The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program prepares the student through the process of critical thinking, designing, and making to provide meaningful contributions to our built environment through the practice of architecture and urban design. We work to develop each student's individual capacity through critical thought, rigorous exploration, and personal design vision.
ARH 602: Graduate Design Technology 1: StructuresMajor / 3 Units
ARH 609: Intermediate Design Studio 1Major / 6 Units
ARH 620: Digitally Generated MorphologyMajor / 3 Units
ARH 641: Architectural History: Modernism and its Global ImpactMajor / 3 Units
ARH 604: Material and Methods of Construction: Building DetailingMajor / 3 Units
ARH 608: Advanced Design Studio 1 - Concept, Context, & TypologyMajor / 6 Units
ARH 642: Architectural TheoryMajor / 3 Units
ARH 659: Digitally Generated FabricationMajor / 3 Units
ARH 601: Spatial CompositionMajor Elective / 3 Units /Recommended for summer
ARH 903: Architecture Foreign StudyMajor Elective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
ARH 605: Graduate Design Technology 2: Environmental ControlsMajor / 3 Units
ARH 606: Construction Documents and Building CodesMajor / 3 Units
ARH 619: Advanced Design Studio 2 - Concept & ComprehensivenessMajor / 6 Units
ARH 690: Thesis Preparation & DevelopmentMajor / 3 Units
ARH 810: Master of Architecture ThesisDirected Studies /6 Units
ARH 614: Architectural Professional PracticesMajor / 3 Units
GR 700: MA Portfolio SeminarElective / 3 Units
M. Arch Track 1 Degree Requirements
Successful completion of the Final Thesis Project
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units
For information on the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements go to www.ncarb.org
Track 1 and Track 2 Placement
The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture is a holistic professional program offered in two tracks. Dedicated to the relationship of theory, up to date technical developments, advanced architectural design and the practice of making and building, the program has an exceptional profile. Through knowledgeable and practicing faculty, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field, who have the skills to envision, design and construct a desirable and viable future, and therefore actively contribute towards the evolution of society.
A portfolio is required for applications to the School of Architecture. The Graduate School of Architecture at the Academy of Art University is unique in that there are many advanced standing options for applicants with a background in architecture or a related field. The advanced standing is determined on an individual basis through a portfolio review and transcript evaluation.
Both the 63-unit (Track 1) and 87-unit (Track 2) degree program tracks are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole authority for accredited professional degree programs for architecture in the United States.
Note for English as a Second Language Students: We have an open enrollment policy and operate on a rolling admissions basis. We do not require a TOEFL test but all placement into architecture classes is pending ESL evaluation, ESL 604 placement necessary to start architecture classes.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Demonstrate development of design exploration and understanding throughout the program
Visually communicate ideas through hand sketching/ drawing, including hand-drawn concept sketches, design process sketches, and diagrams
Visually communicate ideas through architectural drawings (digital or otherwise): site plan, plan, section, elevation, and 3D representation
Produce accurate physical models of design ideas
Effectively summarize the project and process in a well-crafted proposal and thesis book
Professionally present the thesis proposal and final project
Building Systems, Materials and Methods:
Demonstrate understanding of material systems and construction details
Demonstrate understanding of building systems (including structural systems, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems)
Demonstrate understanding of environmental control systems
Demonstrate understanding of building codes and accessibility
Apply sustainability concepts in their project
Thesis Proposal Development:
Clearly define the mission of their project
Present research that defines the need and desirability of the project
Provide a profile of the user group
Comprehensively define and analyze the proposed site area and its context
Present and analyze relevant precedents for the project
Develop a general project concept related to the site analysis and program
Effectively present the suitability of the proposed program on the proposed site
Produce a spatial/ functional program outline
Produce a comprehensive architectural and building solution to the mission statement
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.