M.S. in Architecture and Ph.D. applicants must submit a sample (e.g. essay, research report) of their written work in English on the subject of their field of specialization in addition to their personal statement. Applicants to the Master of Environmental Building Design and Master of Architecture Post-Professional degrees must submit two samples of writing and a description of their computing skills and software proficiency. Writing samples should be uploaded into the online application.

PORTFOLIO
Please click here for portfolio guidelines specific to each program. Please note that if you apply to a dual degree program, you may need to submit two portfolios if your programs require different formats or media. Please pay attention to the file size and page restrictions. Landscape portfolios must be paper. All other portfolios must be digital. Portfolios should be mailed to PennDesign Admissions, 110 Meyerson Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311. We will only return portfolios sent with a prepaid return envelope.

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES: ARCHITECTURE

Digital portfolio guidelines for applicants to Architecture programs.

Department of Architecture Portfolio Guidelines
Every applicant to the Master of Architecture, Master of Environmental Building Design, Master of Science in Architecture, or PhD in Architecture program is required to submit a digital portfolio. Paper portfolios will NOT be accepted. The portfolio is a synopsis of one’s creative work. As a visual essay, it tells a story of a person’s interests, skills, and development over time. It should include projects that best express one’s visual, spatial, and constructional abilities. These projects might include drawings, paintings, sculpture, or photography; graphic, industrial, or interior design; architectural, landscape, or urban design. The faculty who evaluate the portfolios look less for competence in architectural or landscape architectural design and more for a coherent demonstration of visual and spatial abilities expressed through a basic understanding of material and construction. All work should be identified as academic, professional, or personal. If professional or team projects are included in the portfolio, the specific role and responsibility of the applicant in the production of the project must be clearly identified. Labels and writing should be kept to a minimum and clearly explain the work. Applicants to the MEBD and MArch II/PPD should include at least five fully developed projects done solely by the person submitting the portfolio; other group work can be added.

Applicants must submit their portfolios digitally. One PDF document of no more than twenty pages (maximum page size 10 x 12″), no more than 25 MB, and screen resolution 72 dpi should be submitted through our online application in the “Digital Portfolio Upload” section. No fewer than four projects should be included. The document should be saved as LastName_Program_MMDD (eg: Smith_MArch_1230).

 

 

University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
United StatesMain Phone:             734-764-1300
Fax: 734-763-2322
E-mail: TaubmanCollegeStudentServices@umich.edu
Web site: www.taubmancollege.umich.edu
Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions handles application procedures for incoming students. Students are required to apply online. To find out more about applying to Taubman College at the University of Michigan as an incoming freshman please review the information given below and visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissionswebsite. Prospective Freshmen are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Undergraduate Admissions Contact

TaubmanCollegeStudentServices@umich.edu or             734-647-2187

Application and Portfolio/Design Assignment Deadline: February 1st annually

Application Materials

  • University of Michigan Online Application
  • University of Michigan Supplement
  • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Counselor Recommendation
    • Academic Teacher Recommendation
  • One Common Application essay (250-500 words) and two University of Michigan essays (250 and 500 words)
  • English Proficiency Test (non-native English speakers)
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Official Copy of transcripts from all high schools
  • SAT or ACT with writing test scores

Optional Application Materials

  • Third letter of recommendation
  • Portfolio or design assignment

All hard copy application materials, except portfolios, should be mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Portfolio/Design Assignment

Freshman applicants may choose to submit an optional, but highly recommended portfolio or design assignment. All portfolios/design assignments must be submitted electronically. Slides, CDs,URLs, and hard copy materials will not be accepted.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation: one from a counselor and another from an academic teacher. An optional, additional letter of recommendation may be submitted that is not restricted to teachers or counselors.

ACT/SAT Scores Submission

Send your ACT or SAT scores directly to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Your SAT/ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency—rush paper scores are not accepted.

If you have not yet had your scores reported to the University of Michigan, you may request to have them sent online using these links:

  • ACT (U-M code is 2062)
  • SAT (U-M code is 1839)

English Proficiency Requirements

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English and does not offer intensive English or conditional admission.

All speakers of English as a second language must submit one of the English language proficiency examination results listed below. We accept either MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS results.

Minimum Scores:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Exceptions: Students who have recently completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic study in Australia, The Bahamas, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico) can be exempted if the SAT critical reading score is above 600.

Evaluation

Eligible applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality and content of all previous academic education, motivation toward architecture-written statement of career goals, recommendations, and design work.
  • Transfer students must complete two years of college before enrolling in Taubman College. The first two years of liberal arts study before joining the undergraduate architecture program (the freshman and sophomore years) may be completed at the University of Michigan or at any other accredited university or community/junior college offering the required courses. Typically, undergraduates apply to transfer to Taubman College (from either UM or another school) during the winter term of sophomore year and, if accepted, begin the undergraduate Architecture Program junior year.
  • The undergraduate program culminates in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), nonprofessional degree. Many students choose to continue their graduate studies in architecture or a related field in design or construction. Others work for a year or two in preparation for future graduate study.

    Current UM students are encouraged to discuss their academic plans with both their current academic advisor (through their home department) and a Taubman College Student Services Representative. Students applying to the undergraduate architecture program from other universities are encouraged to make an advising appointment with a Taubman College Admissions Counselor.

    TaubmanCollegeStudentServices@umich.edu or             734-615-0431

    Before beginning the undergraduate program junior year, applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses, as many recommended courses as possible and a minimum of 60 credit hours and maximum of 70 credit hours. Please refer to this page for information about prerequisite courses.

    Application Deadline: February 1st annually
    Portfolio Deadline: March 10th annually

    Application Materials
    (Cross Campus Students)

    • University of Michigan Online Application
    • Statement of Purpose / Essay (500 words)
    • Letter of recommendation and recommendation form from a non-architecture instructor
    • Portfolio
    Application Materials for Incoming Non-UM Students
    (New Transfer Students)

    • University of Michigan Online Application
    • One short answer (150 words) and three essays (250, 250 and 500 words)
    • 2 letters of recommendation and recommendation forms
    • Official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended
    • Fee payable to the University of Michigan (online with a credit card or mail check or money order)
    • Portfolio

    All hard copy application materials, except portfolios, should be mailed in one package to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    515 East Jefferson St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    Portfolios should be mailed to Architecture Admissions:
    Undergraduate Architecture Admissions
    Room 2150
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069 USA

    Letters of Recommendation

    Cross-campus applicants: One letter of recommendation is required from a non-architecture professor or GSI. Please have the recommender complete the recommendation form and attach a letter on letterhead.

    New transfer applicants: Two letters of recommendation are required. Please request at least one from a college professor or Graduate Student Instructor. It would be preferable if both letters were from college instructors; one from a design instructor and one from a general academic course. Please have the recommenders complete the recommendation form and attach a letter on letterhead.

    Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF 1.1MB)

    English Proficiency Requirements

    The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English and does not offer intensive English or conditional admission.

    All speakers of English as a second language must submit one of the English language proficiency examination results listed below. We accept MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS results.

    Minimum Scores

    • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
    • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
    • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
    • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5
    • Exceptions: Students who have recently completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic study in Australia, The Bahamas, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico) can be exempted if the SAT critical reading score is above 600.

    Evaluation

    Eligible applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the following criteria:

    • Quality and content of all previous academic education
    • Other data, which indicates professional growth and motivation toward architecture-written statement of career goals, employment, record, letters of recommendation, portfolio, etc.

    Students who have completed freshman/sophomore studies at other universities or community colleges are evaluated on the same basis as those who have completed years 1 and 2 at the University of Michigan.

    Notification of Acceptance

    Applicants will be notified of their admission status by mid-April. Accepted applicants must return their Response Form to Taubman College by May 1st. All new transfer students must pay an enrollment deposit fee to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    Wait List

    Being placed on a wait list means that the admissions committee is interested in your application, but have offered admission to other candidates. If space becomes available, students from the wait list may be offered admission. The wait list is unranked and when space becomes available, all waitlisted students will be reviewed again for admission. The chances of being admitted from the wait list vary from year to year.

    Registration and Orientation

    Students accepting their offer of admission will receive detailed registration and orientation information over the summer. Please do not attempt to register for architecture courses until you have received this information.

    Prerequisite Courses

    Before beginning the undergraduate architecture program junior year, applicants must complete the following required prerequisite courses, as many recommended courses as possible, and a minimum of 60 credit hours. If a student is completing prerequisite courses at another institution, it is important to check the transfer equivalency guide and contact an architecture advisor for architecture course equivalencies.
    UM Transfer Credit Equivalencies

    Required

    • 1 English course (3-4 credits)
    • 1 calculus course (4 credits)
    • 2 physics courses (lectures and labs) (8 credits)
    • 2 introductory architecture studio drawing courses (6 credits)

    Recommended

    • 2 architectural history courses (6 credits)
    • 1 digital media arts course (3 credits)
    • 1 natural science course* (3 credits)
    • 2 humanities courses (6 credits)
    • 2 social science courses (6 credits)

    *Chemistry must be selected for natural science if a student has not completed high school chemistry.

    Courses taken to fulfill required and recommended pre-arch requirements and those taken to fulfill the Bachelor of Science degree requirements may not be taken pass/fail.

    Since emphasis in the freshman and sophomore years is on liberal arts, not more than seven credits in non-academic or technical areas can be applied toward the 60 credit hour requirement.

    Prerequisite Courses Worksheet (PDF 52KB)

    Portfolio Guidelines

    Applicants to undergraduate program are required to submit evidence of their graphic and design abilities. Applicants should carefully select representative work that illustrates their ability to think and communicate visually and demonstrates the range and depth of their familiarity with various graphic media and techniques.

    Taubman College offers an annual portfolio workshop to help students prepare a portfolio of work. The workshop is usually offered in January. For more information, visit the events page.

    Portfolio evidence of graphic and design ability must comply with the following requirements:

    Content

    Work may include, but need not be limited to, examples of:

    • architectural design or building
    • drawing-freehand and/or mechanical
    • photography
    • interior, industrial, and graphic design
    • painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics
    • woodworking, sewing, or other crafts
    • digital media

    Work submitted may include class assignments, independent projects, or examples from professional employment. If professional or group projects are submitted, the applicant must indicate the extent of his/her role in the work.

    Format

    The collection of samples submitted must be securely bound or fastened together and the overall dimensions should not exceed 8-1/2″ x 11″. Each submission must be clearly identified with the name of the applicant. DO NOT send original work. Please include reproductions of original works in the form of photocopies, prints, or photographs, reprinted and bound together. The committee will not review the following work:

    • models or other three-dimensional objects
    • slides
    • videotapes
    • folded materials/blueprints
    • electronic media (CDs, DVDs, disks) and/or digital files

    Deadline

    All graphic and design work must be received by Taubman College by March 10, 2013. Note that all paper application materials are due by February 1, 2013 to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    Return

    Graphic work may be picked up at Taubman College after admission decisions have been made. Portfolios will be returned to applicants that submit a self-addressed, prepaid mailer, or sufficient postage. Work not sent back or picked up by July 1 will be discarded, unless special arrangements are made for its retention.

    Portfolio Workshop Presentation (PDF 12.7MB)
    D.I.Y. Bookmaking Guide (PDF 5.6MB)

    Graduate Admissions Eligibility:

    Taubman College offers two options to its Graduate Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Program.

    2-Year Master of Architecture

    Applicants to the 2-year M.Arch. option should have a bachelor of science degree in architecture or its equivalent. Admitted 2-year M.Arch. students begin in the fall term.

    A student should have completed the following pre-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate degree in architecture.

    • 4 sequential architecture studio design courses (5-6 credits each course)
    • 2 construction courses (6 credits)
    • 2 structure courses (6 credits)
    • 2 sustainable systems courses (6 credits)
    • 2 history of architecture courses (6 credits)
    • 2 design fundamentals courses (6 credits)

    If any course deficiencies are found, the student must complete extra courses in addition to the regular 60 credit hours of the master of architecture curriculum.

    Please see course descriptions to compare pre-requisite course content from other schools to determine eligibility.

    3-Year Master of Architecture

    Applicants to the 3-year M.Arch. program have received an undergraduate degree in a subject other than architecture. Admission is limited to the summer half-term. This 3+ year program draws upon the diverse backgrounds of the students to encourage a multi-faceted discussion of architecture. The first year builds a foundation that drives the following years.

    There are two required pre-requisite courses that a student should have completed prior to beginning coursework in the summer half term (late June). These courses must be taken for credit at an accredited institution and the student must earn a C or better in the course. Online classes are not accepted. The two pre-requisites are:

    • 1 calculus course (4 credits)
    • 1 physics course (lecture and lab) (4 credits)

    We also highly recommend students interested in the 3-year M.Arch. program take two studio art courses. The purpose of the studio courses is to explore the design process and the art of making, thereby solidifying an interest in architectural study, and to create work to include in the admissions portfolio. Studio courses are strongly recommended but not required. Examples of studio courses include but are not limited to:

    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Design (2D or 3D)
    • Woodworking
    • Ceramics
    • Sculpture
    • Printmaking
    • Metalworking
    • Fashion Design
    • Interior Design
    • Illustration
    • Animation
    • Jewelry Making
    • Photography

    3-year M.Arch. students join their peers in the 2-year M.Arch. track for the second and third year. Both options culminate in a master of architecture degree.

    TaubmanCollegeStudentServices@umich.edu
    734-764-1649

    Application and Portfolio Deadline: January 15th annually (postmarked)

    Please take the GRE test 6-8 weeks prior in order for test scores to be received by the deadline.

    Application Materials

    • Online Application
    • Non-refundable application fee: $65 U.S. / $75 fee non-U.S.
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume
    • Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended
    • Portfolio
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation including recommendation forms
    • GRE Scores (required)
    • TOEFL test scores (required Non-native English Speakers)
    • Financial Certification documents (Non-U.S. Citizens)

    Submit any hard copy materials in one package/envelope to:

    Master of Architecture Admissions
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069 USA

    Do not have hard copy materials sent piecemeal.

    Non-refundable Application Fee

    The fee for United States Citizens and those with permanent resident visa status is $65 (U.S. funds). The fee for non-U.S. citizens is $75 (U.S. funds). The application fee is paid online, via credit card, before the application is submitted. There is no need to follow-up with a paper copy of the application. Applications received without fees will not be processed.

    Statement of Purpose

    Please write a concise statement outlining your reasons for applying to the master’s degree program and why your application should be favorably considered. The following questions serve only as a guide. It is preferred if your statement of purpose is uploaded as part of the online application. The essay should be 1000-1500 words and clearly communicate to the admissions committee:

    • Why you want to study architecture?
    • Your career objectives and long term goals?
    • What you want to learn/gain from the Program?
    • How the Program supports your career objectives?
    • What led you to apply to Taubman College?
    • Previous professional experiences that have had a profound effect?
    • Is there a specific area of emphasis/specialization that you are interested in?
    • Your current strengths and weaknesses in reaching your goals?

    Resume

    It is preferred if your resume is uploaded as part of the online application.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. If possible, two of these should come from former professors. Recommendations should be completed online as part of the online application process. Please ask your recommenders to complete the online form and attach their letter electronically.

    In order to “see” the online recommendation section, in the online application, a term must be entered on the “Personal Information I” page. The recommendation section can then be viewed on the “Personal Information II” page.

    You can edit and send reminders to your recommenders clicking on the “Manage Your Recommenders” link in the recommendation section.

    If absolutely necessary, we will also accept hard copy recommendations if they are on university or company/firm stationery. The form and letter must be placed in an envelope, sealed, and signed across the seal by the recommender to ensure its authenticity. If submitting a hard copy, please have your recommender complete and attach the following recommendation form. Please request your letters of recommendation sufficiently early to ensure your recommenders submit their letters by the January 15th deadline.

    2-year M.Arch. Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF 1.1MB)
    3-year M.Arch. Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF 1.1MB)

    Official Transcripts

    The college requires applicants, domestic and international, to provide one official transcript or certified credentials (transcripts) from all universities and community colleges attended. Have two transcripts sent to your address. Have one of the transcripts sent in the original unopened envelope, sent in one package/envelope with your other hard copy materials. Do not have transcripts sent to Taubman College piecemeal. Open the second transcript, scan it, and upload the transcript in the “Previous Education” section of the online application. Unofficial transcripts can also be uploaded. If your academic credentials are in any language other than English, you must submit both the original document and a certified English translation. International credentials should include a certified copy of the diploma, if awarded. Applicants holding degrees from Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Burma, India, Nepal, or Pakistan must include detailed examination records for all years of the program showing subjects, marks received, and class obtained. UM graduates and current students do not need to submit a transcript from the University of Michigan but should request transcripts for any other schools they have attended.

    Graduate Record Examination Scores (required)

    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all students. Information about the GRE including test dates and locations can be found at www.gre.org. Please contact ETS (www.ets.org or www.gre.org) to have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan (Institution code 1839, department code 4401) at least 4-5 weeks prior to the deadline. GRE scores must be no older than five-years old to be valid. There is no minimum requirement for the GRE test.

    English Proficiency

    All non-native English speakers must take either the TOEFL, IELTS, or the MELAB Examination. Scores must be no older than two years old to be valid. Non-native English speakers who have earned their degree from a university, where English is the primary language of instruction, are not required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB score. The student must have attended the institution for a minimum of four years, and achieved a 4 year degree from that institution to receive a TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB waiver. U.S. citizenship does not exempt applicants from taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB test if his/her native language is not English. Students only need to take one of the above listed tests.

    TOEFL Examination (International Students Only)

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Internet Based Toefl (IBT) is one of the approved English proficiency tests required of all non-native English speakers. Information about the TOEFL/IBT including test dates and locations can be found at www.ets.org/toefl/. Please contact ETS (www.ets.org) and have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan (Institution code 1839, department code 12) at least 6-8 weeks prior to the January 15 deadline. TOEFL/IBT scores must be no older than two years old (not before 2010) to be valid. The minimum requirement for the TOEFL test is 250 computer based or 600 paper based. The minimum requirement for the IBT test is 100. If you have taken the TOEFL exam and not achieved the minimum score you must continue to take the test until you achieve the minimum score to be considered for admission. Taubman College does not admit students that have not met the minimum score.

    IELTS Examination (International Students Only)

    The International English Language Testing System exam is another English proficiency tool required of all non-native English speakers. Information about the IELTS including test dates and locations can be found atwww.ielts.org. Please have IELTS send an official score report to the University of Michigan.

    IELTS scores must be no older than 2 years (not before 2010) to be valid. The minimum requirement for the IELTS test is 7.0. If you have taken the IELTS exam and have not achieved the minimum score, you must continue to take the test until you reach 7.0 to be considered for admission. Taubman College does not admit students taht have not met the minimum score.

    MELAB Examination (International Students Only)

    Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Examination can be found atlsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab. Please take the MELAB exam 5 weeks prior to the January 15th deadline in order for your score to be received in time. The minimum score for the MELAB is 84.

    Financial Certification (International Students Only)

    The financial certificatino deadline is January 15th.

    All international students are required to submit financial certification as part of their application to show they have funding available to study in the USA. The estimated financial certification for 2012-2013 academic year for three-year M.Arch. applicants is $69,134 USD and for two-year M.Arch. applicants is $59,246 USD. The final tuition rates will be set in July and an exact figure will be available then. The Financial Certification does not consider the financial certification form when making decisions regarding scholarships. The financial certification is only an administrative piece and is necessary to process I-20 forms for admitted students. Only funds in a liquid account, such as a checking or savings account will be accepted: Property, life insurance, stock, bonds, jewelry, mutual funds, land, medical savings and retirement accounts, benefit certificates, trusts, securities, and long term savings for housing do not qualify. If a student is supporting him/herself, the applicant must submit an original bank statement in the student’s name showing sufficient funds. If a person other than the applicant will be sponsoring the student, the applicant must submit two important documents for the financial certification. An applicant must submit either #1 and #3 OR #2 and #3 below. An applicant may have several different sponsors. We will need the following documentation from each source of funding:

    1. Letter of support (who will support the student and what their relationship to the student is) signed by the family member(s) offering financial support to the student. It must be an original signature. OR

    2. Completed financial certification form (found in the online application) with original signatures from the family member(s) offering support and the proper boxes checked. AND

    3. Original bank statement (on bank letterhead) showing the type of account, the exact balance of the account, and signed by a bank representative (original signature required). The statement must also show the account holder’s name; that name must match the name of the person offering support exactly.

    2-Year M.Arch. Financial Certification Form (PDF 1.2MB)
    3-Year M.Arch. Financial Certification Form (PDF 1.2MB)

    Passport Copies (International Students Only)

    Each international applicant should submit a copy of their passport (and copies of any dependent family member’s passport that would be accompanying the student to the USA) with their application materials. Passport copies are required in order to process and I-20 form. In order to avoid processing delays, please submit the passport copies with your application materials.

    I-20 / Visa (International Students Only)

    Applicants that are currently in the U.S. should also send a copy of their current I-20 or I-94 form. A Transfer-In form is also required if an applicant is currently attending another U.S. school or college and is admitted to the program.

    Transfer-In Form (International Students Only)

    Transfer-In Form is also required if an international applicant is currently attending another U.S. school or college and is admitted to the program.

    Portfolio Guidelines

    All applicants are required to submit samples of their academic work and, if possible, their professional work. The following guidelines have been prepared by the Graduate Admissions Committee to help applicants select and prepare these samples.

    Content

    Samples of work should be chosen to cover the breadth as well as the depth of the applicant’s knowledge, abilities, and interests. The admissions committee is interested in work that demonstrates knowledge, interest, and ability in technical areas, human and social concerns, and symbolic and aesthetic issues. The committee considers the following types of work to be suitable for inclusion with an applicant’s samples: graphic design, photography, paintings, freehand drawings, building design drawings, analytical investigations (structural and environmental systems), building programming, measured and working drawings, computer generated drawings, and other types of work which best represent the applicant’s knowledge, aptitudes, and experience. The portfolio should be considered a design problem.

    Portfolios from applicants to the 3 year M.Arch. Program will usually include samples of freehand drawings, graphic design, photography, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, and samples of work as noted above where appropriate.

    The committee encourages applicants to submit reproductions of work instead of originals and to be judicious in the choice of reproduction methods. The committee will assume that copies represent the actual quality of the original work in regard to line character, color, value, finish, and other visual characteristics. Slides, transparencies, CD’s, blueprints, or videos will not be accepted. Each exhibit should be labeled neatly with information describing the medium used, whether the work represents an academic, professional, or other type of project, and whether the work was undertaken independently or as part of a group effort. For professional and group projects, the label should indicate the type and extent of the applicant’s personal involvement.

    Size and Format

    The collection of samples submitted with the application must be securely bound or fastened together and the overall dimensions should not exceed 8 1/2″ x 11″. Do not use a mailing tube. When you submit a portfolio as part of your application, it becomes property of the University of Michigan. If you would like to have your portfolio returned to you after admission decisions are made you must submit one of the following with your application materials:

    • A prepaid, self addressed/labeled envelope
    • Proper postage to cover the cost of returning the portfolio to you
    • A check made payable to: The University of Michigan, to cover the cost of returning the portfolio to you

    Please do not send international postal coupons. Taubman College will not return portfolios to applicants unless one of the above mentioned procedures is followed.

    Portfolio Workshop Presentation (PDF 12.1MB)
    D.I.Y. Bookmaking Guide (PDF 1.5MB)

    Application Evaluation / Status

    Evaluation

    Applications will not be evaluated until all credentials have been received and the application fee has been paid. Applications missing credentials cannot be guaranteed a review by the admissions committee. Eligible applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the following criteria:

    1. Quality and content of all previous academic education
    2. Evidence of professional commitment and direction, including statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, portfolio, etc.
    3. GRE test scores / TOEFL test scores (if applicable)
    4. The number of openings available
    5. The suitability of the program to the applicant’s area of interest

    Checking the Status of Your Application Online

    Applicants can verify application data and status online approximately one week after their application is submitted. An email is sent, by the admissions office, with the applicant’s University of Michigan Identification Number (UMID). You will need to use a login ID and password to confirm some personal data before viewing your application status. The site allows you to update your contact information, check the receipt of your application materials and receive an admission decision online. Student Service Staff will try to keep all materials received current. However, please allow sufficient time for processing before contacting the office.

    For applicants who are current students or employees: Log in to Wolverine Access using your existing UMICH uniqname login and click “New and Prospective Student Business.”

    For applicants new to the University: You need to create a secure login using a UM Friend Account and then go to and log in to the UM administrative services called Wolverine Access. To do this, you MUST follow both steps below:

    1. Create a UM Friend Account.
    2. Log into Wolverine Access. Once logged in, open “New and Prospective Student Business.”

    Taubman College receives a large volume of application materials, so please allow 10 business days for processing time. Your application materials will be updated as quickly as possible.

    Residency Classification

    Residency Classification Guidelines have been developed to ensure that decisions about whether a student pays in-state or out-of-state tuition are fair and equitable and that applicants for admission or enrolled students who believe they are Michigan residents understand they may be required to complete an Application for Resident Classification and provide additional information to document their residency status. Please see the University of Michigan Residency Classification Guidelines.

    Notification of Acceptance

    Applicants will be notified of their admission status by mid-to-late-March. Admission decisions will be accessible online using the web application status as soon as they are made. Taubman College will send a hard copy letter in the mail as well. Admitted students are invited to Preview Weekend, in late March: Preview Weekend is an opportunity for admitted students to visit Taubman College, meet faculty and students, tour the facilities, campus, and Ann Arbor, and attend Taubman College events. Admitted students can be paired up with current students for lodging. Typically travel reimbursements, up to a maximum of $300, is offered. Students choosing to accept admission must pay a $500 enrollment deposit either through an online banking transfer (US based banks only) or via check by April 15th to reserve a space in the program.

    Wait List

    Being placed on the wait list means that the admissions committee is interested in your application but have offered admission to other candidates. If space becomes available, students from the wait list may be offered admission. The wait list is unranked and, if space becomes available, all waitlisted students will be reviewed again for admission. The chances of being admitted from the wait list vary from year to year.

 

 

University of Miami, School of Architecture

P.O. Box 249178
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5010
United StatesMain Phone:             305-284-5000
Fax: 305-284-5245
E-mail: epz@miami.edu
Web site: http://www.arc.miami.edu/
Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Distinguished Professor & Dean

 

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Admission & Portfolio Requirements

Application Information

The policies and procedures for application and admission are as follows:

All application materials (application, transcripts, portfolio and letters of recommendation) must be postmarked no later than November 1st (Early Action/Decision) or January 1st (Regular Decision); for more information contact the Admissions Office or Academic Services at 305-284-3731. No applications or application materials will be accepted after this time. Enrollment in the School of Architecture is selective and limited by space and other resources; early application is encouraged.

Undergraduate Admission

Applications for incoming freshmen are processed and reviewed by the Office of Admissions.

The University of Miami uses a holistic admission process in which all parts of a student’s application are considered. Every application receives a full and comprehensive evaluation. We base our admission decision on the student’s academic strength and how competitive that student is in the applicant pool.

There is no minimum GPA or test score requirement for admission. The Admission Committee does not recalculate high school GPAs. We use the GPA (weighted and/or unweighted) provided by your high school. Although not a requirement, a competitive freshman student for admission has a strong A-/B+ average, around a 1320 SAT and/or around a 30 ACT test score, and ranks in the top 10% of their graduating class. All School of Architecture applicants are required to submit a portfolio.

Keep in mind that a student who meets all of these criteria is not guaranteed admission; however, the closer a student is to this profile, the more competitive that student is for admission.

Transfer Admission

Applications for transfer are processed by the University of Miami Office of Admissions and are reviewed by the Architecture Undergraduate Faculty Admissions Committee. Portfolios and letters of recommendation are to be submitted to the School of Architecture.

The minimum requirements for transfer admission are:

 

  1. 3.0 minimum Grade Point Average
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Portfolio is required for advanced placement. Design studio work must be included.

 

Summer Studio: Students accepted for transfer into the third year design sequence are required to attend a design studio held the summer before their third year. Admission to the Bachelor of Architecture program is subject to satisfactory performance in this design class.

University of Miami Students: Students currently enrolled at the University of Miami in another major who are requesting transfer into the School of Architecture must fill out a “Change of Major” request form and send it to the School of Architecture. Admission is subject to review by the Architecture Faculty Undergraduate Admissions Committee. Students with less than 24 academic credits will be considered as entering freshmen, while those who have completed 24 or more credits will be asked to submit a portfolio. Please note that students enrolled in other majors are not permitted to take required architecture classes and will be advised by the School in which they are registered.

Students Holding a Previous Degree: Applications are not accepted from students who have an undergraduate degree. These students should apply to the Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Services at 305-284-3731.

Graduate Admission

Applications are considered for entrance in the fall semester only. Applications completed by February 15 will be given the highest priority for acceptance and scholarships; late applications will be accepted until April 1. Admission to the graduate program is subject to the rules, regulations and procedures of the Graduate School as stipulated in the University Graduate Bulletin. It is the responsibility of each student to understand these requirements and to ensure that they are met.

The minimum requirements for application to the Master of Architecture Degree program are:

  1. 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  2. 1000 cumulative Graduate Record Examination score (GRE) on verbal and quantitative sections for all texts taken before September 2011 / New test scores equivalency will be announced in November 2011 after statistical analysis.
  3. 550 TOEFL score for international applicants.

 

Applications will be reviewed by the admissions committees only after all of the following documents have been received:

  1. Completed application form with the $65.00 application fee. We regret that it is not possible to waive this fee.
  2. A letter or statement expressing your interest in the program and your reasons for applying.
  3. Official transcripts of all college and university courses taken, indicating the date your professional or other undergraduate degree was awarded. All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar.
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination scores sent directly from ETS and TOEFL scores where applicable.
  5. Three academic (and professional if applicable) letters of recommendation. If you have waived your right for access to your letters, they may be sent directly from the recommender, or they may be included with your application in a signed and sealed envelope.
  6. Digital portfolio and printed portfolio.

 

Portfolio Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

The portfolio requirement offers candidates an opportunity to share their visual interests. The work may include but is not limited to reproductions of: drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed-media, graphics, or photographs of ceramics, sculpture, wood-work, and models. Freehand drawings are strongly encouraged while CAD or drafting assignments are not required nor encouraged. Slides and electronic media will not be viewed and therefore should not be included in the portfolio.

Each student may determine the binder or folder that best contains the work. Simple, easy-to-turn pages that are well organized have a greater impact than expensive binders or complicated systems.

The portfolio format is as follows:

  1. Preferred size is 8.5 X 11 inches (horizontal or vertical).
  2. Cover page (inside the portfolio) with name, program you are applying for: (freshman or transfer), mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
  3. Each project or image must be accompanied by a written description of when the piece was done, why (for class,individually, etc.) and, if the work is part of a group project, exactly which part of the project reflects the candidate’s work.

 

A self-addressed, postage pre-paid envelope must be included for portfolio return. Portfolios are not retained after the application process.

University of Miami
School of Architecture
Office of Academic Services
Re: Undergraduate Portfolio
1223 Dickinson Drive, Bldg 48E
Coral Gables, FL 33146-5010
Any questions, call 305-284-3731

Portfolio Requirements for Graduate Programs

The portfolio offers candidates to the MArch.I / 3-year track an opportunity to present their visual interests and artistic skills. The work may include but is not limited to: reproductions of drawings, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork; photographs; video work; models. Although drafting (CAD or hand-drawing) courses are not required for admission in the 3-year program, students who want to include such drawings are encouraged to do so.

Students applying for advanced standing (MArch.II / 2-year track) must present a selection of their best architectural works during their pre-professional studies. In order to facilitate the waiving of courses and studios, examples must emphasize comprehensive skills including sketches, plans, sections and elevations, and graphics that exhibit conceptual and diagramming abilities, understanding of structures and of urban context, as well as any other skills (computer modeling, models, photography and film abilities, etc.). Examples of professional work are encouraged but must clearly identify and describe work done independently and that done as part of a team.

Each student is required to provide a digital portfolio in pdf format (maximum size 6MB) as well as a printed copy. Preferred size is 8.5 × 11 inches (11” x 14” maximum-size). Digital portfolio can be sent by mail in CD or DVD format, or by email directly to Jude Alexander. Expensive and creative binders are not necessary; ease of review with simple, easy-to-turn pages should be a priority with a preference for Internet-type prints.

Each portfolio must include and in the following order:

 

  1. Cover with full name and citizenship
  2. First page with name, address and telephone number; and a one-page resume maximum
  3. Personal works as described above with clear indication of the academic year in the program; objectives and site of the project; short description of the project concept.

 

A self-addressed, postage pre-paid envelope must be included for portfolio return. Portfolios are not retained after the application process.

University of Miami
School of Architecture
Office of Academic Services
Re: Graduate Portfolio
1223 Dickinson Drive, Bldg 48E
Coral Gables, FL 33146-5010
Any questions, call 305-284-3060

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of academic recommendation are required of each transfer applicant. Applicants with an architectural background should request letters from their architecture professors. Professional recommendations may be submitted in addition to the three required academic letters. Letters are not to be included in the portfolio. Please mail your letters of recommendation to:

 

University of Kansas, School of Architecture & Urban Planning

205 Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-2250
United StatesMain Phone:             785-864-4281
Fax: 785-864-5393
E-mail: archku@ku.edu
Web site: http://www.saup.ku.edu/
Mr. Nils Gore, Interim chair & Associate Professor

College of Architecture, Planning and Design


Timothy de Noble, Dean
Lynn Ewanow, Associate Dean
Wendy Ornelas, Associate Dean

115 Seaton Hall
785-532-5950
Fax: 785-532-6722
E-mail: capd@k-state.edu
www.capd.k-state.edu

The College of Architecture, Planning and Design offers opportunities for professional study in architecture, interior architecture and product design, landscape architecture, and regional and community planning.

The college consists of three academic departments: architecture, interior architecture and product design, and landscape architecture and regional and community planning.

The curriculum in architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The interior architecture and product design curriculum is accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The landscape architecture curricula are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The planning curriculum is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in cooperation with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

Accredited graduate degrees are offered in architecture, interior architecture and product design, landscape architecture, and regional and community planning to students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree. Accredited graduate degrees in landscape architecture and regional and community planning are offered to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. The master of science in architecture is intended for students who already hold an accredited bachelor of architecture.

A PhD in Environmental Design and Planning with the primary objective of supporting graduate research which employs an interdisciplinary view of design and planning is also offered.

Click on any of the following links for information:

Admission Policies and Procedures

High school applicants

In addition to meeting the university’s admission requirements, first-year admission to the College of Architecture, Planning and Design is based upon the review of high school cumulative GPA and composite  ACT or SAT scores. Admission is selective and competitive, application does not guarantee admission.

Emphasis is placed upon performance in academic course work. The college can admit up to 180 new students. You must apply prior to the deadline stated below because of the limited space and resources for new students admitted into the program. The college does not admit freshman or transfer students for the spring semester.

Application materials and deadline

Materials

  1. Application for undergraduate admission with the College of Architecture, Planning and Design clearly marked as your intended major.
  2. University application fee.
  3. Official 6th or 7th semester high school transcript.
  4. Official ACT or SAT scores (unofficial scores are accepted if indicated on the official transcript).

Send application materials directly to:

Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0102

Deadline: February 1

To ensure consideration, application materials must be postmarked by February 1.

College preparatory curriculum

Students are advised to take a full academic course load each year of high school to meet requirements for the recommended college preparatory curriculum. If honors courses and advanced placement courses are available, students are encouraged to take them. In particular, advanced placement courses in calculus and English are helpful. However, the GPA used for admission is unweighted. Courses that develop creative abilities should be taken if time permits. With respect to drawing, the faculty strongly recommends taking a course in freehand drawing. If a choice must be made between technical drawing, CAD, or freehand drawing, the faculty prefers freehand drawing.

The following high school curriculum is highly recommended:

Course Units
Mathematics (Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and trigonometry
(pre-calculus or calculus is highly recommended))
3–4
English (emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing) 4
Science (Physics, chemistry, and biology) 3–4
Social studies 3–4
Foreign language 2–4

 

Transfer applicants

A student’s academic performance in college-level course work is an important indicator of future academic performance. Students must have a college grade point average of at least a 3.0 to be considered for admission. However, being considered does not guarantee admission. Please note that all admission decisions are contingent upon maintaining or exceeding the standards. Students who do not continue to meet or exceed the stated expectations may not be allowed to enroll. Transfer students will be placed in the first year.

Students must have completed the following high school mathematics courses prior to arriving at Kansas State University:

  • Two units of algebra
  • One unit of geometry
  • One-half unit of trigonometry

Mathematics courses not taken in high school may be taken at other universities, community colleges, correspondence schools, night schools, or with a private tutor.

Students should contact the College of Architecture, Planning and Design’s Office of Student Services at            785-532-5047       for advice about the transfer process. It is a good idea to establish contact with the associate dean before enrolling in college courses.

Application materials and deadline

Materials

  1. Application for undergraduate admission with College of Architecture, Planning and Design clearly marked as your intended major.
  2. University application fee.
  3. Official college transcript(s) for all schools.

Send application materials directly to:

Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0102

Deadline: February 1
To ensure consideration, application materials must be postmarked by February 1.

Second-, third-, fourth-, or fifth-year placement
Students who have attended another National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), or Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited program may be considered for placement in the second, third, fourth, or fifth year of one of our degree programs. However, it is exceedingly rare for a student to be offered a placement other than first year. Prospective transfer students should follow the procedures described in this document and submit course descriptions for all the professional program courses and a portfolio of work completed in design studio. Studio placement will be determined by means of individual portfolio reviews by the faculty. Portfolios must be sent to the associate dean in  212 Seaton Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506 and be postmarked no later than February 1.

For more information

For more information about College of Architecture, Planning and Design programs, write or call:

Director of Student Recruitment
College of Architecture, Planning and Design
Kansas State University
212 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–2902
785-532-5047
Fax: 785-532-6722
E-mail: archdesstuserv@k-state.edu
www.capd.k-state.edu

For more information about admission to Kansas State University, write or call:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0102
E-mail: k-state@k-state.edu
1-800-432-8270       (toll free)
or             785-532-6250

 

General Education: K-State 8

IMPORTANT NOTES: Students who first enroll in Summer 2011 or later must meet the requirements of the K-State 8 General Education Program.

Students who began their programs of study in earlier terms under the University General Education (UGE) program may complete their degrees with UGE requirements or may choose to move to the K-State 8. Students should check with their academic advisors to determine which choice would be better. To switch, students must consult with their academic advisors.

Students who are readmitted in Summer 2011 and later will be designated as meeting the K-State 8 by the Office of Admissions. Deans’ offices can make an exception for the readmitted student who has completed UGE or who would prefer to complete UGE requirements.

Overview of K-State 8 requirements

The intent of The K-State 8 is for students to explore the perspectives of disciplines that may be quite different from those of their own majors. For that reason, a minimum of four different course prefixes (e.g., AGEC, MATH, FSHS) must be represented to fulfill K-State 8 requirements.

Each student must successfully complete credit-bearing courses to cover all of the K-State 8 areas. Some of the K-State 8 areas may be covered in the student’s major.

Departments have decided which courses to designate for one or two K-State 8 areas. K-State 8 designations are noted both in the Undergraduate Catalog and in iSIS.

When a course is tagged for two K-State 8 areas, the student may count that course toward both areas. However, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a variety of courses and experiences that offers them a genuine breadth of perspective.

For more information

  • Consult your advisor.
  • Check each term’s Course Schedule.
  • More information about The K-State 8 is available on the web.

K-State 8 policy for changing majors

Changing majors will not affect students’ general education requirements in the K-State 8.

K-State 8 policy for double majors and dual degrees

A student must meet K-State 8 requirements for only one degree/major.

Transfer students

Transfer students are required to cover all eight (8) of the K-State 8 areas and should check with their academic advisors to determine how best to apply transfer credits to the K-State 8.

 

General Education: UGE

University General Education Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTES:  This section does not apply to students who first enroll in Summer 2011 or later. Those students must meet the requirements of The K-State 8 General Education Program.

Students who began their programs of study in earlier terms under the University General Education (UGE) program may complete their degrees with UGE requirements or may choose to move to The K-State 8. Students should check with their academic advisors to determine which choice would be better.  To switch, students must consult with their academic advisors.

Students who are readmitted in Summer 2011 and later will be designated as meeting the K-State 8 by the Office of Admissions. Deans’ offices can make an exception for the readmitted student who has completed UGE or who would prefer to complete UGE requirements.

The following information about UGE remains in the Undergraduate Catalog for the benefit of students who choose to continue meeting UGE requirements.

The College of Architecture, Planning and Design assures that all degree programs provide breadth through the completion of 18 credit hours to fulfill the university’s general education requirements. These 18 credit hours must be approved university general education courses from outside the professional major designation.

At least 6 credit hours of the 18 credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above and no more than two courses from any single discipline (as defined by the course prefix) may be counted toward the required 18 credit hours of university general education electives.

Courses used to fulfill university general education credit cannot be in the student’s major.

Students develop their programs of university general education with the ongoing assistance of their academic advisor.

Those electives listed with a specific designation, such as professional, must be chosen from those courses in the indicated field that are open to the student.

For more information about UGE requirements, see the Undergraduate Degrees section of this catalog. For a current list of approved UGE courses, see the Registrar’s Office website.

 

Student academic creations

All programs involve extensive project work. Students are advised to budget sufficient funds to cover the cost of equipment, materials, and supplies. Material costs will be higher than those published for non-studio curricula.

Student academic creations are subject to Kansas State University and Board of Regents intellectual property policies. The Regents policy states:

‘‘The ownership of student works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements shall be with the creator(s). The student, by enrolling in the institution, gives the institution a non-exclusive royalty-free license to mark on, modify, retain the work as may be required by the process of instruction, or otherwise handle the work as set out in the institution’s intellectual property policy or in the course syllabus. The institution shall not have the right to use work in any other manner without the written consent of the creator(s).’’ ‘‘Otherwise handle,’’ as referenced in this policy, includes display of student work in various media and use for accreditation purposes.

K-State’s intellectual property policy.

 

International study

Students can earn academic credit by studying abroad in Italy, Denmark, Germany or  the Czech Republic. Specific information is available from the associate dean of student services.

 

Internship

Internships are available with private practitioners, corporations, and government agencies. Students earn academic credit and a salary while on internship. Specific requirements vary among the departments.

 

Extracurricular activities

The college offers opportunities for students to become involved in student government, student chapters of professional societies, college ambassadors, first year mentors, Open House, and the student journal,OZ.


University of Cincinnati, The School of Architecture & Interior Design

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
United StatesMain Phone:             513-556-6426
Fax: 513-556-1230
E-mail: susan.baehr@uc.edu
Web site: http://www.daap.uc.edu/said
Mr. William D. Williams, Director School of Architecture and Interior Design

Admission Requirements

The School of Architecture and Interior Design bases admission decisions on a balanced consideration of the following indications of excellence:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university
  • Official transcripts from previous college coursework.
    • Note: Successful candidates have earned, on average, a GPA of 3.30(based on a 4.00 scale).
  • A portfolio of creative work. The portfolio is an opportunity to demonstrate your imaginative and critical thinking talents. Creativity occurs in all fields so the content does not have to be architectural if your background is in another discipline. Written project statements to accompany visual work are usually very helpful to the committee.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to evaluate your abilities and your potential for success as a graduate student.
  • A brief resumé of your academic and professional experiences
    • Note: Your resumé should indicate both educational and professional accomplishments.
  • A two-page statement of your interest in graduate study in Architecture. This should be a concise, articulate presentation of your academic and career goals, and any specific interests you have in architectural topics for graduate research and design. It should reflect your prior intellectual and professional engagement with these issues, and may also provide some additional perspective on the work illustrated in the portfolio.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test dates prior to August 1,2011 successful candidates have earned the following average scores: verbal 500; quantitative 650; analytic 4.5. For test dates after August 1, 2011 (GRE Revised General Test) successful candidates have earned the following average scores: verbal 153; quantitative 151; analytic 4.5. The ETS University code is 1833. You do not need a department code.
  • A TOEFL score of at least 100 iBT (600 paper) is common, although not a strict requirement. We also accept test results from the IELTS with scores of at least 7 and the CEFR of at least B2.

Application Process

Applications and all supplemental materials are due by January 10, 2012. The application process begins with an online application to the Graduate School. Supplemental materials (except transcripts) are to be submitted online through the application process.
Mail transcripts to the address below. Air Express companies may require the street address (2624 Clifton Avenue) instead of the PO Box number, and also the office phone number (            513.556.6426      ) for the label.
University of Cincinnati
College of DAAP
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
Attn: Kim Lawson
Applicants are typically notified in late March and April, but the admissions process can extend into May and June. We cannot offer admission deferrals. International students should refer to the International Student Services Office for University admissions information and requirements.

Important Additional Information

All Master’s candidates benefit from having a liberal arts education that includes coursework in Art History, Physics, and Drawing or Studio Art. Physics is a highly recommended course subject because it servers as the basis for many concepts in the sequence of technical courses. Experience/prior applied knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. is also highly desirable.

 

 

Southern California Institute of Architecture

960 E. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
United StatesMain Phone:             213-613-2200
Fax: 213-613-2260
E-mail: admissions@sciarc.edu
Web site: http://www.sciarc.edu/
Eric Owen Moss, Director

Undergraduate Admissions
The undergraduate program at SCI-Arc is a five-year (ten-term) professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program, accredited by the the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The first two years of the undergraduate program are sequential by term. Students are admitted into 1A or 2A in the fall term only, while admission into 1B and 2B is in the spring term only. Students seeking to enter SCI-Arc at the 3A, 3B, or 4A level may apply for admission in either the fall, spring, or summer terms.

The undergraduate program admits approximately seventy students per year. Students may apply directly from high school or may transfer from two- or four-year colleges. Applications for first-year placement are accepted for the fall term; applications for advanced placement are accepted for the fall and spring terms. Admission to the undergraduate program is competitive, and applicants must generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, in addition to a distinctive portfolio of work. Students who have completed general, non-architecture courses at other two- or four-year colleges may apply for placement in the first year of the B.Arch program. These include students who have completed associate degrees (A.A. or A.S.) in disciplines other than Architecture. Admission is based on the applicant’s personal statement, creative portfolio, academic record and letters of recommendation.

Graduate Admission
Students are admitted into the graduate programs in the fall term only. Admission is determined by a review of the applicant’s personal statement, letters of recommendation, academic record, and portfolio of architectural and creative work. SCI-Arc offers two graduate programs—MArch 1 and MArch 2 (see below)— as well as three post-graduate programs:

M.ARCH 1

A three year (seven term) professional Master of Architecture program, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and open to applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field of study.M.Arch 1 requires attendance for the fall and spring terms of the first two years, and the fall, spring and summer terms of the final year.

Prerequisites for M.Arch 1: 

Prospective M.Arch 1 students are required to complete one semester each of college-level Calculus and Physics, obtaining a grade of “C+” or higher. Accepted students who have not yet taken these courses will receive a Conditional Acceptance into the program, and will be required to complete these prerequisites prior to enrolling in the fall term.
Making + Meaning
The Foundation Program in Architecture offered at SCI-Arc in the summer term, is recommended as a preparatory course (and in some cases required) for admission to the program.
To apply online, click HERE or visit the Making+Meaning page.

M.ARCH 2

A two year (five term) professional Master of Architecture program, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and open to applicants with a minimum of a four-year degree in Architecture, or its equivalent abroad.M.Arch 2 requires attendance for the fall and spring terms of the first year, and the fall, spring and summer terms of the final year.

Prerequisites for M.Arch 2: 

Introduction to Digital Design – a short, intensive workshop offered prior to the fall term – is intended to provide entering students with the foundation in digital tools necessary to successfully undertake the demands of the M.Arch 2 program.

 

 

Rice University, School of Architecture

6100 Main Street
MS 50
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United StatesMain Phone:             713-348-4864
Fax: 713-348-5277
E-mail: arch@rice.edu
Web site: www.arch.rice.edu
Dr. Sarah Whiting, Dean

Undergraduate Admissions

 

Undergraduate applicants to the School of Architecture follow the normal admissions procedures for Rice University. Please refer to Rice University’s undergraduate admission web page for complete application information, requirements and schedules: www.rice.edu/admission.

In addition to University requirements, the School of Architecture strongly recommends an interview and requires a portfolio, as detailed below.

 

 

Recommended Interview

The School of Architecture strongly recommends that all applicants arrange for an interview on the Rice campus with an Architecture faculty member. Such an interview can be arranged by calling the School of Architecture at:             713.348.4864      .

 

 

Portfolio Requirement

A portfolio of creative work is required of all applicants to the School of Architecture. The Portfolio must conform to the following specifications:

PowerPoint file labeled with applicant name (example: JohnDoe.ppt) – 10 MB maximum file size – 10 slides maximum (more than one image per slide acceptable) – Image files must be JPG, JPEG, or GIF – No image should exceed 1024 x 768 pixel resolution & 96 dots/inch – No sound or animation permitted – Email your portfolio to the Admission Office at riceapps@rice.edu

Graduate Admissions

 

The deadline for completed graduate applications is December 31. The School of Architecture must receive all items listed below for your application to be considered complete.

You should begin your application process early. To make sure scores are available by the deadline you should take the GRE, TOEFL, etc. as required the spring before you apply. You should also request transcripts and letters of recommendation as soon as you know that you plan to apply in order to give the senders time to get the material to Rice before the deadline.

Please download our Application Checklist to ensure that you’ve met all of the requirements.

 

Rice School of Architecture Admissions Requirements:

Application Form
Application Fee
Transcripts (official required, unofficial optional)
GRE Scores
Portfolio (digital and hard-copy)
Personal Statement
TOEFL Requirements
Option Selection
Letters of Recommendation

 

Application Form

The application form is only one piece of your application package, and may be accessed here.

 

Application Fee

All graduate application materials are submitted online (with the exception of the hard-copy portfolio and official transcripts). Applicants have the option to pay the application fee with a credit card or an online check. The fee is seventy U.S. dollars (U.S. $70.00). An applicant whose online check is returned for insufficient funds will be charged an additional fee of $10.

Note to Foreign Applicants:The application fee is required of all applicants, including foreign students. We recognize that some foreign students may have difficulty with currency exchange. Payment of the fee cannot be deferred until time of enrollment. The application can be processed ONLY when the application fee has been received. The check must be payable through a U.S. bank, which must be noted on the front of the check; we can also accept an international money order. Sometimes an applicant will ask a U.S. friend or relative to submit the fee on his/her behalf; however, be sure that the applicant’s name and department are clearly indicated on the front of the check. No application will be processed without this fee.

 

Letters of Evaluation

Three letters are required and must be submitted through the online process initiated through your application. It is always our preference to have academic references representing your major field, though we recognize that there are situations where this may not be possible. In such circumstances, we encourage you to seek out those persons who can comment on qualities that will be relevant to your academic goals. Requests for online letters of recommendation accompanied by an online reference form are sent to the applicant’s recommenders once the application has been submitted.

 

Transcripts

The minimum GPA is a 3.0 for applicants applying to the Master of Architecture program. We require one copy of the official, confidential transcript from each institution (undergraduate and graduate) that you have attended. These transcripts are an essential piece of your application. Send transcripts from any institution where you earned (or will earn) a degree, studied for one year or more, or took classes that relate to your current application for graduate study. Transcripts should be in confidential, signed-across-the-seal envelopes provided to you by the registrar of each institution. It is critical that the transcripts be in confidential envelopes. Personal copies of your records, or copies which have passed through your hands and are therefore not confidential, are not acceptable and will not be regarded as official. If your school will not provide you directly with a confidential copy of your transcript, then you must have them send an official copy directly to the School of Architecture. Be sure to have them send the transcripts to the attention of The Rice University School of Architecture. You may also wish to upload an unofficial copy, for information purposes only, in the online application; however you must still provide an official, confidential transcript. We must also receive certification of degrees received, including the date the degree was awarded. This information may be included on the final transcript.

Note Concerning Transcripts of Foreign Applicants:The academic records which we refer to as transcripts should provide a listing, year-by-year, of all courses taken and the grade or marks received for each one. It is helpful to have the grading scale of the institution and the student’s rank in class included when such information is available. Do not submit secondary school records. Transcripts must bear an official signature in ink of the appropriate official of your institution(s), such as the registrar or recorder of records, and must bear the institutional seal. If your college or university will not provide original official academic documents, exact copies that have been verified as “Certified True Copies” by the appropriate institutional official of each institution that you have attended should be sent. Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable. To be considered, all documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations. These translations must bear an original ink signature and seal, and translations alone will not be acceptable.

 

GRE Scores

Rice University requires all applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores. The scores must not be more than five years old, and an official copy must be sent to Rice University directly from the Educational Testing Service. Personal copies are not acceptable. More information on test score requirements can be found here.

Institution Code and School Name: 6609 – Rice University; Department Code: 4401.

Rice University receives GRE scores electronically from the Educational Testing Service. Because we match scores by an applicant’s name, it is important that you explicitly call our attention to any discrepancies that might occur between your name as reported on your application forms and as recorded on your GRE scores. Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to reach us by the December 31st deadline. For further information on the GRE and registration forms, please contact the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000 USA or telephone             (609) 771-7670      . Send e-mail to gre-info@ets.org or visit the GRE web site.

Note about GRE Scores for Foreign Applicants: We realize that language and cultural differences may affect the GRE scores of foreign students, particularly whose native language is not English. This is taken into consideration when such students’ applications are evaluated. The scores are nevertheless required and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service.

 

Portfolio

The portfolio for M Arch Option 1 students should contain examples of visual creativity (freehand drawings, photographs, etc. in a format other than slides). A portfolio of previous design work is mandatory for applicants for the M Arch Options 2 and 3.

Two identical versions of a portfolio of an applicant’s creative work are required. A hard-copy version must be sent directly to the School. A second identical version must be uploaded to the online application. Both versions must be received by December 31. Hard-copy portfolios must not exceed 9”x12”. Oversize portfolios, discs or videos will not be accepted. One digital version must be uploaded in pdf format as a single document no larger than 15 MB. The file name must list the program, option, last name, first name, portfolio; each field separated by an underscore (“_”). File naming example: March_Option1_Smith_Jane_Portfolio.pdf

Portfolios should be mailed directly to:
Rice University
School of Architecture MS-50
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

If sent by Express Mail:
Rice University
School of Architecture MS-50
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892

 

Personal Statement

Your application and all supporting documents help us know your work, your goals, and your abilities as a future architect. Your personal statement should include information about your professional goals and discuss your architectural interests.

 

TOEFL Requirement (for Foreign Applicants)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any student whose native language is not English. Your score must not be more than two years old and an official copy must be sent to the Graduate School directly from ETS. The test is administered through the Educational Testing Service, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 USA , telephone             (609) 771-7100      , e-mail toefl@ets.org or at a center in your native country.

Institution Code and School Name: 6609 – Rice University; Department Code: 12.

Much of your success in graduate study in the United States will rest on your ability to understand, read, write, and speak English. If English is not your native language, evidence of proficiency in its use will be decisive in the review for admission.

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL test and score at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, score at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or score 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL. For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.

If a student’s English skills are deemed to be deficient, we maintain the ability to require that he/she enroll in an ESL program in advance of enrollment to bring their proficiency up to a minimum standard. Students may also be required to take a follow-up English language course during their first year of graduate study.

Interview Policy for Language Proficiency

Once an application is completed, the admissions committee may request an evaluative interview to further determine English proficiency. Interviews are by invitation only after all materials have been received and initially reviewed.

If the admissions committee is requesting an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm the appointment. Appointments which have not been confirmed will not be honored.

 

Option Selection

Please submit a separate sheet of paper indicating specifically the program to which you will be applying and include this sheet with your portfolio.

Option 1: For students with a BS or BA degree but with little or no architectural training.
Option 2: For students with a BS or BA degree in Architecture (minimum of four undergraduate design studios).
Option 3: For students with a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree.

 

Questions

If you have questions about the application process, contact Lauren Neatherlin, Graduate Coordinator:
Email: arch-gradapp@rice.edu; Phone:             (713) 348-5202      .

Please also refer to The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for general information about graduate application and life at Rice.

 

 

Rhode Island School of Design, Division of Architecture & Design

Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
United StatesMain Phone:             401-454-6281
Fax: 401-454-6299
E-mail: archdept@risd.edu
Web site: http://www.risd.edu/Architecture/
Kyna Leski

Freshman Applicants

DEADLINES

Early Decision – November 1
Regular Decision – February 1

Our application deadlines for entrance in 2012 have now passed. Students interested in applying for entrance in 2013 can start their application here beginning on September 1, 2012.

CREDENTIALS

All prospective applicants are urged to follow a college preparatory program in secondary school, taking courses in studio art and art history where possible. Graduation from secondary school is a prerequisite, although in certain cases a high school equivalency diploma may be accepted. Candidates for the Bachelor of Architecture degree must have completed two semesters of algebra, one semester of trigonometry, and one year of science (preferably physics). Courses that develop visual and design skills, such as studio drawing, are strongly recommended.

Academic Transcripts
Applicants must provide official secondary school transcripts of all academic work accomplished through their most recent grading period. If you are attending school in another country, all of your academic credentials must be translated into English by an approved translator.

Drawings
Two drawing samples are required of all candidates. Your first drawing must reference a bicycle. Your second drawing should be chosen from this list of options:

  • In the course of a single calendar day, draw 25 related images in a single visualization
  • Visualize the invisible
  • A drawing that uses both sides of the sheet of paper
  • An image of water, from an observed body of water.  It should include the following: something visible from the bottom, something floating under the surface, something alive, things floating on the surface, the reflection of sky, the reflection of something terrestrial (structure or person), water surface patterns or rhythms (from wind), light on the surface of the water, light coming from underneath the water, and hierarchy (both tiny to large and crowded to open).

Each drawing must be done on a sheet of white paper measuring 16″ x 20″ (40 cm x 50 cm). Your bicycle drawing must be done using graphite pencil. For your second drawing sample, you may use graphite pencil or any dry (fixable) medium, a water-based medium (such as acrylic, ink, watercolor or gouache) or a combination of these media. Do not, however, use any oil-based medium, or collage, for your second drawing and remember that whatever medium(s) you choose for this drawing, you must be able to fold the paper to mail it to our office.

You may approach these two drawings in any way you wish. For example, your drawings may be abstract expressions or representational observations; you may choose to draw an object alone or place it in a situation; you may choose to cover the entire surface of the page or only a small portion of it, etc. Other than the stated requirements related to paper size (16″ x 20″), subject (i.e., bicycle) and medium (graphite pencil), everything and anything else are up to you.

These drawings must be submitted in their original form, not as reproductions. Fold your drawings in half and then in half again to a finished size of 8″ x 10″ (20cm x 25cm) and be sure to note your full name and address on the back of each drawing.

An important thought: we consider drawing to be as much about process as presentation, so we encourage you to consider your drawing submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than final presentations or examples of technical proficiency. We encourage you to consider the full range of possible expression in your submissions, as we do not value any particular style of drawing more than another. Finally, using photographs as a source for your drawings is not recommended.

Portfolio
Your portfolio should consist of 12 to 20 examples of any type of two- or three dimensional work you have completed recently. We suggest that the work reflect your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. It may be in any media, may be finished or in sketch form, and may be the result of an assigned class project or a self-directed exploration. We strongly suggest that as part of this visual presentation you also reproduce and submit 2-3 pages from your journal or sketchbook to indicate your process of research, thinking or investigation.

Your portfolio must be reproduced and may be submitted using Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service; as digital image files on a CD or DVD; or as unmounted digital or photographic prints (no larger than 8.5″ x 11″ or 21.5cm x 28cm each). Detailed instructions for using Slideroom are available on the site (risd.slideroom.com). Slideroom charges $10 for using this submission option.

If you choose to send your portfolio directly to RISD on a CD/DVD, each image should be submitted as a separate file in .jpg format. Individual files should not exceed 3MB. Do not combine images in a prepared presentation or slideshow of any type (e.g., PowerPoint or Keynote). Please be sure to include a printed thumbnail page showing all the images submitted digitally. Time-based work or performance pieces may be submitted as QuickTime or .mpg files on a CD or DVD.

Whichever format you select, include a work description sheet. Number the examples you are submitting and on your description page list the corresponding number, medium, size, date of completion and title for each work. It is very important that your full name and address be clearly noted on each CD, DVD, print, description and thumbnail page submitted.

Writing Samples
Submit two examples of writing, each between 200 and 400 words. Your first sample should address, “What is the most important thing you hope will have happened to you as a result of your time in the RISD community?”

Your second sample should be chosen from this list of options:

  • Every day we’re confronted by circumstances that range from the worrisome to the inspiring. What do you find most compelling in the world right now? How might this impact our future? What influence can you have on this situation?
  • Create a short piece of fiction, in the form of a story, essay, poem or other genre.
  • Is there something you love, have to do, can’t stop thinking about? Write about a personal passion or obsession other than visual art or design.
  • A rubber ball, two inches in diameter. Make a list of 50 things you could do with this ball. OK, let’s be reasonable, 25 would be good. OK, final offer, make a list of things, length of the list up to you… and the length of the list is not the most important thing, is it?

While we encourage you to adhere to the rules of good writing, we look for applicants who are not afraid to take risks in their expression. Please don’t hesitate to use a writing style or method that may be outside the mainstream as you express a dynamic position in the samples you submit.

Letter(s) of Recommendation
Recommendations should be written by teachers or other professionals who have a first-hand knowledge of your art or academic achievements and can comment on your potential as a student. Although not required, these letters can be very helpful in the consideration of your application. One letter is suggested, although as many as three may be submitted.

We strongly suggest that your recommender(s) use our recommendation form (pdf). Recommenders may also use their own stationery, but it is critical that they include your full name in the letter. Recommendations should be sent by the writer directly to the Admissions Office in time to meet the appropriate deadline.

Download recommendation form »

TESTS

SAT Reasoning Test (SAT)
Please be sure to specify RISD (CEEB code no. 3726) as one of the recipients of your score reports. The examinations administered by the American College Testing Program (ACT) may be submitted in place of the SAT (RISD ACT code no. 3812). RISD requires that SAT or ACT scores include the Writing component.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) If English is not your native language, you must submit results from the TOEFL. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance and applicants must attain an acceptable score on this test. Different versions of this examination may be available, depending on where you are in the world. We expect a minimum score of 93 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT), which is becoming more widely available. On the paper-based version, which is still in use in some testing centers, we expect a score of 580. Finally, some applicants may have taken the Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT), which uses a different scoring scale; if you took this version of the test, we expect a result of at least 237. You should plan to take the TOEFL well in advance of the application deadline since (depending on the test center location and the test format) it may take six weeks for your scores to be sent to RISD.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Students may choose to submit results from the IELTS in place of the TOEFL. RISD expects a minimum score of 6.5 from an IELTS examination.

BROWN/RISD DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

Students applying for admission to the dual degree program must complete the application process at both institutions and must do so by our respective deadlines: January 1 for Brown and February 1 for RISD. Students must be admitted both to RISD and Brown before they will be considered for admission to the dual degree program. However, please indicate your interest in this program on your RISD application form. The only additional credential required to apply for this program is the Dual Degree Supplement. A copy of this supplement must be submitted to both Admissions offices as part of your application.

Download Dual Degree Supplement »

SENDING YOUR MATERIALS

Please plan to submit your portfolio, (if not using Slideroom), drawings and writing samples to the Admissions Office together, in one envelope. Transcripts, test scores and recommendations should be sent to the Admissions Office directly by your school, the test agency and your recommender(s).

Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
USA


Apply Now

RISD’s online application process is relatively quick and easy, with the option of saving an application in process and returning to it later.

online application button

After submitting your application online, please submit your portfolio, (if not using Slideroom), drawings and writing samples together to the Admissions Office in one envelope:

Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
USA

Your transcripts, test scores and recommendations should be sent directly to the Admissions Office by your school, test agency and recommender(s).

Application form
You may also download a PDF version of the application form to fill out and mail to RISD. Mail your completed application form along with a check or money order (payable to Rhode Island School of Design) for the $60 application fee (non-refundable) to the above address.

Questions can be addressed to:
admissions@risd.edu
phone:             401 454-6300      or
800 364-7473

 

 

Pratt Institute, School of Architecture

200 Willoughby Avenue
Main 1
Brooklyn, NY 11205
United StatesMain Phone:             718-399-4305
Fax: 718-399-4315
E-mail: pgill@pratt.edu
Web site: http://www.pratt.edu/arch/
Thomas Hanrahan, Dean

Applying as an Undergraduate

Spring and Fall 2012

Below are links to our requirements, our online application, and our downloadable application and recommendation or reference  forms. We prefer that students apply online if possible to expedite the processing of applications. Full instructions are found below.  If you’re not sure of your major, read about our programs below.

Questions? Email us at admissions@pratt.edu or check our FAQs.

Spring 12 and Fall 12 Applicants

Undergraduate Programs of Study

Pratt has a wide variety of highly ranked programs (associate’s and bachelor’s ) from which to choose in its three undergraduate schools: School of ArchitectureSchool of Art and Design, and  School of Liberal Arts and Sciences   Students can explore their artistic interests by taking courses in other majors. Students have the option to apply as “undecided” if they are unsure of their major in the School of Art and Design. Students interested in architecture, construction management, fashion, writing, or critical and visual studies must apply to those majors as they have a different first year. The School of Art and Design offers a “foundation year” for all majors but fashion. Below is a list of of programs with links to the departments.  If you’re looking for admissions requirements, they can be found online as well.

Brooklyn Campus

Manhattan Campus

Two-year Programs

Four-Year Programs

Affiliated Programs

PrattMWP in Utica: majors in communications design, fine arts, art education, and photography. Visit PrattMWP online.

DCAD in Delaware: majors in communications design, fine arts, photography, animation, and interior design.  Visit DCAD online.

Recognized internationally for the quality of its programs, faculty, and students, Pratt offers students:

  • A world-class faculty of successful working professionals who ensure the highest professional standards in the classroom while connecting students with internships and eventually jobs.
  • A choice of 27 majors and concentrations in its three schools: architecture , art and design, and liberal arts and sciences.
  • The ideal locations–a beautifully landscaped Brooklyn campus just minutes from Manhattan with historic buildings, tree-lined green spaces, contemporary sculpture park, and outstanding facilities and a Manhattan campus in a recently renovated historic building in Chelsea.  The Brooklyn campus houses all the four-year programs but construction management, which is offered in Manhattan.  The two-year associate’s programs are offered in Manhattan as well.
  • An Outstanding Professional Education: Ranked second nationally for interior design, fourth for industrial design and ninth for architecture byDesignIntelligence (2011).   Students begin their professional studies in the first year–an intensive preparation that is highly valued by the professionals who hire Pratt graduates.

Change of Schools Within Pratt: Pratt current students who wish to transfer from one school to another within the Institute should complete a Change of School Transfer Application and submit it to the Office of Admissions no later than June 1 for the fall term and December 15th for the spring term.  A $50 application fee must accompany the application.  Students must meet the admissions criteria for the program to which they are applying.  See www.pratt.edu/apply for admissions criteria for transfers. Portfolios may be uploaded at https://pratt.slideroom.com under the heading Undergraduate, put on a CD or printed out and submitted with the application.   Credit transferred to the new program from either Pratt or other colleges is not computed in the new grade point average.  If the transfer is approved, your form will be sent to the Registrar’s Office for an evaluation of your transfer credit.  A limit of one transfer between schools will be considered. Students requesting a second transfer will be required to obtain additional approval from both deans and the Office of the Provost.

 

 

Ranked one of the top design schools by Businessweek.

Applying as a Graduate Student

Pratt offers graduate programs in its three schools: Art and Design, Architecture, and Information and Library Science.  Beginning in fall 2013, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences will offer a graduate Media Studies program.

Pratt has a large graduate program with 1600 graduate students.   Students work closely with faculty and visiting critics throughout the development of their thesis work. The expertise of Pratt’s world renowned faculty — all practicing professionals in their respective fields — guides the experience of graduate students, who are accepted to Pratt through a selective admissions process. The diverse graduate programs are enriched by annual visits by many distinguished visiting artists, scholars and guest critics. Pratt’s location just 25 minutes from Manhattan is ideal for its students, providing access to New York’s riches, but also enabling Pratt to hire successful practicing artists, architects, lecturers  to teach and to participate in visiting artist/lecturer programs.  The connections students make with the professional world through their faculty are invaluable.  In addition, the Career Services Department provides job placement services for a graduate’s lifetime.

Graduate Information Sessions

Each department hosts two information sessions a year in the fall.  The schedule is available online beginning in late August.  The graduate architecture and urban design programs offer an Accepted Student Reception in the spring (typically in March).

Graduate applicants are invited to tour the Brooklyn campus by contacting our visit coordinator at visit@pratt.edu.  Campus tour information is available online.  Manhattan program applicants must contact the academic department to request a tour/meeting or attend a graduate information session in Manhattan. .

 

Applying to Pratt

Pratt offers two primary semesters for entrance, fall and spring, as well as a summer entrance for the post professional architecture and urban design programs and library science.

Spring and Fall 2012: Applications for spring and fall 2012 are posted online.

DEADLINES FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS: As of January 14th, 2012, Pratt is still accepting applications for its graduate programs.  Some programs have final deadlines of March. Others are even later. Please check the individual deadlines at this link.

Applying to Pratt

All applicants to graduate programs at Pratt must have received a bachelor’s degree from an institution in the United States that is accredited by a recognized regional association or have been awarded the equivalent of the bachelor’s degree from an international institution of acceptable standards by the term in which they plan to enroll.  .

All applicants must read both the general application requirements and departmental requirements at the links below or on the left.

  1. General application requirements
  2. Departmental requirements
  3. Graduate students are required to apply online after reviewing all requirements.

Graduate Program Rankings : Pratt’s graduate programs are among the top ranked programs in the country. Check out the rankings of Pratt’s programs.

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Pratt Institute
Office of Graduate Admissions, Myrtle Hall 2nd floor
200 Willoughby Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Contact Us

Email us at admissions@pratt.edu
Email the Director of Graduate Admissions directly at yhah@pratt.edu
Call us at 718636-3514 or             1800 331-0834
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning

Dept of Architecture, Bldg. 7, 7-337
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United StatesMain Phone:             617-253-7791
Fax: 617-253-8993
E-mail: darrenb@MIT.EDU
Web site: http://architecture.mit.edu/
Nader Tehrani, Faculty – Professor and Head of Department

Undergraduate Admissions

Students who wish to study architecture at MIT at the undergraduate level must first be accepted to MIT. At the end of the first year MIT students decide which course of study they wish to pursue. Undergraduate applicants do not apply directly to the Department. They will use the MIT central admissions application, but should also send a copy of their portfolios directly to the Department, attention “Undergraduate Admissions.”

Additional information and instructions for undergraduate applicants are available in the MIT Admissions website:

http://mitadmissions.org

Graduate Admissions

All graduate admissions are processed within the Department of Architecture. However, specific procedures and requirements vary depending on the degree program and discipline. As noted above, this section gives only general guidelines. Applicants should follow instructions detailed under the degree program of their interest.

Deadline and Submission

 

The application deadline is December 15. All application material must be received by deadline, with the exception of portfolios, which might be submitted by January 3. Late applications will not be reviewed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be sure that the completed application forms and all supporting materials are at the following address by the deadline.

  • MIT Department of Architecture
  • Attn: Admissions
  • 77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 7-337
  • Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
  • Telephone:             (617) 715-4490

 

Online Application

Although we accept paper-based applications, we strongly prefer that all graduate programs applicants use the MIT graduate application website. Online applications are processed through CollegeNet.

http://web.mit.edu/admissions/graduate

Application Fee

Application to MIT requires a non-refundable fee of $75 USD.

Recommendations

All applicants must submit at least three letters of recommendation. Recommenders may submit their letters through CollegeNet as well.

Transcripts

Transcripts must be requested as original documents from your previous schools. Transcripts may be forwarded by the applicant if they are in the original, sealed envelope. Non-English transcripts must be translated into English, and if necessary, signed by a licensed notary and accompanied by the original version.

Statement of Objectives

Research our faculty members and the work they are doing. Make note of the work you find interesting in your personal statement. A match between your academic pursuits and the work performed here is important.

English Proficiency Requirement

IELTS/TOEFL scores are required for EVERY applicant whose first language is not English. There are no exceptions. Previous education in English will not suffice. Check English Proficiency Requirement under the degree of your interest for specific information on minimum scores.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Some degree programs require GRE scores, but not all of them. There is no minimum score. ONLY the General Test is required (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical). You DO NOT have to take any subject tests.

Portfolios

Many of our degrees require that you submit a non-returnable portfolio, including for those applicants who do not have a previous architecture degree or background. The portfolio should include evidence of recent creative work: personal, academic and/or professional. Choose what you care about, what you think is representative of your best work, and what is expressive of you. Written material (articles or papers) may be included with the application, and are particularly appropriate for the PhD programs. Portfolio requirements vary by program. Be sure to review the portfolio requirements specific to the program to which you are applying. After the application process is complete, portfolios for those not accepted will be shredded.

Resumes / CVs

Resumes / CVs are not required. If you must submit a CV, please include it as a page in your portfolio. There is no place to upload a copy of your CV, and we will not forward paper copies to the admissions committees. They will be destroyed if not part of the portfolio.

Interviews

An interview is not required for application but are recommended for all the PhD programs, the Master of Science in Art Culture and Technology (SMACT) and Master of Science in Building Technology programs (SMBT).

Reapplying

Students who wish to reapply should contact the Department to let us know. We save applications for two years, but not portfolios. Applicants should use the online application system to submit a new application. We will retrieve your previous transcripts, recommendation letters and test scores and combine them with your new materials. Plan to update any documents that may have changed, such as test scores or transcripts. If possible, include one new letter of recommendation to show the admissions committee that you are actively reapplying.

Contact

Admissions coordinator:

  • Telephone:             (617) 715-4490

Iowa State University, Department of Architecture

146 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011-3093
United StatesMain Phone:             515-294-2557
Fax: 515-294-1440
E-mail: jholt@iastate.edu
Web site: http://www.design.iastate.edu
Gregory Palermo, Interim Director

College of Design

Mark C. Engelbrecht, Dean
Kate Schwennsen, Associate Dean
Timothy O. Borich, Associate Dean
www.design.iastate.edu

Departments of the College

Architecture
Art and Design
Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture

Objectives of the Curricula in Design

The College of Design is among a small, elite number of comprehensive design schools offering outstanding opportunities for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary education.
The College of Design strives to provide each student with a broad educational background and preparation in a specific environmental design or art discipline. Each program is designed to develop knowledge and appreciation of the physical and cultural environment, to stimulate creative thinking and analysis, and to prepare students for participation in a wide variety of careers.
The college’s programs also encompass many opportunities for individualized study and extracurricular activities such as visiting lectures and symposia, workshops, gallery exhibits, practicum and internship programs, field trips, and international study programs.
Graduates of the college are employed in private firms, government, industry, and education, or are self-employed as designers or artists. Opportunities for graduates include careers as architects, landscape architects, community and regional planners, graphic designers, interior designers, studio artists, arts administrators and environmental designers.

Graduate Curricula

The College of Design offers graduate study in the areas shown below. Graduate study is conducted through the Graduate College. Details are found in the Graduate College section of this catalog.

Majors
Architecture
Architectural Studies
Art and Design
Community and Regional Planning
Graphic Design
Integrated Visual Arts
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Transportation*

Double Degree Programs
Architecture / Business
Architecture / Community and
Regional Planning
Community and Regional Planning /
Landscape Architecture
Community and Regional Planning/
Public Administration

Minor
Gerontology*
*The College of Design participates in this interdepartmental graduate program.

Undergraduate Curricula

Majors
Architecture
Art and Design
Community and Regional Planning
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Integrated Studio Arts
Landscape Architecture
Secondary Majors
Environmental Studies*
International Studies*

Minors
Design Studies
Digital Media
Entrepreneurial Studies*
Environmental Studies*
Gerontology*
International Studies*
Technology and Social Change*

*The College of Design participates in these interdepartmental secondary majors and minors.

Organization of Curricula

The undergraduate curricula in design are divided into two phases: a pre-professional Core Design Program and a professional program. The Core Design Program grounds the undergraduate degree programs, provides a rich, rigorous inclusive base for the curricula. It creates shared language, experience, and community for programs, faculty and students and exposes students to all design disciplines, allowing them to make more informed degree choices, apply to multiple programs, and experiment with interdisciplinary work.

For students entering the Core Design Program, the college highly recommends purchase of a digital camera.

The intense, discipline-specific professional curricula that follow the Core focus on developing students’ ability and knowledge in their major. Within the major area, students advance creative and professional skills through classroom and studio work, critiques of student projects, discussion with professional practitioners, and field studies.

General education, contained in both the Core and the professional programs, is composed to insure that students receive a well-rounded undergraduate education.

High School Preparation

Courses in fine arts and design that develop visualization and freehand drawing abilities are highly recommended through not required for entrance. Students planning to enroll in an academic program in the College of Design must complete the following high school requirements: 4 years of English, including coursework in composition and literature and up to 1 year of speech and/or journalism, to develop communication skills and critical reading/writing ability; 3 years of mathematics to develop problem solving skills, including 1 year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra; 3 years of science, including at least two of the following: 1 year of biology, 1 year of chemistry, or 1 year of physics; 2 years of social studies, including at least 1 year of U.S. history and 1 semester of U.S. government.

Admission Standards to Enrollment Managed Professional Programs

Admission into the enrollment managed professional programs of Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture requires a separate application after completing the Core Design Program, depends on available resources, and is subject to review by faculty committee. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of a portfolio of original work, scholarship performance, and a written essay.

Advising

Each student receives personal assistance from an academic advisor within the student’s curriculum area. Students enrolled in the college’s Core Design Program are advised by professional advisers. Once admitted to professional programs, students are assigned to faculty advisers. Advisers help students develop a program of study, access pertinent university resources as well as provide information on career choice.

The college’s career services office works with students to develop their career goals as well as prepare and search for employment.

Honors Program

The College of Design participates in the Honors Program which provides opportunities for outstanding students to individualize their programs of study. See Index, Honors Program.

Requirements in the College of Design

All students in the College of Design are expected to meet the following requirements of the college.

Core Design Program
Cr. Fall/Spring
4 Dsn S 102
4 Dsn S 131
3 Dsn S 183
6 Social Science/Humanities Electives*
6 Math/Science Electives**
6 English 150/250
0.5 Library 160
29.5 **
* General education credits in the Core Design Program may count toward the minimum credits.
** Students applying to Architecture for admission must take Math 142 and Physics 111 in the first year. These two courses total seven credits for a total of 30.5 core credits.
General Education
Minimum Credits.
6 Biological sciences, physical sciences and mathematics
Includes courses in the fields of agronomy, astronomy and astrophysics, biology, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics, and zoology.
9.5 Communications
Engl 150*, 250*, Lib 160. Includes courses in the fields of English (composition), and speech communication (interpersonal and rhetorical).
6 Humanities
Includes courses in the fields of classical studies, English (literature), foreign languages, history, philosophy, religious studies, as well as history/theory/literature courses in dance, music, theater, journalism, African American studies, American Indian studies, environmental studies, Latino/a studies, womens studies, and university studies.
6 Social sciences
Includes courses in the fields of African American studies, American Indian studies, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, geography, human development and family studies, Latino/a studies, political science, psychology, sociology, and womens studies.
9 Additional credit hours selected from any of the above areas.
Six credits must be at the 300 level or above.
9 Selected from the above areas.
Six credits must be at the 300 level or above.
36.5 Minimum credits
See departmental curricula for specific course requirements within the general education areas.
*To meet requirements for graduation, a minimum grade of C must be received.

Minor in Design Studies

The undergraduate minor in Design Studies is constructed to facilitate design awareness among interested students and to provide a vehicle for interdisciplinary study within the College of Design. This minor is open to all undergraduate students at Iowa State University.

This minor requires fifteen credits of course work: three credits of history selected form College of Design course offerings and twelve additional credits selected from College of Design course offerings.

At least six of the fifteen credits must be taken at Iowa State University in courses numbered 300 or above. At least nine of the fifteen credits must not be used to meet any other college or university requirements except the credit requirement for graduation.

Students enrolled in the College of Design may not use courses in their major or in the Core Design Program to satisfy this minor.

Minor in Digital Media

Manipulation of digital media has emerged as an essential skill for design inquiry alongside traditional methods of building models and drawing sketches. To familiarize students with the use of digital media in the design process, the College of Design offers an undergraduate Minor in Digital Media. This minor is open to all undergraduate students at Iowa State University.

This minor requires 15 credits, including at least 6 credits taken at Iowa State University in courses numbered 300 or above. The minor must include at least 9 credits that are not used to meet any other department, college, or university requirement; and at least 3 credits from the listed courses numbered 200. Courses taken for this minor may not be taken on a pass-not pass basis.

Students enrolled in the College of Design may not use courses in their major or in the Core Design Program to satisfy this minor.

IE University – Instituo de Empresa, School of Architecture & Design

Campus Santa Cruz la Real
Cardenal Zuñiga 12
Segovia, Segovia 40003
Spain

Main Phone: 34-921-412410
Fax: 34-921-445593
E-mail: architecture@ie.edu
Web site: http://www.ie.edu/IE/site/php/en/school_architecture.php http://www.ie.edu/university/studies/academic-programs/bachelor-architecture

Mr. David J. Goodman, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United StatesMain Phone:             617-495-2591
Fax: 617-495-8916
Web site: www.gsd.harvard.edu
Preston S. Cohen, Chair

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Your application is the window through which we see your accomplishments, hear your ideas, and evaluate your potential. The Fall 2012 application is now closed. Applicants are admitted for Fall term only; there is no mid-year admission. The Fall 2013 application will be available in September.

Students may concurrently pursue two degrees offered by the GSD. Often concurrent degrees are completed with two of our professional degree programs (MArch I, MLA I, MUP). If you apply to more than one program, you will need to submit a separate application fee and form for each program and must be admitted into each degree program independently. The minimum full-time residency for concurrent degree programs is one academic year (two semesters) more than the residency requirement for the longer of the two programs.

Applicants receive decision letters at the beginning of March and must respond by April 16. No deferrals of admission will be granted.

DEADLINES

Architecture (MArch)

 

 

 

 

 

December 14, 2012
  • Online Application/Fee
  • Essay and Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE and TOEFL scores

January 2, 2013

    • Portfolio
Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Urban Planning (MUP)
Urban Design (MAUD/MLAUD)
Doctor of Design (DDes)

 

 

January 2, 2013

  • Online Application/Fee
  • Essay and Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE and TOEFL scores
  • Portfolio (optional for MUP)
Master in Design Studies (MDesS)
January 11, 2013
  • Online Application/Fee
  • Essay and Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE and TOEFL scores
  • Portfolio

CONTACT

Office of Admissions
Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street, Suite 422
Cambridge, MA 02138

admissions@gsd.harvard.edu
T:             617.495.5453       / F: 617.495.8949

Introduce yourself!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO SEND US

Below is a summary of the documents and materials that you will need to prepare and submit for the application process. For complete instructions and information, however, please read theInstructions for Applying for Admission.

All applicants to degree programs must submit the following:

  • Online Application Form.
  • Application Fee of $85 (non-refundable) for each application submitted.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities from which you have received credit (please note that transcripts should be scanned into the online application; it is not necessary to send official transcripts at the time of application).
  • Letters of Recommendation (three), which should be submitted electronically through the online application (instructions on how to do this are included in the application, as well as in the FAQssection).
  • Resume and Essay.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores, required of all applicants, though students applying to the Real Estate concentration in the Master in Design Studies program may submit the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) in lieu of the GRE. When requesting that GRE or GMAT scores be sent to Harvard University, applicants should use the institution code for the Graduate School of Design (3455); a department code is not needed.
  • For International Students: Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL scores). Reporting codes for TOEFL scores are the same as those for the GRE.
  • Portfolio. Applicants to degree programs other than the Master in Urban Planning program must submit a portfolio that includes their most important and representative design work. Master in Urban Planning applicants do not need to submit a portfolio. The portfolio for Master in Design Studies and Doctor of Design applicants should consist of scholarly, academic and/or professional work and may or may not include visual material, at the discretion of the applicant, and as related to the proposed research area. Special students may also be required to submit portfolios. All portfolios should be submitted online viahttp://hgsd.slideroom.com. Submission instructions can be found in the Instructions for Applying for Admission.

If you are applying for financial aid, please review the instructions for Applying for Financial Assistance; these directions can also be found in the online application. Further details can be found on theFinancial Aid website.

THREE-APPLICATION MAXIMUM

An applicant may apply a maximum of three times to the same GSD degree program. Once the applicant has been denied admission for the third time, further applications to the same program will not be given consideration.

Cornell University, Department of Architecture

College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
139 E. Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-6701
United StatesMain Phone:             607-255-5236
Fax: 607-255-0291
E-mail: cuarch@cornell.edu
Web site: www.architecture.cornell.edu
Kent Kleinman, Dean

Deadlines

All application materials must arrive at Cornell before the January 3 deadline. Complete applications must be received before an admission decision can be made. All applications must be accompanied by payment of a nonrefundable application fee.

 

The master of architecture (professional and post-professional), master of science in computer graphics, and the Ph.D. in history of architecture and urbanism, are applied through Cornell’s Graduate School. Applicants must apply online via the Graduate School website.

Requirements for Admissions

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)
Individuals must hold a bachelor’s degree in any field. Some students may have previous backgrounds in a design discipline, or may hold pre-professional undergraduate degrees in a design discipline. The course of study is an intensive, three and a half year curriculum which includes study in design, visual representation, history and theory, technology, and professional practice. The design studio is the core of the curriculum, and integrates materials from the several disciplines into the resolution of architectural problems.

 

Admission with No Previous Architectural Education
Admission will be offered to individuals with no previous experience in design, also who exhibit talent and promise in a design-related activity or interest. Individuals who have completed a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in a field other than architecture are eligible for admission to the professional degree program. Preference for admission is given to individuals who have completed a balanced undergraduate education, including studies in the arts, sciences, and the humanities.

 

Equivalency Evaluation
To be considered for equivalency credit for previous coursework, applicants must submit course syllabi and transcripts from previous coursework for review by a faculty member charged with reviewing that area of study (history, building technology, professional practice, etc.). Faculty members will then determine if equivalency credit is appropriate. Please note that for ARCH 5511 Freehand Drawing, and ARCH 5512 Digital Drawing, you must submit a portfolio of relevant work done in those courses along with the course syllabi and transcripts.

 

Note on Professional Accreditation
In the U.S., 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 three types of degrees: bachelor of architecture, master of architecture, and doctor of architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

 

Doctor of architecture and master of architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

 

In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), an applicant for an NCARB certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation.

 

AAP’s M.Arch.1 (professional) program was formally granted a three-year term accreditation effective January 1, 2009.

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (POST-PROFESSIONAL)
Students holding a professional bachelor of architecture degree (B. Arch.) or a professional master of architecture degree (M.Arch.1) may be admitted as candidates for the post-professional Cornell M.Arch. degree program. International students must submit an official certification that the degree held is a professional degree entitling them to practice architecture in their country.

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER GRAPHICS
In addition to an undergraduate degree, applicants are required to have prior knowledge in computer graphics and must submit scores from the GRE and the specific computer science test. For more information see the program website.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in architecture, archaeology, history, history of art, anthropology, or an undergraduate degree in any area and appropriate experience in the field. Degree candidates must have proficiency in two languages other than English before beginning the second year of study.

 

Summary of Application Requirements

  • All Cornell graduate student requirements
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Transcripts: Submit completed and official transcripts from each college or university previously attended to the field to which you are applying. If it is against an institution’s policy to send transcripts to the applicant, the transcripts can be mailed by the school directly to the field to which you are applying.
  • GRE general test for all, Department Code: 4401, Institution Code: 2098
  • GRE subject test in computer science for computer graphics applicants
  • TOEFL minimum score of 250 computer-based or 600 paper-based. The graduate architecture program has set the following minimum scores for the Internet-based test, which measures all four language skills important for communication:
  1. Writing: 25
  2. Listening: 25
  3. Reading: 25
  4. Speaking: 25
  • Portfolio of creative work (professional and post-professional M.Arch. applicants only)
  • Sample of academic writing. Strongly recommended for Ph.D. and recommended for post-professional M.Arch. Sample cannot exceed 10 pages, should relate to the area of research intent, and must be written in English.
  • Statement of purpose for professional M.Arch., M.S., and Ph.D. applicants: A one- or two-page statement, preferably printed on white paper, outlining your research interests and intents for graduate study at Cornell. Please relate these intents to your previous design and academic experience, and to your future goals. Include your full name and your proposed field of study at the top of each page.
  • Statement of purpose for post-professional M.Arch. applicants: A one- or two-page statement outlining your research interests and intents for graduate study at Cornell. Please relate these intents to your previous design and academic experience, and to your future goals. Please also indicate which of the following areas you may wish to pursue in the program: Architecture & Urbanism; Architecture & Ecology; Architecture & Discourse. Include your full name and your proposed field of study at the top of each page.

GRE REQUIREMENTS
All applicants to graduate programs in architecture are required to take the GRE aptitude tests of the Educational Testing Service. Scores must be sent directly to the college or to the Graduate School as part of their application materials.

Information about the times and places or test administration may be obtained directly from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541,             (609) 921-9000      .

 

PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION
As part of their application, all applicants to the professional and post-professional master of architecture degree programs are required to submit a portfolio which should represent the applicant’s best work and consist mainly of reproductions of 20 to 30 drawings and models. Photocopies are acceptable, but only if they are of excellent quality.

The first page of the portfolio must contain the following: “This portfolio contains the design work of [applicant’s name here].”

If any project, drawing or model has been produced by several designers or if the design was produced in a professional setting, each drawing must be labeled, clearly stating the number of designers, which drawings were produced by the applicant, and a list of the names of all members of the group project. If the project was produced in an office, an office setting, or as an assistant to an author, then the office name, supervisor, and all members of the team must be identified.

Applicant’s name, address, date, and year must be clearly marked on the cover (and on any detachable contents). The contents of a submitted portfolio should measure no more than 8-1/2 by 11 inches in size.
Send portfolio to:
Graduate Programs in Architecture

College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

Cornell University
B1 W. Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

RETURN PORTFOLIO REQUEST
U.S. applicants requesting the return of their portfolios should include a self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size. (Do not use postage meter tape, as date and mailing location will be incorrect.) Portfolios will not be returned until June. Applicants from outside the U.S. are encouraged to submit a portfolio which does not need to be returned.

 

FOREIGN APPLICANTS

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the National Council Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the official score reported to Cornell from the Educational Testing Service. Only students who have studied full-time for two or more years at a college or university where English is the language of instruction located in a country where English is the native language are exempt from TOEFL.

All foreign applicants must take the TOEFL by arrangement with the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541,             (607) 921-9000      .

The test scores must be reported by the testing organization directly to the Graduate School as part of the essential application information, and no final action on applications will be taken until the scores have been received. Information on times and places for administration of the test may be obtained from the address given above.

Since the test is diagnostic, admission to those applicants whose scores indicate unsatisfactory command of English may be denied or be made contingent upon evidence of improved ability in the language.

SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS
Outstanding applicants to the professional and post-professional master of architecture who request consideration for financial aid on their application form will be considered for scholarships that offer partial tuition. These scholarships are renewable each year, based on academic performance.

Prospective foreign students should investigate awards from the Organization of American States, the United Nations, United States Full Commissions in many foreign countries, and the United States Agency for International Development as well as awards offered by their own governments. The United Nations publication “Study Abroad” lists numerous scholarships and fellowships, many of them for study in the U.S. for citizens of other countries.

Third-year professional M.Arch. students may also apply for a limited number of partial teaching assistantships (see below).

In addition to the general requirements for applying to Cornell University, admissions requirements for the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program reflect the focused, professional nature of the curriculum. You need to present evidence of your creative ability and your commitment to the field of architecture, in addition to having strong academic credentials. The interview and portfolio requirements help the faculty assess your strengths in these more subjective areas. Both of the interview and portfolio requirements must be met for your application to be considered.

Secondary School Subjects / Standardized Test Requirements
Sixteen units of secondary school subjects must be completed, including four of mathematics (including plane geometry, intermediate algebra and trigonometry), four of English, and one of physics. Recommended: One unit of calculus and three or four of foreign language (three years of one language or two years each of two languages)

The SAT Reasoning Test or ACT (with writing) is required, as well as the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (any level). The TOEFL is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English.

Teaching assistants provide supplementary instruction and other assistance within the various areas of study offered by the college. Full teaching assistantships carry a stipend plus full tuition; partial assistantships are also offered. The Graduate School’s cost and funding website contains a wealth of information, as well as loans and assistantships for both entering and continuing students.

Students in the three-semester post-professional M.Arch. are eligible to apply for special teaching appointments that are granted upon the conclusion of the program in August each year. Teaching fellows are offered for the duration of one or two terms to outstanding candidates in the program. Fellowships come with a monetary award to support continuing design research work and for nominal teaching assistance during the fellowship period. At the end of this period fellows are required to publish their work in the form of an exhibition and/or lecture, and a print-ready folio.

Ph.D. and M.S. students are eligible for support ranging from scholarships to teaching assistantships.

A portfolio must be submitted for your application to be considered. Samples of freehand drawing are required. In addition to drawings, you may include a variety of work for your portfolio choosing from media such as painting, sculpture, graphics, art photography, woodworking, ceramics, or any other visual media that demonstrate your interest, experience, and aptitude in creative and graphic areas. Please do not include original work. Reproductions should be high-quality photographs (minimum 3 x 5 inches) or photocopies; not slides or a CD.

We suggest you include 15–20 items and present your material in a neat, well-organized manner.

Label each portfolio item with:

  • Information on the medium used
  • Whether the project was done on your own or in a class
  • The original size of the work

Please add a one- or two-sentence comment about each piece you submit. The first page of the portfolio must contain the following: “This portfolio contains the design work of [applicant’s name here].” If any project, drawing or model has been produced by several designers or if the design was produced in a professional setting, each drawing must be labeled, clearly stating the number of designers, which drawings were produced by the applicant, and a list of the names of all members of the group project. If the project was produced in an office, an office setting, or as an assistant to an author, then the office name, supervisor, and all members of the team must be identified.

 

Place your work in a flat binder no larger than 10 x 13 inches with your name clearly on the outside of the binder. You will be at a disadvantage in the admissions process if your portfolio does not meet the above specifications. Your portfolio will be returned at the end of the selection process if you include a stamped, self-addressed envelope or mailing packet.
Your portfolio should be mailed directly to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

Cornell University

235 Sibley Dome
Ithaca, NY 14853-6701

Your portfolio will be placed in your admissions file for review by the architecture department admissions committee.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Department of Architecture College of Environmental Design

3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
United StatesMain Phone:             909-869-2683
Fax: 909-869-4331
Web site: www.csupomona.edu
Ms. Judith Sheine, Chair, Professor

The Campus, the People, the Experience

Discover why students love Cal Poly.

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today’s scientific and technical world.

  • Check out our Majors and watch videos from Faculty and Students speak about their perspective on the Cal Poly Experience.
  • Daily Chats – Admissions Officers and Advisors are available for chat twice a day.
  • GPS Tours – we offer gps tours for your IPHONE or Android.
  • Videos for Applicants – designed for commonly-asked questions.
  • Student Profile
  • About Cal Poly
  • Spotlight
  • Grand Avenue – a live web show with 3 episodes this fall.

    How to Apply

    Undergraduate Applicants

    Research your intended major’s offerings and requirements prior to submitting your application. Cal Poly applicants must declare a major upon the application and ‘undeclared’ is not offered as a major. Once selections are made, major changes are not allowed. Selection to all Cal Poly is competitive and we have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Cal Poly cannot consider alternate or ‘second choice’ majors and late applications are not accepted.

    All applicants apply online at www.csumentor.edu

    Do not send any supporting documents such as essays, resumes, portfolios, recommendation letters, or transcripts upon application. Applicants will be contacted if additional documents are required. Note: Unsolicited documents and transcripts will not be processed.

    Applying to another CSU campus? Be sure to submit a separate application for each campus, even if you put an alternate campus on your application.

    Also, receive information about Cal Poly through a custom-designed webpage called a VIP page, created after you complete the online interest page. Your VIP page will link you to:
    >Program Websites
    >Current Catalog Information
    >General Cal Poly Information

    Graduate Applicants

     
    Graduate Admissions Cal Poly offers studies leading to advanced degrees through its instructional departments. Please review this section thoroughly for information regarding the program to which you intend to apply. More information about Cal Poly’s Graduate Programs can be found at the Graduate Programs Website.Also, receive information about Cal Poly through a custom-designed webpage called a VIP page, created after you complete the online interest page. Your VIP page will link you to:
    >Program Websites
    >Current Catalog Information
    >General Cal Poly Information

    Additional Information:
    Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
    International Students view International Student information under left navigation.

    All applicants apply online at www.csumentor.edu

     

     

    Applicant Process

    For applicants to Cal Poly, here’s the process when you submit your application online* and receive a confirmation number:

    1. Immediately, after submitting an online application, you are emailed by Cal Poly, acknowledging receipt of your application. MAKE NOTE of your confirmation number.
    2. Later in the application period after your application has been uploaded to Cal Poly’s database, you will receive an email from the Cal Poly email address with the subject header below:

      > From: Cal Poly Admissions Office
      > Subj Header: “Your next steps after applying to Cal Poly”
      > Dear: (your first and last name)

      Receiving this specific email, means Cal Poly has assigned you a user account to access My Cal Poly and you must now retrieve your username and set your password using these instructions.

    3. After gaining access to “MyCalPoly,” it is important for you to access this information:
      • Application status (view only)
      • Check for a “to do” list as some applicants have additional requirements to complete their application to Cal Poly
      • Maintain personal information including addresses (email, mailing, billing, home) and phone numbers (home, cell)

    *Please note: If you are applying to a program that only accepts paper applications, you will need to contact the Admissions Office or Cal Poly ITS Service Desk THREE WEEKS after submitting your application.

    Newly Admitted

    Newly Admitted Students for Fall Quarter 2012:>Remember, the deadline to submit your final transcript(s) is July 15, 2012. Link for more information:http://admissions.calpoly.edu/apply/transcripts.

    Once you have been admitted to Cal Poly and have received the congratulations e-message, the MyCalPoly portal will change with these new tabs (in addition to changes on the ‘Admissions’ tab):

    • “What’s Next?” which lays out a timeline and important action items;
    • “Orientation Events” so you can make plans to participate;
    • “Money Matters” links to the general financial aid information;
    • “Housing” links you to housing information and the website;
    • “Advising” covers advising resources important to your success;
    • “Personal Info” with links to maintaining your password and addresses;
    • “Campus Necessities” includes the campus map, important phone numbers and links to your department’s website.

    So, while you make your way to your first quarter:

    1. Read the ‘Terms and Conditions of Admission’ so you understand what is expected during the enrollment process.
    2. Keep an eye on important dates and know when deadlines are approaching.
    3. Get involved! Make plans for participating in the orientation programs we offer to new students. They are important as you get acquainted with a new school, a new town and a new way of living.
    4. Get familiar with campus contacts and know whom to call BEFORE there’s actually a need.
    5. Email is the official mode of communciation at Cal Poly. If you have ‘opted out’ of receiving Cal Poly email, you will not receive important new student information. Send your ‘opt in’ request to ecoms@calpoly.edu with your first and last name along with your Cal Poly username.

    More importantly, we look forward to having you as a member of the Cal Poly community. When you need any kind of assistance through the enrollment process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    James Maraviglia
    Associate Vice Provost
    for Marketing and Enrollment Development

    Link to MyCalPoly today!

    Portfolio

    What is a portfolio?

    An artist’s portfolio is an edited collection of artwork intended to showcase an artist’s style or method of work. A portfolio should showcase your best work, so editing is a key component. It’s best to get another opinion to help you edit to create a clean, concise presentation.

    What should be in your portfolio?

    Applicants are welcome to view these selected samples via our website at: http://artdesign.calpoly.edu/portfolios/portfolios.html. Each area has specific requirements, so make sure you look at your area below.

    Portfolio Help

    Showcase your talents—When submitting a portfolio, the best advice we can give you is to follow the directions as closely as possible. You should showcase your talents while highlighting any unique skills (such as computer knowledge) that you may have.
    Consult with Teachers—We suggest you consult teachers and career professionals in your area with expertise related to the career you wish to pursue.
    Helpful Reading—Suggested reading for graphic design applicants include the following magazines: Communication Arts, Print, Step-by-Step, How, Graphis, and Wired. These are available at most large bookstores.
    Appropriate Presentation—Part of our criteria for admission is a clear demonstration of knowledge regarding the career to be pursued and an appropriate presentation of relevant work in the portfolio. You may wish to view our samples of previously accepted student portfolios demonstrating the level of work we consider characteristic of applicants admitted to our program.You should also be sure to view information specific to your desired major concentration area, or if you are interested in pursuing a minor, our specific Art Minor information.

    Portfolio Review Policy

    The Cal Poly Department of Art and Design reviews over 200 admission application portfolios each year. We consider this review the most important evaluation of a student’s potential for success in our program, and we give the procedure our most serious consideration. We have established the following policy regarding portfolio review:

    The Cal Poly Department of Art and Design considers it unethical and impractical to preview any student’s portfolio prior to the official portfolio review — or to assist with decisions regarding content or interpretation of the portfolio requirements. To do so would give some students an unfair advantage over others. This creates a potential for liability that we cannot assume. We therefore decline to review any student portfolios prior to the official review. We ask that you review the requirements carefully, then prepare and submit your portfolio based on the information provided, rather than seeking additional information by contacting our department.
    The Cal Poly Department of Art and Design does, however, post samples of past selected student portfolios in the areas of graphic design, photography and digital imagery, and studio art that demonstrate the level of work we consider characteristic of applicants admitted to our program. Applicants are welcome to view these selected samples via our website at:http://artdesign.calpoly.edu/portfolios/portfolios.html
    Following the review, we are unable to provide feedback and/or recommendations towards improving an applicant’s portfolio, as this also would give an unfair advantage. Students may find it helpful, before or after the review, to ask a mentor or high school or junior college instructor for guidance, as long as the instructor is not affiliated with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

    Porfolio day
    Senior BFA students portfolio review day 2009.