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Architecture B.D.A.

School of Architecture
College of Design
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Design in Architecture
The Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.D.A.) program exposes students to a broad-based approach to design as it relates to architecture. Students learn to think through architecture, often in ways and with projects not necessarily tied to the traditional building scale or to building systems. Students use the lens of architectural design to address a broad range of issues within architecture and as a bridge to other disciplines. Students develop verbal and visual skills in architecture, and practice the design process as a dialogue between divergent and convergent making and thinking. They undertake projects that link architecture with explorations in visual media (including film, photography, virtual reality), social, cultural and environmental concerns (preservation, disaster relief, neighborhood needs), focused concerns (daylight, facade, material, or modeling studies), and allied disciplines (set design, landscape architecture, urban studies). All major coursework must be taken A-F.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.80 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.80 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.80 transferring from outside the University
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program. Freshmen and transfers are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Prerequisite Courses, Primary Core
It is required that students complete the following classes prior to admission to the BDA:
ARCH 1281 - Design Fundamentals I [AH] (4.0 cr)
ARCH 2301 - Introduction to Drawing in Architecture (4.0 cr)
ARCH 2281 - Design Fundamentals II (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Additional Classes, B.D.A. Primary Core
ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
Design Core
Take a minimum of 12 credits but not more than 18.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARCH 3250 - Design Workshop (1.0-6.0 cr)
B.D.A. Secondary Core
These courses provide introductions to curricular core areas within the school.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARCH 3511 - Material Transformations: Technology and Change in the Built Environment [TS] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3611 - Design in the Digital Age (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4671 - Historic Preservation (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
Architecture Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARCH 3xxx
· ARCH 4xxx
· ARCH 5xxx
· LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context [ENV] (3.0 cr)
Upper-division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper-division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Accelerated
Students accepted to this track join first-year M. Arch students in their classes while enrolled as undergraduate students. Courses taken in their final year as an undergraduate count as elective credits toward the B.D.A. degree, and if accepted into the graduate program will continue to year two (of three) of the M. Arch program. Students may apply at the end of their junior year of the B.D.A. program (within 32 credits of completing the degree requirements) and apply and the end of their senior year to the graduate school to formally join the graduate program. At the time of application, all liberal education requirements and all required B.D.A. coursework must be completed or in progress slated to be completed by the end of the semester. Eligibility to apply is based on B.D.A. GPA as well as overall GPA. The preferred B.D.A. GPA is 3.8 or higher. Students with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.8 may apply but must also submit a G.R.E. score. Application to the accelerated program must include all materials needed to apply for the M. Arch. program (portfolio, letters of recommendation, writing samples). Students advancing to the second year of the three-year M. Arch program will apply to the graduate school during the normal application time (see http://arch.design.umn.edu/admissions/graduate/). At that time, the application will only include the online graduate school application to the graduate program (no portfolio, letters of recommendation, writing samples, or G.R.E.).
 
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ARCH 1281 - Design Fundamentals I (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to design thinking in architecture through project-based learning. Lectures, films, field trips. Four design projects, including an off-campus service learning.
ARCH 2301 - Introduction to Drawing in Architecture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02042 - Arch 1301/Arch 5371/LA 5301/LA
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Perceiving/representing material environment. Sketching/drawing conventions of visual phenomena/forms. prereq: pre-arch major or BDA major; no prereq in summer
ARCH 2281 - Design Fundamentals II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Foundation architectural design studio. Design principles, technical drawing, material manipulation. prereq: 1281, [Arch mjr or pre-arch]
ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 (HIS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Built environment as a tool to study the human past from ancient times to 1750. Major trends of style and form and the relationships, practices, beliefs that have shaped human behavior. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examples of the built environment from the Enlightenment to the present are studied within a broad social, cultural, and political context. Major architectural movements and their associated forms and designs. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3250 - Design Workshop
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 18.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design process as it relates to architecture. Hands-on projects involving interactive design process. Students develop rigorous/inventive graphic means of communicating. prereq: 2281, [Arch BA or BDA major]
ARCH 3511 - Material Transformations: Technology and Change in the Built Environment (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Surveys development of significant architectural material technologies/their relationships to society/natural environment.
ARCH 3611 - Design in the Digital Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01278
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to design, design process. Developing/understanding ways of seeing, thinking, and acting as a designer. Changes in design being wrought by digital technology. Team design project.
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium/product of sociocultural process/expression of values, ideas, behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01107 - Arch 4501/Arch 5501
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to theories/practices of ecological approaches to architectural design. Ecological context, implications/opportunities of architecture. Historical/theoretical framework for ecological design thinking. Issues studied at various scales: site/community, building, component.
ARCH 4671 - Historic Preservation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01364
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Philosophy, theory, origins of historic preservation. Historic archaeology, research, descriptive analysis, documentation. Government's role, standards/guidelines, building codes, neighborhood preservation, advocacy. Using primary/secondary resources. Controversial aspects. prereq: Jr or sr or instr consent
ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Urban form, related issues of design/theory/culture. Thematic history of cities. Lectures, discussions, assignments. prereq: [3411, 3412] or instr consent
LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Dynamic relationships between environmentally designed places and biological/physical contexts. Integration of created place and biological/physical contexts. Case studies, student design.
ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 (HIS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Built environment as a tool to study the human past from ancient times to 1750. Major trends of style and form and the relationships, practices, beliefs that have shaped human behavior. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium/product of sociocultural process/expression of values, ideas, behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Urban form, related issues of design/theory/culture. Thematic history of cities. Lectures, discussions, assignments. prereq: [3411, 3412] or instr consent