The Architectural Studies Program from Amherst College, the newest major available to Amherst students, is more than what its name implies. Students concentrating on architecture won’t just draw on drafting boards or in digital design studios; they will draw on multiple disciplines, including art history, environmental studies, performance studies, history and economics.
Amherst has a long history of graduates going into the field of architecture, and more than 25 alumni since the year 2000 have become architects, architectural historians, urban planners, architecture critics and such. But until now, the school has not offered architecture as a specific field of study.
This program isn’t intended to mimic technical training in architecture of the kind offered at professional and graduate schools, says Heidi Gilpin ’84, associate professor of German, chair of European studies and now chair of architectural studies: “This is neither an architectural history major nor a design major in the traditional sense.”
Instead, the intent of the program is to teach students to think critically about the built environment from a variety of perspectives. Graduate schools don’t want students already trained in architectural design, Gilpin says: “They want students who can write, who can imagine, conceptualize and creatively integrate issues involving a wide array of problems and disciplines.”
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- Space and Design: Introduction to Studio Architecture
- Renaissance to Revolution: Early Modern European Art and Architecture
- Art and Architecture of India
- Architectural Anthropology
- Sustainable Design: Principles, Practice, Critique
- Racism and the City
- Cartographic Cultures: Making Maps, Building Worlds
- Digital Art History
- 48 months
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DisciplinesArchitecture Design Urban Planning View 135 other Masters in Urban Planning in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Common Application, Coalition Application OR QuestBridge Application
- Amherst College Writing Supplement
- $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver (requested through Common Application, Coalition Application or Amherst's Quick Pass).
- School Report
- Secondary School Transcript
- Counselor Recommendation (College Counselor / Guidance Counselor)
- Two Teacher Recommendations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
- Optional Standardized Test Results for the SAT or ACT (either self-reported or official scores).
- Early Decision Agreement (for ED applicants)
- First marking period grades from senior year (for ED applicants)
- Mid-Year School Report Form (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
- Mid-Year Transcript (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
International75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
National75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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