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Architecture

Prospective Students

Architecture

The School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota exposes students to the sociocultural, environmental, formal, and historical factors that shape the built environment. Students develop visual literacy by thinking through the design process in studios and workshops, by researching historical precedents, and by analyzing theoretical texts and the physical environment.

The School of Architecture fosters a sense of stewardship for the local and global built environment by providing opportunities for students to engage with the College of Design research centers, enroll in service learning courses, and study abroad.

 

The School of Architecture offers three undergraduate architecture degrees and professional two year and three year master of architecture (M. Arch) degrees, which is required to become a licensed architect in the state of Minnesota. The School also offers the master in science in architecture (M.S.), a research-based graduate degree.

 

Prospective Student Advising: All applicants to an architecture program are strongly encouraged to contact the College of Design for assistance in determining which architecture program is the right fit. NOTE: Students cannot earn more than one architecture degree over time.

 

PRE ARCHITECTURE: The pre architecture program is a one year program designed for freshman and transfer students to complete the course prerequisites required to apply to a full architecture degree. Freshman applicants interested in applying to the pre architecture track should review the freshman admissions Web page for deadlines and application materials. Transfer students from within and outside the U of M should review the transfer admissions Web page for deadlines and application materials.

 

BACHELOR OF DESIGN IN ARCHITECTURE

  • Degree requirements and sample plan
  • explores the breadth of the design field
  • flexible degree in design thinking through architecture
  • many architecture electives and design workshops
  • to earn the degree, students must complete a three year design studio course sequence beginning with the Pre Architecture courses below.
  • graduates are eligible to apply to a 3 year master in architecture program
  • Admission requirements: In addition to the general CDes admission requirements, applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing freshman composition, Arch 1281, Arch 2281, and Arch 2301, as well as 30 college credits by the end of spring term..

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

  • Degree requirements and sample plan
  • PRE-professional architecture degree
  • studio-based education
  • technology sequence.
  • to earn the degree, students must complete a four year design studio course sequence beginning with the Pre Architecture courses below.
  • graduates are eligible to apply to a 2 year master in architecture program
  • Admission requirements: In addition to the general CDes admission requirements, applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing freshman composition, Arch 1281, Arch 2281, and Arch 2301, as well as 30 college credits by the end of spring term.