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Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Both degree programs include a common Foundation Year of studies and students remain as pre-majors until the completion of the Foundation Year required coursework and successful passage through the Foundation Year Gateway.

Admission Criteria for Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer from another institution into either of the two undergraduate degree programs (Architecture or Interior Design) in the Department of Architecture are required to submit an Application Package that includes their cumulative grade point average, and a letter of interest. Students with architectural or interior design coursework beyond the freshman level are required to submit a portfolio of studio work (bound, maximum size 8.5 inches by 11 inches) that will be used for studio placement. Students wishing to apply for transfer course substitutions will be required to submit course syllabi for those courses for Departmental review. Application packages and portfolios should be sent directly to the Department of Architecture. Transfer applicants placed into the first year will be required to complete the Foundation Year Program and apply for either the Architecture or Interior Design major as described below.

Change of Major

Students currently enrolled in UTSA who wish to change majors to one of the two undergraduate academic majors within the Department of Architecture must submit a Change of Major application to the Department of Architecture by the first Monday in May. Departmental application decisions are made at least once per year in June, but the Department reserves the right to render decisions at any time. Change of major students must include their grade point average and a letter of interest in their application package. Students with architectural or interior design coursework beyond the freshman level are required to submit a portfolio of studio work (bound, maximum size 8.5 inches by 11 inches) that will be used for studio placement. Students wishing to apply for course substitutions will be required to submit course syllabi for those courses for Departmental review. Portfolios should be sent directly to the Department of Architecture. Change of Major applicants placed into the first year will be required to complete the Foundation Year Program and apply for either the Architecture or Interior Design major as described below.

Laptop Program

The Laptop program requires that ­students entering both the Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Interior Design programs have their own laptop (notebook) computers and required software. Digital technology will be integrated into the studio work and will be necessary in order to fulfill project requirements. The computer should be upgradeable in order to be of productive use for the duration of the academic program.

Student Work

The Department of Architecture reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce work submitted by students. Work submitted for grading is the property of the College of Architecture and remains such until it is returned to the student.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements.

Degrees

Course Descriptions