Grounded in environmental design, the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design (BA-ARH-D) degree 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.
Grounded in environmental design, the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design (BA-ARH-D) degree 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. To study the world through the architectural lens is an opportunity to examine our culture through the spaces and buildings that we create.
BA Architectural Design Unit Requirements
Core 36 units
Major 45 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
Breadth 6 units
TOTAL 132 units
BA Architectural Degree Requirements
Minimum 2.0 GPA
Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and the following Liberal Arts courses:
LA 108 Composition for the Artist
LA 219 History of Architecture 1
LA 249 History of Architecture 2
LA 255 College Math
LA 271 College Algebra with Geometry
LA 292 Programming & Culture
LA 293 Precalculus
LA 296 Applied Physics
LA 319 History of Architecture 3
LA 449 Urban Design Theory
And the following general education requirements:
2 Written Communications courses
3 History of Art & Architecture courses
1 Fundamental Math course
1 Applied Math course
1 Advanced Math course
1 Physics course
1 Cultural Influences & Human Behavior course
1 Social Factors & Historical Awareness course
1 Urban Studies course
1 Employment Communications & Practices course
After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.
BA Program Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate students 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
Produce critical analyses of contemporary, historical, global precedents inclusive of buildings, theoretical texts, and related arts
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
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
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.
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