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Architecture Curriculum

Graduate Curriculum

The University’s UK Core requirements complement the architecture course work. This program comprises liberal arts and science courses required of all students at the University of Kentucky.

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 48 credits for the graduate degree for a total of 168 credits in six years.

This distribution of credit assumes that the UK Core requirements in mathematics and a foreign language have already been met prior to admission to the program, an assumption supported by historical student data. It also assumes that the Humanities section is to be met by approved core program courses in the History and Theory of Architecture (ARC 212 and ARC 213).

  • The curriculum conforms to the following outline:
  • I. Undergraduate UK Core requirements 30 hours
  • II. Core program requirements 78 hours
  • III. Undergraduate elective courses 12 hours
  • IV. Graduate core program requirements 33 hours
  • V. Advanced elective courses 6 hours
  • VI. Master’s Project 9 hours
  • Total: 168 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

(Four-Year Program)

  • Year One
  • ARC 101 Drawing I: Observational Freehand Drawing 3 hours
  • ARC 111 Introduction to History and Theory 3 hours
  • ARC 151 Design Studio I 6 hours
  • CIS/WRD 110 Composition and Communication I 3 hours
  • CIS/WRD 111 Composition and Communication II 3 hours
  • UK Core 12 hours
  • Total: 30 hours

 

  • Year Four
  • ARC 434 Structural Design and Analysis I 3 hours
  • ARC 435 Materials and Methods of Construction 3 hours
  • ARC 456 Design Studio VI* 6 hours
  • ARC 511-515 History and Theory Seminar (only one required) 3 hours
  • UK Core 3 hours
  • Electives 12 hours
  • Total: 30 hours

Off-campus studio is strongly recommended in the fourth year.

  • Year Two
  • ARC 203 Digital Media Within Architecture 3 hours
  • ARC 212 History and Theory I:15th-17th Centuries 3 hours
  • ARC 213 History and Theory II:18th-19th Centuries 3 hours
  • ARC 231 Structural and Material Concepts 3 hours
  • ARC 252 Design Studio II* 6 hours
  • ARC 253 Design Studio III* 6 hours
  • PHY 151 Introduction to Physics 3 hours
  • UK Core 3 hours
  • Total: 30 hours

 

  • Four-Year Total Hours:
  • UK Core 30 hours
  • Architecture Core requirements 78 hours
  • Electives 12 hours
  • Total Undergraduate Hours: 120 hours
  • Year Three
  • ARC 314 History and Theory III: 20th Century and Contemporary Architecture 3 hours
  • ARC 315 World Architecture and Urbanism 3 hours
  • ARC 332 Environmental Controls I 3 hours
  • ARC 333 Environmental Controls II 3 hours
  • ARC 354 Design Studio IV* 6 hours
  • ARC 355 Design Studio V* 6 hours
  • UK Core 6 hours
  • Total: 30 hours

“The world is changing, technology is changing, the way we make things is changing. The most important thing is to give students a design education where they understand the overriding principles of design, which are never going to change.”

Master of Architecture

(Two-Year Program)

  • Year One, Fall Semester
  • ARC 533 Structural Design and Analysis II 3 hours
  • ARC 641 Professional Practice 3 hours
  • ARC 658 Design Studio VIII* 6 hours
  • Year One, Spring Semester
  • ARC 511-515 History and Theory Seminar* (only one required) 3 hours
  • ARC 659 Design Studio IX* 6 hours
  • Elective 3 hours
  • Total: 24 hours
  • Year Two, Fall Semester
  • ARC 750 Design Studio X* (Comprehensive Project) 6 hours
  • ARC 631 Building Systems Integration 3 hours
  • ARC 642 Professional Internship 3 hours
  • Year Two, Spring Semester
  • ARC Master’s Project in Chosen Concentration (ARC 709, 719, 729, 759, 769 etc.) 9 hours
  • Elective 3 hours
  • Total: 24 hours
  • Two-Year Total Hours
  • Architecture Core requirements 33 hours
  • Master’s Project 9 hours
  • Electives in Chosen Concentration 6 hours
  • Total Graduate Hours: 48 hours

*Additional fees apply.

For more information about the School of Architecture’s Master of Architecture degree, consult the UK Graduate School Bulletin.

The curriculum for each graduate concentration is listed on the Web in Appendix B at: http://architecture.uky.edu/curriculumproposalfinal/a/WebPages/Table_of_Contents.html. A complete list of undergraduate and graduate courses follows on page 12.

 

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