Architecture and Interior Design

Architecture: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

For information, contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210).

This pre-professional degree prepares you to enter a professional graduate program to become a registered/licensed architect or to enter an architectural field at a pre-professional level. Miami offers a graduate program, which leads to the professional degree Master of Architecture.

Freshman and sophomore courses introduce the basics of architecture and the range of opportunities available in the field. Junior and senior courses focus on advanced architectural design, landscape, and urban design. Throughout the program, you are exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of architecture.

Interior Design: Bachelor of Fine Arts

For information, contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210).

This is a professional degree program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Graduates are prepared to enter the interior design field or to enter a graduate program in interior design, architecture, or a related discipline.

The curriculum promotes competency in fundamental design, design process, and visual communication, and an understanding of interior materials and systems, history and theory, and professional procedures. Graduates integrate the various aesthetic, social, technical, and graphic requirements of interior design problems.

The program balances liberal learning with a comprehensive professional education. It emphasizes interdisciplinary learning (reflective of the discipline and of trends in practice) by requiring several courses outside the major and by emphasizing interdisciplinary courses and projects. The program promotes independent, self-directed course work and research, with the intention of developing in the student a specialized knowledge as a complement to a broad-based, generalized understanding of the discipline.

Architecture and Interior Design: Special Admission Requirements

Admission is possible only in the fall semester. The applicant must meet all curricular requirements mandated by the university for entering students. Courses in studio art or other creative areas (music, drama, creative writing) are strongly encouraged because they help the student develop creative potential as well as critical judgment.

Evidence of creative aptitude must be submitted in the form of a portfolio, due by the same deadline date as other admission materials. Contact the department for submission guidelines. A departmental visit is highly recommended. The departmental admission committee will evaluate your scholastic achievements and general academic profile in addition to the evidence of creativity revealed in the portfolio submission. Please contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design for further information about portfolio submission or review requirements at www.miamioh.edu/architecture.

To transfer, you must meet the above criteria (including portfolio submission) and should have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA Advanced standing for accepted transfer students is dependent on the strength of the student's academic profile, the portfolio, and available space. Transfers after the second year are generally restricted to students coming from other undergraduate professional or pre-professional architecture and interior design programs.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement

The following statement is required by the NAAB.

In the United States, most state 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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-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 consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

Master of Architecture I (first-professional Bachelor of Architecture degree + 36 graduate credits)

Master of Architecture II (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)

Master of Architecture III (non-pre-professional degree + 105 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2015.

Special Curriculum Requirements

Change of Major Within Department

During the spring semester of the first year in the program majors in architecture or interior design may apply to the alternate major. Internal applicants will be given first priority as available spots are filled.

Advancing to Upper-class Standing

Your work is reviewed at the close of your first, second, and third years. Regardless of grades in individual courses, the faculty may deny a student further registration as a major in the department if they conclude this is in the student’s best interest. In this event, it may be possible for a student to apply for transfer to another academic division and, subject to regulations of that division, continue to register for certain courses in architecture on an elective basis.

Departmental Honors

You are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if you meet the following conditions.

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better.
  2. Significant contribution to one or more of the following:
    • Enhancement to department life. This may include assisting in lower division courses as an undergraduate associate, serving as an officer in a student organization such as AIAS, IIDA, or SAC, or working on student-initiated departmental activities.
    • Advanced research effort. This may include helping faculty with research projects or undertaking an independent research project (e.g., Undergraduate Summer Scholar program).
    • Socially responsive volunteering. This may include assisting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, preferably in an architectural capacity, or collaborating with faculty in similar efforts beyond minimum classroom requirements.

Admission to Graduate Program

If you intend to continue into the Master of Architecture program, three of your four junior and senior design studios must focus on building design, and it is advisable to take support courses that will be required as prerequisites at the graduate level. Prerequisites for Miami’s Master of Architecture program include ARC 410 Statics and Strengths of Materials, ARC 417 Architectural Materials, and ARC 418 Construction Methods. See the Courses of Instruction section in this Bulletin for the Master of Architecture degree and consult with your adviser.

Program Requirements: Architecture

(128 semester hours minimum)

Freshman year

ARC 101, 102 Beginning Design Studio (5, 5)

ARC 113, 114 Graphic Media I & II (2, 2)

ENG 111, 112 Composition and Rhetoric, Composition and Literature (3, 3)*

Global Miami Plan Foundation course electives (6, 6)

Sophomore year

ARC 201, 202 Architecture Studio (5, 5)

ARC 211, 212 Principles of Environmental Systems (3, 3)*

ARC 213, 214 Graphic Media III & IV (2, 2)

ARC 221, 222 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3, 3)*

Global Miami Plan Foundation course electives (3)

Global Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (3)

Junior year

ARC 301, 302 Architecture Studio (6, 6)

Required ARC electives (11)

Global Miami Plan Foundation course electives (3)

Global Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (6)

Senior year

ARC 401, 402 Architecture Studio (6, 6)

Required ARC electives (12)

Global Miami Plan Foundation course electives (3)

General electives (5)

* Miami Plan Foundation course

Notes: A pre-approved 6 credit hour summer studio may be substituted for a maximum of one upper-division studio (ARC 301, 302, 401, or 402). ARC 402C is offered as a Miami Plan Capstone.

Required ARC electives must be met by a minimum of:

• 9 credit hours of history/theory

• 12 credit hours environmental systems + practice (see adviser for M.Arch prerequisites)

• 2 credit hours communication process

Program Requirements: Interior Design

(128 semester hours minimum)

Freshman year

ARC 101,102 Beginning Design Studio (5, 5)

ARC 113,114 Graphic Media I & II (2, 2)

ENG 111,112 Composition and Rhetoric, Composition and Literature (3,3)*

Global Miami Plan Foundation Course electives (12)

Sophomore year

ARC 203-204 Interior Design Studio (5, 5)

ARC 212 Principles of Environmental Systems (3)*

ARC 213, 214 Graphic Media III & IV (2, 2)

ARC 221*,222* History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3, 3)

ARC 225 Design: Behavior, Perception, Aesthetics (3)

Global Miami Plan Foundation course elective (3)

Global Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (3)

Junior year

ARC 303 or 304 Interior Design Studio (6)

ARC 309 Furniture Design and Construction (3)

ARC 321 History of Interiors (3)

ARC 414 Environmental Systems (3)

ARC 417 Architectural Materials (3)

ARC 419 Interior Materials (3)

Elective studio (3)

Global Miami Plan Foundation course elective (3)

Business elective (3)

Global Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (6)

Senior year

ARC 403, 408 Interior Design Studio (6, 6)

ARC 444 Professional Practice in Interior Design (3)

ARC 477 Independent Study (3)

Miami Plan Foundation course elective (3)

General electives (7)

* Global Miami Plan Foundation course

Notes:

ARC 303 or 304 is required. Elective studio in an alternate semester must be taken outside the major or through off-campus study. ARC 408 is offered as a Miami Plan Capstone.

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