7: School of Architecture

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Requirements

Residence Requirements and Transfer Credits   A prospective student must apply to one of the three undergraduate programs. However, transfer from one program to another is possible during the first two years. All three programs place substantial emphasis on the liberal arts and include a significant number of courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, most of which are taken in the first two years. All three programs normally require four years for completion and a minimum of two years as a full-time student in the School of Architecture.

The School of Architecture welcomes the application of qualified transfer students from within the University of Virginia and from accredited four-year institutions and community colleges. Students applying for transfer must apply to one of the three undergraduate programs, and should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale. Transfer applicants to the Schoolís programs should seek to enter at the beginning of the second or third year. Transfers to the programs in planning and architectural history may be made as late as the beginning of the third year. In no case are transfer credits in excess of 66 granted toward an undergraduate degree in the School of Architecture. The School does not accept pass/fail courses for transfer credit.

The Dean of the School of Architecture may, in exceptional circumstances, waive an admission or performance requirement when, in the deanís judgment, such action best serves the intent of the program.

Study Abroad   The School of Architecture encourages study abroad. Programs in Helsinki, Finland and Copenhagen, Denmark are available. The School also offers summer programs in Vicenza, Italy and Beijing, China. All students in the School of Architecture are eligible. For information concerning departmental regulations governing participation in the programs abroad, contact the Director of Programs Abroad in Campbell Hall.

Required Courses   A student who enters the School of Architecture without transfer credits must complete at this University in Charlottesville all prescribed courses in the curriculum for which he or she is a candidate for a degree. A student transferring from another college or university must complete at this University in Charlottesville all required courses in those subjects not completed at the time of first admission to the School of Architecture. Exceptions may be made to these requirements provided permission is granted in advance by the Dean of the School of Architecture.

Candidates for a degree in the School of Architecture must complete the courses in the curriculum for which they are registered as outlined on the following pages. In addition, the candidate must have maintained a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken in the School of Architecture or elsewhere in this University and offered for a degree.

The Dean of the School of Architecture may waive a specific course requirement for a degree when, in the deanís judgment, such action best serves the intent of the program.

Minors   A minor in architecture provides students with an opportunity to develop a basic understanding and appreciation for architecture as an important component of culture and the built environment. Requirements for a minor include 16 credits of course work. Included are: (1) ARCH 101, ARCH 102 and ARCH 201 (ARCH 201 may need to be taken in the Summer Session); (2) one architecture department elective, a course with an ARCH prefix; and (3) one architecture school elective from among all the courses offered in the school's four departments.

A minor in architectural history requires 18 credits in architectural history. Included in these 18 credits must be AR H 101 and AR H 102, leaving 12 credits of AR H electives. No thesis is required.

A minor in urban and environmental planning requires 15 credits of planning courses. Students may choose from among any PLAN courses with no more than 6 credits at the 500 level. Students outside of the School of Architecture should take at least one plan-making course.

A minor in historic preservation requires 15 credits of course work, including nine credits from among the courses in the foundations of preservation core: AR H 590, AR H 351, AR H 352, or AR H 353, ARCH 515, PLAN 530, ARCH 511 and six credits from among more specialized preservation courses, including but not limited to: AR H 515, AR H 554, L AR 523, L AR 512, PLAC 565, PLAN 534, PLAN 571, ARCH 512, ARCH 513, ARCH 516, ARCH 517, ARCH 522, or ARCH 589.

A minor in landscape architecture requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0, five courses, and at least 15 credits in landscape architecture. These credits include L AR 512; and at least two of the following: L AR 505, L AR 507, L AR 508, and L AR 535; and at least two of the following: L AR 514, L AR 517, L AR 520, L AR 524, or a University seminar taught by landscape architecture faculty.

Applications for these five minors may be picked up from the Student Records Office in Campbell Hall, Room 202C, and upon completion of the requirements the signature of the respective department chair must be obtained.

Intra University Courses   The following courses in the School of Architecture are recognized as College equivalent: ARCH 101, ARCH 102, L AR 512 and all AR H courses. Some courses in architectural history (AR H 100, AR H 101, AR H 102, AR H 150) count fully as College courses and meet the area requirement in the humanities/fine arts.

Evaluation   The performance of each student is carefully evaluated at the end of each year in the School of Architecture, and continuance in the School depends upon demonstrated ability and promise of professional and academic achievement.

Program Flexibility   Curricular requirements for the first two years of the Bachelor of Science (Architecture), Bachelor of Architectural History, and Bachelor of City Planning degree programs are similar, so that a student may transfer from one program to another.

Ownership of Student Work   The School of Architecture reserves the right to retain student course work for purposes of exhibition and/or publication with appropriate credits.


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