The Southern California Institute of Architecture offers undergraduate—B.Arch, and graduate degree programs—MArch 1 and MArch 2— accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
In the fall and spring terms, design studios, seminars and workshops led by visiting instructors and SCI-Arc faculty offer students a multitude of choices and perspectives. During the summer term, some courses are also open to upper-level students from other architecture programs and to the public.
In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, SCI-Arc offers a 4-week summer program for high school students—Design Immersion Days; a five-week intensive, introductory program that explores design through experimental architecture—Making+Meaning, and two one-year post-professional programs with specialization in City Design, Planning and Policy—Future Initiatives, and Emerging Systems & Technologies—EST.
SCI-Arc's undergraduate and graduate programs culminate in two public events in which students present their thesis projects to renowned critics from all over the world. A true celebration of academic achievement, SCI-Arc's thesis reviews are regarded as a major forum for the discussion of insights and innovative concepts among theoreticians and practicing architects.
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The 2013 America’s Best Architecture Schools survey from Design Intelligence ranks SCI-Arc as #1 graduate and undergraduate architecture program in the Western US, with national rankings placing it at #2 undergraduate and #6 graduate program overall.
Course Catalog '10-'11
(old B.Arch curriculum)
Course Catalog '13-'14