B.F.A. in architecture

Available at:  
- Savannah

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: Form, Space and Order
  • DSGN 224 Architectural Fundamentals Studio II: Site as Design Generator
  • DSGN 225 Architectural Fundamentals Studio III: Spatial Relationships and Human Response

General education: 55 hours

  • ARTH 100 Survey of Western Art I
  • ARTH 110 Survey of Western Art II
  • COMM 105 Speaking of Ideas
  • ENGL 123 Composition
  • MATH 201 Applied Mathematics
  • PHYS 201 Applied Physics
  • — ENGL 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: Building Materials and Assemblies
  • ARCH 301 Architecture Design Studio I: Human-centered Design§
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II: Site and Environmental Context§
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III: Structural Applications§
  • ARCH 319 Structures: General Structure
  • ARCH 341 Construction Technology II: Building Systems and Technologies
  • ARCH 361 Environmental Control I: Energy, Climate and Human Comfort
  • ARCH 404 Architecture Design Studio IV: Urban Context§
  • ARCH 405 Architecture Design Studio V: Capstone I - Research and Schematic Design§
  • ARCH 406 Architecture Design Studio VI: Capstone II - Comprehensive Design Development§
  • ARCH 461 Environmental Control II: Mechanical, Lighting, Acoustics and Life Safety Systems
  • 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: Digital Communication for the Building Arts

Additional electives: 10 hours

  • — Free elective
  • — Free elective

Total course of study: 180 hours*

* The course of study for the B.F.A. in architecture degree consists of 180 undergraduate quarter credit hours and includes all required and elective courses, with the exception of the 700-level graduate courses and 35 credit hours of graduate-level electives in the graduate program. The course of study for the graduate program consists of 90 graduate quarter credit hours for a total of 270 quarter credit hours when taken together (equivalent to 180 semester credit hours). Students with a pre-professional or preparatory degree in architecture from other institutions may apply for admission to the professional M.Arch. program. Acceptance of students with a pre-professional or preparatory degree in architecture from other institutions to the SCAD graduate program is based on review of academic transcripts, coursework and portfolio to ensure that their undergraduate study satisfies NAAB student performance criteria required at the pre-professional level. Required credit hours will be determined on an individual basis. Students may be assigned preparatory (preliminary) courses from the SCAD B.F.A. program in addition, prior to admission to the graduate program.
† 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 180 credit hours required for the pre-professional B.F.A. 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.
¶ 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.
** Diversified electives expand the knowledge of the student beyond architecture, building arts and art historical disciplines. Courses with subject codes other than ARCH, ARLH, ARTH, DECA, ELDS, HIPR, INDS, SUST or URBA meet these requirements.
†† Choose one of the following: ARCH 714 Advanced Parametric Design and Generative Modeling Strategies for the Building Arts, ARCH 715 Construction Management, ARCH 728 Advanced Tectonics in Architecture, ARCH 736 Complex Structural Applications, ARCH 760 Sustainable Design, or ELDS 745 Digital Prototyping and Fabrication Methods for Building Design.
‡‡ The focused elective is assigned to coincide with the content of ARCH 747 Graduate Architecture Studio IV: Interdisciplinary Focus.
Students may not progress into the architecture design studio sequence until they have successfully completed DSGN 225 Architectural Fundamentals Studio III: Spatial Relationships and Human Response, 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 admission to 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 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-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 require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional 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. (pre-professional degree + 90 graduate credits). Next accreditation visit: 2021.