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Successful completion of the undergraduate curriculum results in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture), a preprofessional degree and the first step toward professional registration as an architect. The professional program in architecture leads to the Master of Architecture. Students without a baccalaureate degree are required to take undergraduate and graduate courses for the professional architecture program.
Admission to the graduate program is selective; please refer to the Graduate Catalog. Bachelor of Design graduates are employed in private practice, corporate offices and government agencies. Internship in the profession is required and is part of the licensure process.
In addition to the courses offered on the Gainesville campus, the school operates a year-round program in Vicenza, Italy, for fourth-year students who are selected to spend a fall or spring semester abroad. Supplemental fees are required for participation in this program. Summer institutes are conducted on Nantucket Island for the study of architectural preservation and in the Caribbean Basin for the study of Caribbean culture and its conservation. Information is available in the school office.
Most states require architects to hold an accredited degree. Two types of degrees accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board are the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. Both degrees are structured for registration and licensure. The four-year preprofessional degree is not accredited by the NAAB. The preprofessional degree is useful to those who want a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for continued education in a professional degree program or for employment in fields related to architecture.
All students (community college transfers and UF students) must apply for admission to the professional program in architecture. Available classroom space, studio space and faculty limit the number of applicants accepted.
The admission process is based on three criteria: preprofessional grade point average, architectural grade point average and an evaluation of each student’s studio work. For the past several years, the average for admission has been an overall GPA of 3.1 and an architectural GPA of 3.4.
Students must have successfully completed all preprofessional requirements to be considered for admission into the professional program at the junior year. Community college transfers must have completed the Associate of Arts degree, with all general education and preprofessional requirements, and passed the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST).
Students with an overall GPA below 2.5, an architectural GPA below 2.75 or a pin-up exhibit score below 3.0 are not guaranteed admission. A student’s overall and architectural GPA must be at least 2.0 or better for admission to the third year. The school admits only the best-qualified applicants as evidenced by their academic achievement and their potential to complete successfully the undergraduate program.
Note: First-year students should take 13 credits in the fall and spring semesters, include all ARC courses, and then take the remaining two general education courses in the summer session. If students choose to take the minimum 13 hours in the sophomore year, all course work required for pin-up must be completed by entry to the junior year.
* This program is limited access. At the end of semester 4, students will be selected according to a competitive ranking of all applicants by overall GPA, architectural GPA and faculty evaluation of design quality in the annual pin-up exhibits.
The department requires 59 credit hours, including electives, taken at the 3000-level or above. Elective foreign language courses below the 3000-level need adviser approval.
** Electives: any 3000 or higher academic course, any 1000 or higher foreign language course taken at an SUS institution of which the student is not a native speaker, or any course sequence toward a minor.
Selective admissions students from a pre-architecture community college must
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