Inside SCI-Arc

B.ARCH Undergraduate Degree Program

5 YEARS (10 Terms)

SCI-Arc’s undergraduate program integrates the development of knowledge of a wide range of conceptual and practical skills, from critical thinking to technical expertise, to create a fluid and holistic approach to the education of the becoming contemporary architect. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on the development of the individual student's personal growth, self reflection and knowledge of architectural design issues, including theoretical constructs and advancements in building technology, and ranging from applications of high-performance "intelligent" materials to considerations for sustainable practices.

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The undergraduate curriculum is built around an integrated sequence of design studios, Visual Studies, History and Theory, Media and Technology courses, into which interdisciplinary seminars in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities are woven. Following the foundation and core sequence, upper-division courses are offered in Professional Practice and related subjects. Over five years of study, students become actively engaged in the discussion of the practice of architecture and are prepared to join the workforce.

All General Education courses will be offered as a part of the undergraduate curriculum and must be taken at SCI-Arc and be completed prior to beginning the Fourth Year of study. However, prior to initial enrollment in the B. Arch program, students have the option to complete all or part of their General Education curriculum at other institutions.

Students interested in completing any of these requirements prior to enrolling at SCI-Arc should contact the Recruitment & Outreach office for a list of suggested courses.

Advanced Placement Opportunities
Students who have completed architecture design studio coursework at other schools may apply for Advanced Placement into the SCI-Arc program. This placement is not guaranteed, but is determined by the Admissions Committee upon review of the applicant’s application materials, the most important of which is the portfolio of architectural and creative work. Transfer credit for non-studio courses is awarded by a comparison of course content. Only courses in which the student received a “B” or better are considered for transfer credit.

Tom Wiscombe
Undergraduate Program Chair

Contact us at 213.356.5320, or use our INQUIRY link.