Students pursuing a Master's degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design or Landscape Architecture will begin their education with one year in Environmental Studies. This first year will focus on design fundamentals, general education and most importantly, exposure to what all four design fields are like. This experience will allow the student to make an informed decision about which of the design programs they would ultimately like to pursue in their second through fifth years of study.

Course Descriptions

Each semester, our design curriculum is centered on a design studio course, which occurs several times each week and lasts for several hours each session. The design studio is structured to resemble life in a professional design office: students are asked to create a design for an assigned project type, and present it to their professors and peers for feedback. Students will take a design studio course every semester, for a total of ten semesters.

Other courses are designed to support and enrich the studio experience; general education courses, architectural history, building technology and design theory seminars will allow the students to produce stronger design projects in design studio. Descriptions of courses specific to the Architectural Studies program are listed below.

ENV-DSN  201/202 Environmental Design Studio I & II: Foundation studies introducing the principles, processes and vocabularies of environmental design.  Instruction in two and three dimensional visualization of objects and spaces. Instruction in the use of instrument-aided drawing, freehand drawing and model building to represent and communicate design ideas at different scales of observation.

ENV-DSN  203 Survey of the Design Professions: Overview of the evolution of the design professions. Comparative study of the roles of the architect, interior architect, interior designer, landscape architect and planner; their working methods, collaborative endeavors, and interaction with consultants and specialists.  Description of career paths, educational alternatives, licensure, and professional organizations.

ENV-DSN  248 Fundamentals of Architectural Technology: Instruction in the fundamentals if architectural technology with emphasis on the concepts and principles necessary for developing an integrated approach to building design.

ENV-DSN  250 History of the Designed Environment I: This course will present an overview of the developments in architectural, urban, landscape and interior design which have had an impact on the physical environment from ancient times through the medieval up to the gothic period. A central objective of the course is to gain an understanding of why these developments occurred and how the needs and aspirations of a given time were manifested in physical form.

ENV-DSN  251 History of the Designed Environment II: This course will present an overview of the developments in architectural, urban, landscape and interior design which have had a consequential impact on the physical environment of the Western world from the Italian Renaissance (starting in the 15th century) up to the present day.

ENV-DSN  252 History of the Designed Environment III: The history of the designed environment from the mid-18th century to the present.

ENV-DSN  301/302 Architectural Design Studio I & II: Instruction in architectural design focusing on the application of elements and principles of form and space in design. Instruction in the use of techniques for visually representing design ideas.

ENV-DSN  347 Structural Systems in Architecture I: Introduction to structure as a building system. Overview of contemporary structural systems and heir components, including wood, timber, steel, concrete, masonry, and hybrid structures. Discussion of building code requirements for structure, general guidelines for building structures, including appropriate application, and methods for schematic estimation of structural member sizing. Basic understanding of how gravity and lateral forces are propagated through a structural frame from load to building foundation.

Curriculum Guide and Advising

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Course Equivalencies

If you are currently taking courses at another institution, or are considering taking college-level courses while in high school, you can learn more about course equivalencies at the Registration and Records. If you have specific questions about your situation, please feel free to contact us.