Professional Master of Architecture



Professional Master of Architecture

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Foundation studies: 35 hours

  • DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
  • DRAW 115 Graphics for the Building Arts
  • DSGN 100 Design I: Elements and Organization
  • DSGN 102 Design II: 3-D Form in Space
  • DSGN 223 Architectural Fundamentals Studio I
  • DSGN 224 Architectural Fundamentals Studio II
  • DSGN 225 Architectural Fundamentals Studio III

General education: 55 hours

  • ARTH 100 Survey of Western Art I
  • ARTH 110 Survey of Western Art II
  • COMM 105 Speech and Public Speaking
  • ENGL 123 Composition
  • MATH 201 Applied Mathematics
  • PHYS 201 Applied Physics
  • — English elective
  • — General education elective †‡
  • — General education elective ‡
  • — General education elective ‡
  • — Social/behavioral sciences elective ‡

Major curriculum: 80 hours

  • ARCH 101 Introduction to Architecture
  • ARCH 241 Construction Technology I
  • ARCH 301 Architecture Design Studio I §
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II §
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III §
  • ARCH 319 Structures: General Structure
  • ARCH 341 Construction Technology II
  • ARCH 361 Environmental Control I
  • ARCH 404 Architecture Design Studio IV §
  • ARCH 405 Architecture Design Studio V §
  • ARCH 406 Architecture Design Studio VI §
  • ARCH 461 Environmental Control II
  • ARLH 206 Modern Architecture I: 1750–1900
  • ARLH 208 Modern Architecture II: 1900–Present
  • ARLH 211 Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism
  • ELDS 225 Electronic Design I

Additional electives: 10 hours

  • — Free elective
  • — Free elective

Undergraduate course of study: 180 hours

Graduate curriculum: 90 hours

  • ARCH 706 Architectural Practices
  • ARCH 717 Graduate Architecture Studio I
  • ARCH 719 Structures: Lateral Forces
  • ARCH 727 Graduate Architecture Studio II
  • ARCH 737 Graduate Architecture Studio III
  • ARCH 745 Graduate Seminar in Architecture
  • ARCH 747 Graduate Architecture Studio IV
  • ARCH 779F Graduate Field Internship II
  • ARCH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship II
  • ARCH 798 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis I
  • ARCH 799 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis II
  • ELDS 727 Electronic Design Practice and Project Management
  • — 500- to 700-level ARCH, ARLH or ARTH elective
  • — 500- to 700-level HIPR or URBA elective #
  • — 500- to 700-level diversified elective ‡‡
  • — 500- to 700-level diversified elective ‡‡
  • — 500- to 700-level diversified elective ‡‡
  • — Directed elective **
  • — Focused elective ††

Graduate course of study: 90 hours

Total course of study: 270 hours

* The course of study for the B.F.A. in architecture consists of 180 credit hours and includes all the required and elective courses, with the exception of the 700-level graduate courses and 35 credit hours of graduate-level electives.

For graduate students entering the professional program from preparatory or pre-professional programs, required credit hours will be determined on an individual basis, dependent upon review of the student’s academic transcripts and portfolio by the architecture faculty and transfer credit evaluator at SCAD. Students may be assigned preparatory (preliminary) courses from the SCAD B.F.A. program in addition to two years of graduate study. The graduate admission review ensures that the undergraduate coursework of all applicants who enroll in the professional M.Arch. program is evaluated according to the NAAB student performance criteria required at the pre-professional level.

† Students who have SAT math scores lower than 560, have ACT math scores lower than 24, or are otherwise unable to demonstrate an aptitude for the study of mathematics and science must complete MATH 101 Intermediate Mathematics in order to pursue the professional M.Arch. degree. The credit hours earned in MATH 101 Intermediate Mathematics may be applied as an undergraduate general education elective toward the 270 credit hours required for the M.Arch. degree.
‡ Consult the general education and mathematics competency requirements. Courses with the subject code “ARLH” will not satisfy these requirements.
§ Undergraduate students must pass all architecture design studio courses with a grade of “C” or better.
II Choose one of these two courses.
# The following courses will also satisfy this elective: ARCH 721 Landscape Design for Urban Design or ARCH 765 Emerging Urban Issues.
** Choose one of the following: ARCH 714 Advanced Parametric Design and Generative Modeling Strategies for the Building Arts, ARCH 715 Construction Management, ARCH 728 Architectural Craft and Tectonics, ARCH 730 Architecture Design Management, ARCH 735 Site Plan Design and Development, ARCH 736 Applied Structures, ARCH 743 Algorithmic Form, ARCH 755 Comprehensive Structural Design, ARCH 760 Sustainable Design, ARCH 772 Master Builder, ARCH 781 Landscape Design, or ELDS 745 Digital Prototyping and Fabrication Methods.
†† The focused elective is assigned to coincide with the content of ARCH 747 Graduate Architecture Studio IV.
‡‡ Diversified electives cannot have any architectural content. Courses with subject codes of ARCH, ARLH, ARTH, DECA, ELDS, HIPR, INDS, SUST or URBA will not satisfy these requirements.

Students may not progress into the design studio sequence until they have successfully completed DSGN 225 Architectural Fundamentals Studio III, and then only upon faculty recommendation and approval by the chair of the department and the dean of the School of Building Arts.

After successfully completing 150 undergraduate credit hours and a fourth-year portfolio review, students may apply to the architecture department faculty committee for entry into the graduate program, which consists of 90 graduate quarter credit hours in residence. 180 undergraduate quarter credit hours and all academic requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in architecture, including any secondary, double major or minor coursework, must be successfully completed prior to entering the graduate curriculum of the professional M.Arch. program.

Consult your faculty adviser in selecting elective courses.
Course numbers and titles are subject to change.

The professional M.Arch. degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Savannah College of Art and Design School of Building Arts offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: M.Arch. (180 undergraduate credits plus 90 graduate credits). Next accreditation visit: 2013.