Undergraduate - Architecture
The undergraduate architecture program consists of an intensive regimen of architecture studios and courses in the history and theory of architecture, building technology, digital technology, and professional practice.
The architecture studio is the social and curricular foundation of the program. In the studio students learn to develop highly abstract ideas into concrete forms, and find architectural solutions to problems arising from detailed building programs and defined sites. Representational skills such as drawing, model making, and computer modeling are practiced rigorously as essential skills for design. A secure personal studio workplace is available at all times for all students.
Students learn the historical and cultural foundation of architecture through the study of history, theory, and criticism. Students are encouraged to pursue research in areas relative to their individual design interests.
A study of building materials begins in first-year studio and evolves into a technical analysis of structural planning and design, materials and methods of construction, and building systems. Environmental controls for buildings are also investigated to provide an understanding of the complex visual, acoustical, and thermal aspects of designed space. Professional and legal aspects of architecture practice are addressed in a series of electives and seminars including issues relating to professional registration, ethics, and social responsibility.
What degree will I receive if I complete the undergraduate program in architecture?
The four-year undergraduate program in architecture leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAARC).
Does the College of Design award the professional degree in architecture?
Yes, the professional degree in architecture is the Masters Program in Architecture.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree is required in order to pursue the two-year professional Master of Architecture degree.
How many credits are required for the Architecture degrees?
133 credit hours for the undergraduate degree.
Is a portfolio required for entrance into the undergraduate program in Architecture at the College of Design?
After submitting your application to the School of Architecture you will receive an Architecture Admissions Packet. This will not be a portfolio of your existing work.
As a transfer student, how will I know which classes will transfer to the College of Design?
Students must submit official transcripts. Upon receipt the College of Design Admissions office will contact you.
How many students are enrolled in the architecture program?
There are 250 undergraduate students, and 60 graduate students in the architecture program.
How long does it take to complete my degree?
The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture takes four years to complete.
How much does the program cost?
Information about tuition can be found in the University of Kentucky Registrar's website.
Once an offer is made, can you defer for a year?
Yes, the admissions committee reviews each case individually.
Do you offer spring admittance?
We do not offer spring admittance for our undergraduate programs.
If I have applied to the program before and want to apply again, do I need to submit a new application?
Yes, all applicants are required to resubmit.
What are the Kentucky residency requirements?
Information about the University of Kentucky's residency policy can be found here: http://www.uky.edu/Registrar/residenc.htm
The School of Architecture in the College of Design administers the program curriculum, and the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees grants degrees. The curriculum consists of 133 credits for the undergraduate degree.
2 credits - ARC 101 Drawing I
2 credits - ARC 102 Drawing II
3 credits - ARC 111 Introduction to History and Theory
6 credits - ARC 151 Design Studio I
4 credits - ENG 104 Writing
3 credits - PHY 151 Introduction to Physics
9 credits - University Studies requirements
6 credits - Electives
36 total credits
3 credits - ARC 203 Digital Media Within Architecture
3 credits - ARC 212 History and Theory I: 15th-17th Centuries
3 credits - ARC 213 History and Theory II: 18th-19th Centuries
3 credits - ARC 231 Structural and Material Concepts
6 credits - ARC 252 Design Studio II
6 credits - ARC 253 Design Studio III
12 credits - University Studies requirements
36 total credits
3 credits - ARC 314 History and Theory III
3 credits - ARC 315 History and Theory IV
3 credits - ARC 332 Environmental Controls I
3 credits - ARC 333 Environmental Controls II
6 credits - ARC 354 Design Studio IV
6 credits - ARC 355 Design Studio V
6 credits - Electives
30 total credits
3 credits - ARC 434 Structural Design and Analysis I
3 credits - ARC 435 Materials and Methods of Construction
6 credits - ARC 456 Design Studio VI
3 credits - ARC 511-515 History and Theory Seminar
3 credits - University Studies requirements
14 credits - Electives
32 total credits
You can download the College of Design Bulletin here. This will provide more detailed information about our curriculum.