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BA in Architecture

Why Architecture?

Architecture is a great field of study for those who are artistically talented and interested in creative design and the built environment. Clemson's undergraduate program allows students to tap into their creative talents, introduces them to the challenging world of building design and construction, and prepares them to pursue a master's degree in architecture and other fields. Clemson students develop critical thinking, research and analysis skills, and an ability to engage theory and culture with an understanding of how these forces work together in the built environment. 

The pre-professional undergraduate curric­ulum at Clemson is conceptualized as fluid, broadening the education to allow students to transform into diverse, well-rounded and proficient critical thinkers and designers. The concept of fluidity is evident in the general education requirements in which students choose a minor as well as a foreign language and is reinforced in the School of Architecture with the Fluid Studios and Fluid Campus.

Fluid is choice. Choice broadens experience and encourages students to shape their own educational path.

Professor Tim Brown, Director of Undergraduate Programs

Career Opportunities

Numerous career options are available to graduates who have a major in architecture. Many work in architecture offices and related design fields. Others pursue careers in graphic design, product design or interior design. To become a licensed architect, a graduate must also complete a master's degree and obtain a professional license. Most states require that an individual who intends to become an architect must hold an accredited degree.

Curriculum, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

The first two years of the program prepare students for the Fluid Campus by training them in design, drawing and computer applications. Computer integration in the design studios is emphasized in the second year. First- and second-year students are also trained in public speaking through a joint program with the Department of Communication.

Students have access to a full range of course offerings in each of the University's five academic colleges. While developing skills in design, drawing, computer applications and construction, students also study history, theory, social science and humanities.

Download the 2015/2016 Undergraduate Curriculum

View the full Undergraduate Architecture Course List

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
3 AAH 1010 Survey of Art & Arch History I
3 ARCH 1010 Introduction to Architecture
3 ENGL 1030 Accelerated Composition
4 MTHSC 1060 Calculus of One Variable
3 PHYS 2070 General Physics I
1 PHYS 2090 General Physics I Lab
17 credits
Spring Semester
3 AAH 1020 Survey of Art & Arch History II
5 ARCH 1510 Architecture Communication
3 BIOL 2040 Environment, Energy & Society
4 Foreign Language Requirement
15 credits  
     
 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
6 ARCH 2510 Architecture Foundations I
3 ARCH 2040 History and Theory of Modern Arch.
3 ENGL 2120 World Literature
3 Foreign Language Requirement
15 credits
Spring Semester
3 ARCH 2700 Structures I
6 ARCH 2520 Architecture Foundations II
3 Foreign Language Requirement
3 Social Science Requirement
15 credits

Junior Year

Fall Semester
3 Architecture History/Theory Requirement
3 Building Technology Requirement
6 Studio Requirement
3 Elective
15 credits
Spring Semester (options for location of study)
3 ARCH 4010 Architectural Portfolio
6 Minor Requirement
6 Studio Requirement
15 credits
     

Senior Year

Fall Semester (options for location of study)
6 Minor Requirement
3 Social Science Requirement
6 Studio Requirement
15 credits
Spring Semester
6 ARCH 4520 Synthesis Studio
3 Minor Requirement
6 Elective
15 credits
MEET OUR UNDERGRADUATE DIRECTOR

Tim Brown

Associate Professor Tim Brown joined the School of Architecture at the launch of the 2015 fall semester and will be serving as Director of Undergraduate Programs. After twenty-five years as a full-time faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago, he is very pleased to be returning to the world of the mission-driven public land-grant university. As a native of the southern Appalachians and a Clemson graduate, coming to the School of Architecture is a double homecoming.

Prof. Brown is particularly interested in the educational challenge of teaching (and advising) architecture students through a period of rapid and radical transformation in the field. And as a practicing architect working in a series of collaborative formats at a wide range of scales his teaching draws on the sorts of quickly evolving possibilities for making better buildings and better communities.

Learn more about Prof. Brown and other undergraduate faculty members in our Faculty Directory.