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Architecture, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The architecture major is built on a mix of both studio and art history courses. The art history courses examine the interrelated artistic, historic, and cultural forces that create architecture and the built environment. Likewise, the studios explore the built environment "as a person experiences it," integrating traditionally separate aspects of landscape and architecture, building and city in the active "laboratory" of the design studio.
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  • The major serves multiple audiences, and stems from the premise that the built world is shaped by many different people. One audience is those students who want to become design professionals—architects, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners. For them the major aims to provide a rigorous and creative base for graduate study. The other audience is equally important; these are the students who will go on to become doctors, politicians, academics, lawyers, or members of neighborhood design review boards. All students will eventually play a significant role in shaping our built environment, no matter what career path they choose.
  • It is recommended that architecture majors fulfill the 100-level art history requirement in the first year and begin the architecture studios in the second year, especially if they are planning to go abroad. Students planning to major in architecture will find courses in drawing, philosophy, literature, history and landscape studies taken in the first two years valuable.
  • A fee for basic class materials is charged in all studio courses. The individual student is responsible for the purchase of any additional supplies she may require. All studio courses require extensive work beyond the six scheduled class hours. Please note that all studio courses have limited enrollments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Art and Its Histories
  • Art and Its Histories
  • Introduction to Art History: Western Traditions–1500 to the Present Time
  • Italian 16th-Century Art (L)
  • The Colonial City: Global Perspectives (L)
  • Introduction to Architecture
  • Advanced Architecture: Complex Places, Multiple Spaces

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Required application

Smith uses the Common Application exclusively and there is no application fee.

Required application materials

•Smith Writing Supplement

•Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript

•Counselor Recommendation

•SAT I or ACT scores are optional for US Citizens and US permanent residents. Standardized tests (SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) are required for international citizens. The SAT I or ACT is required for students being instructed in English. The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE is required for students being instructed in a language other than English.

•International students who are attending high school in the U.S. must submit SAT I or ACT scores

•Teacher Evaluation Forms (2)

•Midyear Report

•Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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