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Architectural Design, B.A.

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  • 48 months
Grounded in environmental design, the Architectural Design program of Academy of Art University provides a strong undergraduate education while allowing the student to experience and gain skills in architectural design, art, architectural, and urban history and theory, fundamentals of sustainability, materials, building construction and structures, as well as advanced design representation tools.
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To study the world through the architectural lens is an opportunity to examine our culture through the spaces and buildings that we create.

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students of the Architectural Design program of Academy of Art University will meet the following student performance criteria:

Conceptual Thinking and Process

  • Communicate conceptual thinking verbally and in writing
  • Articulate and extend conceptual thinking through diagrams
  • Develop a rigorous material logic for model-making to test ideas
  • Produce critical analyses of canonical precedent buildings recognizing the significance to the discipline of architecture

Fundamental Design & Drawing and Making

  • Develop methodologies to generate and evaluate an architectural formal order and language
  • Develop architectural proposals sensitive to the site context in scale and use
  • Produce architectural drawings with appropriate drawing conventions to convey spatial qualities and design intent
  • Demonstrate an understanding of materiality through making
  • Construct drawings and models with a high level of craft and attention to detail

Presentation Skills

  • Clearly explain and defend design projects in verbal presentations
  • Create presentation boards, slides, and/or printed materials which exhibit logical sequencing and a hierarchy of information
  • Develop effective representational strategies to convey information that build towards an argument

Leadership and Community

  • Demonstrate a commitment to community building and social responsibility through programming and organization of an architectural project
  • Demonstrate cultural literacy capable of designing for cultures with different values

Architectural Design Project

  • Develop a clear concept for the architectural design of a building
  • Conduct a user & programmatic analysis
  • Communicate analyses of the urban and environmental conditions of a site with clear graphic devices
  • Develop a research-driven strategy for integrating structural systems into the design
  • Integrate sustainable strategies into the design
  • Develop an energy-conscious strategy for the design of building envelope systems and material selection
  • Address accessibility and life safety requirements in the design


Our students enter the profession well prepared, as we educate them to become critical thinkers and visionary designers with skills and experiences to carry them into their architecture career. We provide them with the knowledge and abilities necessary to investigate their ideas and transform their architectural visions into built reality. We strongly believe in our students’ potential to shape the future of the our environment as critical leaders in their field.

City and Urban Planner

Master planning environmental design decisions at the scale of a neighborhood, district, city, or region, architects can be part of an urban or design team improving urban environments.

Construction Manager

As construction managers, architects contribute their knowledge of building design and coordinate the design delivery of a project from conception to final closeout.

Design Consultant

Graduates from an architectural school are qualified outside of architectural practice, to consult across disciplines; from building envelope design, historical preservation, industrial design, furniture design, color, branding, business and product consulting, among many other possibilities.

Project Architect

Collaborating on large or complex architectural projects, project designers are crucial member of a design team.

Self-Employed Architect

Operating as a sole practitioner, firm principals run small to mid-sized offices sometimes in partnership with other principals. Firm principals are responsible for signing and stamping construction documentation sets, and must be licensed in the state in which a project is being built.

Sustainable Design Consultant

Specializing in sustainability-driven design projects, sustainability consultants may be architects or other design professionals.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Studio 1: Conceptual Design Studio
  • Sketching for Communication
  • Design Philosophy: Aesthetics, Logic, and Ethics
  • College Math
  • Studio 2: Spatial Ordering & Form
  • Projective Drawing & Perspective

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Official high school transcripts and diploma
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio is not required for admission. but it will help the admission process
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement. You will however be evaluated for your English language proficiency upon your arrival
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    1059 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1059 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1011 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1011 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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