Bachelor of Arts in Architecture | College of Creative Arts

What is Architecture?

Architecture is the design of the built environment: buildings, groups of buildings, communities, and their surroundings. As a profession, it is an art, science, and business with careers available in private firms, government, theater and film, industrial corporations, public and private institutions, schools of architecture, and in architectural research.

This is a four-year pre-professional program that prepares you for the two-year Master of Architecture program (accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board) offered at Miami. Miami has established this "four-plus-two" system to ensure that undergraduate students gain much more than a strictly technical or vocational education. Instead, you will graduate with a well-rounded liberal arts education plus research skills and design training that make you competitive and marketable to graduate schools as well as in professional practice. About 80 percent of our graduating seniors go on to master's programs at Miami or other universities.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Interdisciplinary approach

Because architecture students especially need to see the connections between various disciplines, the first-year studio is an interdisciplinary studio, drawing both teaching staff and design problems from architecture, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, and the studio arts.

Studio focus

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami in some ways resembles a large architectural office with small design studios working on projects at many levels. In the junior and senior years, 12 to 15 students are assigned to one faculty member in studio. The small size encourages both the exchange of ideas and intense effort. Because students often work long hours in the studio, the architecture and interior design building is secured but available to majors 24 hours a day. The studio becomes a community of individual effort and mutual support.


The Department of Architecture and Interior Design can help place you with an architectural firm where you can be employed during summer breaks. This can provide you with some professional experience before you move on to graduate studies.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

The Department requires submission of a creative portfolio in order to be admitted to the majors in Architecture or Interior Design. The portfolio is submitted directly to the Department by the application deadline and is reviewed in conjunction with academic qualifications. For information on portfolio format and suggestions of what to include, see Portfolio Requirements.

What courses would I take?

During the first two years of the architecture program, you will take courses in graphic media, introductory principles of structural and mechanical systems, and history and theory of architecture, as well as four architectural design studios. You will also develop a palette of traditional and digital graphic techniques. These include common commercial software applications such as form·Z, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Lightscape.

In your junior and senior years, you choose courses in specified areas: design studios, history, urban studies, landscape, theory and philosophy, graphic communication, and the building sciences. As part of Miami's liberal education requirement, you will also complete a sequence of courses in advanced liberal learning and a capstone experience.

Four-year curriculum plan for the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture»

What can I do with this major?

With training in architecture, you are prepared to work in many fields. In addition to careers with private architectural firms, students can pursue jobs in commercial, industrial, and retail design; facilities management; real estate and development; engineering; sales and manufacturing; and museum and gallery management, design, and installation. You can also become a historian, theorist, or critic.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Architecture and Interior Design 101 Alumni Hall
Oxford, OH 45056