Design-Build Certificate – University of Kentucky College of Design
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Design-Build Certificate

The Design-Build Certificate program is centered on experiential learning where students can learn through design and full-scale construction. This certificate serves both undergraduate and graduate students in architecture, engineering, and environmental science disciplines who have an interest in advanced building science as it relates to architecture, research, digital fabrication, prototyping, and construction.

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Undergraduate Certificate

Program Description

For undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky, the Design-Build Certificate offers a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to focus 15 credits of undergraduate study on Design-Build topics with a special emphasis on entrepreneurship and integrated project delivery. Centered on the studio learning environment, students will work in trans-disciplinary teams on applied learning opportunities that range from building science and digital fabrication research to community-engaged design and construction challenges across the Commonwealth. Students will select from a series of courses in Architecture, Engineering, and Business to customize their Design-Build certificate. The teams will have the opportunity to access expertise from across the University and the building profession to generate innovative and humane solutions to design problems.

Architecture students interested in hands-on learning experiences related to the building sciences and fabrication would use this certificate to complement their overall understanding of architecture. Engineering and business students interested in working in the construction industry would benefit from the interdisciplinary collaborative hands-on learning opportunity that combines research, innovation, and entrepreneurship with design, building technology, and public outreach.

Coursework

The path to earn the Design-Build Undergraduate Certificate:

  • ARC 457 Design Studio VII: Design-Build Studio (6)
  • Engineering Course (3)
  • Business Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Total: 15 credits

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply to the program during their sophomore year. The application process includes an online form, a written statement explaining their interest and career goals, samples of academic work, and an interview with members of the faculty of record. For students to be admitted, they must have at least a 3.3 GPA from their undergraduate degree or consent of the Certificate Director.

Undergraduate Application

Graduate Certificate

Program Description

This certificate serves graduate students interested in Design-Build and advanced building science related to Architecture, research, digital fabrication, and the construction industry. Centered on the studio learning environment, students will work in trans-disciplinary teams on applied learning opportunities that range from building science and digital fabrication research to community-engaged design and construction challenges across Kentucky. Additionally, the certificate features various support courses in architecture, business, and engineering, including project management, entrepreneurship, fabrication, and materials research.

Architecture students interested in hands-on learning experiences related to the building sciences and fabrication would use this certificate to complement their overall understanding of architecture. Engineering and business students interested in working in the construction industry would benefit from an experiential learning Design-Build opportunity that combines research, innovation, and entrepreneurship with design, building technology, and public outreach.

Coursework

The path to earn the Design-Build Undergraduate Certificate:

  • ARC 658 Design Studio VIII (or ARC 659): Design-Build Studio (6)
  • Engineering Course (3)
  • Business Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Total: 15 credits

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply to the program during the first semester of their graduate studies. The application process includes an online form, a written statement explaining their interest and career goals, samples of academic work, and an interview with members of the faculty of record. For students to be admitted, they must have at least a 3.3 GPA from their undergraduate degree or consent of the Certificate Director.

Graduate Application