Fast-track your architecture career at SCAD

The Integrated Path at SCAD is an unprecedented and rigorous academic track integrating all three components of architectural licensure — education, experience and examination — into its existing Bachelor of Fine Arts and professional Master of Architecture program.

Through this structure, dedicated students may attain licensure — in as few as seven years.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design has been accepted to participate in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). This initiative provides students the opportunity to complete requirements for licensure while earning their degree. Spearheaded by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the platform permits accredited programs to incorporate professional experience and examination in to curricula. To learn more about IPAL, visit ncarb.org/IPAL.

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The Integrated Path at SCAD

Through enrollment in the Integrated Path at SCAD, students undertake classroom and real-world experiences simultaneously to earn a bachelor's, master's and licensure in as few as seven years. Students following this path supplement coursework with paid internships at architecture firms to accrue the required hours of experience to become a licensed architect. They also use in-class time to prepare for and take the six sections of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) required to gain professional licensure.

The Conventional Path to Licensure

According to NCARB, the time to licensure between 2001 to 2014 for aspiring architects averaged 13 years. Without the discipline of a structured framework combining education, experience and examination within a single-minded learning community, prospective architects may find it difficult organize their time, money and other resources in pursuit of full membership in the profession.

How it works

Educate: Learn from the masters

Graduation from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited program is the first requirement for architectural licensure in the U.S. Students may enroll in the Integrated Path during the B.F.A. architecture program at SCAD, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

After earning the Bachelor of Fine Arts in architecture, students merge seamlessly into the university’s NAAB-accredited M.Arch. program, which was recently awarded a maximum eight-year accreditation.

Experience: Prepare with professional practice

The second requirement for architectural licensure in the U.S. is the accrual of 3,740 paid Intern Development Program hours. While amassing these hours, students will put into practice what they are learning in the classroom.

SCAD is developing a consortium of local, state, national and international architecture firms to ensure students on the Integrated Path have every opportunity to gain the real-world work experience needed to pursue simultaneous graduation and licensure. Students on the Integrated Path work during summer and winter breaks while completing the B.F.A., and then integrate classroom instruction, work experience and professional exam preparation concurrently throughout the year while completing requirements for the M.Arch. degree.

Examination: Testing for success

Passing all sections of the Architect Registration Examination, or ARE, is the third requirement for architectural licensure in the U.S. Pre graduation access to the ARE is a key component of the Integrated Path at SCAD and critical to students’ ability to complete the track within the accelerated time frame.

Through focused instruction from faculty, a dedicated resource center, guided study groups and the coaching of expert consultants, SCAD fully supports students on the Integrated Path as they prepare for and take all sections of the registration exam.

B.F.A. and Masters of Architecture program

The professional architecture program at SCAD was among the first in the nation to earn an unprecedented eight-year term of accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The immersive art and design context at SCAD gives architecture students a competitive advantage as designers. The exposure to art and leading-edge technology produces well-rounded practitioners with excellent graphic skills.

 

The Conventional Path at SCAD

Students on the conventional path may pursue internship opportunities concurrent with or after fulfilling their academic requirements. These students may only access the Architect Registration Examination(ARE) after graduation

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B.F.A. and Masters of Architecture program

The Integrated Path at SCAD

Students on the Integrated Path are committed to accruing the 3,740 paid internship hours required for licensure while at the same time satisfying their academic requirements. These students are granted pre-graduation access to the ARE.

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If you're interested in accelerating your path to architectural licensure and would like additional details about the program, request more information today.