Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) in Architecture

General

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Program Description

Offered as a first professional degree, the Bachelor of Architecture program provides an intense design education by developing each student's capacity to synthesize critical thought, artistic vision, and responsible leadership. With passionate professional faculty, diverse collaboration teams, emerging technologies and fabrication labs, and sensitivity to sustainable methods – together we will participate in shaping our physical world.

Course Description

Semester 1

  • ARH 110: Studio 1: Conceptual Design Studio
    Core / 3 Units
  • FND 113: Sketching for Communication
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 123: Design Philosophy: Aesthetics, Logic, and Ethics
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 255: College Math
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 2

  • ARH 150: Studio 2: Spatial Ordering & Form
    Core / 6 Units
  • ARH 170: Projective Drawing & Perspective
    Core / 3 Units
  • ARH 180: 2D Digital Visual Media
    Core / 3 Units
  • ARH 230: Color, Perception, and Space
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 108: Composition for the Artist
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 271: College Algebra with Geometry
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 3

  • ARH 210: Studio 3: Site Operations & Tectonic Systems
    Core / 6 Units
  • ARH 390: 3D Digital Modeling
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 219: History of Architecture: Ancient to Gothic
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 293: Precalculus
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 4

  • ARH 240: Site Design & Mapping
    Major / 3 Units
  • ARH 255: Studio 4: Assembly Building & Context
    Core / 6 Units
  • LA 249: An Artistic and Intellectual History of the Renaissance
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 292: Programming & Culture
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 296: Applied Physics
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 5

  • ARH 239: Materials & Methods
    Major / 3 Units
  • ARH 310: Studio 5: Assembly Buildings & Context
    Major / 6 Units
  • ARH 320: Structures: Wood & Steel
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 319: History of Architecture: Modernity
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 6

  • ARH 330: Structures: Concrete, Masonry, & Tensile Systems
    Major / 3 Units
  • ARH 350: Studio 6: Site Conditions & Building Performance
    Major / 6 Units
  • ARH 399: Building Information Modeling
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 115: The Natural World 1: The Base Layer
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 359: Urban Sociology
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 429: Architecture Theory
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 7

  • AEL 399B1: Breadth 1: Music & Art Influences
    Humanities / 3 Units
  • ARH 410: Studio 7: Tectonics and Structure
    Major/ 6 Units
  • ARH 420: Structures: Systems Investigation
    Major / 3 Units
  • ARH 430: Climate & Energy Use: Sustainable Strategies
    Major / 3 Units

Semester 8

  • ARH 440: Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing
    Major / 3 Units
  • ARH 441: Tectonics: Code Analysis & Building Envelope Documentation
    Major / 3 Units
  • ARH 450: Studio 8: Housing & Integrated Design
    Major / 6 Units
  • COM 208: Dynamic Aerial Imagery: Fundamentals of Drone Production
    Humanities / 3 Units
  • LA 449: Urban Design Theory
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 9

  • AEL 399B3: Breadth 3: Language, Culture & Humanities
    Humanities / 3 Units
  • ARH 475: Professional Practices for Architects
    Core / 3 Units
  • ARH 510: Studio 9: Mixed Use Urbanism & Research
    Major / 6 Units
  • ARH 529: From Theory to Practice
    Major / 3 Units

Semester 10

  • ARH 550: Studio 10: Final Thesis Project
    Major / 6 Units
  • GR 460: Senior Portfolio
    Humanities / 3 Units
  • LA 435: The Power of Signs: Semiotics & The Visual Arts
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Unit Requirements

Degree Requirement

Bachelor of Architecture Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and the following Liberal Arts courses:

LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist
or 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 and Culture
LA 293 Precalculus
LA 296 Applied Physics
LA 319 History of Architecture 3
LA 429 Architecture Theory
LA 449 Urban Design Theory

Bachelor of Architecture Core Courses 

ARH 110 Studio 1: Conceptual Design Studio
ARH 150 Studio 2: Spatial Ordering & Form*
ARH 170 Projective Drawing & Perspective
ARH 180 2D Digital Visual Media
ARH 210 Studio 3: Site Operations & Tectonic Systems*
ARH 250 Studio 4: Site Culture & Integral Urbanism*
ARH 399 Building Information Modeling
ARH 475 Professional Practices for Architects
FND 113 Sketching for Communication

Bachelor of Architecture Major Courses 

ARH 230 Color, Perception & Space
ARH 239 Materials & Methods
ARH 240 Site Design & Mapping
ARH 310 Studio 5: Assembly Buildings & Context*
ARH 320 Structures: Wood & Steel
ARH 330 Structures: Concrete, Masonry, & Tensile Systems
ARH 350 Studio 6: Site Conditions & Building Performance*
ARH 390 3D Digital Modeling
ARH 410 Studio 7: Tectonics & Structure*
ARH 420 Structures: Systems Investigation
ARH 430 Climate & Energy Use: Sustainable Strategies
ARH 440 Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing
ARH 441 Tectonics: Code Analysis & Building Envelope Documentation
ARH 450 Studio 8: Housing & Comprehensive Design*
ARH 510 Studio 9: Mixed Use Urbanism & Research*
ARH 529 From Theory to Practice
ARH 550 Studio 10: Final Thesis Project*

*6 unit courses

Bachelor of Architecture general education requirements:

  • 1 Written Communication: Composition
  • 1 Written Communication: Academic Writing
  • 3 History of Architecture
  • 1 Fundamental Math
  • 1 Applied Math
  • 1 Advanced Math
  • 1 Applied Physics
  • 1 Cultural Influences & Human Behavior
  • 1 Urban Studies
  • 1 Architectural Employment Communications & Practices
  • 1 Historical Awareness

After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

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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 diagrams indicating critical analyses of relevant precedent buildings or the built environment recognizing the significance to the discipline of architecture
  • Produce critical analyses of contemporary, historical, global precedents inclusive of buildings, urban planning, theoretical texts, or related arts applicable to studio projects and systems
  • Develop a design identity which synthesizes critical thought, architectural intent, and urban design strategies by developing decision-making criteria substantiated by research

Fundamental Design & Drawing and Making

  • Develop criteria to generate and evaluate an architectural order and formal language
  • Develop architectural proposals sensitive to the site context in scale and use based on research
  • Produce architectural drawings with appropriate drawing conventions to convey spatial qualities and design intent
  • Convey materiality in design projects based on an understanding of construction material properties
  • 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 visual communication strategies to convey information that build towards an argument
  • Determine appropriate representation techniques to describe the spatial qualities and human experience of the design proposal

Leadership and Community

  • Demonstrate a commitment to community building and social equity through programming and organization of an architectural project
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse viewpoints of user groups in the design of a building
  • Engage a collaborative process in the development of a design, with a range of design and engineering disciplines
  • Demonstrate and articulate knowledge of professional practices and contractual conventions

Integrated Design

  • Conduct a user & programmatic analysis
  • Communicate analyses of the urban and environmental conditions of a site with clear graphic devices
  • Integrate sustainable and energy-conscious strategies into the design of a building
  • Communicate analyses of environmental performance systems of the design with clear graphic devices
  • Develop an energy-conscious strategy for the design of building envelope systems and material selection
  • Integrate structural systems into the design of a building
  • Produce technical documentation describing the integration of architecture and building systems
  • Accommodate accessibility and life safety requirements in the design of a building

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university i ... Read More

For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university in the nation. Read less
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