Department of Architecture and Interior Design

Special Admission Requirements

A limited number of design studio spaces are available each year to students wishing to enter the Department of Architecture and Interior Design. In addition, some students decide they would like to change majors after they have been in college for a semester or a year.

Transfer students from other universities

All transfers to the Department of Architecture and Interior Design are decided in the spring term for admission in the fall of the following academic year. Normally, transfer students begin at the first-year studio level. However, students with sufficient background may be admitted to the program as second-year students with the completion of a special studio (ARC 102) and Graphic Media (ARC 114) taken during the Summer III term before the beginning of the second-year studio. Transfer students who begin first-year studio in their second year of college study may, with special departmental permission, accelerate the date of their graduation by one semester.

If you wish to transfer to a major in architecture or interior design, you must take the following steps:

  • By February 1, send a letter to the Department of Architecture and Interior Design indicating your desire to transfer along with a portfolio and transcript. Please include your name, social security number, local address, phone number, and email address.
  • By March 15, you will be contacted and informed of your transfer status. The department may elect to interview selected candidates in order to make a final decision on their admission.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies to the Department of Architecture and Interior Design will be accepted. We are limited by the number of available studio spaces in the first and second year studios. Normally, the department does not accept transfer students at the Junior and Senior class level.

“Fine Arts No Major” option

Students who are admitted to Miami but were not accepted into the Department of Architecture and Interior Design may enroll under a special option called “Fine Arts No Major.” In this case, students enroll in courses parallel to courses in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design that are required of the first year students. Six foundation courses in the Miami Plan, selected in consultation with an academic adviser from the School of Fine Arts, along with ART 111 and ART 121 (in the fall semester) and ART 171 and ART 122 (in the spring semester) outline an appropriate foundation for architectural/interior design studies. A strong academic record and portfolio, developed during the first year, become the basis for admission into these programs. Students must then follow the transfer process listed above.

If you have further questions, please call the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at (513) 529-7210 or arcid@MiamiOH.edu.