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Environmental Design, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Bozeman, MT, United States
The School of Architecture offers a four year Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design undergraduate program which, when combined with our three-semester graduate program, leads to a fully accredited Master of Architecture degree.
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Briefly defined, architecture is the art and science of designing buildings that provide appropriate accommodation for human activities. Professional practice requires a person with the unique combination of creative ability, technical knowledge, human understanding, and administrative skill. The undergraduate Environmental Design curriculum, which leads to the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design degree, prepares students to enter the graduate program in Architecture at MSU or serves as a basis for application to other graduate programs or for employment as a non-architect in environmental design fields. However, the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design degree by itself does not qualify students to become registered architects. Students wishing to become registered architects must complete the graduate program of study and receive the accredited Master of Architecture degree.
Once admitted to the Environmental Design program, and after completing their fourth year design studios, students with an acceptable academic record may apply to the Master of Architecture professional program. Specific dates for graduate applications can be obtained from the main office of the School of Architecture. The program offers a professional education as well as exposure to other academic disciplines, and provides the foundation for an internship with a practicing architect.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    126 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Freshman Year

  • Introduction to Design
  • Design Fundamentals I
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • College Physics I
  • Physics I (w/ calculus)
  • Design Fundamentals II
Sophomore Year
  • Building Construction I
  • Architectural Design I
  • Architectural Graphics I
  • World Architecture I
  • Arch Graphics II
  • Architectural Design II
  • World Architecture II
Junior Year
  • Environmental Controls I
  • Architectural Graphics III
  • Arch Structures II
  • Architectural Design III
  • Environmental Controls II
  • Building Construction II
  • Arch Structures III
  • Arch Design IV
Senior Year
  • Sustainability in Architecture
  • Choose one of the Following Option Studios
  • Architectural Study Abroad
  • Foreign Study History
  • Community Design Center
  • Arch Design VI
  • Internship
  • Professional Practice
  • Architectural Design V
  • Research Methods in Arch

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General Requirements

Admission to the Environmental Design Program

Admission to the first year of the Environmental Design Program is open. At the end of the spring semester of the first year of the Environmental Design Program, students will undergo a substantive portfolio review to assess their preparedness for the subsequent three years of the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design degree program. All portfolio reviews will be undertaken by the Second Year Admissions Committee. Total enrollment in the program shall be limited by the teaching resources and space capacities of the School of Architecture.To continue into the second year of the environmental design program first year Environmental Design students must:Be in good scholastic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.Have satisfactorily completed all required course work of the first year of the Environmental Design Program.Have a design portfolio that indicates creative potential. The design portfolio will be evaluated by faculty in the School of Architecture to assess a student’s preparedness for the subsequent three years of the program. Transfer students from other architecture or environmental design programs must have, prior to acceptance and advanced design year placement, an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or above and a high quality, creative portfolio. Transfer students planning to attend the fall semester must submit their application and portfolio to the Environmental Design Program by May 1. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis only.Portfolio review procedures for the Environmental Design Program:First year Environmental Design students will obtain an application for portfolio review including portfolio requirements, from the School of Architecture after March 1st. The completed application form, plus portfolio of design and graphic work, are to be submitted to the School of Architecture by May 1.First year students are required to submit a portfolio including examples of their design and graphic work.An applicant who has previously undergone the portfolio review and was found to not be prepared for the subsequent years of the Environmental Design program or who fails to enroll in the second year environmental design program after being accepted or who fails to complete ARCH 253 must re-apply for the portfolio review in the regular manner.First year Environmental Design students who are found to not be prepared for the subsequent years of the program have the right to meet with the Second Year Admissions Committee, Undergraduate Coordinator or Director for a review of their materials.Students who are found to not be prepared for the subsequent years of the Environmental Design program may not take ARCH 253, ARCH 254, ARCH 261, or ARCH 262 and upper division courses in the curriculum without permission of the director. Former students who have withdrawn after being admitted to the program must be in good scholastic standing for re-admission and will be readmitted on a space available basis only. Former students must contact the School in writing, stating their intent to return, at least two months prior to their return so that a decision can be made regarding space availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32070 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16750 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Beyond normal tuition, fees, room, board, and supplies, an architectural student requires drawing equipment and materials for drawing and models during the school year. This can be expected to add at least another $600 per year to the cost. Inquiries for financial aid or assistance should be sent directly to the Office of Financial Aid Services at Montana State University.

Living costs for Bozeman

  • 1099 - 2280 USD/month
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